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Internship Reflection

The beauty of internships is that they can serve different purposes for different students. For those students just beginning to figure out their choice of major and career interests, an internship can help them to become aware of the many different kinds of organizations comprising “the world of work,” build early professional experience, and sometimes discover what they don’t want to do.
Below are some internship reflections from our brothers, you'll be able to get a sense of what they've done during their internships.

Where did you work? What was your position?

Over the summer, I worked at Cadence Design Systems for about 13-14 weeks as a Finance Intern within the Finance R&D group. I recently received another offer as an intern for the fall term, and Cadence will soon discuss the full-time position opportunity that will be available once I graduate. My responsibilities included preparing various financial reports, optimizing datamart and organizational structures, and streamlining the process of creating financial reports.

What tools did you use or learned to use?

Other than Excel, most of the tools I learned are used by many companies within the finance industry. Some of the tools I used included:

  • SAP Enterprise Performance Management – an add-in in Excel I used mainly for budgeting and headcount reports

  • e.Piphany – a CRM product I used to track customer analytics, product revenue, bookings, ILQ, and run-rate

  • SAP Business Objects – an ERP product I used to prepare datamart reports and P&L reports

I used all these to generate reports, audit data, and conduct analysis.

What has DSP done that has helped you obtain or better prepare yourself for your

internship?

Without DSP, I honestly do not think I would be where I am at today. To get a job lined up before even graduating is a blessing. With the help of mentors and the DSP network, I was able to become more prepared for interview questions and have a more professional resume. What helped me the most was that I made my officer position as Vice President of Finance similar to an internship position. I researched the job descriptions of finance/accounting interns and applied it to my position.  From there, I was able to get exposure and got my foot through the door at Cadence. From all the presentations through DSP, I was able to create a professional display board at Cadence’s Intern Showcase.  My boss ended up giving me a bonus for my outstanding effort, and now, one of the Vice Presidents and Directors want me to help modernize their PowerPoint presentations!

What did you struggle with throughout your internship?

I came into the internship with my chest up high since I knew it was going to be Excel heavy. I sure was in for a twist since these functions and logics were not even close to what I learned at school. While I was trying to generate my first headcount report, I seriously did not think I would get it, but I didn’t stop there since I didn’t want to let my boss down.  I eventually got the concepts and was able to expand a functional group headcount report to a global headcount report.

What advice would you give to someone in your field?

As long as you keep your eye on the prize, you will triumph over the challenges you face. As you keep this constant and take pride in your hard-work and dedication, everything positive will come to you.  Laws of attraction. Remember that you can never cheat the grind!

 

Kevin Castro PRESTIGE Pledge Class -  Spring 2014 Major - Business Administration/ Finance Company - Cadence Design Systems

Kevin Castro
PRESTIGE Pledge Class -  Spring 2014
Major - Business Administration/ Finance
Company - Cadence Design Systems


Carol Yan RISEABOVE Pledge Class – Spring 2012 Positions in Delta Sigma Pi – Senior Vice President (Spring 2015), VP Social Development (Spring 2013) Major – Business Administration/Human Resource Management Company – OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

Carol Yan
RISEABOVE Pledge Class – Spring 2012
Positions in Delta Sigma Pi – Senior Vice President (Spring 2015), VP Social Development (Spring 2013)
Major – Business Administration/Human Resource Management
Company – OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

 

Where did you work? What was your position?
I currently work as a Human Resource Intern at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. My main responsibilities include scheduling interviews for open positions, creating monthly headcount and vacation reports, and coordinating recreation activities to promote employee morale. I also assist the rest of the Human Resource Department on quarterly projects such as the Performance Management process, annual bonus plans, and recognition awards.

What tools did you use or learned to use?
Something I’ve never really excelled until my internship was Excel. I would know the basics of Excel from class assignments but I’ve learned many new formulas from projects I had to do for my boss. Specifically for HR, I’ve learned how to use various applicant tracking systems such as ADP and Jobvite. These systems helped my company keep track of candidates’ resumes and find who the best fit is for the job.

What has DSP done that has helped you obtain or better prepare yourself for your internship?
DSP taught me that you can literally use any of your work or volunteer experience to relate to any job you want. I was able to use my retail customer service experience to obtain my first internship at MiaSole and start my HR career.

What did you struggle with throughout your internship?
For someone who is great at talking to people face to face, I had a fear of talking to people over the phone. In the past, I would usually have to write down what I want to say before I could talk to someone on the phone because I was scared of saying the wrong thing. With my boss’s guidance on how to conduct a phone interview and letting me sit in on some phone meetings, I was able to gain more confidence in talking to people over the phone and presenting myself well enough to show that I knew what I was talking about.

