Graduation Year: May 2016
Major, Minors, and Certificates: Finance major, Spanish minor, International Business certificate
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Hobbies: Volunteering, playing with my dog, spending the weekend in downtown Chicago
Internship: Price and Profitability Intern at Motorola Solutions
What are your internship duties?
- I work on a team that prices Motorola's software and products to ensure that the company is making good deals. My summer projects involve a variety of different tasks, such as assisting with current projects going through the department as and helping to forecast deals in the future.
What are you most excited about for your internship?
- I am most excited about putting what I have learned at school to use in the real world. It feels good to see all of the work you have put in through academic studies to pay off in the workplace. I am also excited about networking with my coworkers and furthering my professional development before graduation.
What has been your biggest challenge thus far?
- The biggest challenge for me personally has been learning the “corporate company language”. The small things the first few days and weeks were the hardest to get acclimated to, such as knowing all of the acronyms and differentiating the various software. I was shocked the first day by the amount of abbreviations and acronyms that are used almost constantly. With time, this jargon became second nature and no longer is confusing when talking to my coworkers.
What has this experience taught you for your future career?
- This experience has taught me how every department within a business must work together to get the projects successfully done. Each department has its own value, but unless they are able to work together nothing will get accomplished. My department works with engineering and sales on a daily business, and I learned that in my future career I must be able to work well with other groups and I also must know a little bit about each one to successfully do my job.
What advice would you give to other students seeking a summer internship?
- My advice is to research internships before you apply so you find one that you will enjoy and can look forward to going to work everyday. It is important to see if the you will fit in with the organization's culture. I knew after I talked to representatives from Motorola Solutions that their program would be my first choice. I am still grateful and happy that I am able to have my internship this summer.
Edited by: Jamie Gurgul, Marketing and Communications Intern