Kendall Pruitt is a Finance and Entrepreneurship double major set to graduate in May 2020. This summer she interned for Point B as an Intern Analyst in Phoenix, Arizona.
How did you get this internship?
My Point B story is a testament to how important connections and networking is for professional development. During a networking workshop I was running during an ELITE meeting, I had used myself as an example and shared that I had an interest in consulting. Within a few minutes of the exercise a student ran up to me and said “My dad is the VP for a consulting firm based out of Seattle, called Point B, and I’ve just texted him about you. He wants you to send him your resume and set up a phone call to talk about your interest in consulting and potentially applying to work at Point B.” I did just that. I reached out and at the time they didn’t have an internship program but within a week of our first conversation he said they were going to start a Pilot Internship program and that he wanted me to apply. The whole process was pretty quick and I built connections early on with many different people across the firm.
What was a typical day like?
A typical day during my internship consisted of multiple tasks at hand in which one day was never the same. The three that I focused on the most were: my day-to-day work processes for the team I was placed on, the summer analyst group project, and networking. A large emphasis was on the group project in which I worked with other interns throughout the duration of my internship. I was able to get a realistic preview of the job itself while simultaneously expanding my overall understanding of the firm through networking with other individuals.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of my internship was the culture at Point B. Everyone was extremely helpful and collaborative. Without any hesitation I could get the help I needed and I was given endless opportunities. Everyone wants everybody to succeed and they pride themselves on feedback. Good or bad, it is all intended to help you succeed. Knowing that I was surrounded by really smart and driven people that wanted to help me excel was extremely comforting and inspiring.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?
My biggest piece of advice for any student, not just those interested in consulting, is to take advantage of your network. Whether it be family connections, club connections, or a friend’s referral, build connections now and learn about what you do and don’t like. They are equally important and while we are students, people are willing to help in any way, so use all your resources while you have them.