PNC: Final Post

Amazing summer, short and simple.

PNC is a company that invests a lot in its talent because after all, that is the backbone to most, if not all companies.

The final weeks of my internship went by like a blink of an eye.  All of the interns had a final presentation we had to put together for dozens of employees in the audit department.  All the interns did an excellent job with the project.  I will say, what I learned in 2292, HELPED me out a TONI took Ty Shepfer’s class my sophomore year and I utilized all the tactics I learned in that class for group projects and presenting.

Interning at PNC as a whole was an experience that I loved from start to finish.  PNC does a great job at nurturing each intern and being so positive to any questions anyone may have.

Being a finance major, I always had a interest in banking and I was able to really experience all the aspects of banking this summer while being in audit because audit allows you to see the ins and out of the whole bank.

On the last day of the internship, my hard work finally paid off:

I received a Full-Time offer from PNC

I accepted the offer about a week later.

Now, I will be starting my career off with a top bank in the country and I couldn’t be more excited.

I plan to participate in recruiting events for PNC at Ohio State. I know how much I enjoyed the recruiting process with PNC and I want to let other students have that same opportunity.

Blogging for MyFisherIntership Series is a great experience not only because it makes you reflect on what you have done at your internship but it gives others the opportunity to see what you do at your respective company day in and day out.  Student feedback from an internship is more valuable than trying to navigate a company’s website in my opinion.

A huge thank you to the Fisher College of Business for letting me share my experiences this summer!

Landon Slomovitz

Final Weeks in London: Wrapping it Up

Hi, everyone!

So this will be my final blog post, and it will cover my last two weeks in London. As always, I’ll talk a little bit about work and then a little bit about my adventures.

Part 1: Work

The last two weeks of work honestly flew by. My seventh week of work I spent doing basic data entry and working on part four of my marketing project. The data entry is rather boring, but it has to get done, and it is of tremendous importance to our COO, so I don’t mind doing it too much. It actually helps with the app development, because I’m entering data about the films such as genre, subgenre, mood, and other things. These are what we call “taggings,” and they will allow users of the app to search for certain types of films, create playlists, and help our app suggest films for them to watch. Overall, I don’t mind doing the database entry because I can listen to music and do something of importance for my boss. Often, I’ll try to motivate myself by seeing how fast I can get it done in order to impress him. Several times, I’ve finished a load of database entry and he’s thanked me and praised my work. It makes it all worthwhile. So, as far as staying motivated when doing dull tasks, my advice to you, as a future intern, would be to find a way to make it challenging and important. You also always want to put your best foot forward and give all of your effort in any task in order to make a good impression.

As far as my marketing project goes, during my seventh week of work I spent most of my time perfecting my SWOT analysis. I had a meeting with Jesse during the middle of the week to talk about his thoughts on my work, and I went from there. Again, Jesse was pleased with what I had done and mostly gave suggestions of his own. However, I had to redo my SWOT matrix four times before he was completely satisfied. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t gotten a little frustrated, but it was also a good challenge because I wanted it to be perfect. Finally getting his stamp of approval was very rewarding, and I was ultimately really happy with how it turned out.

The next week of work pretty much consisted of me doing a little bit more database entry, but mostly working on part five of my marketing project. Part five of my project had to deal with actually picking a strategy for the company to pursue. This strategy was to be comprised of a basic strategy and a growth strategy. For the basic strategy, I had to choose from one of seven strategies from Porter or Treacy and Wiersema (a quick Google search and you’ll see what I’m talking about). Then, after choosing one of those, I had to choose a growth strategy to accompany the strategy I had already chosen. The growth strategies were to be chosen from the Ansoff matrix. This matrix provides four different growth strategies, based on the products and services provided by the company, and the market within which they are being sold. It’s rather interesting, and I really liked this part of the project. I did a great amount of reading, but it was rather difficult to choose which strategies to go with. I found that debating with myself was often the most difficult thing. Also, I was nervous to choose the “wrong” strategies and disappoint Jesse. In the end, Jesse was again happy with my work and all he had me do was argue and explain my choices to him, and after he was happy with my explanations, he asked me for a couple other things. He first wanted me to take my whole conclusion that I had typed up and make it more organized and professional. In order to do that, I added a title page, a table of contents, page breaks, and more headers. Lastly, he suggested that if I had time I could make a presentation about all my work. I ended up working for hours and hours on my presentation and finishing it at 10 PM the night before I got on the plane home, but it was worth it. I was very happy with the finished product, and I think Jesse and my other marketing coworkers were as well. Overall, I had a really solid ending to my internship, and I can’t believe how much I learned. It was an amazing experience, and I honestly can’t believe it’s already over.

