Nicole Allport is majoring in Management Information Systems (MIS) and graduating in May 2020. Last summer, Nicole interned with Fisher Investments in Camas, WA.
Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship: I’ve always gotten the advice that the best thing you can do when meeting recruiters is to set yourself apart. With this in mind, I found a way to make myself memorable to the FI recruiters I met in the fall. When I went to speak with them, Jeremy, an alumni, noticed the anchor necklace I had on, and inquired if I was a Delta Gamma. When I responded yes, he mentioned that he had been in a fraternity at U of A and some of his favorite collegiate memories were from Anchorsplash, my sorority’s annual philanthropy. Ironically enough, Anchorsplash was the following week and I was able to take photos of this recruiter’s fraternity participating. In my thank you email to him, I attached the photos and provided updates on how they performed that year. From there, we were able to build a more personal connection that ultimately led to getting several interviews with the firm’s hiring managers.
What was your favorite part of the internship? My favorite part of the internship was the people. As cliché as this sounds, being able to build relationships with FI employees and other interns impacted me in more ways than I can put into words. I was able to learn so much about the industry, company, and myself through the people I met.
What advice you have for other students looking for a similar internship? For anyone looking to get involved at a company like Fisher Investments, I would recommend building your human capital both on and off your resume. As important as it is to be qualified, it’s even more important to be interesting and bring a new perspective. FI, in particular, stresses the importance of employees continuously building breadth and depth in all aspects of their lives.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller helped prepare me for this internship in many ways! The skills I learned through case competitions translated extremely well in the 3 Presentation Competitions we had, the leadership positions I’ve held in my business fraternity helped a lot with group work, and the knowledge I’ve gained from many of my pre-business classes gave me the advantage I needed to ask meaningful questions to further learn about the industry.