Internship Advice: MIS

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April 3, 2014 by Lainey

Maria RiveraMaria Rivera
Major: Management Information Systems

How did you go about getting your internship?

I was selected to attend the Goldman Sachs Undergraduate Camp in NYC this past summer. Shortly thereafter, I received an interview offer. After five back-to-back interviews, at the 200 West office, I received the internship offer.

What classes were the most valuable in getting your job or during your internship?

Security and Audit taught by professor Huseyin Tanriverdi was a course which helped me answers some of the questions during my interview. Among other things, the course covers the most commonly used IT auditing practices in the current industry. In my interview, I was able to demonstrate knowledge about current best practices, even outside the immediate real of IT, as well as demonstrate awareness as to how IT impacts all other areas in the firm.

What advice would you give others as they search for an internship?

Apply for the camps, company visits, scholarships, special programs that focus on the industry you seek to enter. The programs sponsored by specific companies really give you a leg up when it comes to an interview. Having had some prior contact with the firm will allow you to speak much more fluently about your understanding of the company culture and how you are a good fit.

How has Career Services helped you?

It was through career services that I found out about the application for the Goldman Sachs Undergraduate Camp in New York City. In addition, the career fairs put together by career services, for example, have provided a forum to practice my networking skills. However, these semi-annual career fairs are only small snippets of all the events that are offered throughout the year. I have been part of company visits, networking dinners, speaker series, women’s breakfast, resume workshops, and company presentations just to name a few. Overall, Career Services here at McCombs has been a very important factor in my transformation from student to professional as I get ready to graduate.



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