What advice would you give to someone in your field?
A great way to expose yourself to HR is taking an intro class to Human Resources. The intro class made me more sure that I wanted to develop a HR career. HR is not just about being able to talk to people but being able to resolve conflicts and adapting to different personalities. There is always something new everyday in HR so you will never get bored.


Where did you work? What was your position?
I had the opportunity to intern for Cisco Systems as a Financial Analyst Intern for ten weeks. I worked with the Planning Performance Management Team and our team was in charge of change management. Whenever the Finance Executives wanted implement a new finance tool, my team had to communicate the needs of our Finance Stakeholders to our IT partners. Once the tool and dashboard is created by the IT Partners, my team leads the training and adoption of the new product.

What tools did you use or learned to use?
A tool I was exposed to was Cisco Financial Analyzer (CFA). It is a self -service, integrated reporting and analytic platform. It has the ability to gather data from multiple sources and creates reports in a intuitive fashion. The reports used are presented to the leadership teams to drive business insights and decision making.

What has DSP done that has helped you obtain or better prepare yourself for your internship?
DSP helped me create a network unimaginable. The reason why I had the opportunity to intern with Cisco was because of the network I created. A few brothers worked at Cisco so my chapter had the opportunity to tour Cisco's Executive Building Center. It was there where I fell in love, I got to know the different industries Cisco was a part of as well as their products. I was also lucky enough to have a Pledge Educator who worked for Cisco. She helped me prepare for the career fair and in addition to all the knowledge I gained through the tour, I was given the opportunity to interview with them. If it wasn't for the few brothers who encouraged and helped me every step of the way, I wouldn't be in the position I am today. I am forever grateful for this network and they helped make a dream a reality.

What did you struggle with throughout your internship?
The biggest struggle during my internship was taking the initiative and networking. Before working at Cisco, I interned at a start up. When I switched over, it was a bit of a culture shock. If you didn't put yourself out there, it is easy for someone to fall under the radar when you work in a company the size of Cisco. Everyday I forced myself to set up coffee chats with people within finance. I felt mentally drained because of the amount of people I met. Meeting people naturally can be draining or uncomfortable. That is the beauty of growing as a person, if you get comfortable with being uncomfortable, you can achieve things you never thought you could. I met over 30 people one to one. Meeting different people from finance gave me insight of where I want to go, what kind of work I want to do.

What advice would you give to someone in your field?
The best advice I can give to any accounting student is try to keep an open mind. Working at Cisco, I've met incredible and successful people. There was not one path they took to get where they are today. Most accounting students are fed that if they don't work for the Big Four or a public accounting firm, they aren't going to be successful. From everyone I spoke to here at Cisco, that is a complete lie. There are so many opportunities and jobs out there that we aren't exposed to at school. Try to meet as many finance or accounting professionals as you can. Take their advice but also take it with a grain of salt. There are million paths you can take to be successful, just make sure it fits with your lifestyle and its what makes you happy.

PHENOMENON Pledge Class – Spring 2013 Positions in Delta Sigma Pi – VP Professional Activities (Spring 2014), VP Alumni/Faculty Relations (Fall 2013) Major – Business Administration/Accounting Company – Cisco Systems, Inc.

PHENOMENON Pledge Class – Spring 2013
Positions in Delta Sigma Pi – VP Professional Activities (Spring 2014), VP Alumni/Faculty Relations (Fall 2013)
Major – Business Administration/Accounting
Company – Cisco Systems, Inc.


PRESTIGE Pledge Class – Spring 2014 Positions in Delta Sigma Pi – VP Chapter Operations (Fall 2014-Spring 2015) Major – Business Administration/Management Information Systems Company – Kaiser Permanente

PRESTIGE Pledge Class – Spring 2014
Positions in Delta Sigma Pi – VP Chapter Operations (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
Major – Business Administration/Management Information Systems
Company – Kaiser Permanente

Where did you work? What was your position?
I currently work as an intern at Kaiser Permanente. My official title is Regional IT Operations Intern. I started as a Summer Intern, but got extended until the end of the year. My functional role is to test the software that is used across all hospitals and clinics. I also am responsible for database optimization and engagement strategy optimization. If you ever go to a Kaiser Hospital you can now say your friend worked on that!

What tools did you use or learned to use?
I use technical tools including: Excel, HP Application Lifecycle Management, Epic Hyperspace, Sharepoint, and Visual Basic. I collaboratively use software to manage test case creation, test case modification, test case execution, and defect management.

What has DSP done that has helped you obtain or better prepare yourself for your internship?
It really helped me to develop myself in terms of communicating effectively and concisely. I work in a fast paced environment where constant communication with my team and other departments are crucial to project success.

