Internship Spotlight – Bryan Villalobos, Altria

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Bryan Villalobos is a Management Information Systems major set to graduate in May 2020.  This summer he interned for Altria as a Consumer and Marketplace Insights Intern in Richmond, Virginia.

How did you get this internship?

I got this internship by attending an awards ceremony at Eller, which was sponsored by Altria. I sat at a table without any knowledge that it was the sponsorship table and began talking to the individuals, not thinking of an internship at all. At the end of the event I was asked to connect with the MIS recruiter on LinkedIn and had a phone call interview. I then had an interview with about 6 current employees and was offered the position.

What was a typical day like?

A typical day on the job was networking with individuals and asking how the systems they were currently using could be improved. I would then consolidate the issues and work with the IS department to see what was available through the company versus the systems available on the market.

What was your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite part of the experience was being able to work with an incredibly welcoming team of professionals and growing professionally throughout the summer. Exploring the City of Richmond with the other interns added on to the experience.

If you worked on a big project, please describe it below:

My project was to consolidate an extensive manual process used to keep track of invoices and pay vendors. The system was used by multiple business areas throughout the company, so I had to hold individual stakeholder meetings to get exact pain points. Once the stakeholder meetings were held, I had to meet with other business areas around the company to see what systems were used for a similar process, check available systems on the market, and work with IS to see what was currently available within the company. The findings had to be presented to the VP, senior directors, and managers at the end of the internship.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship?

Being able to practice everything learned in the BCOM courses when networking, presenting, or creating business documents was extremely beneficial.

Anything else you would like to share about your internship experience?

The internship experience was amazing, the company takes very good care of you while in Richmond. The employees who work within the organization are extremely welcoming and always willing to help in anyway possible, whether it’s for work or outside of work. The company has Employee Resource Groups which allow you to connect with individuals with similar interests as yourself, the events are always a good time.