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Erica B.


Erica, B.
BA, Finance, '12
 

Economics (minor)

Internship Site:
Mercer HR
Seattle, WA

 

How long was your internship?

12 weeks (During summer of 2011)

What were your job duties?

Assisted as needed with analyzing the health and benefits that clients' offer to their employees. Duties included contract review to verify specific negotiating terms and to determine if contacts were finalized, we created spreadsheets to allow for cost comparisons, created a PowerPoint presentation that served as a client deliverable for future insurance vendors, and used Microsoft Excel and Access to create query's for a five-year forward pricing analysis.

What were some of the steps you took to find this internship?

In seeking an internship I regularly checked Eagle Axis for newly posted listings. I also signed up to receive email notifications of upcoming opportunities on campus. It was through these resources that I found out about INROADS and was able to apply to their program.

Over time were there things you did personally to help you prepare for this internship?

In preparation for the interview I researched what the company tends to ask in most interviews and then had my family and friends conduct mock interviews with me. It was difficult to assess what technical skills I would need once I received the internship. So, once I was working at Mercer I quickly identified the areas I needed to improve and began improving on those skills in the evening with my spare time. The two main areas I focused on were the use of Microsoft Excel and Access.

Got any personal advice for students who may be a bit nervous about stepping into larger internships or internships in general?

Start early. Don't wait until your Senior year to start looking for internships. Also, be active on and off campus. Find an organization that will help you round out your resume. Every student has college experience they can put down, but how many also have leadership experiences, community service, or successes outside of their academics?  This is what made me stand out amongst the competition. I have good grades, but most applicants for internships have them too. My involvement with Alpha Kappa Psi helped me stand out above my competition and gave me good material to discuss in my interview.

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