Love your Boss?

Love Your Boss Logo_SubtextLove your boss? Tell us why, and enter to win an iPad mini!

If you are like most Eller students, you spent this summer collecting resume items at an internship or other summer job. Often the caliber of this experience is affected by your boss at that job.

Josh Bersin from Bersin by Deloitte recently wrote an article for LinkedIn extolling the guidance and mentorship he received from his first boss, a man whose actions would help shape Bersin through his career:

“His philosophy was to give great advice, help us succeed, and always work as a team. I looked up to him and always “copied” what he did to make myself better. The few times he gave me specific advice, I really listened.”

Now we want to know, did you “love your boss?” What did you learn from him or her that you will take with you through the remainder of your college career and beyond?

Nominate your boss for a “Love Your Boss” award, and be entered to win an iPad mini for you AND your boss. We’ll notify your boss that you nominated him/her, and thank them for helping you have a good summer experience.

Use the Rafflecoptor entry below and be sure to leave a comment on this blog post and share with us what you learned from your boss.

Nominations are open Sept. 2-12.

An example of a great nomination comes from a reflection by Eller’s own Gannon Thute:

“My boss was exactly what I was looking for at the outset of this experience—someone who could mentor me in my professional development, as well as provide a great connection for me in the future. Working for him was a pleasure, as I felt throughout the summer I gained a greater sense of confidence and comfort in my work due to his teaching.”

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Student Spotlight: Bryce Schuler, Walmart

Bryce is working this summer as a Corporate Merchandising Intern at Walmart.

photoTell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

We found this internship through the UA student organization Enactus. My friends James, Sergio and I (pictured: from right to left) were encouraged to apply by an Eller and Enactus alumni who advocated for us with Walmart’s recruiters. We went through a two-stage interview process: first, an in-person interview and then an aptitude test. A couple of weeks letter we were offered the positions in merchandising.

What is a typical day at your internship like?

The focuses of this merchandising internship are to learn about the business, networking within it and achieve our summer project objectives. Our projects were real issues faced within our departments and at the end for the summer we each presented on what we had found and accomplished to leadership.

The internship is very dynamic and doesn’t include any daily repetitive tasks. Besides project work, other activities included participating in meetings with suppliers, touring stores, analyzing data to gain insight on opportunities, networking around the business, attending department strategy meetings and some intern training classes.

What has been your favorite part about the internship so far?

A couple of highlights include:

1: The first two weeks: With no background in retail I learned so much so quickly! It felt like I was “drinking from a fire hose” for the first week but then the learning curve leveled out.

2: Flight on the corporate jet: Flew to Nashville TN to look over competitive grocery retailers and see what we could do to improve our business.

3: Presenting my work: I received a lot of support and resources in executing my project. Presenting my findings to leaders on the grocery side of the business was very rewarding.

What are some things you have learned?

A lot of the time, your sponsor is busy (you know, doing their actual job) so they can’t manage your every move. It’s important to be self-motivated and try to add value where you can without being prompted.

I’ve learned a lot about the retail deli business but also I’ve learned about people, their careers and how they got to where they are now. That’s valuable as I near starting my career.

I’ve learned of the important skill of influencing, which is, leading people to do things rather than pushing them by communicating a common goal. That’s what the buyer’s role is all about and it’s an amazing skill to watch and practice.

How has Eller helped you prepare for your internship?

Eller has given me an appreciation for making decisions with data, logic and critical thinking. All of those are vital to making decisions that you can have confidence in when presenting to leadership and that’s been invaluable in this experience.

Student Spotlight: Jenifer Wong, R&R Partners

Jenifer_RRPartnersJenifer is working as an account management intern this summer at R&R Partners is Los Angeles, CA.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

This past semester involved a lot of resume edits, cover letter writing, applications, and networking. I connected with R&R Partners through Jeff Welter, who introduced me to one of his former students that works here, and is now my boss. Though our initial conversation happened back in March, it wasn’t until the end of May that I went through two rounds of phone interviews and moved out to LA about a week later.

What is a typical day at your internship like?

