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.

How to Survive Your First Week

So it’s your first week at your internship. You’re undoubtedly excited about starting with this new company, or returning to a previous employer for another term, but you’re also probably a little bit nervous about being in a new environment. Here are a couple of tips I learned during my first week in my internship with General Motors to help me start off on the right foot:

  1.  People
    1. Reach out and meet as many people as you can. If there are other interns, find them! Or try and get your coworkers to show you the area. Not only will this help you network, but it will get you more involved in the company and simply have more fun throughout the duration of your internship. It’s more than just work!
  2. Listen and Learn
    1. It’s easy to let your mind wander and start daydreaming about all the fun things you’re going to get to do during your assignment, but try and stay focused and listen to all of the instructions and information you’re going to inevitably get.
    2. Depending on your department there’s going to be a ton to figure out once you start. You can look into the structure of your company, where all the locations might be, who’s in charge of what, and what other departments you’ll be working with. If possible, ask for a company dictionary or learners guide that you can read during your downtime.
  3. Ask
    1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! It’s better to ask how to do something right, how to get somewhere, or what kind of culture your company has then pretend that you know something and get confused later. You can learn new things that your welcome packets might not contain as well as little tips and tricks that could prove helpful the longer you’re there.
  4. Coffee
    1. Or tea or chocolate, whatever your prerogative, find yourself some caffeine. Get used to your new routine and stay energetic and excited during your meetings. Avoid dozing off at all costs!
  5. Early
    1. Whether it’s your orientation, meetings, or training sessions, get to everything early. If possible, go to your location before your start date so you can find where you need to go so you can avoid getting lost or being late. If you’re early you can get to know the people around you and avoid making a bad first impression if you’re late.

If you can do all of these things and stay focused and committed during your first week, you’ll be well on your way to finding your PLACE within your new company!

Packing for Your Internship…ABROAD

Hello Everyone!

My name is Sarah Bowe, and I just finished my second year at OSU. I’m a Marketing major in the Fisher College of Business, and this summer I secured an internship with Shorts International through the Summer Global Internship Program here at Fisher. They are a company specializing in short films, and I’m super excited to be working for them because I want to do entertainment and media for my career in the future. I will be working for them in London, England for all of June and July. See this link if you’re interested in learning more about my company: https://shorts.tv/corporate

This is my first post, and in all honesty, it’s probably going to be the longest because I’m going to detail how I packed for TWO WHOLE MONTHS in not much more than a carry-on and backpack.

  1. My carry-on luggage
Fig. 1: Carry-on outside view

 

  • Fig. 2: Carry-on inside
    Fig. 3: Carry-on inside unzipped

    My carry-on luggage is the best thing ever–honestly. It’s a Brookstone that my aunt got me for my birthday, and I love it. I’ve already taken it on several trips and it’s so great. It’s so light, easy to move (the wheels move so effortlessly it’s ridiculous), and it fits SO MUCH STUFF. Here’s the link if you want to check it out more in-depth for yourself: http://www.brookstone.com/pd/DASH-4-Wheeled-Expandable-Carry-On-Luggage/315221.html?bkeid=compare%7Cmercent%7Cgooglebaseads%7Csearch&bkeid=compare%7cmercent%7cgooglebaseads%7csearch

    Here’s everything I was able to put in my carry-on as seen in Fig. 2:

    Also, ROLL YOUR CLOTHES!!! Saves so much room!

  • 8 nice tops for work
  • a trench coat
  • a light jacket
  • blazer
  • black dress pants
  • blue dress pants
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 2 bras (1 strapless, 1 black)
  • jewelry
  • 12 pairs of underwear
  • 3 casual tops (kinda like graphic tees, not for work)

Everything seen (and not seen = buried) in Fig. 3:

Okay… So I listed everything that I was able to pack in my carry-on luggage. Now, lucky for me my family and I are going over to London a week early for vacation. Because of this, my mom bought another large luggage so that I can have more room for when I come back (I’m obviously going to buy things while I’m there… I’m a shopaholic…oops). So, because I had a little more room, I put some overflow in this luggage, but not much.

