My Schneider Downs Experience


By Tyler Koch

As my internship at Schneider Downs draws to a close, I reflect on what led me to this amazing opportunity.

Prior to the start of the internship recruiting season, I had only applied to three firms, because I had a general sense of what I was hoping for in an internship. Two of the firms expressed interest in me and invited me to interview. My experiences during those interviews and the follow-up to those interviews were what ultimately led me to accept a position with Schneider Downs.

My interview day with Schneider Downs began with a receptionist who did everything she could to make the other candidates and me feel welcome. As we entered the conference room, I expected the atmosphere to be tense, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a relaxed mood. When I received my schedule, I was impressed to see that I would be meeting with both a senior manager and a shareholder. Both of my interviewers did their best to make me feel comfortable. Our conversations were personal, and centered around my college experience and my future goals. I left Schneider Downs that day with a very positive feeling about the people who I had met and the details of the internship that had been presented.

I was very happy to receive an offer from Schneider Downs later that week. Although I was grateful to receive an offer, I was unsure what I should do about an interview I had already scheduled with another company. I didn’t want anyone at Schneider Downs to think that I didn’t appreciate their offer, but I felt that another interview experience would be beneficial. Fortunately, the HR representative from Schneider Downs was very understanding and told me to take my time with the process.

My second interview experience was nothing like my experience at Schneider Downs. Although everyone I encountered was friendly, I felt that a lot of our conversation was forced and they seemed to take a less personal interest in me. I felt that I answered all of their questions adequately, but I left there without feeling the connection I had felt at Schneider Downs.

While I was waiting to hear from the second company, a representative from Schneider Downs asked me to meet him for coffee. He again told me that I was under no pressure to make a decision at that time and that I should make the decision that would be best for me. We talked more about the internship opportunity at Schneider Downs, and I again felt the personal connection that I had experienced during my interview.

Later that evening, I thought about my decision three years ago to attend Duquesne University. I chose Duquesne because of its relatively small size and the comfortable feeling I experienced when I toured the school and spoke to the admissions representatives. I saw the parallel with Schneider Downs and realized that it had everything I was looking for in an internship. I definitely made the right choice and I am grateful for the experiences that I have gained this summer.

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