Preparing for Your First Day!

Hello, fellow Buckeyes!

Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Hunter Wise and I am a rising Senior Finance Major at FCOB. I am returning to Dana Incorporated this summer where I will be working in their Aftermarket business unit as a finance intern. Last year I was on their Internal Audit and SOX Compliance teams. In addition to my corporate finance experience, I just recently returned from an internship with a technology startup in Amsterdam, Netherlands this past summer where I did everything from marketing, to finance, to operations. With all that being said, I’m ready to spend this summer working and getting to tell all of you about the things that I’ve learned and will continue to learn about this coming internship experience.

Let’s get started!

The first day of an internship, whether it’s your first time with this company or your second, is a nerve-racking and intimidating experience. You’re filled with excitement about learning new things and nervous about making that first and lasting impression that will hopefully get you that full-time job or returning internship. All while these thoughts are going through your head the obvious solutions and tricks to be successful can pass right over your head. Don’t worry though, I’ve got the tips that helped me through my first internship and every other one that I’ve had since.

  1. “You can have anything you want if you dress for it.” -Edith Head
    1. People will respect you if you respect yourself. Dress for success and people will take note, not necessarily because of your nice clothes, but because feeling good about yourself and what you’re wearing adds an element of cool confidence that will get you far. The better you feel, the better you will be able to handle first day nerves.
  2. “If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late.” -Vince Lombardi
    1. If you think that no one is going to notice whether you show up 1 minute before your start time or 10 minutes before, think again. Being there early shows you take an initiative and you’re eager to get started and learn. It also gives you a few extra minutes to gather yourself and chill out before the madness of orientation begins.
  3. Know your stuff!
    1. This one may seem intimidating, but it’s truly simple. You’ve been through the interviews and you know what this company does so make sure you show it. Don’t be afraid to speak up about something you may know or have read recently about what the company is and what they’re currently doing (market position, stock prices, M & A, etc.). This will be a good step towards showing your managers and bosses how passionate you are about this job.
    2. P.S. You can also use this knowledge to ask more complex questions that dig deeper into the business, which will help you stand out among your fellow interns.
  4. Take notes.
    1. Make note of the people that you meet, you may be working with them in the near future.
    2. Take note of the expectations the company has of the interns and use them later to match them up with your goals for yourself.
    3. All in all, just pay attention and make note of anything that you see as important or could be useful later.
  5. Get to know your fellow interns and befriend them.
    1. These are the people who you will most likely be sitting with day in and day out. They’re the people who are going to be there when you lose all of your work or you have a big breakthrough in your project. Don’t underestimate what they’re capable of just because they’re an intern like you. The chances are that you can learn a lot from them and their experiences. Not to mention the fact that these people could also turn into lifelong friends and future coworkers.
  6. Last, but not least, KEEP IT POSITIVE!
    1. No matter what you may be thinking during this first day or week. Despite the stress of the unknown and the magnitude of all the information and training that will be thrown your way, you should stay positive. Everything has a silver lining and I challenge you to always find it. A smile on your face and a sunny disposition will go far when it comes to your internship. It shows you’re able to handle the ups and downs and are able to adapt to whatever they throw your way.
    2. Employees who are willing to brave the storm and come out on top are indispensable to a company.

For any of you going into an internship soon, or have already started but want to step of the game, these steps will help. I wish all of you luck on this exciting journey and I will continue to update you with more tips and experiences as my time in my internship goes on.

Cheers!

Hunter

The Internship Search: Tips & Realities

Hello everyone! My name is Austin Hennig and I am a marketing major who will be entering my senior year at The Ohio State University. This summer I will be a marketing intern for Unilever, one of the world’s largest advertisers and parent company to brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Dove, Lipton Tea, and Axe. I am really looking forward to blogging and sharing my experiences and hope it may benefit you during your time at Fisher. I would like to start off with some hard roads I faced in my search and a couple of things I did to finally secure a position.

“No.”

If you’re a college student seeking an internship, then you have probably heard some variation of this word during your search. You see a job posting, it seems like the perfect fit for you, you begin to look ahead to what a fun summer it will be, then before you know it they have decided to go with another candidate. Darn. This was surely my story for a long period of time. It’s easy to let a rejection impact your thought process and hinder your confidence, and if more than one comes in, you might find yourself thinking “I’ll never get one” or “I’ll just work at camp for the sixth straight year.” However, it does not have to be like this, and these were two pivotal actions and techniques I used that turned “No’s” into that sweet “Yes.”

USE THE RESOURCES THAT FISHER HAS TO OFFER!

