Lauren Gohlke is a Finance major graduating in 2019. This summer, Lauren interned with Vanguard as their College to Corporate Business Intern in Scottsdale, AZ.
How did you get this internship? I’m in the executive board of PWBA and through my club I met the Vanguard recruiter during my sophomore year, Danielle McCormick. I then met her at multiple career fairs and she gave me a referral for being an intern there and I went through the interview process.
What was a typical day like? Each intern at Vanguard is placed in a different department for the summer. I was in the Business Development Group helping to drive advice adoption which is Vanguard’s largest incentive within the last 25 years. Every day, I attended meetings, networked with multiple individuals, and worked on three different projects to help better the company. Two of the three projects were for a Vanguard Senior Manager.
What was your favorite part of the experience? Networking with some amazing indictable. Listening to everyone’s personal story and how they got to Vanguard and where they are today. The advice they gave me was the most valuable thing I’m taking away with me this summer. Everyone at the company is extremely friendly and is willing to take time out of their days to help you learn and met you.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: Helping to drive advice adoption. Increasing the number of clients enrolling in Vanguard’s Personal Advisory Services.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging thing about my internship was adjusting to corporate life. So being in the office every morning and working a regular 8-5, because in college we are spoiled and not use to those early mornings and late days.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Be yourself, be confident, network, learn from your mistakes, don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone, and be bold. Life is too short. Go after what you want. And most of all have passion and love what you do.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller prepared me for my internship for my internship by having us work on teams, so many presentations, learn about project management, and encourage students to network.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? No, my employer did not provide any housing or transportation assistance.