Success Story Starring Rachel Remias

Mettler Toledo Corporate Finance Internship

By Ivonne Perez ’20

How did you find out about this internship?

I found out about this opportunity after talking to my accounting professor, Ms. ConRachel R _Image-1rad, in the fall semester, as she worked at Mettler Toledo prior to her time at Wittenberg.  I had heard about Mettler Toledo previously due to their size and given that I am from Columbus, but Ms. Conrad was able to get me in contact with the head of the finance internship program.

Was the process of applying for the internship challenging? Were their specific requirements?

The actual application process was not difficult, but it was very time consuming.  In September and early October of the fall semester, I dedicated at least three hours every week to applying for as many internships as I could.  My parents guided me through the process (they are both in the finance and human resources world, so they knew first-hand the appropriate approach to take) as I updated my resume and wrote tailored cover letters.  With little idea of what area of finance I was targeting, I applied to as many internships in Columbus as I could.  I went through many phone interviews and in-person interviews, and found out quickly the importance of asking insightful questions and writing personal thank-you emails following the interview.  I tried my best to be myself when answering questions, to be honest with the hiring manager regarding where I was at in my career path, and to be confident through the entire process.  It was an overwhelming couple of months, but well worth it when the offer came that December.

Did your internship relate to your major and/or field of interest?

Yes, I am a Finance and Political Major with a Justice, Law and Public Policy minor.  I wanted to focus last summer on finding an internship catering to my interest in finance.  Having a corporate finance opportunity as my first business professional experience shed light on how the textbook world differs from the real world. Mettler Toledo provided a rotational program, which I found incredibly beneficial as I worked for four different departments and was able to contribute to a vast array of projects from many different angles of the organization. After graduation, I would like to find a career in which I can utilize both my understanding of financial analysis and the critical reasoning and logic aspects learned through my political science major.

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Describe your internship and duties as an intern.

Throughout my time at MT, I assisted the Treasury, Financial Shared Service Center, Corporate Control and Unit-Level finance divisions with financial analysis and reporting efforts.  My rotations were about three weeks with each team, so I was able to work on many different types of projects.  I worked with various unit accounts to create general ledger journal entries and complete account reconciliations.  During month-end close, I was also able to analyze product line rebate numbers for partnering wholesale agencies and calculate monthly accrual and update currency exposure historical data.  My favorite projects were the ones I could “run with” and analyze from start to finish. While this is difficult in a fast-paced setting, I gained so much experience with Excel and various information management systems. I found these projects to be so interesting as everything I had learned in class was applied in a real setting.

At the beginning of my internship, I was assigned a three-month long project in which I executed a study concerning what is most valued and important in a work environment taking into account generational differences.  At the end of my internship, I presented my findings to an executive review board which was so nerve-wracking but also so rewarding! I learned so much about the importance of confidence when presenting, and I gained such valuable public speaking experience.

What was your favorite part of the internship? Your least favorite?

I loved my time at Mettler Toledo.  Everyone was incredibly welcoming and willing to teach and provide guidance.  I was never afraid to ask questions.  I also learned so much from individuals who were interns in the past, and I look up to them immensely.  With such a collaborative and friendly culture of individuals, Mettler not only made me feel comfortable but also gave me the platform to learn as much as I could in a mere three months.

One of my favorite parts of the internship was the global setting.  Mettler has units all over the world, and when I worked in the Corporate Control division I was responsible for directly contacting unit controllers from different countries.  In a given day, I would correspond with controllers from Japan, France, Taiwan, Australia, and the UK (just as examples).  As someone who has only traveled outside the United States once, this was so fascinating.

The only difficult part of the internship was if I had down-time as I waited for feedback.  Every intern will probably experience this at some point, and I found that it was important for me to take initiative and find a way to learn more despite that lull.  I tried to research more about aspects of the business that I did not fully understand, and I would read over company materials simply as a refresher during that time.

My time at Mettler Toledo provided invaluable business professional and financial reporting experience that I will always cherish.

Would you recommend having an internship during the semester or over the summer?

Absolutely! It is essential that you at least have some idea of what you will be getting into after graduation.  Having an internship is just as much about finding what you do like as what you do not like.  Having experience applying to jobs, networking, and working in your respective field prepares you even further for the future.

Did your internship supervisor happen to be a Wittenberg alumni?

Yes. I had two supervisors throughout my time, and one of them was a Wittenberg grad (Mitch Cohagan – Consolidation Manager – Graduated in 2011 and played lacrosse).  I completed the application and phone interview through him, so it was nice to have a connection and shared experience throughout the process.

