Lauren Tolin is an MIS major and will be graduating in May of 2019. She interned this summer as an Operations Summer Analyst for Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City, Utah.
How did you get this internship? I landed my first interview for the internship through HandShake. I applied for the Coffee Chat that was being held in Eller and, from there kept moving along the interview process.
What was a typical day like? A typical day at my internship began at 7 am where I would check emails, update my calendar and schedule meetings, and read the Wall Street Journal. From there my daily work consisted of reviewing 50-100 accounts per week. You could review the accounts at your own pace which was nice because it allowed for a flexible schedule throughout the day. Aside from daily work, we constantly had meetings with other teams, divisions, and management. A really great part of the internship is that the firm encourages networking with whomever and whatever division interests you, because of this, I set up numerous coffee chats with VPs, Eller alum, etc. Lastly, there were intern networking events every week that included speaker series, workshops, and team info sessions. My day ended around 5 pm.
What was your favorite part of the experience? The people! Everyone is so willing to help, you just have to ask! I was constantly surrounded by intellectually curious people which made learning new things fun and challenging in a positive way. The mentorship aspect definitely provided a sense of ease throughout the entire summer as well.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: My project consisted of organizing big data into a consumable format for teams and upper management. This required me to understand the information from the big data sets, translate it into a readable format, then polish it into what became an extensive requirement document. I probably spent over 50 hours total to reach the end product. It was amazing to see that the projects every intern worked on was actually being used by management and teams alike. It shows that our work will have a lasting impact even after we’re gone.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? Every problem or challenge that came from either daily work/project/ or team function, did not have a set right or wrong answer. In school, we’re taught to find the right answer in very black or white terms; the real world is not so simple. So it was definitely a challenge to continually think outside the box and search for potential solutions, while also trying to understand all the terminology and language of this new business we were working in.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Do not doubt yourself! I struggled with confidence when applying for this internship. Thoughts of not being competitive enough, smart enough, etc. more often than not hindered me. It was when I pushed those thoughts aside, believed in myself, and just applied for the job posting that things really started happening. I surprised myself as I moved along the interview process, and it wasn’t until my Super Day that I really reflected on what I accomplished in just a few weeks. My biggest advice: The sky is not the limit; you are capable of more than you know!
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Professionalism, presentation skills, preparedness, networking skills, and even classwork expectations. Real world business demands the best work all the time. Eller taught me to consistently deliver my best work and put my best foot forward ALL the time. You should never only give partial effort. Through my internship, I found myself especially prepared with business etiquette/knowledge. This allowed me to not only stand out but to help my peers as well.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided financial assistance for housing, finding a roommate, and transportation services.