Taylor Wolpe is a Business Management major and will be graduating in 2019. She interned this summer for Edward Jones Investments as the Service Division Intern in St. Louis, Missouri.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of the experience was being in a new environment and getting to work with other students from various universities across the country. Every day, I was around students who were constantly pushing me to be the best that I could be and really made an impact on my mentality as a professional going forward.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging aspect of my internship was stepping into a role that I had no prior experience doing. For one of my projects, I was assigned to re-design the Cash Processing website on one of their internal search databases. Although I had no web-design experience, my leaders gave me a lot of autonomy to learn and grow. I believe that the independence that they gave me to utilize my own creativity really helped me gain confidence as an overall student and challenged me to push myself as a person as well.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? My advice to students looking for a similar internship is to not be afraid of being rejected based on your major. Being a business management major, I did not think I had a great chance at working for a finance firm. However, Edward Jones and other firms recruit a variety of majors and are always looking to incorporate new perspectives into their practices. I believe sometimes you have to “shoot your shot” while also being extremely intentional during the recruiting process about what you are looking for in a company.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? I believe that Eller did a fantastic job at preparing me for this internship. During the final week, all the interns were required to give a brief presentation to their respective departments about their summer project(s). During my first semester at Eller, we were required to practice presenting so much that it became second nature when I needed to utilize my presentation skills in a professional setting. In addition to the presentation practice, Eller teaches you how important it is to be able to multitask and have a strong sense of time management.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided housing and roommate assistance.
Anything else you would like to share about your internship experience? During the interviewing and onboarding process, Edward Jones described their culture to be one that is hard to match. Throughout my time working with the firm, it became extremely apparent to me within the first week why Edward Jones was ranked the 5th be