Kammer Strachan is a member of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – Northwestern University Class of 2017. This summer, he interned with the Campus Recruiting team at West Monroe Partners while enrolled in Chicago Field Studies. Here is a peak into what a day in the life as a intern at West Monroe looks like.
Describe your internship role.
The Campus Recruiting team is a division of Talent Acquisition which focuses on filling West Monroe’s entry-level positions. Students would recognize Talent Acquisition as the team that hosts information sessions, first round interviews, and social events designed to introduce students to a given firm. My primary role is to assist with the planning and execution of events on campus during the recruiting season, as well as with some additional tasks over the summer. I started with WMP in January, working part time in both winter and spring quarters, before going full time in June.
How did you learn about your internship? What was your internship search and application process like?
I originally found the internship through a posting on CareerCat, and after submitting an application on-line, went through a phone screen with the department manager before going into the office for a series of interviews.
What were your main internship responsibilities – from daily tasks to bigger projects?
Aside from assisting with events, my daily responsibilities were quite varied. They ranged from posting jobs for undergraduate and MBA students at universities across the country, to ensuring background checks for new hires were completed on time. Two of my bigger projects for the summer were writing the annual report for our division, which will be used internally to highlight the work the Campus Recruiting team does, as well as developing a method to streamline the division’s monthly budget and hiring status reporting to the director of Talent Acquisition and to firm leadership.
What did you enjoy most about your internship?
I most enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere West Monroe presents to all who join it. Regardless of your position, background, or age, the entire office goes out of their way to make everyone feel welcome; a clear reflection of their people-first mentality. The best recommendation I could give for making the most out of an internship is to take advantage of the opportunities and potential connections that become available. I truly enjoyed being able to meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds who have a tremendous range of interests and skill sets at West Monroe. Every intern should go above and beyond to meet and work with as many people as possible while they have that chance. It doesn’t take much to reach out and start a conversation, and you never know what could result from it!
Read the original blog as it appeared on Northwestern Career Advancements.
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