4 Lessons Learned from My Summer at Opus Consulting Group
By: Chris Crockett – 2017 Opus Consulting Group Intern
Throughout college I had always had an interest in management consulting. I liked the idea of working with various clients and businesses and doing something new each day. That’s why when I was given the opportunity to intern at Opus, I could not pass it up.
From the minute I learned about the position and met with the Opus team in March, I knew it was exactly what I wanted. As a junior in college majoring in Finance and Economics, I was ready to secure an internship position and start working towards my professional career.
1. I had the opportunity of working with businesses from many different sectors. I worked with restaurants, a shoe manufacturer, a real estate developer, a medical company, a tech start up, an Indian tribe, and many more.
2. Each client had different needs, which allowed for me to learn more about every aspect of running a business. I had the opportunity of working with clients in the research and development stage; doing industry research, real estate selection, and competitive analyses. I was also able to work on complex financial models, assist in company valuations, and work with investors from around the world.
3. On the accounting side, I learned much more than any of my accounting classes could have taught me. Throughout the summer I was able to work with several clients using QuickBooks. I created invoices, paid bills, managed bank accounts and credit cards, completed monthly reconciliations, and prepared financials for weekly meetings.
4. I was also able to learn much more about marketing throughout the summer by writing blogs for several entities, creating a summer newsletter, updating websites, and creating potential client lists.
Overall my summer at Opus has been very beneficial. I learned everything from basic administrative tasks to working with complex financials. I also learned a lot about myself and what I am interested in learning more about.