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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Prestige Economics

Summer 2010 Site Review

Position: Research Analyst Intern
Student: Economics Senior

Prestige Economics is a great company to intern at. It is a very prominent company with an extremely nurturing environment. The supervisors really want you to learn and understand the everyday workings of the company and the consulting world. In order to be successful, you need to be able to pick things up quickly and think on your feet.

My particular role was primarily in a satellite office work environment. I was usually contacted by e-mail by one of my supervisors. The e-mails typically included what my assignment was and any available resources I may need to complete the assignment. The assignment deadlines could range anywhere from a day to a few weeks. There was usually a conference call before and after I was given my assignment to discuss any questions I may have, any questions my supervisor had on what methodology or resources I was using to complete my assignment, or some things that I can improve on if any. The conference calls lasted anywhere form fifteen minutes to an hour. Punctuality, organization, and professionalism were three of the things that were really stressed throughout my time at Prestige Economics. It is important to be on time and organized because the consulting industry is a time sensitive environment and a firm like this cannot afford delayed deliverables especially to clients. Being professional, whether on the telephone, in person, or by e-mail, is necessary in the business world.

Overall, I had a great time with Prestige Economics. The position that you have with the company will determine your workload. You need to be prepared to dedicate around 35 hours a week, which is very close to a full time job. After this internship, I have a much greater understanding of what it takes to be a consultant and what a consultant’s daily life might be like.
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