Sarah O'Neill ’13
Internship Site: UBS Financial Services - Irvine, CA
I studied through the Dickinson-in-New York program in Spring 2012 and during that time I had an internship at UBS in Manhattan. My supervisor spoke with me during that semester and offered me the opportunity to continue working for the company through the summer; however, I was going to be in California for the summer and had already enrolled in summer courses there. She offered to contact the branch manager in Irvine to see if they had a position available at their office. After sending in my resume along with a recommendation letter, I was offered the position for the summer.
As the intern to the branch manager, most of my projects revolved around the production statistics of all of the financial advisors in the Irvine office. I created spreadsheets that compare current production numbers with previous years' performance. I also created goals for the upcoming months so that each advisor knows what management expects of them this year. Additionally, I worked on the marketing materials for the branch manager and the office as a whole. I designed new recruiting books that the office can give out to prospective employees as well as brochures for Financial Advisor teams to give to their prospective clients. I like to work with the production statistics the most because it was the most educational for me. I now have a much better understanding of the expectations of a Financial Advisor as well as the rewards that go along with meeting those expectations.
Some of my classes definitely prepared me more than others. The most beneficial course I have taken at Dickinson was Managerial Economics because in that class I became very comfortable with Excel and I have needed that everyday throughout both of my internship experiences. My Finance class introduced me to the vernacular of the business world and it eased my transition from the classroom setting to the office. Finally, International Organization Behavior introduced me to the more personal factors that affect business interactions, which I have found very useful when interacting with other business professionals.
Everyone I met was so willing to help and teach me. They have really taken me under their wings and tried to teach me as much as possible during my time here.
Tips from Sarah:
Take as many classes in your major as possible before it is time to begin an internship because listing them on your resume will help fill in the lack of work experience. Also, use your networking connections. If you meet people at a networking event in your field and they give you the go ahead to contact them in the future, don't wait until you are looking for a position. Keep in contact with them every once in a while and talk to them about the work they do or the field that you are interested in. Having connections with people in your desired field that are already established before you would like an internship position will make them more likely to want to help you.
*To find out more about how to get an internship, make an appointment with a career counselor. Just call the Career Center at 717-245-1740 or stop by Biddle House.