Part 2: My Experiences

My second-to-last weekend in London I spent doing all my favorite things over again. First, I went to Green Park, where I got a latte and sat and watched people. It was a perfect day outside, and just enjoying some time in the park was wonderful. From there, I made my way to Buckingham Palace again, and then into St. James Park, which is my favorite park. The water and the trees are just so beautiful there. After that, I checked out 10 Downing Street again, and made my way to the Westminster area to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Parliament. I walked over the bridge and got some great pictures, and then I got lunch at a great Italian place right along the river. After that, I did a little bit of shopping, crossed the Millennium Bridge, and took one last look at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The next day, I got a full English breakfast with a friend, and went to some of my favorite markets.

Green Park on a Beautiful Day
Latte in Green Park
Big Ben from across the River
My Full English Breakfast

My very last weekend, I did a day trip with my friend to go see the English coast. We went to this really pretty park, Seven Sisters Country Park, where we saw these beautiful chalk cliffs and the seaside. I was really surprised how pretty the water was. I thought it would be an ugly dark blue gray color like the Atlantic can be, but it was lighter in color and more teal than I expected. After checking out the park, we took a bus to a beach town called Brighton, where we walked the pier, did some shopping, and had a great dinner.

Lattes before Hiking in the Seven Sisters Country Park

Priyanka and I with the Chalk Cliffs in the Background

On Top of the Cliffs looking at the Sea

It was a fantastic last weekend in England, and I can safely say that I saw everything I wanted to. I already can’t wait to go back. England, thank you for being my home for the summer. And to all of you reading this, I hope you have learned some things and enjoyed reading about my experiences. Have a wonderful school year, everyone!

Until Next Time,

XOXO,

Sarah

 

Pelotonia

This past weekend I had the pleasure of participating in Pelotonia here in Columbus. Pelotonia is an annual fundraiser in Columbus that raises money for research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Wow what a name for a place! The event is a 3 day long extravaganza where the main event is a 25/45/100 or 180 mile bike ride. Riders are responsible to raise a certain amount of money based on the mileage that they sign up to ride. For me, I was responsible to raise $1500 because I signed up to ride 45 miles.

Some of the largest corporations in Columbus put together teams that competitively try to raise the most amount of money for Pelotonia. L Brands, the company I intern for, takes this very seriously! Every year we have tons of riders and volunteers. I joined the L Brands team and rode with 16 of my fellow associates from the Real Estate department. L Brands represented 1,686 riders out of 8,000 total riders, and as a whole raised 2.7 million out of the 15.2 million that was raised for Pelotonia.

The week started off with all kinds of fundraising events in our office like corn hole tournaments, rubber duck races, a carnival, raffles and various other things. I ended up winning the corn hole tournament which was pretty exhilarating! Friday night consisted of a kick off rally downtown with thousands of people in attendance; I would guess around 10,000 people. We registered our bikes, ate a fantastic complimentary dinner, grabbed our Pelotonia apparel swag bag, and then listened to Joe Biden speak to the crowd!

The next morning was the day of the big ride, which was an overall great experience. The day started at 6:15 AM where I quickly grabbed my gear and headed to a fellow associate’s house near downtown Columbus. She had a huge breakfast for everyone in Real Estate that was riding/volunteering Pelotonia. We ate breakfast, snapped a few group photos and started riding around 7:45.

We then rode for 25 miles as a group, which was a great bonding experience with my associates. We rode for a little over 2 hours. The coolest part of the ride was all the random acts of support from locals. Locals sat on their front lawns and congratulated riders and thanked them for their efforts! This was particularly rewarding for our whole group. It felt amazing to be appreciated by so many people.

The finish line of the event had all kinds of special goodies; hundreds of people cheering/thanking, Bob Evans breakfast, and free massages! It was great sitting down with the group and talking about the ride while enjoying a delicious breakfast!

Overall, I had a fantastic experience with Pelotonia and loved the entire event. Riding for L Brands was a great experience and something I would love to do again. I plan on training a little more and maybe riding 100 miles next year!

 

A Relatively Normal Internship Day

Thankfully most of my days at Cisco have variation. With the multiple projects I work on, to the different events that happen, I am almost always busy. I will walk you through a relatively normal day of my internship.