The most advantageous choice I made in my internship search was to utilize the resources that Fisher and the Office of Career Management (OCM) provided. Many students do not realize the full scope of what the coaches have to offer and are thus missing out on potential tips and guidance. Not having the sharpest resume, I went to the the Peer Career Coaches and they did an extraordinary job of guiding me to redesign it, as well as upgrade it. Another time I went to them and they provided me with ways to connect with alumni on LinkedIn and identified websites that would be useful in my search, which is where I came across the application for Unilever. Another crucial tool I used was the QUIC modules and interview. The mock interview was able to highlight my strengths of interviewing, but more importantly we were able to identify what I needed to work on and exactly how to improve in that area. These resources proved to be an immense benefit to me and I would go ahead and say that I would not be interning anywhere had I not gone to the OCM for help.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

After you have gone to the OCM for guidance and have applied for potential internships, it’s time to focus on interviewing. Have you ever been listening to a presentation that you could clearly tell the speaker didn’t prepare for? An interview is much the same way, and they will be able to see right through you if you haven’t done your research and prepared. Use the feedback you have been given from the QUIC interview to improve yourself where you need it. Do not just look up facts about the company and memorize their values and beliefs. Make sure however to use those values to highlight past working experiences and connect the two. Without directly saying it, you will be showing that you have done the research, spent time preparing, and have a genuine interest in the company. The interview is the time to show yourself off, so make sure to put all you have to offer out there. Once you have prepared for just about everything, you will find that your interview feels much more like a conversation, which is going to ease your nerves and enable you to deliver a lasting impression in the interviewers mind. The more time you put in to prepare, the more you will thank yourself down the road as each interview gets easier and easier.

Of course this is no guarantee to land an internship and you might be doing these very things and not finding success. However, it is the persistence to achieve that will get you to where you want to be. It may not be at the company you envisioned, but there is a position out there with your name on it. Take “No” as an opportunity to learn and grow instead of letting it break down your confidence and belief in yourself. Searching for an internship is grueling, but rewarding when that offer finally comes through and makes it all worth it. I hope you take away some lessons from this and apply them to your own internship search to yield your own desirable results.

OCM Staff Spotlight: Jeff Rice

Jeff Rice is the Executive Director of the Office of Career Management.  He has worked in the OCM for 25 years.  When asked about his favorite part about his role, Jeff responded, “I work with a great team who are amazing in what they accomplish each and every day. They come to work with energy and optimism, and our students are the beneficiaries of a spectacular team of career professionals.”  His first job was delivering a weekly newspaper in a town of less than 5,000 residents by riding his bike.  It was not unusual for customers to invite him in for cookies when he came by to collect their subscription bills. Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family as much as possible – they enjoy theater, music, and simply hanging out with each other.  He also does a lot of cycling to stay well trained for Pelotonia, and enjoys golf and DIY projects around his home.  If he could be anything in the world, Jeff would be a professional golfer.  Getting paid to play golf – works for him!  Jeff’s favorite spot on Ohio State’s campus is the Grand Reading Room in Thompson Library.  The restoration from 1919 is spectacular!  You might not know, as a senior in high school, Jeff qualified for, and competed in, two events at the Ohio High School State Track and Field Championships which were held at Ohio Stadium.  His advice for Fisher business students is, “Always remember the sacrifices and investments you and others are making in your future. To get a return on that investment will require good decisions from you regarding your career plan. This is exactly why the Office of Career Management exists. Come see us often.”

OCM Staff Spotlight: Katie Reynolds

Katie Reynolds is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Career Development in the Office of Career Management.  She has held this role for the last two years.  Her favorite part about her job is working with students during their first few years at Fisher, helping connect them to new resources, and then seeing them succeed by the time they graduate!  Her first job was at a Little League Baseball concession stand.  Outside of the office, Katie enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, exercising (sometimes), trying new restaurants, baking, reading, and watching Netflix.  If Katie could be anything, she would be the new Kathie Lee and Hoda with her friend, Hannah, an interior designer, or a graphic designer.  You might not know that she has traveled to 42 states, 18 countries, and three continents – she loves to explore new places!  Katie’s advice for Fisher undergraduate business students is, “take time to explore your options.  Stay open to new experiences because you never know how a new student organization, job, class, or connection will influence your career path.”

Intern Events: High Ropes and Welcome Dinner

I just finished my fifth week at Cardinal Health, which means my summer internship is already half over! Cardinal does a great job of providing challenging projects for interns, as well as setting up a multitude of opportunities to network with full-time employees and other interns.

Last week we had two intern events: attending Summit Vision, a high ropes course intended for team-building, and the intern welcome dinner. Although I was initially skeptical of the high ropes course, it turned out to be a fun challenge! It was a great way to get to know the other interns in a more informal environment and get out of the office for an afternoon. Nothing facilitates intern bonding quite like rock climbing in Ohio heat and humidity.

The intern class at Summit Vision high ropes course.

The intern welcome dinner was later in the week and included all the field interns, who flew in for the day. Cardinal Health brings on interns at many of their locations, from California to Puerto Rico and everywhere in between. It was interesting to meet and mingle with other interns and their managers to see how their experience differs in a location other than headquarters in Dublin, Ohio.

The intern welcome dinner had another exciting element: a visit from the CEO, George Barrett. Throughout the summer, the intern class has the chance to hear from several executives who share their career path and insight into the company and healthcare industry.

CEO George Barrett welcomed everyone to the intern dinner.

Opportunities such as the high ropes course and the intern welcome dinner are a major benefit to the intern program. In only five weeks, I have met numerous interns, networked with other full-time employees, and learned so much about Cardinal Health as a company.