Internship Wrap-up

That’s a wrap!

10 weeks gone by in the blink of an eye. Another summer in the books as I prepare to head back to school for my final year at Ohio State. However, there is something a little different about this time, something more special and exciting than years past. This week, I’ll be traveling to Columbus with an offer into the Future Leaders Program at Unilever. Words truly cannot describe the relieving feeling knowing that I will have a job upon graduating at the company I have come to grow so fond of. 10 weeks of learning and applying have led to this and I am extremely proud of the work that I was able to accomplish this summer with the guidance of my team.

As a wrap-up of this summer, I cannot say enough good things about the internship program at Unilever. They do an excellent job of ensuring that you grow as an individual while broadening your business skills, all the meanwhile having a meaningful project. My particular project was the perfect mix of analytics, social, and creative/innovative work, allowing me to gain more exposure to a wide range of skills. The best part about the internship is that you don’t feel like an intern at all. You are truly treated like a full time employee, my opinions and research were not only listened to, but acted upon. I would HIGHLY recommend applying for this internship for all business majors. If you have any questions or would just like to talk about the program in general, feel free to email me (hennig.9)!

So in the end, if there is a lesson to walk away with here from my experience, it would be to take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of you at Fisher. Something that I realized this summer is that opportunities multiply as they are seized. One moment, I was in the Office of Career Management getting my resume revised. The next I was interviewing. Then in fact, I initially didn’t get the internship, but was offered weeks later. Then suddenly I was living in the most fast paced city in the world. Finally, I locked down a full time position. I met incredible people, learned new things, experienced new places and got a taste into the corporate world. Let me tell you, it tastes great. I was amazed at how fast things can develop and change, but Fisher provides all we need to not only adapt in this environment, but to excel and lead the way forward for the future of business.

I really hope you all enjoyed reading my blogs this summer, I had a great time writing them for you! I am happy that I was able to share my experiences with you and hope you were all able to take away something that you can use going forward. Thanks for reading! Signing off one final time.

Your Favorite Future Leader,

Austin Hennig

Riding the Bus: Community in Unexpected Places

I did not want to commute and drive for 40 min in rush hour traffic from Akron to Cleveland. Not to mention, I did not want to pay 8 dollars a day to park in a garage and pay for gas.

But I wanted to save money and live at home for the summer. Not to mention, I love my family and friends and wanted to be with them every second I could this summer.

That’s when I found an express bus that goes directly from Akron to downtown Cleveland, making about five stops in the downtown area. DFAS reimburses you for your bus expense which is 40 dollars for a ten ride pass.

It was great. At first all I did was sleep, listen to music and periodically read on the bus, but then you start to see the same people on the bus and at the bus stop. Eventually, people introduce themselves to you as they see you are a new “regular” bus rider.

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ever expected to meet people this way, but I began to learn more about these people. Kia has four kids. Liz is a runner. Shirley just started working for DFAS a couple months ago. I liked meeting people from all backgrounds and all ages. It was like having a group of neighbors.

If I had just drove, I would have spent more money, not been able to read or sleep, and not met anyone. I would recommend to anyone to look into public transportation, especially express buses to downtown Cleveland, Columbus and beyond. It can save you money, stress and help you get outside of your comfort zone by meeting people.

 

“Your Whole Life Ahead of You”

I am working my first internship; finally, I am beginning my career in accounting. I am working on the 29th floor with an ID badge and my life is going in an upward direction. I am twenty years old, and the whole experience is all so exciting and novel. I put on my dress pants and heels and board an express bus from Akron to Downtown Cleveland. It is 6:30 am, but I cannot close my eyes for a second. I spend the entire first bus ride glued to the window, making sure that I would not miss my stop. Once I was Downtown looked at the buildings, the statues and the people. The people walking to work.

Suddenly it hits me. Those words your parents, teachers and other adults always said to you in high school: You have your whole life ahead of you.

Working downtown may be new for me, but others, they have done it for five, ten, maybe even 30 years. I realized how locked into high school I was. How when I thought about my future, all I thought about was college. But then what? I still don’t know.

