Alex Angola, '10
International Business Major
Interned at Tesoro
"I felt like the company really invested in us. Their internship program was excellent! Interns had the opportunity to build connections with each other during company sponsored off-site social events. We were also encouraged to attend their quarterly meetings which gave us insight on revenue results and an understanding of future company plans.
"My internship at Tesoro was the best starting point I could have had for my professional career. I would encourage all students to pursue an internship even if only for a summer. Whether the firm is large or small, the combination of outside the classroom learning and contacts made in your area of work are crucial to long-term success."
Senior majoring in Information Systems and Infrastructure Assurance
Interned at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
"I grew as a person and as a professional because of my internship experience. When you are 1,600 miles from home, you quickly learn to adapt and understand responsibilities. I gained a lot of self-confidence and maturity through this experience. I would strongly encourage other students to participate in an internship near home or in another city. My knowledge has expanded tremendously, and I feel this experience has given me the latitude to start my career with confidence. I have already applied for post-graduate internships, and I hope to eventually continue my education and obtain a doctoral degree in IT someday."
Senior majoring in Finance and Accounting
Interned at Valero
"My biggest fear was not being able to live up to everybody's expectations, including my own. Confidence was a key factor in my performance. I learned the importance of communication and creating everlasting bonds with my mentors, supervisors, other interns and fellow co-workers. Don't be afraid to take risks. When you allow yourself to take a risk, professionally or personally, you open yourself up to a whole new set of opportunities."
John Raymond Marketing major
Interned at PM Group
"I highly recommend students get out into the business world and gain experience. I worked extremely hard in my internship and learned a lot. Classes will give you an understanding of the industry, but really working in the environment is a whole new ball game. Be proactive and take advantage of every opportunity."
Junior majoring in Marketing Tourism
Interned at Westin La Cantera
"My internship experience was very empowering. I learned a tremendous amount from this hands-on internship. The management supported and guided me through every step which enabled me to build confidence and develop leadership skills. New employees and interns undergo a four-day orientation focusing on company service expectations. The orientation is followed by a week of job shadowing which acclimates new hires to the day-to-day operations. I look forward to building my career at the Westin La Cantera after graduation."
Rafael Velez, '10
Interned at USAA
"Summer internships are the stepping stone to a full-time offer. In fact, many companies only hire from their internship pool. The most rewarding part of my internship was seeing my calculations used during a presentation to their Chief Marketing Officer."