Getting Comfortable with Your Internship

Now that it’s halfway through the summer, I’m sure everyone is starting to feel comfortable with their internships. While a sense of belonging can be great, it makes it easy to forget where you stand as an intern and it can lead to some common mistakes that we are all prone to making.

These mistakes include:

  1. Becoming Too Casual
    1. When you start to get to know your coworkers and managers, it’s easy to get too comfortable with them. Make sure that you’re always being professional with communications like emails or instant messaging. You may be friends with someone, but it’s still a working environment and these forms of communication are recorded by the company. Make sure that you’re always being respectful and mindful of your syntax and grammar. In addition to that, make sure that during meetings you are paying attention and not checking your phone or doing other things on your computer while someone else is presenting. Be attentive and present during all meetings and conversations that you have while at work. If you do this it will show that you are dedicated to your work.
  2. Sitting Back
    1. Sometimes there is a lag in your project or workload which is the nature of all internships and sometimes even full-time jobs. While it can be nice to sit and relax a little bit, it’s not something that you should do all of the time. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your manager or other people in the department if you want to learn something new or pick up some extra ad hoc tasks. This can show that you’re taking an initiative and have a good work ethic.
  3. Poor Time Management
    1. Showing up to work late or taking a two-hour lunch may be nice, but it’s not something that your employers will appreciate. Pay attention to what the other employees are doing and set your clock to them so you can better fit in if there are no set rules for times and lunch breaks. In addition to timing, prioritizing your workload and schedule is also good. If you have multiple tasks due on different dates, make a time schedule and to do list for how you’re going to tackle those projects. This will ensure that you won’t be missing anything that’s important or expected of you.
  4. Lack of Communication
    1. Once the internship has calmed down, it’s easy for both you and your manager to think that things are all set and that everyone knows what’s going on and doesn’t need anything from the other. While that may be true to some degree, it’s easy to lose much-needed communication. Reaching out to your manager and setting up a weekly check-in meeting is a great way to make sure that you are still on track with your goals and ensure that you are meeting the expectations of the company and your manager. This line of communication will allow you to get the most out of your internship and make sure that you’re learning. It will help you have a better gauge on whether or not you want to work with this company in the future or have a job similar to your internship.

While I’m sure that none of you will make any of these mistakes, it’s always a good idea to assess yourself and make sure that you aren’t falling into any of these traps. With that, good luck with the second half of your internships and enjoy the rest of the summer.

Cheers!

Hunter

Managing the Start: Ways to ease into an Internship

Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed my first post and found something that may benefit you in your time here at Fisher. The main goal of each of my posts will be to have you walk away with a lesson or tip that you can use while starting off your career. In this post, I’d like to share some of the background of the summer and some tips to ease your transition into a new job.

Background

To set the stage, the Unilever Leadership Internship Program (ULIP) is a 10-week internship aimed at developing leaders and placing interns in the Unilever Future Leaders Program (UFLP). The UFLP is a three year accelerated leadership program that exposes you to many different functions of the business to develop both your leadership and overall business skills so you can make a real impact. This is the prize at the end of the tunnel that myself and the other interns are working hard for. To walk away with an offer into the program would be the most amazing outcome and a true testament of the hard work that I have put in not only during these 10 weeks, but overall at Fisher as well. No matter what, however, I know I will be walking away from these 10 weeks with an unforgettable experience and a new, truly unique point of view from one of the worlds’ most creative and diverse companies.

One of Unilever’s most storied and truly exciting brands is Dove, and this summer I have been  fortunate enough to be placed on their Global Skin Cleansing team. I was instantly ecstatic to be able to work for such an iconic brand, and after four short weeks I can already say the experience has far surpassed my high expectations. Having a meaningful project that can impose an impact on the business is such a marvelous opportunity for me to put the skills I have learned at Fisher into a real and practical use while learning from the truly brightest minds that marketing has to offer. Hopefully by following the two tips below, the transition into your working experience can be as seamless and fun as mine was!

Have an Open Mind

Being that we students are new to the working world, I think this is a really important mindset to carry into your first internship. Getting the chance to take on new experiences, try new things,  meet new people, and explore different cities is a wonderful opportunity to learn something about yourself. For example, there was this one time where I spent 20 years of my life not drinking coffee, then after being highly encouraged to try it, found out that it is actually delicious. Now I am probably caught in the caffeine trap forever. Opening yourself up to new opportunities reveals paths that you might not have even noticed were there, and to me that is really exciting! When getting started off with your job, I found that an open mind can go a long way. It made my onboarding process much easier to take in and assess instead of feeling overwhelmed with information right off the bat. While being constantly receptive to new work ethics and ideas is essential at the start, an open mind is something that you should be evolving in the duration of your internship and beyond. In the four weeks at Unilever, I can already identify new ways I have gone about thinking just by being open to learning and welcoming guidance from those with the experience I am seeking to gain. We are all eager to show what we know, and we must also be willing to learn and be open to new opportunities as they come!