Success Story

My Internship Experience

By Chris Reisiger ’20

In December 2018, I interviewed with Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co. a mid-sized accounting firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. I had been in communication with the head of college recruiting for a few weeks, and found her information through a Wittenberg alumnus I reached out to through CareerShift, a service Career Services provides. As I was driving back to Wittenberg from Cincinnati, I received a phone call from the college recruiting coordinator offering me the job. I was excited to be able to get my footthumbnail_IMG_2237 in the door and put what I had learned in the classroom to use in the real world.

Prior to my work at Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co., I had the opportunity to work at Revved-Up Harley Davidson in Springfield, Ohio as a bookkeeper/accountant in the spring of 2019. This experience was a good starting point for me. The work was challenging but not overwhelming, and I had the chance to get my feet wet working in the real world. It was a great way to start putting the knowledge I learned from the classroom and use it in the real world. I met with the recruiter at Revved-Up HD through the fall Job and Internship fair put on by Career Services. This work experience helped me build my professional resume and helped me get my summer internship at CHS.

At Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co., I worked as an Audit Intern working on Employee Benefit Plan Audits. I had the opportunity to work with many different people at different levels of the company and work with multiple different clients as we were auditing their Employee Benefit Plans. I had the opportunity to work with over a dozen different companies and had the opportunity to travel throughout Cincinnati. I worked with clients in varying industries; everything from Lasik eye care to manufacturing of aerospace parts to graphic design companies. I loved the eleven weeks I got to spend at CSH and could not have been happier with my experience.

One of my last weeks of work when I was out with a client, I received a phone call from the head of college recruiting offering me a position starting in September 2020. I was super excited about the job offer and accepted on the spot. I was glad that all the work I had put in during the summer had paid off. I am very excited for my senior year, but I am more excited to get my professional career started at CSH once I graduate!

Success Story Starring Mary Speyer

By Ivonne Perez ’20

How did you find out about this internship?

I spent the spring semester looking and applying for internships, knowing that I wanted to finish my internship that summer. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get an internship near home, because most of what was available was Imageout of state where I knew no one. I checked the job posting websites for the Cleveland Cavs, Browns, and Indians often, hoping one of them would have an internship available that interested me. One day, I dedicated the day to applying to as many internships as I could and I happened to stumble upon a job with the Indians for their Retail College Partnership Associate.

Was the process of applying for the internship challenging? Were their specific requirements?

I applied for the job over Christmas break and honestly, I ended up forgetting I applied, as I had applied for so many that day. That was until I got back from class one day and had a message from Nancy Schneider with the Cleveland Indians. I remember being so nervous and I texted both of my parents sharing the news. I called her back from my room and my hands were shaking. She answered the phone and almost immediately jumped into a phone interview. I was in no way prepared for a phone interview (I don’t know what I expected calling back in hindsight). After talking to her for a couple of minutes and hearing exactly what the internship entailed, I was offered an in person interview. A week later, I was in Cleveland meeting Michael Rohrbach, the Assistant Manager of Ballpark Retail. We talked for a while and I left feeling confident (of course that was until I came back to find my car being towed because in my nervousness, I apparently parked in an illegal spot). I waited for days to find out if I got the job or not, and as opening day drew closer, I started to lose my confidence. One day, while in the gym, I got a call from an unknown Cleveland number. I knew this had to finally be it, so I attempted to calm my heavy breathing and answered the phone. It was a robo call telling me my cars warranty was up. I was very disappointed, but a couple hours later I had another call from a Cleveland number. It was Michael and he offered me a job and I accepted immediately!

Did your internship relate to your major and/or field of interest?

After graduation, I would love to be able to work in Fan Experience and marketing, being able to make sporting events fun for fans of all ages. In my time with the Indians, I worked one on one with fans on the daily, hearing their story’s and talking about the game. Though I don’t believe that the retail side of sport is where I’ll end up, but getting to interact with fans every day was definitely beneficial.

Describe your internship and duties as an intern.

During game days, I would work in the team shops selling merchandise. In the beginning of the season, I moved from team shop to team shop every day, however, a couple weeks into the season I was permanently placed in the club lounge section. This gave me the opportunity to make connections with the season-ticket holder‘s that were commonly up there as well as  form a bond with the three other interns in that section.

This year, Cleveland was selected to host the MLB All Star Game. I was able to see the behind the scenes work required to pull off a major event  like the All Star Game. I helped with tearing down the stores and setting them up with All Star merchandise, as well as working in the MasterCard All Star Game tent during the weeks leading up to the games when it was open to the public. The three days of the All-Star game, the energy in Cleveland was unmatched. Having the opportunity to talk to people from all over the country was an amazing experience. Many of these fans had never been to Cleveland before and everyone had nothing but amazing things to say about the city that I love.

During the off days, we had guest speakers from different departments and they told us about their experience that led them to their jobs with the Cleveland Indians. My favorite speakers were Alex King, the Vice President of Marketing and Kelly Dredge, the Director of Live Experience. I would actually end up spending a game shadowing Kelly and seeing what she does on a daily basis. This included attending the morning meeting before gates opened and listening to them go over the script for the day, to being on the field for the pregame festivities.

