Name: Scott Henry
Major: Agricultural Business, Finance, International Agriculture
Hometown: Nevada, IA
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Describe your internship responsibilities:
My role as a business analyst was to collaborate with other analysts, associates, and consultants on project work. It would often include market research, project development work (PowerPoint presentations, discussion guides, client deliverables, etc.), brainstorming strategic plans and vision casting. I was also able to do several customer visits / interviews and analysis.
What did you enjoy most about this internship?
Adayana is a medium-sized consulting firm that does quite a bit of work in the ag industry. Having the opportunity to work with multi-national companies on projects that were both domestic and international was incredible! Another benefit about project-based work is that no project is the same and you don’t get stuck doing the same thing over and over again. What I enjoyed the most, however, was the culture at Adayana. The management consulting team was very young, energetic and very forward-thinking. They challenged and pushed me in how I approached things, but were always there to help and support me.
How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
This experience really wet my appetite for the consulting world and also made me think more about pursuing an MBA. It was good for me to spend time outside of small-town America and experience what a larger urban area is like to live and work in. Personally, I missed Iowa and the “small-town feel” of Ames.
What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
Adayana does not typically recruit out of Iowa State but I knew a former ISU grad and family friend who worked for them and used that as my foot in the door. To be honest, when I contacted her she didn’t know if they were offering any internships so I just sent my resume and a brief interest statement to their corporate info email address. Turns out they were going to have two internships and I was blessed to be one of them.
What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
If you are interested in working in the consulting realm you will have to do a little more legwork. The CALS career fair at ISU is one of the largest in the nation and brings in many different companies of all sizes, however, it doesn’t bring in that many consulting firms. To get connected with such firms you need to work directly with the career services staff and do research on specific company websites. What I found out through the interview process with Adayana is that they are less worried about your head knowledge in any one area, but more in how you handle and process different situations and challenges. Creativity and the ability to think outside the box is definitely desired too. Lastly, the time old phrase of “it’s not what you know, but who you know,” is sometimes the greatest piece of advice when searching for jobs and internships, no matter what field you are in.