Type of Project: Internship
- Please provide a brief description of your STEP Signature Project. Write two or three sentences describing the main activities your STEP Signature Project entailed.
My STEP signature Project was a summer Internship with Huntington National Bank. I spent 12 weeks in the Capital Markets segment of Huntington where I learned important financial information, contributed to a team, and made a lasting impact.
- What about your understanding of yourself, your assumptions, or your view of the world changed/transformed while completing your STEP Signature Project? Write one or two paragraphs to describe the change or transformation that took place.
I discovered just how capable I was via my STEP project. Throughout my junior year, I was nervous for what to expect while working for a national bank like Huntington. I knew I was going to be walking into a fast-paced environment and would be surrounded by some very experienced people during my time at the bank.
During the week leading up to my first day I was extremely anxious about making mistakes or not being as prepared as I was supposed to be. I didn’t want to disappoint the other employees I work with. I quickly realized that everyone I worked with was there to encourage, teach, and aid me throughout my summer. Additionally, I began to realize just how capable I am. This realization led to me gaining confidence in my ability to complete an impactful internship with Huntington.
- What events, interactions, relationships, or activities during your STEP Signature Project led to the change/transformation that you discussed in #2, and how did those affect you? Write three or four paragraphs describing the key aspects of your experiences completing your STEP Signature Project that led to this change/transformation.
The other intern I worked with had a very positive impact on me. His name is Alex, and even though he goes to Michigan, I still managed to get along with him. Alex and I collaborated on dozens of projects and initiatives throughout the summer. Through these projects and initiatives I realized just how capable I really am.
One specific project we worked on was a process map for the lifetime of a large corporate loan. This process map had dozens of steps and miniature processes within it, so it was definitely a challenge. Alex was very excited for the project. I, on the other hand, was nervous with how large it was. As we got to work, I began to notice that the project was not as tedious and un-doable as I had thought. Through collaboration with Alex as well as my own concentration and problem solving, we were able to complete the process map after a couple weeks.
After we had completed the project, we were asked to present the process map to some of our colleagues. The presentation was just another cause of stress. I was worried I didn’t know the material well enough to present effectively. After collecting myself, I began to understand that I do know the information, and that I should trust myself more. After the presentation, many of my colleagues complimented Alex and I on our preparedness, thoughtfulness, and execution. It was great to be complimented by such intelligent and experienced people. Overall, my confidence and trust in myself grew with each project, presentation, and bit of knowledge I collected throughout the summer.
- Why is this change/transformation significant or valuable for your life? Write one or two paragraphs discussing why this change or development matters and/or relates to your academic, personal, and/or professional goals and future plans.
This change in confidence and trusting in myself is extremely valuable to my life. Because I have more confidence and self-trust, I have become more of a go-getter, more outspoken, and more inquisitive.
In regards to academia, I will now be able to approach difficult projects with a more open mind. Instead of shutting down and claiming I’m too stressed to go on with the project, I will be able to break it down into manageable chunks. Breaking down the project will allow me to better understand what I am working on in order to execute that specific project better.
In regards to my personal life, I will make less assumptions of others. Instead, I will ask questions and for other people’s opinions and perspectives in order to come to a complete decision. This will, in turn, increase communication and transparency between myself and my friends, family, and peers.
In regards to my professional life, I will now know how to effectively navigate a fast-paced, competitive, and inclusive work environment. Working at Huntington could be stressful at times, but on the other hand it could also be very fun and light-hearted. I will now understand that my professional life will have ups and downs, but in the end, trusting in myself will get me to where I need to be.