What was your favorite part of the internship? Your least favorite?

During the last six months with the Cleveland Indians foundation, I have formed amazing bonds with both my coworkers and my bosses. I would not only call these people a part of my career network, but lifelong friends. I loved meeting so many new people and learning more about Cleveland sports fans. My love for the Cleveland Indians has grown so much, as well as my closet and  knowledge of baseball terms. Though it was hard at times working so much, especially during long home stand and prepping for All Star week, I cherished every moment and I could not have asked for a better internship experience.

Networking Etiquette Event

By: Ivonne Perez ‘20

FREE event coming up!! Be sure to register for this year’s Networking Etiquette event, which will be held in Shouvlin 105 on September 25th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. All you need to do is login to your Handshake account to pre-register (required to attend). During this event you will have the opportunity to interact with Wittenberg alumni, students and the one and only, Terri Thompson. Terri, the Etiquette Consultant will be teaching students the dos and don’ts of etiquette while having the chance to network with professionals.

Be sure to wear business casual attire. You will want to look presentable to impress our alumni and Terri! Business casual attire should be crisp and neat, not flashy or too casual. It should not look like you’re attending a cocktail party or picnic. Business casual is classic, not trendy so NO JEANS. Avoiding tight or baggy clothing would be wise. If you feel like wearing a suit, you are more than welcome to do so!

Arriving between 5:15 and 5:30pm is encouraged because the event will start promptly at 5:30pm. You won’t want to miss a single minute of etiquette learning. You will be able to ask questions and more than likely will find an answer to common questions such as:

 

  • “How do I become part of a conversation?”
  • “Where do I place my name tag if I’m given one?”
  • “How do I properly hand out my business cards?”

 

The Networking Etiquette event is a great chance for Wittenberg students to practice their networking skills while networking with our alumni, they are more than willing to help. But even though they are primarily here to help students practice, it doesn’t mean you won’t meet someone that may have connections with your future interests!! The goal is to help students feel better prepared for interviews with future jobs and graduate schools. As well as helping students feel comfortable socializing with potential employers.

Therefore, don’t forget to join us September 25th from 5:30-7:00pm in Shouvlin 105! You’ll get the opportunity to improve, learn or practice networking and etiquette skills, so be sure to pre-register for the event no later than Friday, September 20th at noon. If you have any trouble signing up please don’t hesitate to come visit us.

 

Graduate/Professional School Fair

By: Ivonne Perez ’20

HELLO EVERYONE! It’s already week three… isn’t that awesome? Well, maybe not as awesome as the upcoming Graduate/Professional School Fair!! You may or may not be considering going to graduate school, but building good connections with grad school recruiters is never a bad idea. Even if you’re a freshman, it’s never too early to network with representatives from graduate/professional schools. School recruiters remember students from year to year, and talking to representatives about the application process ahead of time could make things less intimidating when the time comes to apply.

Seniors, you may or may not be attending grad school immediately after graduation, but if you know you want to attend at some point down the road, make sure to stop by at Geil Lounge. Located in the lower level of the Student Center, on Thursday, September 5th from 11:50am-2:00pm. Make sure to show up as the best you, in your most fitting business casual outfit. Let’s dress to impress the 33 recruiters attending our Graduate & Professional School Fair.

A variety of graduate school/programs will be joining us such as:

  • Capital University Law School
  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Purdue University Krannert School of Management MBA and MS Programs
  • College of Education and Human Ecology – The Ohio State University

This is just a handful of the schools that will be attending the Fair. Be sure to come out and take a look at ALL the others. To see a complete list of the graduate schools and programs attending the Fair, login to your Handshake account. While at the Fair you will be able to see what the school and/or program has to offer, as well as becoming informed about what is needed to enroll in that school or program. Be sure to ask lots of questions, and if you happen to have any afterwards regarding your CV (curriculum vitae) or the graduate interviews, come see us in Career Services. We’re here to help! We will give you helpful tips to portray your skills and experiences on paper as well as help you become more comfortable during an interview.  So don’t forget to join us at the Fair this week on Thursday!!

Signing Off

Alrighty Tigers! I know you haven’t heard much from us here on the blog, but we’ve been trying our best to keep you all updated through our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages! Be sure to check out our video explaining how to do pre-recorded interviews, as well as some of our student success stories. We’ve interviewed students from freshmen to seniors, so be sure to watch them talk about the exciting internships and jobs that they’ve had or will have in the future!

As a senior, this is my last blog post for Career Services before I graduate in a couple weeks. But be sure to check out the blogs again next year, though, because we’ll have another awesome student employee keeping campus up to date on our events and opportunities!

