Jack Borins, an HBA/Regulation ’25 candidate, is used to getting questioning seems when he mentions he did a summer time internship with a little-known tech startup in Israel. However he wouldn’t have it every other method.
“I feel it’s vital to get exterior of your consolation zone and find out how companies work world wide. I had a very worthwhile expertise,” he mentioned. “By sharing my expertise, I hope folks will understand there may be extra to an internship than simply working in Toronto at a giant agency.”
Borins, who’s Jewish, has a private connection to Israel, so discovered an internship in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Fellow Ivey Enterprise Faculty HBA college students, Payton Harrison and Will Sanderson, additionally discovered their very own internships to suit their pursuits. Harrison interned at Canucks Sports activities & Leisure, and Sanderson was at Tesla. And whereas HBA pupil Cassandra Wild landed an internship from Ivey’s job board, she particularly selected a singular function in architectural know-how that match her pursuits.
Whether or not pursuing a job with considered one of Ivey Profession Administration’s greater than 2,000 company companions, or a possibility exterior the Ivey job portal, it’s vital to maintain an open thoughts. Under the 4 college students share their distinctive summer time internship experiences and recommendation.
Jack Borins, HBA/Regulation ’25 candidate
Enterprise Improvement Intern, Powerlinx in Tel Aviv, Israel, Could to mid-June, 2022
Jack Borins’ splendid summer time internship was a world expertise the place he’d acquire worthwhile enterprise and life expertise.
He discovered simply that via Onward Israel, a program that locations Canadian and U.S. college college students in internships in Israel and covers their dwelling bills. Borins labored at Powerlinx, a business-to-business matchmaking platform that connects organizations for alternatives.
In his enterprise improvement function, Borins utilized communication expertise gained at Ivey whereas cold-calling potential purchasers, significantly learn how to adapt his pitch for a distinct tradition. And dealing for a small startup allowed him to have extra tasks and make a huge impact. He even continued to do restricted work with Powerlinx for the rest of the summer time.
“Since there have been so few workers, I had direct involvement within the day-to-day lifetime of the corporate,” he mentioned.
Along with gaining skilled expertise, Borins interacted with the 40 college students within the Onward Israel program and took part in area journeys. A spotlight was a weekend-long arts and tradition seminar within the Negev Desert the place he discovered about Israel’s tradition and historical past. Borins mentioned he’ll always remember the view of the celebrities within the desert sky.
“Assume exterior the field. Be assured in your self and search for what you actually wish to do. And assist different folks with what they wish to do,” mentioned Borins.
His recommendation: Don’t be afraid to take the trail much less travelled.
Cassandra Wild, HBA/Engineering ’23 candidate
Architectural Know-how Intern, Mattamy Asset Administration in Toronto, Ont., Could-August, 2022
Since each of her mother and father are architects, Cassandra Wild was enthusiastic about artwork design, however didn’t wish to comply with their paths precisely. As a substitute, she was enthusiastic about a enterprise function with a home-building firm.
She was thrilled to seek out and safe a job via the Ivey job portal – a possibility with Mattamy Asset Administration’s smarthome know-how division. Whereas at Mattamy, Wild had an opportunity to discover two completely different areas. She initially researched smarthome applied sciences, after which moved into an architectural know-how place the place she labored on a venture to standardize the method of constructing kitchen cupboards.
Each roles allowed Wild to use her enterprise expertise in an revolutionary trade and she or he’s glad she took a distinct path.
“I used to be wired when lots of my classmates have been interviewing for consulting positions and I wasn’t, however this [internship] was simply extra me,” she mentioned. “Don’t be influenced by your environment. Comply with your coronary heart and do what you wish to do.”
Her recommendation: Be your self.
Will Sanderson, HBA/Engineering ’23 candidate
Technical Program Administration Intern, Tesla in Austin, Texas, Could-August, 2022
After months of digital programming in 2020 as a result of COVID-19, Will Sanderson wanted a break. So when he noticed a 10-month internship place in Tesla’s cell and battery program, he utilized, was employed, and took day without work from faculty for it.
As soon as again at Ivey, he was employed for the same function at Tesla for the summer time, which concerned methods to make higher high quality batteries and battery cells. Captivated with sustainability, Sanderson was enthusiastic about methods to extra effectively retailer vitality. The function additionally allowed him to use expertise discovered at Ivey; similar to working with groups, managing advanced issues with a number of stakeholders, and optimizing operations.
And though it was a giant step to work exterior Canada, the expertise opened his thoughts to the realms of chance.
“Don’t be afraid to step off the trail or do one thing uncomfortable. It’s an efficient strategy to study your self and what pursuits you,” mentioned Sanderson
His recommendation: Strive one thing new.
Payton Harrison, HBA ’23 candidate
Partnership Advertising Intern, Canucks Sports activities & Leisure in Vancouver, B.C., Could-August, 2022
Payton Harrison was enthusiastic about working at Canucks Sports activities & Leisure for a number of causes. She enjoys taking part in sports activities, has a background in Kinesiology and Sport Administration, and is impressed by how the group helps ladies.
She turned to Ivey Profession Administration for recommendation on learn how to stand out throughout a gaggle interview with 10 different candidates and succeeded in touchdown a job within the Partnership Advertising division.
“The mock interviews with Profession Administration have been undoubtedly helpful and helped me to consider learn how to phrase my responses, my pitch, and my questions,” she mentioned.
In her function, Harrison works with the group’s companions to plan out activations and occasions, similar to draft day, coaching camp, and theme night time video games, for all of Canucks Sports activities & Leisure’s properties. The group operates two hockey groups, Vancouver Canucks (NHL) and Abbotsford Canucks (AHL); the Vancouver Warriors lacrosse crew; and the Vancouver Titans and Seattle Surge digital sports activities crew.
Harrison mentioned communication expertise discovered at Ivey helped when working with a number of stakeholders on the combination of their manufacturers.
“Ivey teaches you to suppose in your toes. It’s a must to converse at school and put your concepts on the market. It helped me to suppose via my concepts and really feel comfy bringing them ahead,” she mentioned.
The internship supplied many worthwhile experiences, similar to witnessing the behind-the-scenes of an expert sports activities operation, and interacting with sport trade consultants.
“If there’s a selected trade you wish to work in or a job you need, discuss to Ivey alumni within the trade to determine what sort of function you might be best-suited for,” mentioned Harrison
Her recommendation: Look broadly for an internship that’s match.