The cool thing about working at an ad agency is that there isn’t a typical day! My main responsibility is to help coordinate communication between clients and the different departments in the agency. For example, if a client needed a flyer for their company, they would tell the Account Team what they wanted in that flyer, and we would bring that information to the Creative Team, or whichever team is involved. But depending on the projects that R&R is handling each week, I could be making props, sitting in on client meetings, or doing research for a product. I even got to help with the production of this stop motion ad!

 What has been your favorite part about the internship so far?

I absolutely love that everyone here tries to help us interns get the most out of our experience. My boss is always asking me if there is anything that I want to get involved in or if there is anything that I want to learn more about. Since R&R is a full service agency, I’ve been able to see how the entire process works from understanding a client’s needs to coming up with the concepts to finalizing an ad. Everyone is a blast to work with too!

What are some things you have learned?

Don’t just sit around when there seems to be nothing to do. It doesn’t benefit you or the company you’re working for. Ask anybody and everybody if they need help with anything and you’ll find many more learning opportunities along the way. Also, it’s amazing how much work goes into creating a single ad.

How has Eller helped you prepare for your internship?

SWOT analysis. During my first week here, I was asked to prepare a SWOT analysis for a huge client and eventually presented it to several managers who were impressed with my research. Aside from that, Eller has really taught me to be an effective communicator, which is important for account management. And Dr. Ackerley’s Advertising Management class helped me a lot with understanding the jargon and processes in this industry.

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Towne, CliftonLarsonAllen

photo3Elizabeth is an accounting senior interning this summer at CliftonLarsonAllen in Minneapolis, MN.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

I actually got the Minneapolis/University of MN recruiter’s  contact information and emailed her. I explained how I had done an externship in the Tucson office the previous semester. I completed the externship as a part of my honors direct admission interview for Eller Professional Admissions. The recruiter took a look at my resume, and we set up an interview over Thanksgiving break! I found out a few weeks later that I got the internship!

What is a typical day at your internship like?

My internship consists of mostly audit work. I am rarely in the actual CLA office, because we are at client sites. Our clients consist of non profits, governments, schools, and higher education. We are usually at the client for a week or two, but sometimes it can be just a few days to do some preliminary work. At the client, I partake in the audit at the same level as a staff auditor. I will audit Cash, Accounts Payable, Expenses, etc. I will do General and Payroll disbursement testing and Student Activity Fund testing as well. There’s plenty of testing to do and checking to see if there is anything unusual. There are moments where you will need documents from the client and have to wait, and there are times when you have to discuss/clarify issues with the client, so there is a lot of client involvement. This is the one part that is my least favorite, because you have to rely on the client to be prepared. Overall, it is a very interesting internship, because nothing ever seems to be the same day after day, and I feel as though I learn something new every hour, which is something I really like.

What advice do you have for other interns?

Always put 100% effort into the work you are assigned. Ask questions; an internship is a learning experience and your supervisor and other employees are willing to help. Be friendly and approachable. Lastly, write down instructions as someone gives them to you, because if you don’t, you will forget and you don’t what to have to ask again!


Opening Doors to Careers in Chicago

By Pete Corrigan, Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Coaching

Your Professional Development Center team is constantly working to expand the diversity of the employment options available to Eller students. Last week I visited Chicago, Illinois to strengthen relationships with existing Eller employers and to reach out to potential new employers. It was a jammed packed three days.

BMOHB_T2RBI started my employer visits at Belvedere Trading. Belvedere is a proprietary trading company that has become very active on top campuses as they look for  students with excellent math skills to immerse them in a sixteenth month trading training program. New hires will work in teams that are focused on different markets i.e. agriculture futures, equities, interest rates, etc. Entry level traders are paid a competitive salary along with six month bonuses. My second stop was BMO Harris Bank. Harris Bank was founded in 1882 and is a full service bank with a wide range of opportunities. I met with them two years ago and Eller students have been applying to their very competitive financial analyst internship position. We haven’t broken through as yet and I was excited to learn how we can better prepare our students. The recruiter told me that top candidates had to be able to articulate why they wanted to work specifically for the Harris Bank in Chicago. Third stop of the day was Factset. We have two alum working for Factset in Chicago and my meeting was facilitated by a third alum who works in their San Francisco office. Their office is on the 65th floor and has a great view of the city and Lake Michigan. Factset makes financial software and the two Eller students are involved with sales of the software to professionals in the financial industry. They also have MIS positions available. My first three stops were within walking distance of each other in Chicago’s financial district. The fourth stop was a 40 minute ride to Riverwoods which is a northwest suburb. Riverwoods is home to Discover Card Services and its three thousand plus employees. Discover hires students of all majors and this meeting was facilitated by an Eller alum that in just over a year has risen to a leadership role on their campus recruiting team.

