Internship Advice: BHP, Finance

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April 1, 2014 by Lainey

NehaNeha Vaidya
Major: BHP & Finance Minor: Supply Chain Management

How did you go about getting your internship?
I was working on planning Discover BHP (a large honors recruiting event) with my Co-Chair, Chris Nguyen. He urged me to apply since he had done the internship the summer before and enjoyed the experience.  Even though I felt unprepared and inadequate, he made sure I applied and helped me through each step of the interview process. I would have never gotten the job or even chosen my major without him. Chris is a testament to the type of helpful and smart students that make-up the BHP Family.

What classes were the most valuable in getting your job or during your internship?
Most people would say that Finance or Economics would be helpful for a finance internship. I strongly disagree and believe that MIS301H (an introductory Excel, databases, and business systems class) is the best asset for any internship. It made great talking points in the interviews and there was even real application value at the desk. No one expects you to understand the complexities of finance, but your employer will gush over your Excel intelligence.

What advice would you give others as they search for an internship?
Be willing to apply outside your comfort zone (especially when you are trying to build resume experience). I would have never applied for any banking jobs because I pegged it for not being my “personality fit” so early in my college career. More importantly, don’t forget to ask for help. I’ve seen egos get in the way of the smartest students getting their dream internships.

How has Career Services helped you?
The BA 101 class freshman year teaches you about building resumes, writing emails, cover letters, dressing for certain industries, and more. Though it seems like a lot to take in and even maybe unnecessary your freshman year- it is not. By learning these skills early, not only have I been ready at the drop of a hat to write company-specific cover letters,for example, but also perfect these skills over the years. Not to mention, my BA 101 professor, Greta Fenley, has served as an essential sounding board and mentor since my freshman year. Career Services works to have the best personalized treatment, and I could not be happier with the outcome.

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