2. Larger (checked) Luggage

Fig. 4: Larger Luggage

In this luggage, I put a couple overflow items:

  • light rain jacket
  • nude heels (short height for work, bought at Payless)
  • another pair of jeans (ripped, not for work, just casual)
  • outlet converters (a MUST for your international travel! Amazon, super cheap)
  • hairbrushes (one large, one comb, one teasing comb)
  • cosmetic things (my razor, tweezers, acne products, perfume)

Items that I would have bought in London, but because I’m checking this luggage, I packed them to save money:

  • facewipes
  • feminine hygiene products
  • contact solution
  • hair products (heat protectant, leave-in conditioner)
  • my mom also put a lot of snacks and food in this bag to have for our apartment when we get there (We are doing Airbnb)

3. My bookbag

Fig.5: Bookbag
Fig. 6: Makeup case
Fig. 7: Makeup Case Opened

In my bookbag I’m packing the following:

  • laptop (with charger, and wireless mouse for work)
  • iPad
  • Folder with important travel documents (also, I put copies of the most important things, my passport/visa/COS/driver’s license/insurance card in each of my bags)
  • Coach wristlet (wallet, containing passport, cash, credit cards, etc)
  • ziploc of my medications and other important things like contacts
  • sunglasses
  • prescription glasses
  • more meds (Aleve, NyQuil/DayQuil, Tums, cough drops)
  • chargers (iPhone, Fitbit)
  • headphones (iPhone and Beats)
  • Kleenex
  • EmergenC
  • hand sanitizer
  • travel pillow for the plane
  • extra outfit (yoga pants, tee shirt)
  • toothbrush
  • my makeup
    • foundation, applicator, powder, contour kit, eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipsticks, makeup brushes

4. My Outfit for the Trip

Fig. 8: Travel Outfit

I’m wearing a Fisher College of Business (gotta rep) tee-shirt, a hoodie (didn’t pack in my luggage because it’s big, and also wanna be comfy on the plane), Victoria’s Secret Sport yoga pants, socks, and my Nike tennis shoes (which will double as my workout shoes when in London).

Okay! We made it! This is everything that I packed… it’s a lot.. I know. But TWO MONTHS! I think I did pretty well. One note I would like to make is that I DID NOT pay a lot for the things I bought for this trip. I like to think I am a bargain shopper. For example, I LOVEEEE the Tanger Outlets in Columbus. They have super great deals. I got my Coach wallet, Aldo pumps, and lots of my business clothes there (I love Ann Taylor and Loft for clothes). Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx are great too! I got my Nine West bag there for $30.

Preparing for my internship was stressful, but it was also super fun! If I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!

XOXO,

Sarah Bowe

 

My Job Shadow Experience

Written by Adam Bailey, a first-year marketing student, who participated in the Fisher Undergraduate Job Shadow Program over Spring Break 2017

Walking into the office building on the day of my job shadow program, I had no idea what to expect.  I had never participated in any sort of job program before, so it was a brand-new experience for me and I was both excited and a little bit nervous at the same time.  Thankfully, I realized I had nothing to worry about the whole time, because I am happy to say that it was a great experience and something I would recommend to any OSU student looking for a rewarding experience to do over spring break.  Now, I feel as though the best way to describe my experience and everything I learned from it is to first describe what my day was like, in chronological order from when I first stepped foot into the office.  So, lets get right into it!

8:00 am- Bright and early in the morning, fueled by my morning coffee, I arrived in the office and was introduced to all the employees.  The first thing I noticed was the size of the company; in this office location there were only five employees working.  After meeting everyone, we went straight into a meeting with one of their clients.

8:30 am- The company owners and myself then went off to visit another client and to get a tour of their warehouse and talk about details.  This would be a good time to mention that Employment Solutions specializes in providing temporary staff to different manufacturing and distribution companies.  They match employment-seeking individuals with employee-seeking companies that best match their skill sets and preferences.  At the client site, I sat in as they discussed details regarding employee needs and how much they were paying their employees.

10:00 am- I had the pleasure of meeting the Director of Sales for the company.  We chatted for a good while and discussed things ranging from what working in sales is like, what it takes to succeed in sales, and what it is like working for a small, rapidly growing company.  It was very interesting and insightful, and was one of the highlights of my time there.

12:00 pm- The President and I attended a monthly Delaware County Safety Meeting.  Going to this meeting helps the company receive insurance deductions.  It was a neat experience and they even provided us with food.  It was tacos and they were delicious!

1:00 pm- I then accompanied the President as he did a weekly check-in with their satellite corporate office, located in Groveport.  I got to meet and talk to some more awesome employees.