Meet as many people as you can

Sounds cliche? Good.

Being personable is an essential skill required to flourish in the business world, and at a company like Unilever, it is the driver of success. The leaders of the company understand the power of people and emphasize the value of teamwork to win with consumers. Once I got a taste of the company culture by meeting my team, interns, and other coworkers, it became apparent that having a strong social connection with everyone will play a large part of my summer. This has allowed me to not only to connect with people on a personal level, but also opened up opportunities for them to share their experiences with me and contribute their ideas to my project. As an intern, these two aspects are extremely valuable to me and will be used to guide my decision making going forward. Whether it is talking about the World Cup with Pedro at the cash register or the mentor-ship from my UFLP buddy Katie (fellow Buckeye), networking and forming relationships is a key tool to unlocking new perspectives and having fun in the workplace. Getting to know your coworkers and interns essentially yields no risks. The absolute worst thing that can happen is that they may not be able to assist you in your project. However, the relationship you form is still valuable and well worth the effort to create.

Your Favorite Intern,

Austin

 

Trading Floor Internship-Wells Fargo’s Fixed Income Trading Floor

Hello,                                                                                                                                            My name is Ryan Barry, I am a rising senior majoring in Finance and specializing in Investments. I am an Air Force Vet. and have had 2 internships before this summer.

Summer 2016-Wells Fargo Commercial Banking, Columbus Ohio.      Summer 2017-Barclays Sales and Trading, New York City

This summer I have an internship on Wells Fargo’s Fixed Income Trading floor in Charlotte North Carolina. ( I received an offer from Barclays but could not stand living in NYC so I opted for the same job in a town just like Columbus; Charlotte). Charlotte is absolutely amazing FYI!

To prepare for my internship on the trading floor I refined my skills with excel/modeling and made sure I knew what was going on in the markets. To prepare, I practiced making models and writing macros through VBA in excel all the while reading the WSJ everyday and keeping up to date with everyday moves in the market. If you are interested in working on the trading floor, the classic yelling, fast pace, news driven, “Wall Street” job, then stay tuned and PLEASE reach out to me with any questions. I am more than happy to help anyone prepare for and walk through the process of getting to the trading floor.

More to come next week on my experiences so far and what an internship on the trading floor really entails!!

Feel free to reach out to me any time-text, call, email, etc.

Best,

Ryan Barry

(937) 232-4665

Barry.203@osu.edu

Follow My Day @ Cisco!

 Hello everybody!

Now that I’ve had a few weeks to adjust to my internship, I wanted to share what an average day on the job at Cisco is like!

7:00am: My alarm wakes me up. I begin getting ready for the day in my apartment. Once ready, I pack up my bag and take the 10 minute walk to Building I on Cisco’s campus. The weather is always nice so walking to the office is a great way to start my day.

8:30: I arrive to the office and go straight to my manager’s room. We touch base and talk about how I’m doing with my current projects, and we catch up with everything Cisco and Non-Cisco related. I’m grateful to have a manager who is very receptive to all of my questions, and invested in my personal development. He answers all of the questions I have and always reminds me to have fun!

 

9:00: By now I usually meet with the other intern I work with. We touch base with our projects, and also chat about our lives. We love to recommend different music to each other, fun things to do in the area, and also engage in deeper dialogue about economic and political matters. Speaking of fun things to do, I really enjoyed my visit to Alviso Marina County Park, which is only a few miles north of Cisco’s campus. It’s makes for a perfect spontaneous nature walk.

 

10:00: Now that I’ve been hashing through my own work for an hour, It’s time for a coffee break! My building has its own personal coffee machine, capable of making mochas, lattes, cappuccinos, or anything else you can imagine! I can always meet more employees at this hot spot to network. My personal favorite is the latte macchiato; it’s the perfect mid-morning pick me up to help me stay focused for a few more hours.

 

10:15: Back to my work! So what exactly is my work? From day one, my manager took time to ask me what I’d like to accomplish during my internship. I told him I wanted to work with data, work with people, and solve problems. He assigned me to take “full ownership” of the SKU mapping project. On the first day, this was slightly intimidating, but more so I felt as though my manager was showing his support of me and my ability to produce. At a high level view, most of my work has been centered around optimizing and mapping older SKUs to the new platform in Cisco’s Business Critical Services. This requires me to do my own research of the SKUs life, and also reach out to other employees in Advanced Services for their assistance.

