We’re excited to share with you the stories of several of our interns in a new series called “Internship Impact.” Internships can provide an important launching pad for your career, offering valuable and exciting experiences. The first intern we’d like you to meet is Anika Gupta, a Digital intern studying at Cornell in Ithaca, NY.
Intern: Anika Gupta
School and Degree: Cornell University: Operations Research and Information Engineering Major, Computer Science Minor
Why did you pick Accenture for your internship experience? I chose Accenture because I really wanted to work with a company that combined my two passions: business and technology. Accenture has a wonderful work environment that allowed me to deal with different, unique challenges every day while working with a huge range of clients. In addition, every person I met this summer was very welcoming and genuinely excited to meet me, which is something that can be very difficult to find at such a large firm.
What area did you work in and what projects were you assigned? I worked on inventory optimization projects for an Accenture client in the tobacco industry. An additional assignment I had this summer was to help validate an internal inventory optimization tool created by Accenture. In fact, I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Barcelona, where the tool was developed, so I could work directly with the tool and learn more about it.
What was the most challenging task you faced? The most challenging task I faced was validating the results obtained through the inventory models. It was hard because I was using new software, so trying to figure out whether the errors were coming from the software or coming from the input data proved to be very difficult.
What is one thing that most surprised you about yourself during this experience? I was surprised at how quickly I adapted to Accenture’s culture, and to the new tools I was able to use. When I learned what types of technologies I would be working with it was a bit overwhelming. Completing tutorials and hands-on tasks familiarized me with the technology much faster than I would have expected, and helped me gain confidence in my ability to solve problems thrown my way.
What was the most valuable thing you learned to use in your future career? I learned to ask questions, and to be very proactive when it comes to speaking to your managers or even just networking. When I started at Accenture, I was slightly nervous about asking questions, and I did not want to keep bugging my managers for more work or have to ask them what my next steps should be. However, I learned that being proactive and reaching out to them before they asked me about my progress helped push me to my full potential, which is why I was able to learn so much during this internship.
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