6:30 am   I try to wake up early, though lately the snooze button has gotten the best of me. I get ready for the day and make breakfast which has consisted of eggs, bacon, toast and orange juice. It is great eating breakfast like this in the morning, because it is not something I would never take the time to do at home.

7:30 am  I leave to drive to work around this time if my roommate and I are ready. It takes about 20-25 minutes to drive from our home in Durham to Cisco.

8:00am   I arrive at work early because my roommate that I drive, who does not have a car, wants to get to work at 8. My team usually does not get in until 8:30-9am, though the past week or so they have been in earlier because it was our year-end close on July 29th.  When I get into the office, I usually go over my emails first to see if there is anything important or anything someone has asked me to do. About half of the days there is something in my inbox that is of relevance to me. After checking my emails, I check my calendar to see what I have to do that day, and then I grab coffee from the break room.

9:00 am  More people trickle into the office and I am working on my project for my Sales and Services Finance team. I have done a few different excel projects that lasted over a few weeks, along with a project on compliance. I usually ask my manager if there is anything she needs from me, and, if not, I continue to work on my projects.

11:00 am We also have an intern team project that we complete for the company that is not finance-specific, like our job. There are 4 of us in a group and we meet to work on our project outside of our meetings without our project manager and mentor. We try to get as much done as we can and set up the schedule for how our meeting will go later.

12:00pm Most interns and rotational program employees go to lunch. We have to walk for five minutes to get to the closest cafeteria which is two buildings over. Every once in awhile we go out to a restaurant for lunch.

1:00 pm  When I get back from lunch, I either work on my projects or have a meeting with my intern project team. We meet for an hour, two days a week, so that our manager and mentor can make sure we are still on track and help us where we need guidance.

2:00 pm  As an intern, people want to meet and talk to you. A lot of the interns set up meetings with other interns’ managers and people in the rotational program. I set up meetings with managers whose positions are interesting to me, people in the rotational program I have not had the time to get to know yet, and people in the San Jose office because I am interested in moving to that office. I am not someone who can set up meetings with everyone just for the sake of networking. To network well, it is important to get something out of your meeting. If it gets to the point where you have so many meetings that you are not learning something or able to keep people separate in your mind, you may be meeting too many people in too short of a time.

3:00 pm  At this point, I will go back to my desk and write down what my meeting was about and what I learned. Then, I will finish my projects for the day.

4:00 pm I will wrap up my work and ask my boss if there is anything else I can help with. I usually end up catching up with some people on my team that have been busy working all day.

4:30 pm I go to Cisco’s gym which is really nice and cheap for employees. There are a lot of work out classes that I enjoy going to like Tabata, Cardio Kickboxing and Barre. It is a great way to end the work day and get moving after being stagnant most of the day.

6:00 pm Finally home for the day!

My intern project team after our training presentation

Internship Wrap-up and Review

This week I am finishing up my internship program with General Motors. The offboarding process has been a great opportunity for me to look for areas of feedback as well as look at the review process within GM. I have really had a good experience with this position and it has given me a lot of insight into what I will be looking for in a full time position.

My position had me working in a very interactive team environment while working cross-functionally to gather information regarding my project. I have really enjoyed this because it allowed me to get to know many different areas in my department in only a short period of time. I also got to work in an area that required a lot of fast-paced problem solving. This kept everyone on my team on-their-toes and engaged during our projects and really helped us to take ownership of the initiatives we were able to implement.

I have also really enjoyed the culture here at GM.  GM is a very relaxed environment where employees are free to come and go more flexibly, as long we get our work done on time. The relaxed dress code and encouraging atmosphere helped to make me a lot more comfortable and more likely to ask questions and to speak up during meetings. This also made me a better presenter and allowed my true personality to show throughout the summer. I think that the work culture of a company really shows what the company values. GM clearly cares more about the work that employees are accomplishing and less about adhering to historically business-appropriate constraints. I believe that this modern view of the workplace makes GM stand out as a company that I would want to work for.

For those of you looking for your next internship or your first full-time position, I would strongly suggest you look into the culture of any company you look at. These things to me are just as, if not more, important than other areas of the business. I have had a great opportunity this summer to work in a global team and in a cross-functional environment. Now I’m looking forward to relaxing prior to the start of classes this summer, and I hope you all have a chance to do the same!