Internships: Worth the Effort

Summer Internship Search Worth the Effort

By Colin Boone, Saira Caneff, Sara Larison, Jennifer Peterson

Many UW-Eau Claire College of Business students know that internships are a good way to gain practical job experience. Though obtaining any internship may be an intimidating task, whether it is local or international, three College of Business students all agree that it is worth the effort.

Lindsay Frederickson, a senior finance major, was marketing intern with Country Jam USA in Eau Claire. Eric Becker, a senior business management- operations/materials management major, interned with H&T Transportation Ltd. in China. Anna Marie Nolte, a senior accounting major, worked as an intern for Deloitte, LLP in London. Frederickson, Becker and Nolte all gave insight into their experiences in going through the process of finding and landing an internship.

Finding Internships

There are many ways to find internships. Becker said he found his internship through the Partnerships in International Education (PIE) grant. He said the process, which included finding the internship and securing it, took about seven months. Both Nolte and Frederickson said UW-Eau Claire’s Career Services Web site helped them to find their internships.

Nolte also recommended visiting the Career Services Office in Schofield 230 and meeting with people who can help ease the process of finding an internship.

“Talk to people in Career Services and get in touch with other students.” she said, “Talk with companies that you know you are interested in and see if they need anyone abroad. That’s how I got my internship.”

Applying and Interviewing

Upon finding a position of interest, Becker, Nolte, and Frederickson said they sent resumes to prospective employers for internships. The interview process was the next step in securing their internships. Frederickson said she prepared for the interview process with Country Jam by researching the internship. This she said included learning the scheduled acts for the event, familiarizing herself with event sponsors, learning the organizational structures, and preparing for interview questions in advance.

“Ask spontaneous questions based on the content of the interview to show that you can think on your feet.” Frederickson said. She also said to have your own questions ready to ask the employer.

Gaining Experience While Interning

All three students consider their internships to be a valuable experience. Internships allow students to be involved in meaningful business activities, which help them gain insight into the business world.

“Jump in head first and assert yourself in business operations rather than be passive and miss out on this type of experience.” Becker said.

In addition, Becker said that he learned cultural knowledge that he could not have learned in a classroom setting. He said that his internship experience within Chinese culture has reinforced his desire to work in China after he graduates. The experience, he said, also gave him a much better idea of what to look for when choosing international employment. Nolte said her international internship was both a life and a career changing experience. She said she has now accepted a full-time position from Deloitte at the London office due to her positive experience.

Internships are a great way to experience the aspects of a job in your field and the daily operations of a company. UW-Eau Claire COB students have many opportunities to explore and pursue available internships through Career Services, PIE, Internship-Mania, Career Conference, and business student organizations. Taking the time to find an internship and complete the process is the first step to a rewarding and potentially long-term employment relationship.

Colin BooneSaria CaneffSara LarisonJennifer Peterson

From left to right: Colin Boone is a senior accounting major from Eau Claire, Wis; Saira Caneff is a junior accounting major from Holcombe, Wis; Sara Larison is a senior marketing major from Andover, Min; Jennifer Peterson is a senior marketing major from Bloomer, Wis. They wrote this article for their advanced business communication course.

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