Simon Shatinsky is a MIS major and will graduate in December of 2018. He interned this summer as a Vendor Risk Analyst Intern for Deloitte in Chicago, Illinois.
How did you get this internship? I obtained this internship through an application I found on LinkedIn. Shortly after applying I was contacted by a recruiting team from Deloitte. From there, I had phone interviews with several program managers, recruiters and analysts, as well as a final interview with a senior manager from the department I were to be working in.
What was a typical day like? A typical day would involve early morning touch-point calls with my project teams consisting of professionals from around the world, including India, The UK, Brazil, China, and Sweden. Following these calls, I would begin my daily tasks which involved performing risk analysis of vendor applications using various technologies. I would frequently have meetings with top software vendors discussing remediation processes for these risk findings. Additionally, I had other opportunities including penetration testing, big data migration and analysis projects, and the chance to attend countless networking events.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of the summer internship experience at Deloitte was having the opportunity to attend Deloitte University. All of the interns were flown out to Dallas for the week for conferences on the power of collaboration. At Deloitte University, everything is free and all you can eat. Essentially a 5-star all-inclusive resort, this was an amazing experience.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging part about my internship was learning the company structure of Deloitte. It is just such a massive company that operates in so many service lines that it can be quite difficult and take some time to settle in and really understand the organizational charts and who fits in where.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? I would recommend finding a recruiter who recruits for the region in which you want to work. Get to know them and stay in touch. Let them know who you are, your values as an individual, and what exactly you are looking for in an internship. The recruiting process for every big 4 firm is extremely competitive, so it is important to be very clear and use your time with recruiters to the fullest.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller prepared me immensely for my internship by engraving amazing communication skills into my business persona. The entire Global cohort also helped me prepare for what it was like to interact with and do business with other countries on a daily basis. Shout out to Dr. Umashankar!
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? No, my employer did not provide any housing or transportation assistance.