As the Spring semester is nearing an end for current Seniors, we couldn’t help but take a moment to brag on one of our former interns.
Isabel, a Senior at Indiana University, will be beginning her career with Protiviti this summer in the Chicago office, and we can’t wait! Recently, it was brought to our attention by one of her professors that Isabel had been selected to join the CaseIT team, representing the Kelley School of Business at IU in the most important IT case competition in the world (no pressure!). It came as no surprise to us that Isabel won the award for ‘Best Presenter’, beating out competition from fourteen different schools in North America, Europe and Asia! Overall, the team took home the second place silver medal in the CaseIT competition.
We took a moment to catch up with the ‘Best Presenter’ and here is what she had to say:
What is the CaseIT competition and how did you get involved? “Simon Fraser University, the host of CaseIT, invites select schools to participate in the case competition from all around the world. I was invited to be on the team by my professor, Alex Barsi Lopes. Professor Barsi Lopes is a lead for the Technology Consulting Workshop, which is a program I am a part of in the Kelley School of Business that helps prepare students for their careers in consulting by teaching creative problem-solving skills and using technology. This program occurs over the course of a student’s last two years in college. I had to apply and interview to be a part of this program.”
The CaseIT was located in Canada and you got to travel there, which must have been fun! What was your favorite part of attending CaseIT? “My favorite part of attending CaseIT was meeting the different people from all around the world. CaseIT also did a great job of giving us the opportunity to explore Vancouver and see what the beautiful city had to offer. We took a gondola to the top of one of the mountains and got to go snowshoeing and see some amazing views!”
We know you won for ‘Best Presenter’ — congratulations! How do you think participating in case competitions will translate to your career? “Participating in case competitions helps students to deal with ambiguity, time management, and rapid problem-solving. Case competitions challenge students to be creative, work with a variety of people, own an idea and articulate it to a panel of judges. The skills I learned from case competitions will translate to the real world where I will face ambiguity and time constraints and will help me to become flexible and adapt quickly to new environments.”
We’re so excited for you to join us full-time! What helped you to decide to start your career with us? “I chose to start my career with Protiviti because I was sold on the people who work here. Everyone I met, from Interns to Managing Directors, were incredibly bright, driven, and welcoming. I look forward to learning a lot from Protiviti, growing as a professional, and meeting some more great people.”
It’s always so wonderful to see our students doing BIG things! Thank you to Isabel for sharing her story. We’re so excited to continue to watch you grow as you come on-board full-time!