The best parts of the Discover Internship Program are:
-Opportunities to work with senior management
-Completing challenging work that was actually used by the department in which I worked
-Having an assigned mentor in the department
-Opportunities to work in the community with full-time employees (i.e. volunteer events)
-Opportunities to schedule one-on-one meetings with employees across departments to learn about their work
-Very open, relaxed, and collaborative culture
-Fun team building events for the interns (i.e. Boating and lunch on Lake Michigan during the work week)
-Speakers series where c level leaders spoke to interns about career development
-Interns are valued as professionals and are welcomed by team members
The only con that I can think of is that the program is not as well known outside of the Chicago area as I would expect for such a large company.
Advice to Potential Interns
Despite being a Fortune 500 company, Discover does not have a cut throat environment. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Discover emphasizes personal growth and works hard to give its interns the best possible experience. I feel extremely lucky that I had the opportunity to intern here because as I've looked at internships for the fall near my college, recruiters are very impressed by the work I did here. I have never felt more welcomed by a group of people I did not know than here at Discover.
Sample Interview Questions
They were pretty standard. Tell me about yourself and why you want to work at Discover were the two questions the entire interview revolved around. Doing research on the company and the products it offers was very helpful in mine.
Advice to Management
I think some more training specific to the department in which I was assigned would have been helpful. The general orientation all of the interns experience provides an excellent history of the company and overview of the industry. However, an overview of my department and the way it functions would have been helpful.