DePaul Diaries: Life as a MillerCoors Intern

By: Cece Metzdorff, DePaul University marketing major ‘17

DePaul Diaries is a day-in-the-life blog series written by DePaul students. The series unveils DePaulians’ experiences as interns in their field of choice. Students share their honest thoughts about their experiences, what they learned as an intern and advice for students who are interested in the same field.


With perks like networking events, ongoing training opportunities, and even free beer, one might say I landed the dream summer internship. This summer, I’m filling the role as a Marketing Finance Intern for the crew that makes Miller Lite, Coors Light, and much more, right in downtown Chicago. I’m an Honors Marketing major with Finance and International Business minors, so the role is right up my alley. On a daily basis, I look at forecasting budgets for future marketing spend, analyze data to figure out our Return on Investment (ROI) for promotional packaging, and examine our contracts with sports teams and music festivals. So, yes, Excel is my new best friend.

I spent the first week of my internship at MillerCoors’ Milwaukee office for orientation where I got to tour the brewery, visit distributor and retail stores, attend a beer-pairing dinner, learn about the company history and the beer market, and even hear from C-level executives. Interns go through the same orientation as new full-time employees, which makes me very grateful to work for a company willing to invest so much in its interns. I really enjoyed getting to meet people from departments and locations all across the company.

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During my first few weeks in the Chicago office, I sat in on several meetings with my supervisor to learn how the department functions. It’s great to be given a broad perspective of how my work will impact the entire company before getting into the nitty-gritty details, and to be treated as an employee rather than just “the intern.”

At MillerCoors, we are given many opportunities to enjoy the fun and inclusive company culture. In my first month as an intern, I participated in trivia, limited-edition beer tastings, a double-decker bus pub crawl, and so much more. This month, I will be making home-brew beer in the office with some of the other interns.

So, how did I land this opportunity? Thanks to the Career Center, it honestly felt as if the job fell into my lap. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted this job badly so I did my research and tried to nail my interviews. But, it never would have come to fruition if not for the team at the Career Center.

Here’s how it played out: I attended the Winter Internship Fair and talked to a representative from MillerCoors. After giving the representative my resume, I received an email from Handshake about a week later asking me to sign up for a time slot to interview with the company. I had no idea that you could sign up for interviews through Handshake, so pay attention to those emails! After my first interview at DePaul, I got a call for a second-round interview at the MillerCoors Chicago headquarters. I was then offered the job before spring break. (Another lesson for landing a summer internship is to apply early!)

Looking to land an internship of your own? If you practice your elevator pitch before the job fair, bring an updated resume, do your research before the interview, and send thank you emails, you’ll be golden! The Career Center is a great resource for help in all of those areas. I look forward to spending the rest of summer learning, growing, and enjoying some beer (responsibly, of course).

What to Do Before Your Quest For Summer Employment

By: Brandon Levy, DePaul University Finance Major ‘19

As we get closer to summer, a lot of students begin to hit the market for a job or internship. It’s nice to make a little money over the summer, especially if it’s by doing something related to your career. (How else are you going to afford to go to Lollapalooza?) Unfortunately, securing a position isn’t always easy, as the market for jobs is very competitive. Knowing this, I scheduled an appointment with the career advisor for the Driehaus College of Business to gather some insight.

In preparation for the inevitable interviews I will go through on my quest for employment this summer, I decided to focus my meeting on techniques I could use to improve my interview skills.

Jumping into it, I was all over the place with my questions, inquiring what I should ask an employer, how I should conduct successful background research, and even how I should write an effective thank you note. No joke, before the meeting, I didn’t even know that writing a thank you note is something I should be doing!

To my pleasure, all the questions I asked were answered, often provoking a new question or topic for discussion. I was amazed at how much I was able to take away from the meeting.

Here are the top things I learned that might help you during your quest for employment:

  1. When answering questions from a potential employer, figure out ways you can use your experiences to answer their questions. It’s an effective way to display the relevance of your prior experience to the position.
  2. When conducting research on the company before your interview, don’t limit your research to just the company itself, explore the industry as a whole. One great way to do this is by following the organization and the industry using social media such as LinkedIn or Twitter. That way, not only are you well versed, but you are in the loop about relevant matters and issues.