I don’t share this to overwhelm you, but relax you. My advice is to get a couple career mentors that are in different phases of life. Learn from the people around you. Take a deep breath and be present where you are.

 

Pitt-sburgh Stop!

My third and final traveling experience had finally arrived. Myself and the 11 other sales interns sat in the Reynolds and Reynolds Penske room and guessed where we would be placed. The destinations this round were Detroit, Baltimore, Hilton Head, Dallas, Pasadena, Saint Louis, San Diego, and Alexandria. I was told I would be traveling to Pittsburgh and Dallas to shadow Matt, an account executive, for the week. Given the distance, I was unsure how the week would work, but I was given a day-by-day schedule to review. My first stop was in Pittsburgh, but we also needed to visit a rooftop in Dallas as Matt oversees dealerships across the country.

I woke up early Monday morning and arrived at the Cincinnati airport before the coffee shop was open. I sat and waited for the first flight of my busy week. At this point I had become accustomed to early mornings in the airport. Monday morning went by in circles; board, fly, land, repeat. Finally, I arrived in Pittsburgh where Matt picked me up. The first thing I noticed about Matt was he was full of energy. He occupied our car ride by asking me about my ambitions and questions I had for him. We soon arrived to our first dealership where I met another Matt who works as a field marketing professional at Reynolds. Little did I know I was about to spend the week with two Matts I would never forget.

We went through our workday in Pittsburgh and prepared for Tuesday where we all three flew to Dallas. I learned that airports are a great place to get to know your co-workers. Despite our favorite sports teams, a Cincinnati Buckeye fan was able to get along with fans who root for Penn State and the Steelers (yikes). We shared stories about how we found Reynolds, and I admired their long-term commitments to the company. Collectively, they had been working at Reynolds and Reynolds for over 30 years.

Throughout our time in Dallas, we bonded over the intense outside heat. It reached 110 degrees one day! Both Matts took me out for Tex-Mex and we spent the entire trip in each other’s company. One thing I’ve noticed about Reynolds employees is they know how to laugh. We joked around with each other throughout the day, and it made my time all the better. As our trip came to a close, it was difficult to say goodbye. But the beauty in today’s world is we are able to connect through LinkedIn and stay in touch. Who knows, maybe one day we will work side-by-side again.

 

(Above: Pittsburgh, Below: Sky over Dallas)

Internship Experiences ft. Fellow Fisher Students

Hi Everybody! I’m super excited to bring you my next blog, in which I have 4 guest contributors who are Fisher students themselves. This blog features a diverse array of companies and industries, all in different cities, so keep reading to learn about their experiences. Hope you enjoy!

First, I’d like to introduce you to Zach Spangler, a third year studying Finance within Fisher. Most people know Zach by his sense of humor and willingness to help others, along with an energetic personality that brings everyone together. Zach took his talents to Spain this summer as a Corporate Finance and Investor Relations Summer Analyst.

Zach:

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern with Carbures Europe in Madrid, Spain through Fisher’s Summer Global Internship Program. Being half-way around the world in a country where I did not speak the native language was quite daunting; however, I did not spend time dwelling on this thought. Instead, I found myself in the prime position to grow as a person, as well as a young professional, by learning from the highly successful corporate executives that I interacted with daily and by being challenged with intellectual work assignments that pushed beyond the academic classroom. Overall, this international internship exposed me to a new culture in which I was able to fully immerse myself in while gaining valuable work experience at a large European corporation.

The largest obstacle that I faced during my summer internship was not knowing the native Spanish language. Fortunately for me, everyone at the office had some level of English proficiency, but this was not sufficient in creating a warm and welcoming environment during my first week. Ultimately, this led to an opportune learning experience for me as I found myself in an unfamiliar situation. Stemming from this obstacle, my top takeaway from my internship was to continue to encourage myself to not change my personality nor work ethic due to challenges with communication amongst coworkers. Despite it being easy to quietly work on projects and keep to oneself, I learned in order to have a wholesome internship, I had to put myself in vulnerable situations by conversing and learning from coworkers from all levels of the company while continuing to display enthusiasm each day throughout the entirety of the internship.

