How I Obtained My Internship
I am currently a Marketing Intern for commercial real estate company, Regus. I actually got my internship with the company through personal networking while giving tours on campus. The Regional Vice President for Regus was on one of my tours and offered to give me a position at the end of the tour.
My internship originally took place in Chicago, and since I had never lived there it was very intimidating going into it. Not only was I going to work in a new city, it is also the third largest city in the country and I would be working right in the middle of downtown. However, I quickly learned my way around and figured out how to use the public transit (trains, buses, etc.).
Once I started getting into the swing of things within the company I did see several areas where I could apply UWO coursework. In fact, QBA was a very vital part of me being able to have success with Regus. After having success in my position this summer, largely because of the skills I learned in QBA, I emailed Dr. Miller to thank him and let him know that his class was a big part of my success.
Regus has not had much interjection of young ideas recently. So when I got there I was able to take a look at things and see some things very differently from the way they had been looked at for so long. I also got the chance to give my insight on certain things. For example, marketing has largely been a weakness of theirs for a while, I was able to come in and offer fresh ideas.
Why I Like it at Regus
The biggest thing I have done so far is I was able to take a large sample of the Chicago market for Regus and use that to create a full marketing plan. I first researched the major verticals, and how they were divided throughout the market. Then I researched local marketing opportunities for each of these verticals. Once I had the entire plan together I presented it to several people, including the Regional Vice President that hired me.
I have really enjoyed my internship so far, and learned a lot of different things within the organization and outside of the organization. The most important thing I have learned though, is how important networking truly can be. I had no clue when I started my tour that day that I was talking to the man that would give me my first full-time job.
Adam Schubert, Accounting
A First Source Experience
My name is Adam Schubert, an Accounting major at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I plan on graduating after this upcoming spring semester in 2013. I have completed much of my coursework required to obtain my degree with a few classes left for one final year of college! I had still needed an internship though and was pretty stressed out about finding one. And then I found an accounting internship with First Source Worldwide.
First Source Worldwide is a supplier that manufactures and distributes chemicals for other company’s needs. Some of their clientele include Rawlings Sporting Goods, Hanes, and Fruit of the Loom. Many of the chemicals they provide are pigments/colorants used in clothes that we wear every day.
I had stumbled across this internship by signing up for the email program offered through the Internship Program at UW-Oshkosh. I received an email stating that interns were needed at this company and responded right away. After completing an interview, FSW had contacted me and they offered me an internship. I was able to start mid February 2012.
At first I was really nervous about this new endeavor. I was unsure what to expect besides what they had told me during the interview where they gave me a vague list of responsibilities. After about a week I realized what I had gotten myself into. It seemed overwhelming at first but as time went on, I became very comfortable in my role at First Source Worldwide as an intern.
I have been able to incorporate a great deal of my previous coursework in this internship. One of the courses that I have been able to apply the most is Bus 305 (Accounting Information Systems). This class had taught me to use Peachtree which is very similar to QuickBooks. I use this everyday when entering and approving bills. Another course that I am using in my position at FSW is Quantitative Business Analysis (QBA). I use Excel every single day and this class has helped me become efficient in using the program.
My main responsibilities on a daily basis consist of entering and approving bills for both U.S. and Mexico operations. I also help occasionally with some costing projects in order to supply the business with information that helps them price their products competitively. I also help out with the purchasing department when they need the additional support. This has exposed me to various areas of the business giving me a fuller understanding of the business operates and a broader overall experience.
Although I have been exposed to various departments of the company, this exposure reassures me that I would like to stick with the accounting field. I love everything about it and I continue to learn every day I’m at my internship. I have recently been offered to continue this internship throughout the upcoming school year and I look forward to the additional experiences ahead of me.