What did you struggle with throughout your internship?
I struggled with learning the work culture and assimilating into the work flow of a Corporate Office. With the experience I received from being a part of Delta Sigma Pi, it made the process of going into a competitive job market more fluid. 
Another struggle was learning the software. Being in a software testing department, the requirements for technical skills are high in demand. I learned that you need to be proactive to stay competitive.

What advice would you give to someone in your field?
In my field, you must be able to adapt to the ever changing technologies and software that is available. It will take you a few weeks to learn new software, but a newer, more robust software will replace it. My greatest advice is to not specialize in one software because you will become obsolete in a few months.


Where did you work? What was your position?
I worked at BCD Meetings & Events, a contracting company at Cisco Systems in San Jose. I had the privilege of interning for eight weeks with the Events Department of Cisco, known as the Global Strategic Meetings Management (GSMM) team. I was able to learn and have hands-on experience through all of the different departments of events, such as Logistics, Sourcing, Housing, Registration & Evaluation, and Operations Management.

What tools did you use or learned to use?
I gained experience in Starcite (also known as MeetingView), a cloud-based network which provided strategic management of all parts of the meeting process. This was useful in recording budgetary items, rooming list information, cost-saving analyses, and other important logistical aspects of event management.

What has DSP done that has helped you obtain or better prepare yourself for your internship?
Delta Sigma Pi has helped me take initiative in my professional development. My time in this organization has given me the experience, confidence and motivation to be able to approach and see through with what I want to pursue. I was able to gain this internship through my event management professor who saw my desire to learn as well as my past efforts and work in the classes I had with her. If I didn't join Delta Sigma Pi I wouldn't have felt confident in approaching my professor nor would I feel capable of being accepted into the position.

What did you struggle with throughout your internship?
When I initially started my internship, I struggled with organization in all of the emails I received and documents I had saved. By seeing what my team did to sort files and messages, I was able to do the same and find my own organizational habits.

What advice would you give to someone in your field?
In the field of Hospitality Event Management, it is crucial that you stay organized and always keep a professional manner when working with your team or communicating with a client. Since this field is a fast-paced environment it is important to multi-task effectively and to keep your composure so that all events show a smooth and successful product.

  PRESTIGE Pledge Class  – Spring 2014 Positions in Delta Sigma Pi – VP Social Development (Spring 2015), Director of Communication (Fall 2014) Major – Hospitality Management Company – BCD Meetings & Events

 

PRESTIGE Pledge Class  – Spring 2014
Positions in Delta Sigma Pi – VP Social Development (Spring 2015), Director of Communication (Fall 2014)
Major – Hospitality Management
Company – BCD Meetings & Events


IMPERIUM Pledge Class – Fall 2014 Positions in Delta Sigma Pi – VP Corporate Sponsorship (Fall 2015) Major – Business Administration/Marketing Company – Enterprise Rent-a-Car

IMPERIUM Pledge Class – Fall 2014
Positions in Delta Sigma Pi – VP Corporate Sponsorship (Fall 2015)
Major – Business Administration/Marketing
Company – Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Where did you work? What was your position?
I interned with Enterprise Rent-A-Car over the summer 2015, and I currently work part time at Enterprise now.  I am a management trainee intern which means I am involved with marketing, cost control/ finance, customer service and management.  I am constantly exposed to a variety of these fields which helps me become a better professional.

What tools did you use or learned to use?
The tools that I used were exclusive to Enterprise, which they taught us during training.  It’s a fleet management system but also a POS system that tracked customer tickets and status of cars.  There are also programs that allowed us to track our sales, car maintenance, financial statements, and account relationships. This helped us know out opportunities and understand how a business functioned and what was required to grow your business.

What has DSP done that has helped you obtain or better prepare yourself for your internship?
I was able to be more confident during my job interview and be able to create a more professional resume to stand out with recruiters.  The skills I gained in DSP both during and after pledging really helped me prepare to be successful during my internship.  Public speaking in front of a group setting, creating fliers, having tangible results and being able to be confident in a professional setting really set me apart from other interns.

What did you struggle with throughout your internship?
The struggles that I had faced are probably common struggles that everyone faces when starting a new job and learning the system.  I just stayed positive and did my best to be a sponge and learn as much as I could.  I had goals and knew where I wanted to be with the company and how I wanted the employees and superior to perceive me.  I wanted to develop my brand so I worked hard to achieve it.  So in the end I knew my goals and I had to persevere to achieve it.

What advice would you give to someone in your field?
My field really embodies a variety of categories management, marketing, finance and even human resources.  The main piece of advice I would give is “Do what you love”, find what you love, research ways you can apply that love and passion to an industry to make you money.  I believe that is the key to success and true happiness.  Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams, nothing is impossible! It is only impossible if you think it is.  Stay positive and believe in yourself and you will get there!  


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