Madeline Uhler is a Marketing major set to graduate in 2022. This summer she interned at Confluence Wealth Management Group as an Administrative Marketing Intern.
What was the process for getting this internship, job, or summer experience?
I was able to get into contact with my supervisor for this position through a mutual connection through a family member who was a client of the company’s. I went into the office to introduce myself over spring break, as well as drop off a resume and cover letter. I received a call back within the next few weeks for some further inquiry, and was hired soon after that!
What was a typical day like?
A typical day in the life for an intern in my position was quite interesting and full of new experiences with each coming day. Generally, I would arrive to the office in the morning and answer any emails in my inbox, check the calendar, file prep, scan and file away any documents that had been placed on my desk, send outgoing daily mail, and get started on whatever project I had been assigned for that specific week. Some of these projects included social media updates (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), advisor and team website updates, creating excel sheets, typing up notes/reports from review meetings, etc.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of this experience was being able to work alongside many experienced individuals who allowed me to learn in an environment that was completely out of my comfort zone. I was able to grasp technological and personable methods of business that were very new to me by working with a handful of databases, as well as meeting one-on-one with financial advisors to grow my presentation and conversational skills. This professional exposure will benefit me both in the rest of my undergraduate education as well as my future career.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below:
The biggest project I was able to work on throughout the duration of my internship was updating the team page and each advisors’ website. This was a very time consuming yet rewarding task that consisted of typing up new home page messages, updating staff profile information, uploading newsletters and photos, implementing files, and a multitude of other information specific to our office’s location.
What did you find most challenging?
I found the advanced business portion of this internship to be the most challenging for me. With only four interns, and three of them working as returners, being the only new employee in the office was initially quite intimidating for me. I was not exactly sure what operational regulations were in place, and it was a trial-and-error experience that was very hands on. However, this turned out to be very beneficial, as I would not have learned half of what I did without the members of this company trusting and believing in me. I was able to adapt to my job expectations and more, and I got to know each of my fellows and superiors quite well!
What did you learn?
Aside from getting more experience working with technology in both marketing and finance, and presenting myself professionally in an office environment, I learned a lot about myself personally. I realized how much potential I have when I work with an open mind and that everyone is learning more with each new day, no matter your age or job title.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar experience, or advice for future students to be successful?
I would advise anybody to not be afraid to reach out and expand your network! I know I have heard that nearly one hundred times and most college students could say the same, but it truly is one of the most effective methods to get your name out there and make business connections. It is also extremely important to have an open mind; it is okay to have your “dream job” and work towards it, but don’t let that hold you back from an amazing opportunity that could be sitting right in front of you.
How did Eller prepare you for this experience?
Eller prepared me in a variety of ways for this experience. Within the past year, I have grown much more confident in the way I carry myself professionally and I owe a lot of that to the many tools for success that I utilized during my time as a Pre-Business student. Some examples and recommendations I would give are the resume and cover letter checks, mock interviews, and advisor/career coach meetings.
Did you feel supported by the company or organization you worked with? Please share what they did to help you feel included.
I felt extremely comfortable and welcome by Ameriprise from start to end of my internship. I was included in speaking out on any recommendations I had to improve the COVID-19 prevention methods, invited to team lunches, and brought to sit in on a number of supervisor meetings.
Anything else you would like to share about your summer experience?
I am very grateful that I was given this amazing work experience amidst the ongoing global pandemic.