I left the office with a variety of resources at my disposal including websites for interview practice or background information, and helpful attachments touching on the following:

  • Questions frequently asked by employers
  • Posture tips (yes, this matters!)
  • Tactics for successful responses to interview questions

All and all, I highly recommend scheduling an appointment, which you can do on Handshake. Learn new interview techniques, improve your resume, or even work on an elevator pitch! I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be worth your time.

DePaul Diaries: Life as a Finance Intern

By: Sean Nasi, DePaul University digital cinema major ’15

DePaul Diaries is a day-in-the-life blog series written by DePaul students. The series unveils DePaulians’ experiences as interns in their field of choice. Students share their honest thoughts about their experiences, what they learned as an intern and advice for students who are interested in the same field.


For DePaul finance major Jewell Solomon, interning at World Kitchen, a company that owns and operates several kitchenware brands, was an invaluable part of her college experience. Not only did Jewell gain exposure to the ins and outs of finance in a practical environment, but she also learned the importance of a positive work environment and company culture.

“We constantly challenge the status quo and restructure the business so that we are improving on a consistent basis,” Jewell said. “Even if I’m not offered a full-time position at the end of the year, I have gained so many skills that I have not learned in school.”

World Kitchen tasked Jewell with many important financial projects, which she believes helped her develop professionalism and refine her skills. However, she was also exposed to many aspects of business, outside of the finance department, which increased her knowledge of business operations as a whole.

“This isn’t your typical ‘go get me coffee’ internship,” Jewell explains. “I worked on projects that are still being implemented today. I made a difference already, in the short time I have been there. And it feels great.”

One thing Jewell really liked about World Kitchen was the environment, specifically the company’s emphasis on values such as teamwork, support, and humility.

“Everyone takes responsibility for their actions, as well as their inactions. When goals are achieved and we reach success, the appropriate people are congratulated and honored. But when there are mistakes and failures, the employees at World Kitchen step up and take responsibility,” Jewell said. “I feel like that is a rare trait for a company to have; World Kitchen excels in it.” At World Kitchen, Jewell learned not only what technical skills she needs to be successful in her career, but what interpersonal skills as well.

One way students can maximize their internship experience and learn these skills is through trial and error. “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes,” Jewell advises future interns. “Don’t be afraid to speak your mind; Don’t be afraid to push buttons in a respectable manner. Internships are about figuring out what you want to do, in my opinion. It’s the time to speak up and see what you do and do not like.”

Overall, Jewell enjoyed her experience as an intern, and would recommend students interested in finance, marketing, accounting, sales, or supply chain management to check out the opportunities World Kitchen has to offer.


Want to learn about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an advisor.

 

DePaul Diaries: Life as a Marketing Intern

By: Sean Nasi, DePaul University digital cinema major ’15

DePaul Diaries is a day-in-the-life blog series written by DePaul students. The series unveils DePaulians’ experiences as interns in their field of choice. Students share their honest thoughts about their experiences, what they learned as an intern and advice for students who are interested in the same field.


After a successful summer as a marketing intern with Textura Corporation, Liz Cooney, DePaul marketing major, was offered a full-time position at the company after her graduation this past fall. Liz really enjoyed the casual, friendly, but hardworking company culture and established a strong network of connections amongst her superiors, fellow interns, and staff members in different departments.

“This internship experience really was unlike any other I’ve had previously,” Liz said. “They worked extremely hard to make the summer a beneficial and positive experience for all the interns. I worked on real projects that were implemented by the company, and I was given the same level of respect as any other employee.”

Liz came into the experience with a set goal in mind. “As this was my third internship experience, I had already gained the fundamental skills of working in an office,” she explained. “So I went into the experience really wanting to increase my marketing skills and cross-functional knowledge of the business world.”

Like anyone first starting a job, Liz was nervous when she first arrived at Textura. However, having the opportunity to complete so many interesting and challenging projects increased her confidence, skills, and knowledge in marketing and other aspects of business operations.

Liz, who also worked as a marketing intern with the DePaul Career Center, found the opportunity with Textura on DePaul’s job and internship platform, now called Handshake.

“Take advantage of all the opportunities you’re given. Reach out to employees and make connections, ask questions and ask to be involved in other projects that interest you,” Liz advises prospective interns.

“Being an intern is about learning, and you want to absorb as much information as you can while you’re there,” Liz said.

Liz certainly took advantage of her experience at both the Career Center and Textura Corporation, and she used both opportunities to launch herself into the next step of her career.


Want to learn about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an advisor.