“I really enjoyed interacting with the other interns, managers and senior leaders…”

Andrea Daley
Name: Andrea
Hometown: Houston, TX
Alumni of: Ohio University (2004)
Degree: Bachelors of Business Administration – Business Economics/Finance
Internship at Cardinal Health: Corporate Sales and Marketing (2003)
Current title: Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis

 

Why did you choose Cardinal Health for your internship?
I chose Cardinal Health for my internship because I felt like there would be a lot of good opportunities. There were two key components that I was looking for when it came to an internship – diverse experience and motivating culture. I wanted to intern at a company that had identified projects that would provide exposure to various areas within the company to maximize the learning experience. In addition, I wanted to be part of an organization that was well aligned with my personal values and goals. I was lucky to find this at Cardinal Health. I knew coming in that the culture at Cardinal Health would really motivate me – that there would be great people to learn from.

What has been most rewarding about your Cardinal Health experience?
What has been most rewarding about my Cardinal Health experience is the variety of things that I have been exposed to and how much I have been able to grow because of it. I have been at Cardinal for about 5+ years now and during that period I have held various roles within finance, been involved in two different development programs, participated in several major projects/initiatives and developed a large network. There have been some great opportunities and I am thankful for the experience especially this early in my career!  

What is your current role and responsibilities?
I am currently a manager within the external reporting and technical accounting group. We are responsible for SEC filings and various other financial reporting both internally and externally.

What skill do you think was most important in helping you during your internship?
Interpersonal skills were most important during my internship. When you are trying to learn a new role, being able to ask the right questions can really help accelerate your learning curve. Also, being able to communicate professionally was important for gaining credibility.

What is your best internship memory?
My best internship memory was the summer intern program event that was held at the end of my summer internship. I really enjoyed interacting with the other interns, managers and senior leaders that attended. I also liked the speaker series that we had– it was a great way to learn about parts of the business that I might not have otherwise been exposed to.

What is your #1 suggestion to current students looking for an internship?
My suggestion for current students is to spend some time before applying for internships thinking through their personal goals and values – then seek out opportunities best aligned with those goals and values