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Internship Spotlight – Alexa Beatty

Name: Alexa Beatty

Graduation Year: 2019

Major: Marketing

On campus involvement: TCNJ Varsity Soccer 2016-2018, TCNJ Club Soccer 2019, Athletes InterVarsity, Women in Business, Johnson and Johnson Case Study

Where and When did you Intern: CBIZ Savitz 2017, Morgan Stanley 2018, Johnson and Johnson 2019

How did you hear about the internship and what was the interview process like?

JNJ: Handshake and their website. I was asked to perform an on campus interview after applying on Handshake but was abroad in Italy at the time so we had an interview over Skype. Mostly behavioral questions, maybe one technical. They like to see you use the STAR method.

Describe your role.

Finance/Accounting Intern in the Center of Excellence (COE), which is where all finances are planned and analyzed. I specifically supported the supply chain finances of the consumer products in North America.

What was an average day like?

Time to work on projects individually, one or two one-on-one meetings with anyone you are interested in learning from, a team meeting for progress checks and time for questions, maybe a Skype call to present your project to senior managers.

What was the best memory you had interning?

The best memory I had interning was Intern Boot Camp, where interns from all over the US slept at the Headquarters Hyatt and did team building and professional development activities.

What have you learned from this experience?

The most important thing I learned is do not be afraid to ask questions. Intellectual curiosity is a great trait to have at a job.

What is one skill you feel as if you’ve improved upon while at your internship?

I gained so much knowledge and comfort in Excel.

Do you have any advice for anyone who is applying for an internship?

Don’t pursue things that you are not passionate about. People can tell in an interview if you actually want the job and why. Research the position and the competencies necessary and then tailor your experiences from projects or previous jobs to show how you handle situations. Make and maintain connections with business professionals.

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