Lauren Radin is a double major in MIS and Entrepreneurship and will graduate in May 2019. She interned this summer for Protiviti as the IAFA Tech Intern in Los Angeles, California.
How did you get this internship? I got my internship through networking! One of my MIS student mentors interned with Protiviti Summer 2017 and loved her experience. After getting coffee and talking about her summer, I knew that I wanted to apply. I attended all of the networking events that Protiviti provided on campus, and made sure to connect with the Los Angeles recruiting specialist! Throughout the recruiting period, I stayed in touch with all of the Protiviti employees that I met, which resulted in a office interview in Los Angeles.
What was a typical day like? At Protiviti they put a lot of responsibility on their interns. We are given tasks that an entry level consultant would preform. This includes participating in client interviews, testing risk assessments and writing up deliverables. Over the 8 week internship, I was able to visit five different clients. I was also given the opportunity to interact and network with a top management at a lot of major companies.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part about working at Protiviti was the people. Every employee was so happy to teach and inspire the intern class through networking and social events. Protiviti also has a huge emphasis on giving back to their communities through ihunger events. Three times throughout my internship I was able to pack meals for families in needs, prepare lunch for a women’s shelter, and clean the Santa Monica beaches. It is amazing to see that Protiviti employees do more than just give back to their clients!
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Just go for it! I learned that networking is the most important tool in landing the perfect internship. Through networking you are able to see the different personalities that companies have to ultimately find your right match. Don’t be afraid to message someone on LinkedIn, reach out to current employees, or introduce yourself at the club fair. You never know who is going to know the right person!
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller taught me how to have a work life balance. It is sometimes intimidating to have a heavy workload, have six interviews scheduled on top of having three club meetings. By staying organized, I was able to tackle the demand of first semester Eller. In transitioning into my internship, I felt more prepared to handle the stress of the working world!
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? No, my employer did not provide any housing or transportation assistance.