Senior Accounting major, Lauren Reid, represented UP as an intern at U.S. Bank this summer. Juggling her many responsibilities as a student athlete, a motivated academic and dedicated friend, Lauren found the time to interview and land a rad internship in Global Treasury Management. Learning through doing, Lauren has a few tidbits to share on her time with U.S. Bank and how other UP students can get involved.
What is your summer internship title and responsibilities?
Global Treasury Management Intern—I created a database with all of the accounts receivable data for over 1800 companies, as well as edited podcasts to be published on the bank’s website.
Why did you apply for this internship?
I applied for the internship because U.S. Bank is a very well-renowned company and has a great reputation in the banking industry, and I thought Global Treasury Management sounded really interesting.
How did you find out about this internship?
I found an internship with U.S. Bank on Glassdoor.com and then interviewed with a few different departments within the bank before finding the Global Treasury Management department.
What have you learned so far?
I learned many valuable communication skills. My team worked in a different office than me, so I learned a lot about how to be self-sufficient but also be able to keep up with communication on a regular basis in a way that I could still be a part of the team.
What has been your favorite moment as an intern?
One of my favorite experiences in the internship was when the interns got to go to an escape room. I had never been to one before but it was a lot of fun and it was a really good bonding experience.
Why do you believe internships are important for undergraduate students?
I think internships are really important for undergraduate students because they give you an opportunity to learn more about an industry that you might want to go into and give you an idea about what sorts of things you’re looking for in a future employer. You also gain a ton of professional experience and soft skills that will help you as you start your career.
What tips do you have for students wanting an internship?
Start looking for an internship early in the year and go to the career center because they are very helpful when it comes to going over resumes and helping you prepare for interviews.
Why did you come to the University of Portland?
I came to UP because I loved the size of the school and the community here, and I love Portland.
What other experiences have made your time at UP unique? (professors, study abroad, clubs)
I am on the rowing team which has shaped so much of my time at UP because of the friendships that I’ve made and the skills that it has taught me. I also studied abroad in London during the summer of 2016 and that was an incredible experience that taught me so much about the world and about myself.
What are your plans after you graduate?
My plan is to continue working at U.S. Bank in the Global Treasury Management department.
If you’re interested in having an internship at U.S. Bank like Lauren, come to the next October info session!