Day two started with a visit to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The MDA is a non-profit that raises money to fight neurological diseases. Formerly headquartered in Tucson they have sold most of their Tucson headquarters and moved into a smaller space. Their new offices in downtown Chicago will soon be the home of many transplanted Tucson employees. They are looking for students with social media marketing skills and offer internship and some full time opportunities in Tucson and Chicago. I spent the afternoon at an alumni career fair at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. There were alumni from about seven Chicago colleges present and the U of A as well. Candidates interacted with about 100 employers. This imagesevent was coordinated by the Windy City Wildcats alumni organization. My third stop was at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The “Merc” is the world’s largest futures exchange and over the last ten years has bought the Chicago Board of Trade and the New York Mercantile Exchange. The new corporation is called CME Group. I met with the Director of the Board of Governors. He is a colleague from my days on the trading floor. The industry has changed completely as the majority of trading is done electronically. He introduced me to the Director of HR and we are looking forward to introducing Eller students to internship and full time opportunities at the CME. That night I went to dinner with the new president of the Windy City Wildcats alumni organization. She helps organize events and fun activities for Wildcats living in the Chicago area.

My last day I met an Eller alum who works for Ernst & Young in their auditing department. Her clientele are mostly financial services companies.  She met Ernst & Young at “Meet the Firms” at Eller and the Phoenix office facilitated her finding a job back home in Chicago. Her father was our original connection at the Harris Bank and he joined us for lunch. A great trip, hopefully several doors opened for Eller students. If anything I talked about interests you please visit a career coach for more details.

Student Spotlight: Lauren Larcher, Warner Brothers

10384746_10203508525147837_1973216480991553798_n (2)Lauren is working this summer as a Media Sales intern at Warner Brothers in Los Angeles, CA.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

I’ve always been interested in the business aspect of the entertainment industry. When I began my internship search, I reached out to friends and family members to see if they had any connections to the business world in the entertainment industry. Through my search I gained a connection to Marisusan Trout, Vice President of Warner Bros. Media Sales Department for the Western Region. Throughout the spring semester I continued to follow up with Marisusan and Warner Bros. to express my passion and enthusiasm for an internship position with their company. After three interviews I eagerly accepted the internship!

What is a typical day at your internship like?

The Media Sales Department handles relations with all national advertisers regarding the sale of commercial units and integration with WB television shows. The Ellen Degeneres Show, TMZ, Friends, and The Middle are a few examples of WB television shows this department sells. On a typical day I arrive at Warner Bros. at 10:00 A.M. From there I check my WB email to see if I have any tasks from Marisusan or other department members. Most of my tasks involve Excel, and creating information that will assist employees in their calculations and future meetings. For lunch I walk over to the WB lot and eat at the commissary with other interns. On some occasions I am able to help the Marketing and Research Department, for example I assisted with the screening of Tom Cruise’s new movie “Edge of Tomorrow,” which was a blast! Each day I am experiencing something new and expanding my knowledge of business and the entertainment

What has been your favorite part about the internship so far?

So far my favorite part of interning at Warner Bros. is the positive environment and endless opportunities. It is evident the employees here truly enjoy coming to work and contributing to the success of Warner Bros. Entertainment. I have had the opportunity to listen to executive employees discuss their WB experiences, and the majority of people rotated to different departments on their journey to the top. It excites me to know that this industry holds infinite possibilities. My experience at Warner Bros. has reassured me this is the type of career I would like to pursue upon graduation.

