Ryan Steinbock ’14
Major(s): INBM, German
Internship Site: BNY Mellon - Pittsburgh, PA
Networking was a very significant factor in finding and securing my internship. I knew that I had an interest in interning with a very large, global corporation this summer. As I was discussing the internship requirements with a family friend, they reminded me that they had introduced me to the bank’s regional supervisor about a year earlier and suggested reaching out to her. I initiated a chain of emails with the bank’s regional supervisor. She then forwarded my resume on to the woman overseeing the acquisition project of a bank in Germany, which was an extensive project. She seemed delighted by the prospect of my experience with the German language, and after a quick test of my experience level, she thought I would be a perfect candidate to help with this international project.
One of my favorite parts of this internship was having the opportunity to use my second language in the workplace. I was asked many times throughout the project to translate official business documents, presentations, and emails both from English to German, and German to English. This was great because it not only gave me better insight into some of the acronyms and nuances of business German, but it also allowed me to expand my general German knowledge over the summer, rather than slowly forget some of the things I had just learned the previous year in the classroom.
I found it particularly challenging to adapt to the “real world” mentality and the lifestyle of working from 8:30-5:00, five days a week. This made it so that I had to wake up super early to follow the training program that my coach at Dickinson has for his athletes over the summer; I had to figure out commuting downtown every day, and going to bed earlier than usual was practically a necessity at times. From this, I really learned better time management so I could make the most out of what little free time I did have for recreation and training purposes.
I found that classes requiring you to think outside of the box, or work outside of your comfort zone helped prepare me the most. For me, the two classes that helped me most in these regards were Managerial Decision Making, and Fundamentals of Accounting. My Accounting class provided me with great preparation for the balancing and research type activities that I was doing entirely through technology at my workplace. Managerial Decision Making really gave me a great confidence in my ability to solve more intense problems that I would have once not been nearly as comfortable with. Additionally, the comfort level that Managerial gave me with Excel alone was invaluable, as Excel was a necessity throughout my project.
At my internship site, the head of Human Resources became an extremely important contact. She was able to give me very honest opinions and insights into some of the inside workings of the company. I found that any time I had a serious question about the project that I was helping with, or about the industry or large corporations in general, she always had the best advice and answers for me. She made my onboarding process much more comfortable, and instilled a great sense of confidence in my ability to solve problems I was faced with.
Tips from Ryan:
It sounds very cliché, but don’t be afraid to Network! If it weren’t for talking to those close to me, I honestly don’t know if I would have gotten my internship. Also, just be confident in the ways you can contribute as an intern, and don’t forget about all the ways the Career Center can help you realize and achieve your potential.
*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.