Alejandra Castaneda

Deloitte Consulting
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Alejandra Castaneda

Liberal Arts Major: International Politics
Other Major: Management Information Systems
Minor: French
Hometown: Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was having the opportunity to participate in the D2i Program, which is a social impact initiative at Deloitte for junior practitioners. Through this program, I was able to work with a nonprofit foundation called Fundacion Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar, or "La Juanfe," throughout the summer, helping to identify their biggest business problems and produce deliverables to address these challenges. The experience culminated with an in-country solution delivery trip to Cartagena, Colombia where we were able to meet and work with the foundation in person. This was an incredible experience as it allowed me to lead a team, gain client-facing experience, and build cross-cultural communication skills as an intern.

"I got exposure to clients and cutting-edge technologies, and now have a significantly larger network that can catapult my career."

How did this experience impact you academically?

The past two months have been full of learning opportunities. During this experience, I learned about various technologies that are used in the business world and identified skills that I want to develop in my final year at Penn State before returning to Deloitte. I was able to work on analytics skills that will be applicable in my MIS classes and beyond, and I also learned a lot about visualization, design, and UX. I now have a stronger sense of the skills and interests I want to pursue academically and in my career. I also improved my ability to network and work on a team, which I will be able to bring back to my group-based classes at Penn State and will be a useful skill as I progress in my academics and professional career.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Working in technology consulting with public sector clients has been a goal of mine for some time, as it is the perfect intersection of my MIS and International Politics majors. I was able to see first-hand what this career is like and was able to network with countless Deloitte practitioners and leaders to learn about different types of projects and roles. I got exposure to clients and cutting-edge technologies, and now have a significantly larger network that can catapult my career. I am excited to say that I have received an offer to come back full-time after graduation.

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