By Heather Cass
Publications & Design Coordinator, Penn State Behrend
Eric Frei, a senior Finance major, racked up plenty of frequent flier miles this summer working as an intern for FTI Consulting in Pittsburgh. Every week for three months, Frei flew to either Northern Minnesota or Florida to provide on-site consulting services to FTI clients.
We sat down to talk with Frei about his jet-setting summer experience.
Is this the first time you interned for this company?
How did you obtain the internship?
Faculty members passed my resume onto someone at FTI.
Was it a paid position?
Did you fly out every week?
Yes, I either flew to Northern Minnesota or Florida and I stayed for 4 or 5 nights. On the weekends, I flew back to Pittsburgh.
What are the kinds of things you assisted the clients with?
A lot of the work that I did was confidential but I basically assisted companies that were going through the bankruptcy process.
As a college student you were assisting companies going through bankruptcy, that’s pretty impressive. Did you ever think: Wow, I can’t believe I get to do this?
At times, yes. It was a great opportunity to be able to learn more than I ever had about bankruptcy and financial consulting work.
How do these types of experiences enhance (or bring to life) the lessons you’re learning at Behrend?
I was able to apply many of the things I learned in my classes this summer and in previous internships. Now that I’m back at Behrend, I am excited to apply what I learned this summer as well.
Which climate did you like better…Florida or Minnesota? Did you have recreation time…to go see the city, etc.?
To be honest, I did not have much time at all for recreation. Most days we worked from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or so and then went out to dinner as a team. I was surprised at how beautiful the summer was in Northern Minnesota.
What’s the most valuable lesson you learned during your experience this summer?
To be confident in what you are doing, triple check everything, and content is nothing if it is not presented in the correct way.
Did you learn anything that you’ll apply this semester to your classes/projects here at Behrend?
Yes, many things. I have set personal goals for my senior year to make myself more a better resource to the company I end up working for after graduation in May.
What are you career plans? What do you want to do?
I am eager to start my career in corporate finance. Currently I am seeking after corporate finance positions; especially those that are a leadership rotation program.
Do you have any advice for incoming students in your major?
Work hard, have fun, and truly absorb what you are being taught in the classroom.