As part of a requirement for the MHRM program here at Fisher, most students need to find an internship to take on during the summer between our first and second year. This search can begin as early as the first few weeks of school and continue in to early spring semester. Every students experience is different.
Lucky for us, Fisher has developed strong relationships with all kinds of companies. Exxon Mobil, PepsiCo, Eaton Corporation, Rolls Royce, and many more come to campus specifically to recruit Fisher students. A list displaying some of the companies that recruit HR students here at Fisher can be found here.
My internship search began in September and I was fortunate to wrap it up in November. During those months I went on three first round/on campus interviews and two second round/on site interviews – leading to two offers and eventually the acceptance of one.
Everyone’s experience is different, some students have very specific interests that lead to searching for that perfect internship. Others are not quite sure where they want to go, leading them often to attend many info sessions and take more first round interviews in order to learn more about the options available to them. Some students wish to stay in the Columbus area, others (like myself) are more open to travel – I’ll be spending my summer in Dallas, TX.
The search can be overwhelming and stressful, but the experience of interviewing with top companies both here on Fisher’s campus and (when offered the opportunity) onsite at company headquarters is an excellent learning experience regardless of the final outcome. Personally I gained confidence in my own interviewing skills, learned the importance of networking, and experienced the frenzy that can come along with business related traveling.
This summer is sure to be a giant step out of my comfort zone, a humongous growth experience, and hopefully a lot of fun. I’m grateful (as I’m sure my fellow classmates are) to Fisher’s Career Management department for the part they play in maintaining strong relationships with top organizations. Now it’s up to us as interns to exemplify the quality of student that attends Fisher College of Business. I know I am certainly up for the challenge!