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By Mallory Wollenberg

Mallory Wollenberg is a finance and economics major who will graduate in May.

I externed at Groupon in downtown Chicago and shadowed the manager of finance. I wanted to get a better idea of what corporate finance was going to look like in the real world, and I wanted to get a very hands-on experience so I could have a better view of the industry I planned on pursuing.

During my job shadow experience, I was able to sit in on meetings with the CFOs of the company to talk about the financial statements they received for closing the books. I was able to listen in on calls in the customer support section, sit down with a buyer to understand their role in the company, have one-on-ones with top management, as well as interpret and manipulate financial statements and which numbers correlated with what.

What I will take away from this internship is the wonderful experience I had at Groupon, as well as the knowledge I gained from working with such enjoyable individuals who really wanted me to learn and enjoy the financial industry.


Top image courtesy of Mallory Wollenberg.