January 24, 2018 by texasbbacareerservices
Major: Corporate Finance
Graduation Date: May 2018
Where did you intern?
I was a finance/accounting intern at Essilor of America in Dallas, TX.
Can you describe how your interview went?
I applied to the internship through RecruitMcCombs and was invited to a first-round interview via Skype. The initial interview was behavioral with a panel of three employees from various finance and accounting departments. They explained how the internship worked and described their positions. We talked about my classes and what I liked about finance. They reached out to me a few weeks later for an office visit at the Dallas campus. I had three back to back interview with two of the SVPs and HR. These interviews were more technical, but also a great way to get to know more about the company and office culture.
Can you describe your internship experience?
My internship experience at Essilor was exciting and challenging. I spent time in the Internal Audit, General Ledger, Business Analysis, and Tax departments. I worked on several projects in each department with many wonderful people. I was one of four finance interns. Although we were in different departments, working on different projects, we collaborated and helped each other whenever we could. We got participate in meetings and eat with the CEO. They took us to a Texas Rangers game together among other intern outings. We also had an intern buddy and mentor, who had previously gone through the intern program, to help us out throughout the internship.
Can you describe the office culture?
Essilor is a great place to work. The internship was rotational so I got to experience the different personalities within each team. The office is open and I felt like everyone wanted to see the interns succeed. I was encouraged to meet and get to know everyone. Essilor has a great cafeteria open for breakfast and lunch. I also appreciated the schedule flexibility because it allowed me to make a couple weekend trips over the summer. There was a great balance of working hard while still having fun. People would bring in doughnuts for breakfast, celebrate co-worker’s birthdays, and the interns decorated the office for the fourth of July.
What classes do you think were most valuable in getting your internship?
I believe there are two classes that that were most relevant in securing my internship. The first being Valuation. It gave me the most practical knowledge about understanding companies and how to make sense of the financial statements. Second, I took Data Analytics for Marketing. This class is all about Excel and was extremely useful because everything I did over the summer was in Excel. Shortcuts and knowing how to present data will give you a competitive advantage. I think everyone should take this class before leaving McCombs.