Full Name: Marisa Carlson
Internship Company: PepsiCo
Internship Position: Corporate Control Intern aiding Internal Reporting
Internship Location: White Plains/Purchase, NY
While looking for your internship, what services did you use at the Center for Career Development?
I had my resume checked and did two mock interviews at the Career Development Center.
Are you involved in any of the COES clubs and/or programs? If yes, how did they help prepare you for your internship?
I am a part of the Women in Business Planning Committee ,which is where I had the opportunity to meet the Keynote speaker for the 2014 conference Anne Fink, who is a Holy Cross alumni and COO of PepsiCo Foodservice. I also met two other PepsiCo employees, who graduated from Holy Cross, that aided me in the interview process.
What skills did you gain from your internship experience and how have they added to your professionalism?
I gained both personal skills and professional skills this summer. I gained a better understanding of Accounting Information Systems, Excel, Ad-hoc capabilities and Financial Statement components. I also was able to sharpen my organizational and communication skills.
How did this experience influence or connect to your future career plans / goals?
I am an accounting major, so I will hopefully be able to return to PepsiCo or another major corporation after working for one of the Big Four accounting firms.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to the future intern?
The best piece of advice I got at PepsiCo was to make sure your work is accurate. If you have a spelling error on the first page of a report, all of your hard work may be disregarded. This one thing has stuck with me and is applicable to all aspects of life.
Overall, what was your most exciting experience at your internship?
I know it’s cliche, but the PepsiCo environment was probably the best part of my internship. I had a lot of fun participating in a wide variety of intern activities ( which I won’t spoil) and I also was able to learn and accomplish a lot. My manager gave me meaningful tasks and was there to help me succeed.