 

Now, I’d like to introduce Aruni Prakash, who interned at PNC Financial Services this summer in Cincinnati as a Treasury Management Intern. Aruni studies finance and operations, and can be found on campus participating in the Honors Contract Program, OUAB, Net Impact, as well as consistently staying up to date on various public health policies.

Aruni (pictured middle), with some of her fellow co-interns.

 

Aruni:

Before my internship, I wish I knew: That I will have to adapt very quickly and learn new things constantly. I need to be willing to learn and face challenges constantly.

My favorite part about my internship was: How fun it was! PNC has an amazing company culture so I became close with a lot of different people and was able to volunteer, go to Reds games, and even play on the field of the Great American Ball Park!

My advice to fellow Fisher students trying to secure an internship is: Be yourself and find a company you actually want to work for. Cold email and talk to past interns to get a feel as to what kind of environment you want to work in. Company culture is everything!

My top takeaway from my internship is: Banking is EXTREMELY diverse. Always be alert and take advantage of every opportunity around you, and talk to everyone. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how “dumb” it might sound.

The most challenging part of my internship was: Learning about my line of business and banking as a whole. It is very convoluted, but that’s exactly why it’s interesting to intern in! Every day was different.

Next, is Frank He. Frank is an information systems major from Tiffin, OH (But originally from Kunming, China). Frank interned at EduSourced, a start-up in Columbus as a business development intern. Fun fact-Freshman year, Frank and I made it onto OSU’s official Snapchat story, with a video of us singing “Umbrella” by Rihanna under an umbrella on our way to class. We got thousands of views! 

My advice to Fisher students trying to secure an internship is: Networking is the most important thing when it comes to securing an internship. GPA only matters to a certain point, after that point, you have to network your way against everyone you are competing with. Especially for big firms, networking is essential to obtaining an internship.

The story behind me securing this internship is: Be involved with organizations on campus to build the network you need when you are looking for a job. I was looking for internships for the summer and then someone in the organization I am involved in on campus informed me about the internship and I applied for it. I got the job because the guy in my organization told me about it.

Last (But certainly not least) is Rooney Mantena. Rooney is a marketing and economics student in Fisher. You might find her on campus drinking coffee in Connecting Grounds, working on projects in Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club, or being a Columbus “Foodie” in her spare time. Rooney interned at the non-profit, Teach for America in Tulsa, Oklahoma this summer as an Operations Associate. 

Pictured above is Rooney (second to left) with her cointerns

Rooney:

My favorite part about my internship was: Definitely the team of people I was working with. Everyone at Teach for America was so kind and willing to go above and beyond to support the development of each other and our intern class. I have never been a part of a team that was as willing to do whatever it took to meet an end goal or was as open to two-way communication as I was this summer. I learned a lot about “managing up” and how to bring up my own ideas in a way that was productive rather than detrimental to my working relationship with my manager. I learned about when to push my own ideas and when to take critical feedback on them to make them better, and I ended up getting two of my own projects pushed through throughout the summer as a result which was awesome!

My advice to Fisher students trying to secure a summer internship is: Yes, platforms like Handshake and attending the career fair are definitely important to check out when trying to obtain an internship. However, especially when you’re an underclassmen (freshman or sophomore) trying to get that role, I would definitely recommend going above and beyond to try and network and reach out to companies on your own too. Ask your parents, friends, coworkers, professors, or mentors about opportunities you may be interested in because you never know what could turn up! Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to recruiters/people who work at those companies yourself. I got my internship by reaching out to the TFA recruiter on campus directly and setting up some time to grab coffee. Taking initiative in the recruiting process can go a long way, so don’t underestimate the importance of trying on your own.

A very special thanks to Zach, Aruni, Frank, and Rooney for contributing to this blog.

Hope you all enjoyed it!

Alli