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2011 Internship MSI Internship Experience

The below is an blog post from a current MSI student on their 2011 internship experience:

"I'm one of a few dual degree students with the School of Public Policy, and I was lucky enough to find my internship through a posting on a Ford School list serve. The internship description was a perfect fit for my pre-grad school work experience, and I sent in my resume and a cover letter on the same day that I saw the posting. In the opening sentence I wrote, "Not many people can say they are perfect for this job, but I honestly can..." and it was true. I really could.

I went on to detail my previous work experience, and how my course work at the School of Information and School of Public Policy had enhanced and added to my skills and interests.

Interestingly, although it wasn't advertised in the posting, it turns out that the woman hiring for the position was not only a UofM alumnus, but a dual degree alumnus from Ross School of Business/School of Social Work. She mmediately knew the value of a dual degree from Michigan. So I interviewed with her a few days later and secured the internship.

The primary goal of my internship was to conduct an impact assessment study of a community lender in the San Francisco Bay Area. The results were to be written up in a conference paper for submission to the Federal Reserve, and also used in the strategic planning and marketing efforts of the organization, including in their social media outreach strategy. I was able to present the results of the impact assessment to the staff, and carry out the initial phases of the strategic planning process toward the end of my internship.

The primary thing that I learned about myself in the course of this internship was that the community banking industry is one that is a good fit for me, in terms of my previous work experience, course work at SI/Ford School, and my future career goals and interests. I also learned what a fabulous place the East Bay is to live and work, and I plan to direct my future job search there.

Posted by kkowatch at October 7, 2011 03:52 PM


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