Internship season is full swing, with CU Denver Business School students putting their expertise into action with area firms. And they’re doing some pretty impressive things. Take Louis Nyamekye, an incoming senior studying Finance and Risk Management and Insurance, with a minor in Communication. Despite having a full academic year still ahead of him, Nyamekye was able to secure an internship with Arrow Electronics for the summer of 2017, working as a finance and risk management intern in the company’s treasury department.

Even though it’s only been a month, Nyamekye has already done a lot during his tenure with Arrow. “So far, I have worked on internal Sox auditing regarding the travel and entertainment policy. My task was to audit six employees who had an excessive amount of spending in the first quarter,” he said. After having completed his audits, Nyamkeye is now hard at work doing research and analysis with the goal of creating a new ground transportation policy, which he will personally present to his department’s Vice President, once finished.

Needless to say, it has been an incredible learning experience. “The internship has been great. I have learned a lot about working in a corporate environment and day-to-day operations. I am improving my presentation skills, particularly in front of high-level personnel, and gaining experience with auditing.”

Nyamekye says the skills he has already learned and refined at Arrow will be beneficial for his career moving forward. He thanks the Business Career Connections (BCC) office for its commitment to helping students reach their professional goals. “I got my internship by attending the CU Denver Career Fair, after completing a Career Prep workshop with BCC Career Advisor, Stephanie Sindt,” said Nyamkeye. “Attending Shadow Day through the RMI office, coordinated by RMI External Relations Manager Barbara Sidwell, also helped prepare me for this awesome opportunity,” he added.

One of the biggest takeaways from the whole experience? Utilize campus resources, especially the BCC office. “The BCC office helps prepare students by building their confidence and improving their presentational speaking skills. They also give you pointers on exactly what recruiters are looking for.”

Take Nyamekye’s advice; sign up for a BCC workshop today!

Feature photo by Hamza Butt

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