In this “Internship Experience” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of our students from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management as they return from summer internships.
Name: Stephanie Sheldon
Graduation Year: May 2020
Minor: Information Management and Technology
Hometown: Framingham, MA
Intern Company/Title: EY – Technology Advisory Consultant Intern
Describe your position and some of your daily tasks?
As a Technology Advisory Consultant intern this past summer, I traveled to New Jersey from Boston every Monday-Thursday to meet with my client – a biopharmaceutical company in Summit, NJ. My team was implementing a portal for patients, prescribers and agents using Agile Studio. Working under the Project Manager, I structured user stories to meet the client’s needs. I also prepared slides for weekly status meetings to keep our client up-to-date with our team’s progress and deliverables. On Fridays, I went into EY’s Boston office to participate in office-wide intern events.
How did you land your internship?
I applied through Handshake and participated in the EY Women in Technology (WIT) Conference during the summer after my sophomore year. This was a two-day conference in Chicago, where 80 women from universities nationwide came together to discuss the intersection of business and technology. Upon leaving the conference, we had our final round of interviews for the internship the next summer.
What did you learn from your internship experience?
I learned that it is just as important to look at the “big picture” of a business as it is to look at the little things. Having awareness of what each department of the business does helped me focus on my tasks. I also learned how to integrate Agile Studio into everyday business tasks.
Has your experience changed your plans or career choice when you leave college?
My experience ensured me that I want to pursue a career in consulting once I graduate.
How will your internship experience help you after graduation?
Having this experience behind me, I know and understand what goes into having a career in consulting. While challenging and tiring at times, it is extremely rewarding and interesting to me. I am glad I was “thrown” into the life of a consultant this summer, so that I know what to expect once I begin working in consulting full-time.
How has the Whitman School prepared you for your internship?
As much as students tend to get frustrated with group work, learning how to lead and do my part in a group setting, helped tremendously while working with my team this summer. Whitman was also very helpful in preparing me to professionally network with my peers, as well as with senior leadership.
What did you enjoy most about your experience?
I loved that I was working in a smaller team at a larger company. EY has almost 300,000 employees, but my team at Summit was only about 50 people, allowing me to form close relationships with employees at all levels and play a large role in my project. It is also exciting to be part of such a large organization and to participate in intern events in the office.
Do you have any advice to students who are looking for an internship?My advice to students who are undergoing an internship search is to take advantage of their surroundings. I found that most of my opportunities came from sparking inquisitive conversations with my peers and my superiors. Asking questions to others is the best way to demonstrate interest – and make sure to always follow up.