 12:30: Every other Thursday this summer, Cisco holds a “Party on the Patio.” This is an afternoon event that brings employees from all across campus together for a festival. This Thursday’s theme was Carnival, and included games, food, and music. It was fun to get outside for a bit and hang out with some other interns!

 

 1:30: Back to work! I usually touch base with my manager again, and keep working. Usually in the afternoon is when three interns on my floor and I like to meet up in our favorite room called “Tahiti”. We found this room a few weeks into our internship and have been obsessed ever since. We love this room because it’s a corner room, so two of its sides are windows, allowing for a well-lit work space. The room also has no traditional desks, but has a large couch and several comfy chairs. It’s the best place to go to collaborate and maybe even take a quick power nap.

3:30: Snack time! A perk at Cisco is the plethora of snacks in the office. We have two drawers filled with candy, granola bars, and trail mixes. When the afternoon slump hits, taking a walk over to the snack drawers is the best solution!

 

5:00: It didn’t take long for some employees to take advantage of the fact that I’m a certified yoga instructor-and I don’t mind! Usually an employee or two will come seek me out towards the end of the day for a quick session of yoga. Years of corporate work can take its toll on the body, so I spend a few minutes working with them, providing them movement and breathing exercises to help their minds and bodies. Pictured below is my hand doing a substitute version of the Vishnu Mudra (because my fingers can’t do the actual Mudra, lol). This mudra, or hand gesture, is used for an alternate nostril breathing exercise that I did with an employee (in Tahiti of course!)

 

5:30: I wrap up the rest of my work, and head back to my apartment. If needed, I can access everything from my laptop at the apartment with a VPN. I may open up my laptop later in case I need to check my email or work a little more.

 

There you go, I hope you enjoyed this “Day in the Life” post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Stay tuned for future posts regarding things to do in San Jose, exploring the surrounding areas, and perks at Cisco!

 

Best,

Alli

Networking During the Internship

“Networking is the No. 1 unwritten rule of success in business.” – Sallie Krawcheck

Aside from the experience and skills that you will gain from the actual work that you do during your internship, the people that you work with and work for are some of the most valuable resources and best ways to learn. Networking with the people around you is a great chance to learn about other jobs you might not be doing or gain some valuable life advice that you can apply moving forward in your career. After all, these are the people who were in your same shoes at some point in their life. They can offer a completely different point of view from what you can at this point and time regardless of whether they are 2 or 20 years older than you.

When it comes to networking during the internship, there are some things that I can you that will make this intimidating experience easier.

First and foremost, pick the people that you want to connect with. Maybe there is a certain job that you’re interested in or they took a unique path in life that you want to learn about, or maybe it’s as simple as they went to the same university that you did.

Once you ID who you’re going to reach out to, seek them out when they’re grabbing some coffee or walking in the hall and just introduce yourself and establish how you heard about them or something that you noticed. After you start building up the rapport with them, invite them to get coffee or lunch so you guys can continue your chat. It doesn’t hurt if you mention that you are interested to learn more about their job or maybe their career experiences. This will express a sense of genuine interest and it will show that you’re not only trying to connect with them out of selfish reasons.

Once you are finally sitting down together and talking, make sure that you are being an active listener. A helpful thing to keep in mind is, the more you talk, the less you learn. I always try to prep a couple of questions beforehand so the conversation doesn’t die out and I make sure that there is a good mix of topics. Some questions about their career and past experiences are good, ask them about their interests and hobbies, and anything else that you may have found interesting about them. All in all keep things appropriate, be yourself, and be genuine.

After all of that is said in done, the last thing to do is maintain the relationship. Maybe get lunch again, ask them to shadow their job for an hour, or even stop by their work space to say hi and ask what’s new. Keep in mind that this relationship also doesn’t end as soon as the internship does. Networking is like gardening. You plant the first seeds during those initial conversations and everything after is all about fostering and growing those plants (relationships). If you don’t keep them up you will never know what could have come from that connection down the line.

I kept in touch with all of the people that I worked with during my internship last summer and to this day they are still people that I reach out to for career advice, ask for help on a work problem, and hang out with after a long work week. I can’t even begin to describe all of the ways that my connections I’ve made through networking has helped me. If there is one thing that you take away from any of the articles that I write, let it be that networking is a talent and a skill that will take you far, but in order for you to be good at it, you need to practice and maintain it. As they say, “use it or lose it.”

Cheers and Go Bucks!

Hunter