Internship Spotlight – Lelan Simpson, Tru Simulation + Training

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Lelan Simpson is a MIS major and will graduate in May of 2019.  He interned this summer for Tru Simulation + Training as the IT LDP Intern in Tampa, Florida.

How did you get this internship? I attended the University of Arizona Career Fair in the Spring and went up to the recruiters from Textron. They had asked me a few questions and later offered me an interview.

What was a typical day like? A typical day would be to get to the office at 7:30 am, jump on a call regarding the Tru Training app with our develops from India at 8 and then meet up with my mentor when the call concludes. The rest of the day may consisted of setting up desks for new hires, working on my projects, and helping colleagues with any technical issues that they might have.

What was your favorite part of the experience? Throughout my internship, I had the privilege to travel. My first day I traveled to our headquarters in Goose Creek, South Carolina for a week. This was a time where I had the opportunity to meet Frank Connor the CFO of Textron, my manager, and other interns. I also traveled to Fort Worth, Texas for the LDP Conference where I got to present in a case competition in front of top directors. One of the best parts was that I met Former Textron CIO Diane Schwarz and let her know that I wanted to be in her position one day. She definitely got a kick out of that!

If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: My favorite part of my internship was designing a dashboard that took data from Microsoft SharePoint and put it into Power Bi. I presented the dashboard to my manager and to the CIO of Tru and they loved it and implemented the dashboard the next week. This was a dashboard that helped our IT department transition out of using PowerPoint for projects and show what projects we have in the pipeline.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging but also the most rewarding part of my internship was taking on the workload of an IT Business Partner. I hosted Bi-Weekly Project meetings with the training center managers that were located in Kansas, Spain, and  California to discuss the IT issues there BU might be having. Moving forward, I hosted project meetings with our IT team and essentially I was the only IT person in our Tampa Office for the last 2 weeks of my internship. This left me directly reporting to Peter Claus who is the CIO of Tru Simulation + Training.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Be very direct, know what you want and go after it!

How did Eller prepare you for your internship? From BCOM 314 to Case Competition Eller absolutely prepares you for your internship. BCOM 314 is a class that I always used whether it was sending emails or presenting in front of large audiences. In regards to Case Competition, it prepares you for the on the spot questions that might be asked of you and presentations as well.

Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided financial assistance for housing and/or moving, and to find a roommate.

Anything else you would like to share about your internship experience

My four substantial takeaways from my internship are as follows:

  1. Don’t be afraid to take risks.
  2. Don’t say no.
  3. Always ask questions.
  4. Network.