Tuesday marked the first ever underclassmen intern panel held by the business club. The panel was moderated by Micheal Heron, a junior finance major, and consisted of five sophomores, Peter Zabiegala, Dan Muenkel, Angela McGovern, Mark Miller and Nicole Angiuoli, and one junior, Nicholas Piscopo. All members of the panel had held or currently hold an internship as an underclassman.
Abby Hatch, a senior forensic accounting and philosophy double major and the secretary for the club, said that they came to the idea after an overwhelmingly positive response to their panel last semester that consisted of upperclassman who held internships. The adjustment came due in part to the fact that the majority of attendees were underclassman. She said the two biggest pieces of critique given by attendees were younger students at smaller companies, so the club obliged.
The experiences ranged from working at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Manhattan, to BSN Medical, a medical device manufacturing company located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just as varied as companies interned at was how the internships came to be. Panelists mentioned using the school’s alumni network, friend and family connections and even scoping out websites that offer positions.
Even though internships varied greatly in responsibility, scope and daily work, one constant was the advice on how to make the most of an internship, and why they are an integral part to a college experience. Muenkel, a sophomore accounting and finance major with a minor in Mandarin Chinese, said the earlier the internship the better.
“It’s never too early to have an internship. They are a great way to develop professional skills early in your college career.”
This sentiment was shared by every panelist.
One of the most emphasized pieces of advice was being present during your internship, whether you are assigned a job you do not find enjoyable, have a long night, rough commute to work or lose enthusiasm for what is happening.
A strong suit of the panel was when questions on applying and interviews came up. A strategy deemed essential by all panelists was tailoring your cover letter and resume to the job you are applying for. Advice varied from having a list of notes to refer to, dressing to impress even for phone interviews and being sure to ask questions in an interview to show enthusiasm. As well, the buzz words for interviews were enthusiasm, patience and research. Miller, a sophomore marketing and business administration double major with a minor in communication, emphasized that putting in research for companies you are applying to is extremely important.
The last bit of advice was on getting involved on campus. Leadership roles can be used as a supplement to actual work experience. McGovern, a sophomore marketing major with a minor in psychology, stressed on campus activities in order to supplement a student’s resume.
“Getting involved on campus is a great way to prepare for getting an internship.”
Companies see leadership and activity on campus as a substitute for work experience.