Christopher Siek is majoring in Finance and graduating in December 2018. Last summer, Christopher interned with Intel Corporation as their Finance intern in Chandler, AZ.
How did you get this internship? Jeff Welter told me about the Internship position with Intel and emailed me the job posting on Handshake. I applied on Handshake and the company website and then got an email about interviewing a couple weeks later. I was interviewed at Eller by two Eller College alumni now working as Finance Managers at Intel. Then I received a phone call a week later by one of the interviewers and he offered my the position
What was a typical day like? A typical day would start at 8 am. Before starting work, I would respond to emails and check my calendar for that day to make sure that I was prepared for any appointments that I had that day. The whole summer revolves around your intern project, so I would reach out to employees to help guide me and ask questions. Then the rest of the time was spent working on my financial model in excel.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part was the Finance Intern meeting at the Intel Campus in San Jose. The interns get to fly on the Intel plane and get so see the exciting new things that Intel is working on. You also get to meet all of the other finance interns that are working at other Intel campuses and speak with them about their projects and experience.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: I worked in the Sales and Marketing Finance Group and my summer project was creating a financial model that showed how technology can help a retailer by creating a more efficient and tailored shopping experience for its customers.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging part about the internship was trying to determine the best way to approach the project to make sure that answered all of the necessary questions.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Speak to the Career Coaches and tell them about your goals and what type of position that you would like to work as. They will help you find what you are looking for and will reach out to you when certain positions become available.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? The summer project felt a lot like the project I worked on during my first semester of Eller. Eller prepared me by teaching me how to communicate with people and gather the information needed to start a project. The first semester project at Eller was very broad and prepared me well for how to tackle my project at Intel.