Smetana Larson is double majoring in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Marketing and will graduate in May 2020. Last summer, Smetana interned with Chubb in Sydney, Australia.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. I worked in the business intelligence department of Fire & Security at Chubb along with 4 other interns. We worked together to build several dashboards on Power BI for account managers and sales representatives to analyze their data. Additionally, we created a ‘Customer Reporting Pack’ that automatically generated reports for account managers to send to customers, which they previously spent several days developing each month.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? I had no coding experience before this internship, but I needed to use SQL to create Power BI dashboards. Because my coworkers already had experience using several coding languages, I had to catch up by learning online. While learning SQL independently was challenging, it was rewarding to learn a skill, which I will use in future, jobs and classes.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? I absolutely recommend interning abroad, but I expected to have a lot more time to travel throughout Australia and sightsee during the week. I think I would have had more time to travel and sightsee if I was studying abroad. Also, I would advice students to plan additional trips and travel in the country they visit because 8 weeks is a long time to be in one city.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? Eller coursework prepared me to learn independently and persevere through challenging tasks. Most of the technical skills I used were thinking I learned within the first few weeks of my internship. Eller also prepared me communicate professionally.