Avery Lelio is a Finance major set to graduate in May 2020. This summer she interned for Metis Ireland in Dublin, Ireland.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help.
Instead of working on a big project during my internship, I have been given small tasks each day. Typically, I will calculate projections for investments and find quotes on different policies for the financial planner to show clients. Although these are small jobs, I am able to see a plan grow from the research I conduct into a full financial plan for clients. I get to see all of the work put into plans and the amount of attention to detail at each step along the way to ensure that each client is given the plan that best suits their wants and needs.
What did you find most challenging about your internship?
Communication has been one of the hardest aspects of my internship. Prior to coming to Dublin, I did not realize the different communication styles that come with diverse cultures. It has been extremely important for me to take a step back in many situations and try to understand where others are coming from before moving forward. I have found that this challenge has helped me grow by enabling me to work with diverse work styles and handle any situation that is thrown at me in a professional manner.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad?
It is extremely important to keep an open mind during an internship abroad. Every intern has a completely different experience and while it is fun to hear about others, it is easy to compare your experience to that of another intern. It is fairly difficult getting accustomed to the ways of international businesses, but this is a once in a lifetime experience that I know will help me with my personal and professional career in the future. Not only do you learn about the inner workings of businesses, but you learn so much about different kinds of people and cultures that you would not be able to learn anywhere else.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship?
I am very happy that Eller prepared me to work with very diverse people in a group. My experience with working with others helped me better understand different personalities and teamwork styles that are present in every group I work with. Additionally, my finance and accounting classes gave me the necessary tools to understand and be able to talk about the business that I am in. I am able to complete tasks that would be difficult for those who are not in Eller or have not had the previous class experience that I have gotten from my business classes.