Position: Global Wealth & Investment Management (Merrill Lynch), Quality & Learning Management Systems (ResMed)
Location: San Diego, CA
Describe your internship in one sentence.
My internships were pretty challenging (and, at times, very stressful), but overall they gave me a lot of new experiences and taught me new ways to identify and solve problems.
What does your day-to-day look like?
Balancing two summer internships was cool because I would be at startup-like, tech-y environment at ResMed on Monday, then at a completely formal/corporate setting at Merrill Lynch the next day! At ResMed, I was managing a company-wide QA system and dealing with medical device compliance, so I was like a consultant having a lot of meetings with VP's and directors from every department then implementing changes in our system. Merrill Lynch was completely different; there were usually 4 different types of financial reports that I made in preparation for client meetings and a ton of spreadsheet work.
What is your favorite part of the company culture?
Personally, I favor ResMed's interactive and lively feel over the corporate setting. I sit near one of our food stations so that is very bad news for the company. I overheard them complaining that the food has been diminishing at a considerable pace during the last few months (it's cause of me).
How has Delta Sigma Pi prepared you for your internship?
When you are surrounded by such ambitious and amazing people like the brothers of DSP, you just naturally feel inclined to do your very best and learn as much as you can. It's cool to have so many connections in your professional network also be your best friends at UCSD!
What is the most valuable takeaway you’ve gained from your internship?
In continuous improvement we live by these words: Discover, Design, and Deliver. When you are solving a problem, make sure to first research/find the sources of the problem, design a road map to offer a solution, and actually follow through on your action items and ensure deadlines are met. You can't really solve a problem without any of these parts. You also need to limit the amount of time you spend on researching and preparing a solution, this is time management.
Do you have any advice for people who want to obtain an internship?
At our stage as recent college grads, the most we can offer to the market is a willingness to learn. There is always going to be someone may seem more qualified than you, but not just anyone can match your level of ambition and curiosity. Talk with as many people as you can and learn from their experiences!