Student Success Story- Thomas Packer

Thomas Packer is a Sophomore Actuarial Science major and was hired by Associated Bank as a Corporate Risk Intern for the summer of 2023.

What will you be working on this summer?

My position this summer will have me working with the Corporate Risk team to help locate and prevent possible money fraud (mainly money laundering) that may occur in the Milwaukee and Northern-Midwest area.

What is something you are excited to learn/experience this summer?

I think the biggest thing that I am most eager to experience this summer would be the professional work culture. I’m really looking forward to being able to get my foot in the door and make an impact with a company that is attempting to prevent crime in the area. I’m also looking forward to all the connections that I will make while interning there!

Why were you interested in this company?

When I first saw the application listing for Associated Bank, I wondered how I might fit and how working there would be directly related to my major. But as I looked more into the opportunity, I learned that I would be working on the Risk Analysis and Financial Analysis side of the company. When I found out that my internship would deal with possible fraudulent crime in the area, and that I would be learning how to locate those kinds of risks before they arose, I thought it would be a perfect steppingstone for someone wanting to work in the risk analysis field down the road. I also noticed that the company had a great work culture, had flexible scheduling, and had the potential to transition to a part-time position during the school year.

How did you find your internship opportunity?

I frequently used sites like Handshake, LinkedIn, Glassdoor and Wayup to search for internships in the area that fit my skillset and my location and time restrictions.

How did the Career Connections Center help you with your internship search?

The Career Connections Center was immense help in my search! In fact, they are one of the key factors that drove me to MSOE. They did more than simply hand me some pieces of paper and say, “good luck” and they showed me extreme enthusiasm and dedication to helping make sure I would have an internship opportunity lined up for this summer. They provided me with tips on how to improve my resume, helped me with updating and optimizing my LinkedIn profile, helped me engage in new networking opportunities and most importantly, helped me with how to best prepare for an interview.

By Emma Philipps
Emma Philipps Assistant Director of Career Development and Coaching