What are some things you have learned?

Overall some of the key things I have learned are the importance of timeliness and networking. A major contributor to the success of the Media Sales Department involves being prompt and meeting deadlines. Marisusan and her associates work directly with clients and agencies and it is crucial to be prompt in order to make the sale and maintain good customer relations for the future. Upon graduation I may want to apply for a position within Warner Bros., so I am eager to meet and assist anyone when I can.

How has Eller helped you prepare for your internship?

Eller has taught me many lessons which I implement everyday during my internship. As I briefly mentioned earlier, I am not running coffee and indulged in meaningless work. Most of my tasks involve creating documents for the Media Sales meetings with the WB NY office and other various clients. My time at Eller has taught me how to properly design information so that is well-structured, and has strong readability and professionalism. I have been able to work on teams with other department interns effectively. Eller has strongly prepared me for all my responsibilities at Warner Bros., and there has been nothing I could not handle.

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Student Spotlight: Garrett Labar, Charles Schwab

Garrett pic 1 (2)Garrett is working this summer as a Retirement Plan Services intern at Charles Schwab in Austin, TX.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

I applied online and went through 3 rounds of interviews.

What is a typical day at your internship like?

7:00am-8:00am: I spend some time preparing for that days meetings and following up with people I met the day before (Networking, networking, networking).

8:00am-Noon: I work directly with the plan administration team, which handles all of the money coming into both defined contribution and defined benefit plans. To put it simply, the money needs to be properly accounted for, allocated to the correct plans, and then set to trade into the correct mutual funds in a timely manner.

Noon-3:00pm: I am in and out of intern specific training, sitting in on meetings, or shadowing some of the CFPs.

3:00-5:00pm: I go back to working with the plan administration team or spend a little bit time studying from a variety of company material (mainly QPA/QKA study material).

What has been your favorite part about the internship so far?

Sitting in on meetings where some of the Vice Presidents are present has been my favorite part. It’s an amazing opportunity to hear what some of the brightest people in the industry think about any given issue.

What are some things you have learned?

I have learned more about retirement plans than I ever knew existed.

How has Eller helped you prepare for your internship?

ACCT 400c has prepared me more than any other course in Eller. Everything that Professor Blanchard taught in that course was expected to be common knowledge when I showed up at Charles Schwab.

Student Spotlight: Ben Malisewski, Microsoft

BenMalisewski_Microsoft (2)Ben is working this summer as a Americas Operation Center Commercial Ops intern at Microsoft in Reno, NV.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

Microsoft recruited from campus for the first time this year. I was president of the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity at the time, and they wanted to talk to our members so I met them the recruiting team through coordinating their visit to our chapter. I built a great relationship with two of the employees that visited, which was very beneficial. They had a first round phone interview and a second round interview on-site, and after that I was offered the position!

What is a typical day at your internship like?

I get into the office between 8:00 and 8:30 and leave between 5:00 – 5:30. I have meetings with my manager once a week and coach once a week. Meetings are all over the place, but outside of that, it is very much self-paced. My role is project based, and my manager has given me a lot of responsibility to take it on. I check in with him every week, but daily tasks are on me. It is a lot of data analysis in Excel, because I have learned quickly that hypotheses are strong, but data has to validate those hypotheses, which can often be tiresome trying to extract the right data. Aside from data mining and meetings, utilizing the knowledge around me from the full time employees and really picking their mind is something I do frequently.

What has been your favorite part about the internship so far?

The company culture here is amazing. Ever since the interns have arrived, everyone has been extremely welcoming and helpful. Being paired with a manager and coach is really great on a multitude of levels. Additionally, I can see how my project could make a impactful change and being given that much responsibility is really exciting.

What are some things you have learned?

Specific aspects about the company and the business has been what I have learned most, but I think I’ve really learned the importance of data. Numbers tell a story, and trying to find the right data to prove a hypothesis is critical. That is the best way to prove a point. It can be time consuming to use Excel to filter and manipulate the data the right way, but it also (hopefully) verifies what you set out to prove which gives you a level of certainty moving forward.