If there’s one piece of advice that I had to leave you with, it would be to network. NETWORK WITH EVERYONE!! I have had so many incredible experiences on and off campus because I’ve visited Career Services and networked. I visited Wendy, our Director, during the Fall semester of my freshman year, and because of her connections I met a Wittenberg alumni who now works at Clark State Community College’s Foundation Office. After a brief interview, I created a self-designed community service proposal and completed my 27 required hours at Clark State and started to learn more about grant writing, which is ultimately my career goal.

Then, during the Fall of my junior year, I was at the Job and Internship Fair working, and I didn’t even speak to the recruiter from 91.3 WYSO, but he also happened to be an Wittenberg alum, and when he spoke with Wendy and Dr. Waggoner (in the Communication Department) about the type of internship he was looking to fill, both of them gave him my name! He works for WYSO’s Development Office, which also deals with a lot of grant writing, and I was given his contact information to schedule an interview for a summer internship! I helped out at the office from May to August, and not only was it a great learning experience, but I gained a lot more confidence as a grant writer during my time there as well.

When school started back up this past Fall, I participated in the mock-interview week sponsored by Career Services and local job and internship recruiters! I had one face-to-face interview, and then one phone interview, which was a definitely a new experience for me. But the phone interview actually resulted in a new connection for me! It turns out that my interviewer has a friend in town who is a grant writer, so she got me in touch with him, and I met him over winter break to discuss grant writing, how to get involved in the field as a recent graduate, and all kinds of great stuff!

Anyway, the point of this is not to brag about the opportunities I’ve had through Wittenberg over the past 4 years, or to convince anyone to become a grant writer. My point is that if you reach out to your professors or the faculty and staff here on campus, you’ll be opened up to a whole new world of connections that could provide you with some really amazing experiences! If you’re trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, do your community service hours or find an internship in the field that you think you’re interested in. From there, you can decide whether or not you enjoy what you’re doing or if you think something else might be a better fit for your future.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Networking can get you pretty far, and you’ll meet some truly incredible people along the way.

It’s been an honor writing the blogs for Career Services, and I hope that you all continue to take advantage of the opportunities that the Office has to offer! Go to the job and internship fairs, go to the networking events, be at the grad school fairs, improve your etiquette skills at our annual dinner, and just take advantage of all the ways that Wittenberg helps you to prepare for your future.

Thank you. 🙂

Mock Interviews: Part 2!

By Samantha Martens

ATTENTION EVERYONE! Career Services will be hosting mock interviews for the second time this school year during the week of April 8th! If you heard about the mock interviews that we had last semester but you missed out on them, now is your chance to try again! Speak with real recruiters and business people (some of whom are alumni) just to test out your interview skills. There are no strings attached, and there are no jobs or internships on the line. This is simply a chance for you to get more comfortable with the interviewing process. BUT YOU HAVE TO SIGN-UP BY FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH AT NOON!

There are peach-colored sign-up sheets on the door of the Career Services office, located in Thomas Library’s COMPASS Sweet Success Center. We’ve got opportunities for you to practice interviewing Monday through Thursday in 30- or 45-minute time slots. So feel free to sign-up for the date, time, and time increment that works best for you! You can practice interviewing for jobs, internships, or graduate schools, so we really cater to all your needs!

These mock interviews are truly a great opportunity for Witt students. I myself participated in the mock interview during Fall semester, and I’m so glad that I did! I had one in-person interview, and it went really well. My interviewer gave me a lot of helpful feedback and asked me questions that you could expect to hear from any normal interview. I took part in a second interview as well (because practice makes perfect!), and that one was over the phone. It was very different because I’d never done a phone interview before, but it was just as helpful as the first one! My interviewer threw some curveball questions at me, such as “If you had to guess, how many windows are in New York City?” or “How would you describe the color blue to a blind person?” These questions definitely threw me off a little, but I knew that she only asked them to help prepare me for any surprises in interviews in the future.

Not only that, but when my phone interviewer found out that I’m a senior, she asked me about what I wanted to do after graduation, so I told her about my interests and hopes and she actually connected me with two of her colleagues in Springfield who do EXACTLY what I’m interested in! So in this one interview, I got to practice my interviewing skills, I was pushed to think outside the box, AND I got to make some great networking connections!! I met up with one of those colleagues over winter break, and we talked for an hour-and-a-half about his experiences in the field. It was an awesome chance for me to learn more about my interests from a professional in the area!

So you never know who you might meet as part of these mock interviews. Even if you don’t happen to make any ideal connections, you’ll at least get some great practice with interviewing. Prep yourself for when you have to go to an ACTUAL interview for your dream job, internship, or grad school. Like I said, practice makes perfect, so be sure to sign up for the Career Services Mock Interviews the week of April 8th! Call 937-327-7521 if you have any questions.