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John Wenzell

John Wenzell

Terry College of Business: May 2012

Business Intelligence Analyst Intern at KPMG

To be successful in the competitive job market today, it is important not only to study hard, but to apply what you have learned in class to prove to employers you have the skills necessary to add value to their company. Internships are vital for future job applicants because they offer a chance to prove one’s worth to a company. At UGA, I gained experience as a recruitment chair for my fraternity and held a few part-time jobs. I also spent 6 weeks studying and working in Argentina through UGA en Buenos Aires for one summer. I joined the Terry Entrepreneurship program to further my knowledge of starting new ventures and networked with alumni.

During my junior year, I set a goal to find an internship to enhance my chances of landing a job before graduation. I did not know where to begin, so I set up a meeting with my Career Consultant and her help was invaluable. After my meeting, I began browsing the thousands of internship opportunities posted on DAWGlink; I would estimate I applied to about 20-30 different internships. Before every interview, I did extensive research about the position, company, and typical interview questions. I thought my first two interviews went well; however, I did not get invited back for the next rounds. I had to stay positive.

On DAWGlink, I found a posting for a position with KPMG as a Business Intelligence Analyst Intern. After two interviews, I received a call from the recruiter offering me the internship. I was speechless over the phone, but was able to mutter my acceptance. During the internship, I flew from Atlanta to Chicago each week to work in the Business Intelligence Project Management Office. I helped prepare proposals to win projects, researched emerging technologies, wrote reports on the future trends of the industry, and networked with the national leaders of the practice. On the final day of my internship, I was offered a full-time position upon my graduation the following year. I gladly accepted the offer and I look forward to my new job and the experience that I will gain with KPMG. The UGA Career Center helped me figure out what I wanted and helped me prepare to achieve my goals.