Major: Business Administration with Concentration in Finance and Minor in Business Information Systems
Expected Date of Graduation: December 2017
With graduation approaching fast, Gordon knew that he wanted his internship experience to not only be related to his major but also give him the opportunity to make great connections with his employer. During the summer, Gordon was the Business Intelligence Intern at Traveler’s Insurance in Hartford, CT which opened many doors for his future career.
Gordon had many different tasks throughout the internship. For instance, he created dashboards for management to help them track projects, check on certain tasks that people were assigned and understand the workload for each employee. This particular internship was handled like a regular job position. He would go in, check his emails, and work on whatever project he had going on for that particular day. There were no repetitive tasks, which was important for Gordon because he felt as though the work that he was putting in each day was going towards something and had value. He was very appreciative that he had a variety of new things to do and learn. Throughout this internship Gordon was able to apply what he learned from his major to the office, along with picking up on new and different business intelligence tools.
One thing that Gordon really enjoyed during this internship was the people he worked with on a day-to-day basis. He believed the environment of the company as a whole was very collaborative and everyone he met at Traveler’s was willing to help one another. Not only did he gain a ton of experience but Gordon’s internship led him to a full-time position. By learning about all the software programs, the core work of his particular department, and making connections with people throughout the company, Traveler’s was very impressed and hired Gordon before he even graduated!
In the department he works in right now, there’s always room for growth and opportunity for advancement. Gordon hopes to establish more of a skill set, which will then lead him to a promotion and eventually becoming a manager. “We have business insurance, personal insurance, bond and specialty insurance, and so on…there could be a job in any of those different areas, there’s so much opportunity.” When asked what advice he would give to other students trying to find an internship, Gordon stated, “Use the Center for Internships and Career Development at Eastern! I went and talked to someone there, got the pamphlet with resume and cover letter assistance and used that to redo my resume. Use the resources on campus and relate the courses you took in college to the tasks you do at your internship. Confidence is key, be proud of what you accomplished.”
Written by Kim Tallard