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Tyler Estrada

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Hometown: Gainesville, VA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

The Penn State career fair in the fall led me to get a winter internship which then led to a summer internship with the same company. The winter internship required a phone interview and then a couple of in-person interviews here in Northern Virginia

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My internship has consisted of teaching me the process of dealing with recruiting employees to government contracts. There are three aspects of the internship I had to get familiar with. First, I spent a lot of time on the phone speaking with candidates. I also had to get used to asking candidates more difficult questions in the recruiting process. Finally, I had to learn the process of submitting candidates to fill job orders to satisfy our company's clients. The internship mainly consists of activity on the phone and interacting with coworkers in the office.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I believe this experience helped me academically by taking me out of my comfort zone and forcing me to work on my organizational skills. I am constantly scheduling calls and keeping track of appointments to organize my day and achieve as much as I can within the internship. The organizational skills especially should carry over to my academic career and help me to do better in my studies.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I am interested in entering a career in sales in order to utilize my social and communication skills. I enjoy the competitive environment of sales as well as receiving compensation based on how well I do. I believe these things push me to strive for my best and push me to continue to improve in what I do and improve as a person overall. This internship helped to confirm what I had believed would be a good career for myself and to utilize my strengths.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I absolutely would recommend this experience to anyone interested in going into a career in sales. I believe it is a perfect environment to see how sales would work for you especially because of the hands-on experience you receive with cold calling through closing deals.

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