KPMG: David Choi
For those who don't know, I'm David and I work along with Tonya at Career Services. To kick off the SI Career Services blog, I am going to share some of my experience with internship and job searching. I know there a few people still looking for internships, so I will recount some the strategies I used to find and land my internship last year.
1. I first made a list of the companies/organizations I was interested in. Making a list is really helpful because it provides scope and also makes the task less daunting. I was interested in consulting and e-commerce so I made a list of 15-20 companies that were in those areas.
2. From that list, I tried tried making networking connections at those places. For example, I was interested in working for HP so I went to their presentation on campus and also signed up for an informational interview with them. I also looked at the SI Alumni database and asked SI Career Services if we had any contacts at those companies. I tried to send my resume to the contacts I made because there is a better chance that it would make it to the right person than if I applied over their websites.
3. I did attend UM Career fair, SI Networking Event, and the
Engineering Career Fair also. While I did not get any calls from the companies I met there, I still thought it was a worthwile experience. Plus when I did my full-time job search this past fall, the job fairs actually paid off very well for me.
4. The way, I ended up at KPMG was that I knew they recruited out of my undergraduate university, Santa Clara University. So I contacted my undergraduate university career center and asked for the recruiter contact information. I sent my resume to the recruiter and I got selected for a phone interview. After that, I was flown out to California for a second round interview. I ended up taking their offer to work as an Information Risk Management intern out of their Silicon Valley office.
So that is basically how I got my internship last summer. I started looking December and I got my offer in early March. To conclude, I did get a full-time offer from KPMG but I turned it down. Internships are a great way of finding out what you want to do and, conversely, what you do not want to do. In my case, the group I interned with was not going in the direction I was interested in. So I decided I wanted to try looking somewhere else. I hope my experience is helpful to some of you.
Next time, I'll write about my job search for those of you looking for full-time jobs after graduation.
Internship & Job Strategies
Welcome to the SI Career Services Blog!
To help everyone in their internship and job searches, Career Services is launching this blog to create an online community to share our strategies and success stories. Any SI student is welcome to post their story to this blog. The goal is to be able to provide a resource for everyone this year and for students in the following years. Even if you haven't achieved success yet, please share your story. Finding an internship or a job is a process and we want to share that process with everyone. By sharing strategies, we can learn new ideas, try a new approach, and even be reenergized!
Welcome to the SI Career Services Blog
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