This summer I was an audit intern at KPMG in New York City, and I also participated in Deloitte's Mentor Program at their Philadelphia office. I had the opportunity to learn a lot about the accounting industry and also meet a lot of professionals during my internship. The clients I worked with over the summer were Dreyfus Mutual Funds and Citigroup, and I performed actual audit test work at both of my clients. I received a job offer from both KPMG and Deloitte at the end of the summer, and will be working at Deloitte next fall.
1. Name of company/employer: UBS Financial Services, Weehawken, NJ
2. Title or position held during employment: Operations Intern, UBS Wealth Management
3. Internship Impact: Served in project management role for internal processing system improvement project; Audited restricted securities sale report and generated IT change request according to Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation SHO to reduce internal risk for the firm
4. What did you learn? I had the opportunity to work with the Clearance and Settlement Team but was also exposed to multiple areas of the Wealth Management business including Asset Servicing, Client Reporting, International and Domestic Settlements, Advisory & Solutions Marketing, Trading Operations, Branch Management, Human Resources, and Equity Trading; I built upon my professional experiences learned during ILTM and enhanced my skills applicable to the workplace
I received a job offer from UBS and will be starting next year in as an analyst in their Graduate Training Program.
This past summer, I worked at Stryker Orthobiologics in Malvern, PA. I was an intern for the Research and Development team. Throughout my internship, I research new materials for a synthetic bone graft substitute. At the end of the summer, the material I created was implanted into animals, for a study to determine how effective the product is. Stryker allowed me to have a great impact on the industry by initiating an animal study with the material I developed. Through this experience, I learned a lot about the business environment, while expanding my technical knowledge and problem solving abilities.
This summer I interned at The CDM Group, a pharmaceutical advertising agency. Through ILTM I met the CEO and Chairman of the Board, Ed Wise and staying in contact with him throughout the school year, eventually applying and interviewing for an internship with the firm. At CDM I acted as a Team Support Manager for the Emerging Markets team on the accounts side. I worked with a team of creatives, other account people, and clients to put together a multitude of campaigns. Throughout the summer I was able to follow the entire process from creating proposals for new business, to writing project briefs, to approving layout design and discussing final projects with clients. I even got to speak French with one of the clients because he was from Montreal (I'm a French and management double major)! During the 10 weeks, I honed my organization and time management skills, soaked up as much information possible about the pharmaceutical and advertising industries, and truly enjoyed waking up each morning to go into the office. I had an absolutely incredible experience and ILTM definitely helped prepare me for success.
1. Name of company/employer: McGladrey
2. Title or position held during employment: Risk Advisory Services Intern
3. Internship Impact: The Risk Advisory division audits the processes of community banks and IT companies. My boss, a Bucknell alum, allowed me to work with both the banking and IT teams, so I had exposure to different aspects of risk consulting. On a daily basis, I performed basic tests to ensure the clients' systems were secure and helped the director organize client information. Every once in a while I noticed a problem, and my boss allowed me to present the issues to the clients at our exit meetings.
4. What did you learn? I started to fully understand the impact that additional government regulation, which stems from large, troubled corporations such as Enron, has on community banks. It is very expensive for the banks to hire consultants knowledgeable in the ever-changing laws of financial regulation and the small banks are having trouble keeping up.
I also learned the importance of professionalism. The clients were paying a lot of money for me to be there working on their audits, and my demeanor was equally as important as that of the McGladrey partner.
On a final note, my evaluations at the end of the summer focused on my professionalism and ability to ask critical questions. These two capabilities were stressed during my summer at ILTM, and I do not think I would have been as successful at McGladrey without ILTM.
1. Name of company/employer: GE Capital
2. Title or position held during employment: Risk Management Program Intern
3. Internship Impact: By the end of my 10 week internship I had created an Excel portfolio management tool that would help the Account Managers in my group track metrics like revenue growth and composition, changes in EBITDA, capital expenditures, and the group's current hold size for the account. I included pivot tables that would be updated when new data is entered and made provisions for additional quarters of data in the built in formulas, so that the group could use the tool even after my departure.
4. What did you learn? I learned many technical financial concepts, specifically relating to debt ratios and cash flow because the group I worked in bought portions of bank loans. I learned much more than that, though; I also learned about how the new regulatory environment is affecting financial institutions. GE Capital just became an FDIC regulated institution so there were a lot of conversations about how that may change the benchmarks used for possible deals, as well as what types of companies GE Capital can be involved with. I also learned how to comb through mountains of research and information memorandums and bank books and filter everything down to the most crucial points, which I think is an extremely useful and transferable skill. Finally, I also learned how to network well and really connect with people even though the workplace environment can be intimidating when it comes to social interactions - I think this too is a very useful skill!
1. Name of company/employer: Research in Motion (RIM)
2. Title or position held during employment: Software Developer Intern
3. Internship Impact: Interning at RIM over the summer, I had the opportunity to work with the BlackBerry Playbook's Print to Go Team. Print to Go is an application that lets you "print" a PDF from any desktop application to the tablet. A Windows version of the software already exists, but I worked on a prototype all summer for the Mac. While I didn't leave with a polished product, I had a working prototype that could send documents from the Mac desktop to the Playbook.
4. What did you learn? My summer experience helped me learn so much about product development in the real world. Being a Computer Science major, classes tend to focus on programming and problem solving rather than the software lifecycle and developing to customer specifications. Just being in a working environment and seeing how business is conducted was a great asset to me, and has been a great help in our Computer Science Capstone where we are developing a mobile application for a Geisinger doctor.
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