Blair Seaman is double majoring in Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS) and will graduate in May 2019. Last summer, Blair interned with Chubb in Sydney, Australia.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. Throughout the course of my internship I created several interactive dashboards using Microsoft Power BI. I began by querying ‘dirty data’ in SQL Server to pull the information I needed to create useful dashboards. Then, I selected specific fields to create powerful metrics for account managers and sales managers to be able to track their progress. Once completed, my dashboards enabled managers to drive their conversations with customers by highlighting specific metrics and areas for improvement.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? I found truly understanding the business to be the most challenging part of my internship. I wanted to find the most useful metrics available for my dashboards, yet this required a sound understanding of their operations. It took me several weeks, and many questions asked, to feel like I truly had an understanding. There was a lot to be learned in a short period of time, and required additional time to learn the ‘background’ knowledge.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? I would encourage students considering an internship abroad to consider their location as a large factor in the internship. Depending on the location, travel to other countries while abroad may be easier or harder. Also, the season in which you will be interning can heavily impact your experience. Either way, I’d suggest any student interested in it to pursue it as it has been a great experience!
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? My previous coursework in Eller prepared me tremendously for my internship. I was placed in a business intelligence role that I would have been clueless in without having previously taken MIS courses. My internship has allowed me to apply what I’ve learned in a ‘real world’ setting and further develop my skills. I have also been able to demonstrate the communication skills and professionalism that Eller promotes throughout presentations to senior level managers during my internship.