After interning with GEICO as a Business Development Intern, Ellicottville, NY native Alessia Filtuze was offered a full-time role in their Management Development Program for MOAT Sales. During the school year, Alessia works as a GEICO Student Ambassador. She will graduate this May with a degree in Economics.
How did you secure the opportunity?
I made sure that I knew my strengths and weaknesses well enough to speak on them confidently in my interview. I also made sure that I could expand on my leadership abilities to show that I knew what it takes to stand out. Once I had started the internship I worked hard to push myself to get out of my comfort zone, go the extra mile to present myself as a leader, not be afraid to ask questions and present ideas.
What did you do on a daily basis?
On a daily basis, I did research, created presentations, worked on several assigned projects, met with several different GEICO employees, sat in on managerial meetings, collaborated with interns to create solutions to real-world problems within GEICO and the insurance industry.
Most importantly, what did you learn?
I’ve definitely learned that in order to succeed, it involves giving 110% every day and being confident in yourself. This means never being afraid to ask questions, stand behind your ideas, and be open minded when working with peers and employees. I also have learned to always reflect on what you learn from your internship, whether it be improved communication skills, presentation skills, interview skills, etc. Be sure that you are working hard enough where you can look back and see where you’ve improved so you can use these skills in the future.
What advice do you have for future students?
For future students, my advice is to know your strengths, act upon them and never be afraid to enter an internship or career that may not be directly related to your major. Be open to entering a professional career that will improve your overall skillset, not just how well you can perform doing things that are only relative to your major in college. Having skills and experiences that you are able to apply to anything project or problem is very valuable, no matter your major.
How did NU's Office of Career Services help you?
I have worked with Career Services in improving the look of my resume as well as preparing for interviews. I had done a mock interview through Career Services and it gave me very valuable feedback so I knew how to better answer interview questions with confidence.