How has Eller helped you prepare for your internship?

I was talking to another Eller student, who is at a different company, about how awesome it is that what we are learning skills at Eller that directly translate to the workplace. My BCOM class, specifically the communication skills and different writing forms, has been really helpful when trying to get information from different people that I haven’t met before. The presentation skills will undoubtedly be crucial towards the end of my internship, and the Excel knowledge from MIS 304 has been a huge help too.

Student Spotlight: Kevin Chai, UBS

CaptureKevin is working this summer as an Equity and Sales Summer Analyst at UBS in New York, NY.

What is a typical day at your internship like?

There is no typical day for my internship! A lot of my day is reactionary, it all depends on client demands and upcoming events! Some things that I spend a lot of time  on are preparing presentations, working on stock pitches, sitting in on client meetings, and shadowing people on my desk.

What has been your favorite part about the internship so far?

My favorite part of the internship is how willing everyone is to spend time with you. Everyone, from the analyst to the managing director, has been willing to take time out of their day to speak with me and answer any questions I may have! Oh, and there is unlimited coffee too!

How has Eller helped you prepare for your internship?

Eller is a fantastic place with students, alumni, and advisers all willing to help you. I know I would not have been able to succeed in my interviews and land my spot on the Street without the help a few wonderful mentors. My advice for anyone interested in working on Wall Street it to reach out to anyone in Eller you think can help you! It would surprise you how many people are willing to extend that helping hand.

Student Spotlight: Hayley Schwartz, Sirius XM Radio

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 7.08.49 PMHayley is working this summer as a Customer Relationship Marketing intern at Sirius XM Radio in New York, NY.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

I applied to SiriusXM Radio through their online application. A couple months later I had a series of phone interviews, and received the offer for the internship right before school ended.

What is a typical day at your internship like?

My internship varies from day-to-day.  I specifically work with the Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM) team, who is responsible for subscriber loyalty and engagement. Other teams are responsible for branding, acquisition of new customers, getting lost users to resubscribe, and even reaching out to dealerships and car manufacturers; the marketing department is huge.

My job is to keep customers engaged and brand loyal by offering exclusive events and promotions. Subscribers are invited to events involving their favorite artists and celebrities through geo-demographic targeting and their inputed listening preferences.

Day-to-day, I  attend various meetings regarding topics such as planning subscriber events,  creating more engaging emails, and even data storage and management of subscriber contact information. Some days I will research different campaigns such as using video in email to increase effectiveness, and mock up emails with these more engaging tactics. I’ve used Excel to create pivot tables to learn how to analyze campaign effectiveness. I’ve even had to use my spanish minor to both e-mail and call subscribers that are primarily spanish-speaking. My job also involves planning and working the exclusive subscriber events.

What has been your favorite part about the internship so far?

My favorite part of my internship so far was working an event we had for 22 Jump Street. SiriusXM hosts events called “Town Halls” in which subscribers sit in the studio and ask celebrities various questions. This event featured Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. At one point in the event, I was standing less than a foot away from Channing Tatum. Aside from seeing different celebrities, I really enjoy communicating with the different subscribers knowing I contributed to their unforgettable day.

What are some things you have learned?

Always smile. You never know who you will be in an elevator with, from a celebrity guest, to the CEO, it is always important to be professional and have a positive attitude. I’ve also learned marketing is a very broad major. There are many specific roles within marketing, and I am doing my best to shadow different departments to see which area I like the best.

How has Eller helped you prepare for your internship?

Eller has not only given me the soft skills necessary to communicate professionally to land my internship, but also the knowledge of how to work in a  team. SiriusXM is a large company, and teamwork is essential. Having first semester Eller set up in teams was very beneficial. Eller also has offered me the opportunity for club involvement that has enriched my college experience. Finally, Eller has helped me build my network to make friends that have given me the guidance necessary to get me to where I am today.

Everyone in the PDC was so helpful through the entire process whether it was editing my resume and cover letter, helping me prepare for phone interviews, or even finding housing after I got my internship. Eller offers amazing resources.