2:00 pm- We then headed to go visit some other client warehouses located next to Rickenbacker Airport.  We toured some facilities and I sat in as they discussed client employee needs and how things were going.  He visits these client sites frequently because it is important to build these face-to-face connections with clients and to build a sense of trust.  Visiting the clients also allows the President to check in on how employees that they have supplied the client with are doing.

3:30 pm- Back at the main office, I was able to watch as people would come in and go through an interview, drug test, and background check at the office.  If they successfully passed these steps, they were then matched with an employer.  It was cool to see how the Employment Solutions team interacted with job-seekers, either over the phone or in person.  Working in the staffing industry can be both stressful and rewarding and I saw both first-hand while I was shadowing.

5:00 pm- After a long, but rewarding, day it was time to head home.  I made sure to say goodbye to everyone in the office and thanked them for letting me shadow them for the day!

Overall, the job shadow program was a great experience and one I would highly recommend to any student looking for a worthwhile experience over spring break.  I look forward to hopefully participating in it next year as I feel I not only gained important advice and insights but also made some great connections as well.  The most important thing to remember when during a job shadow, no matter where it is at, is that it is what you make of it.  What I mean by this is that you get out of the job shadow what you put into it; if you actively participate, ask questions, and have an open mind this will be a very rewarding experience.  For all those students reading this, I have below a list of a few pieces of advice that will help make your job shadow a success:

  1. ASK QUESTIONS- Nothing is worse than that awkward silence, especially when you are at a job shadow. If the conversation stalls, make sure you ask thoughtful questions to get the conversation started again.  Obviously, there does not have to be a conversation going on at every minute of the shadow, but it is important to keep engaged and to be asking questions that show you are interested and want to learn more.  The questions do not have to overly complicated either, just something to get the ball rolling.
  2. REFRAIN FROM PHONE USE- Unless it is necessary or you are requested to use your phone, it can wait! It is disrespectful to the person you are shadowing, as it is their generous choice to let you come in and shadow.  Never take it out when you are in a conversation, or if you are in a group.  Instead, talk and engage.
  3. MEET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE- Always be open to meeting new people at the job shadow, and be sure to introduce yourself with a firm handshake. Also, if possible get business cards or other contact information from the people you meet; this expands your network and allows you to be able to contact this people later.
  4. HAVE FUN- These job shadows should be an enjoyable experience, and one that you look forward to doing. Always keep a smile on your face and be positive, no matter what happens.  Remember, nobody likes a grouch!

Thank you for taking the time to read about my experience at my job shadow program!  I hope it was both informative and interesting to read.  I hope you consider doing the job shadow program and if you have any further questions feel free to contact me!

– Adam at bailey.1251@buckeyemail.osu.edu

 

The Benefits of a Winter Internship for Accounting Students

Hello everyone! My name is Kyle Haynam, I am a third year accounting student at The Fisher College of Business. For the past 8 weeks, I have been an intern for EY working on the assurance service line. Yes, that means instead of going to class Monday-Friday, doing homework, or taking exams, I was dressing in business casual attire and gaining work experience during the busiest time of the year for public accounting firms. I am here to tell you how valuable this experience has been, and to suggest that every accounting student consider doing a winter internship at some point before they graduate.

As a winter intern, I always had something to do. The seniors on each of my engagements did a wonderful job of keeping me busy, but also giving me tasks that were essential to the audit. You are not expected to know everything about accounting, so you will be given tasks accordingly. What is important though is that you do everything to the best of your ability. The best way to have success is to take everything you are given with an open-mind, and to do everything with confidence.

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One of the coolest things about my internship was that I had the opportunity to travel. For the first half of the internship, I got a feel for what is was like to be out of town and stay in a hotel for most days of the week. As a result, I was able to bond with my colleagues on our out of town trips. I had always thought that I liked to travel, and I was able to confirm that belief.

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One of the greatest perks of a winter internship is the opportunity to make money! I have not mentioned it yet, but a trade-off of doing a winter internship is that you will be working longer hours than at other times during the year. But this means you have the chance to earn overtime pay. And I think we all know that overtime=more money in the bank. This is a trade-off I would take every time.

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A winter internship is only the beginning of what can be a very rewarding career in accounting. You receive exposure to the profession at the busiest time of the year, you work on tasks that are meaningful, you have the opportunity to travel and bond with your colleagues, and you get to do all of that while putting a few extra bucks in your pocket!! I wish you all the best!