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Poole College of Management Career Center

The Poole College of Management Career Center provides career and professional development student support services to approximately 3000 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students in the college. The Center works closely with students to provide the foundation to build a lifetime of career success. Through experiential education, strong relationships with the corporate community, resources, coaching, and innovative programming, Poole students gain the practical experience, confidence, and skills necessary to launch their careers.

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84%

May 2019 graduates who completed an internship or co-op experience

Undergraduate Student Internship Report - Summer 2018

Kyle Bown
Finance Intern, SAS

How did you find the position?

I found out about this internship opportunity at SAS from a recruiting event put on by SAS's Kayla Woitkowski for the University Scholars Program in the Fall of 2018.

How has this experience helped you? What have you learned?

This internship at SAS has connected me to many intelligent and unique professionals who have had well-accomplished careers before even starting at SAS. I have gained the invaluable skill sets of learning innovative cloud-based software, such as Oracle Fusion, SAS Viya, and managing all the functionalities of Office 365. I feel confident going forward in my career in Finance by developing a proficiency in multiple software, applying what I learned about finance in the classroom to the real business world, and by practicing my soft skills with my co-workers. I have learned to take advantage of all the opportunities that your company has to offer you and to network with as many people as you can. Asking someone who has been in the company for a while to get a monthly cup of coffee can go a long way.

Unique Experiences:

This summer, we have had the opportunity to hold a networking field-game day with other interns at NetApp, participate in a scavenger hunt all over Raleigh, and even have a bowling night. However, my favorite opportunity so far this summer was when David Davis, the CFO of SAS, sat down to have breakfast with all of the Finance Interns so that we could learn from his point of view, network, and ask him any questions pertaining to SAS and his role.

Advice to Others:

My advice to you is to do what you are passionate about in school and bring all of that to the table when looking for an internship. For me, I was really into learning more about Big Data through the Business Analytics Honors Program, which allowed me to go that extra mile and start using SAS's statistical applications in my financial role. My other piece of advice is not to look at the internship as a means to an "end" once you get it. Once you are there, continue to learn, grow, and network with everyone around you because there is so much to learn and to improve yourself on. As one of my coworkers told me, "Be a sponge."

Ashley Votta
HR Analyst Intern, Advance Auto Parts

How did you find the position?

I found the internship on a job posting board.

How has the experience helped you? What have you learned?

I have met so many intelligent and hardworking professionals. It was a great way to network with people in my field, in the workforce. I learned a lot about how different functions work together and ultimately the workings of a multibillion-dollar company.

Unique Experiences:

The interns had weekly “Lunch and Learn” sessions where a member of the senior leadership team would come speak to the interns on the lunch hour and allow us to ask them questions and have conversations about their roles.

Advice to Others:

I completed this internship between my sophomore and junior year and I highly recommend doing that. It confirmed for me that I actually wanted to stick with the HR concentration and that I genuinely had a passion for Human Resources.

Trevor Ferree
Marketing Analyst Intern, IBM

How did you find the position?

ePack

How has the experience helped you? What have you learned?

I learned how predictive analytics can be applied in the marketing field by incorporating data science methodologies into an account-based marketing strategy. I've also gained invaluable experience by networking with so many IBMers in order to learn about the company and how analytics can positively affect the business strategy.

Unique Experiences:

I was able to speak with executives, such as VP's and CMO's of IBM, about my internship project and how it will positively impact the marketing strategy.

Advice to Others:

Keep applying to internship opportunities! Even if you do not get the internship, you gain invaluable experience through interviewing and learning how to professionally network.

Nishan Kassahun
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Intern, Poole College of Management

How did you find the position?

I met Tayah Butler at the 2019 Inclusive Breakfast hosted before the spring career fair. I was really moved by the speech she gave, which motivated me to introduce myself to a person who has dedicated her career to creating an environment that is representative and inclusive for everyone. I took the opportunity to share my interest and background in the area. Eventually, after a series of conversations she offered me the opportunity to be part of her amazing team.

How has the experience helped you? What have you learned?

This internship helped me realize that application of education and career exploration are key components to one’s success! Growing up my father, Shumete used to say, “Timirt ke timirt bet bicha aydelem yemigegnewu”. It translates, “Education is not only received by going to school.” This internship has personally helped me figure lots of things out concerning my area of interest. The practicality of working is not something that can be taught in a textbook or just by showing up in class. If it wasn’t for this internship, I would have probably not known a lot of simple things like major work communication skills, how to talk to clients, how to organize events and many other thinks we do before we dig into details to get some tasks done. This opportunity was a great way for me to get ready for the real world. I think if I answered this question before my internship, I would have said, why do we have to do internships at all? I would think college classes were enough. But no! College classes are far from being enough. I was given the chance to have a first hand experience in the "real world". Especially being a senior, I wouldn't have time to get experience from anywhere else before having to look for a job after graduating. Practical experience is always the best way to learn. It prepares for the real job world experience.

Unique Experiences:

Honestly speaking, everyday is fun with Tayah and the group of people I work with. So far working for her has been the best experience. It's like we learn something , we improve our skills, we make a difference in our department and we laugh at the same time. I am very happy and thankful for this experience.

Advice to Others:

My advice to everyone is to apply to as many internships as they can. Internships are one of the major ways one can use to shape your future career. As a student from Ethiopia the culture and the fast-paced work environment that the US has caught me by surprise at first. However, through time, I was able to bypass those herders by exerting myself in an uncomfortable situation that helped me overcome them. Therefore, I highly urge every student at NC State University specially students from abroad to go head and face those challenges. Learning in this kind of environment will give you the best outcome and will prepare you for the real-world challenges. Don't hesitate to talk to everyone on campus including every staff member to make connections. You never know what those connections could turn into. I found my internship because of small talk I had with my director at an event. Be the wolf: the wolf is relentless, never quits and doesn't look back. Go pack!