My experience as a Business Management Analyst Intern
Every college student tends to look forward to the summer breaks of each school year, whether it is for the cookouts, the extra shifts at work, and/or the break from school. As for me, I tend to look forward to my summer internship. This summer I chose to return to my previous internship location, Northrop Grumman Corporation, for another eventful experience. The summer internship lasts three months, from May to August, of each year and the coordinator assigns each intern a position within the company that one is not too familiar with. Within that position, the intern is assigned a manager and a trainee, who will assist in making sure you are learning and having fun in the process. Also, the coordinator creates numerous events and activities throughout the summer for all interns to enhance their knowledge of the company, challenge them with multiple tasks, and engage them through workshops and gatherings such as: intern picnic, intern breakfast, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities. As the spring semester of college came to an end, the beginning of my summer internship was days away.
For starters, I was assigned the manager that hired me the previous summer and I received one position at three different locations. Working about three weeks into the internship, I was given a permanent location to report to daily. In addition, I was given the Business Management Analyst position, where I would utilize Excel to update visual files, extract data from SAP and MPM to update original files with current data, update weekly labor reports, and prepare and update files from previous months for the upcoming Biohazard Detection System (BDS) contract proposal. The contracts are forecasted for 5 years, which begins in October of the current year and ends in September of the next year yearly. During this time, the Biohazard Detection System team would prepare files for the contract during the sign off period, so when the contract begins in October, there is enough time to get everything done. The BDS contract is associated with the USPS and other businesses to test for anthrax. On a happier note, one of the managers rewarded all of the employees with free lunch periodically for the additional hard work and dedication in meeting deadlines.
With busy weeks on updating files with the previous months’ actuals of performance for the closing of business periods and slow weeks in setting up files for contracts and preparing files for the next closing of business period, I get to have a break from work and unwind with fellow interns. I had the pleasure of attending the intern breakfast, where the coordinators of the program would host a networking panel and give a brief overview of upcoming events with a light breakfast. Some of the upcoming events are: intern picnic at the Patapsco State Park after work hours, networking event for interns to gather information about different positions within the company, and professional development workshops about a career at Northrop Grumman and career tips to carry along through life.
Looking back on my internship’s midpoint synopsis, I have had a wonderful experience thus far. As implied above, this is my second internship with this company and I truly enjoy working for this company. The group of people are very friendly, helpful, and kind and the company’s values: quality, customer satisfaction, leadership, integrity, people, and suppliers, represents what the company stands for and how they mark their name within the industry. In addition, the company concentrates on inclusion by issuing employee surveys, providing employee resource groups, and encouraging everyone to get involved within the company. I had a great experience here, at Northrop Grumman, and I hope I will start my mark with the company after graduation.