Nicholas Kempf, Analytics Intern
Finding the Internship
Finding and working an internship has been a truly remarkable experience, and provided critical job skills for long-term success. For me, finding an internship didn’t take much looking. I had been with US Cellular almost 2 years when I approached my direct manager about my required internship experience needed for graduation. At that point, there was a decision to be made, find a way to facilitate my internship on site through US Cellular, or resign my current position and find another internship opportunity as the hours and work simply did not allow both my regular work and outside internship to be completed.
UW Cellular believed in my long-term future with the company and were willing to do what it took to allow me to remain and grow within the company. My internship started unofficially around October of 2012, but has, since the New Year, started to require more projects and a significantly higher amount of time, and thus experience.
Applying What We Have Learned
UWO provides such a well-rounded education for the College of Business that I was able to immediately go into my projects and put into practice analytical skills learned and developed through numerous classes, but most notably, Quantitative Business Analysis (QBA). The work I’ve been doing was directly correlated with much of the class work and learning provided from QBA.
A challenge I immediately faced was a distinct separation between my current work, and my internship role. At first the roles blended together, too well, making it hard to distinguish between regular work and internship work. Over time, that was something I found ways to make that boundary between my tasks, and that, in turn, actually made improvements in overall productivity to remain focused on one project in that moment.
Over my time working on projects, I have really enjoyed taking the time to learn the aspects of social analytics. That is measuring the results and impressions of social media networking. It’s something I never imagined before having as significant of an impact on businesses as it does today. It was, to an extent, remarkable to see how much time, effort, and capital is devoted to developing and maintaining a company’s social presence.
A critical skill I developed during my internship was learning and continuing to learn the importance of networking, not just socially, but at networking opportunities. Creating a strong, loyal network base has a profound impact on creating successful community involvement and events. It also has significant personal impact, to develop personal referrals, which are more successful in nearly any business opportunities.
I’m very thankful for my internship opportunity, and for what I’ve learned. I know these skills and traits will yield immediate results after graduation and also long-term success.