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Colin Spellman

Liberal Arts Major: Economics
Minor: Italian
Hometown: Montrose, PA
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I served as a finance intern during Summer 2021 for iA, a company providing pharmacy fulfillment solutions for central fill and retail facilities that is powered by modular automation hardware, as well as iA's enterprise pharmacy fulfillment software, NEXiA. In my role over the summer, I had the opportunity to focus on a customer-centric project. This project allowed me to meet with team members from all of the company's various departments to take a detailed dive into departmental systems, processes, and operations. I also collaborated with iA's other interns to present a case study to executive leadership. My time at iA has allowed me to grow professionally and personally in ways I never imagined. I gained skills and experience in writing SQL queries, using business intelligence tools, creating financial reports, and developing my business acumen. I was fortunate enough to accept a position as a financial operations associate with iA for the academic year.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My time at iA has impacted me academically by allowing me to focus my coursework towards the topics most prevalent in my role, as well as finetune my skills in prominent business technologies and tools. Prior to last summer, I knew I was passionate for economics and finance, but lacked a clear direction to navigate towards academically. Now, I feel like I have a robust understanding of what I hope to achieve professionally and how I define my success, which I have used to make more informed decisions in my course selection and extracurricular activities.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

My time at iA has allowed me to learn my strengths, weaknesses, and interests career-wise, and has played a defining role in formulating what I hope to achieve professionally in the future. The experience has shown me how to leverage my academic opportunities as a Penn State student, as well as provided me with a career direction to aspire to. I now try to relate my economics coursework to industrial organization, accounting, and financial planning and analysis, but prior to my internship with iA, I had little to no concept of my direct interest in these fields.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The liberal arts mentorship program and my mentor have made the difference in helping me garner and succeed in my role at iA. Before working with my mentor, I struggled to possess the confidence necessary to support my experiences, extracurriculars, and academic background. He made the effort to meet with me weekly during application seasons, and gave me the tools I needed to be successful in the business world. Prior to my first interview at iA, my mentor and I worked for hours together to finetune my resume, cover letter, and most importantly, take a deep dive into iA, ensuring I was prepared to succeed in my interview.

 

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