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Internships can prepare you for how life works

“One of the most important things that I learned during the internship was how to treat people."

Andrew Shively, who was a business management major at Huntington University at the time, wanted to observe the real-life work of a financial adviser.

“I pursued an internship with the Enterprise Resource Center because I wanted to see exactly what financial advisers do on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “The ERC helped me by connecting me with Chuck Harris at Edward Jones Investments and setting up an interview for me.”

At Edward Jones, Andrew sat in on meetings with Chuck and his clients. One of his responsibilities was to contact specific clients and communicate with them about luncheons.

“I gained lots of experience from this internship about how to interact with different people on a daily basis,” he said. “One of the most important things that I learned during the internship was how to treat people. Chuck cares about all of his clients, and by caring about all of them, he has earned their trust. Trust is something that comes from doing the right thing over and over again, and Chuck has earned their trust by doing that.”

What Andrew enjoyed most about this experience was constant support from Chuck. He encouraged Andrew to pursue a career as a financial adviser.

“An internship is a great way to get out of the classroom and see just what a specific field includes,” Andrew said. “Some may find out that they want nothing to do with that specific field, while others may find out that this is exactly what they want as a career. The best advice that I can give to students considering internships is to do one.”

The Enterprise Resource Center at Huntington University – we’re all about pairing Huntington University students with area businesses for internships, practicum experiences, class projects and special projects.