Gavin Korsan is an Accounting major graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Gavin interned with Equinix Inc in Sydney, Australia.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. The company I interned for, Equinix, stores data for other large companies. So, they have an agreement (contract) with each company they house data for. Part of this agreement contains Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The SLA outlines what Equinix are required to provide their customer’s storage in terms of Power, Temperature, and Humidity, and the credits they will give their customers if any of these conditions are not met. Equinix Australia did not have a database that contain these SLAs, so my job was to create one using Excel. With this information, they can better assess risk and their liability.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The hardest part of my internship was adjusting to the 9-5 work day week. It is challenging to be in an office for 40 hours a week, and it is a huge adjustment from college life. In college, I have two, maybe three, classes a day, and then the rest of the day is mine. However, while interning almost all your day Monday through Friday, is spent in an office. The limited free time I had while interning was hard to adjust to.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Remember that most of your time, you’re an intern at a company, not on vacation. With that being said, make sure you make the most of your free time. Make sure you plan for the weekend, so you don’t waste any time trying to figure out what to do. Also, have a good attitude about your work, it makes your time in the office much more enjoyable. And finally, don’t be afraid to speak up and talk to your supervisors at work. Tell them if you want to try a different project or try something new. Almost everyone on my trip that spoke up and said something, their supervisors were very accommodating.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? My internship was not very business oriented, which was a little disappointing. However, I still was in a business setting. I had to know how to email my supervisors, how to take good notes in meeting, and just how to act professional in a business setting, and Eller helped me with those things. I also used Excel a lot, which I had prior knowledge of from my courses at UofA.