Diane interned at Rutherfoord in Alexandria, VA this summer. The move was a little rough with the moving process and locating all the essentials such as grocery stores, but she learned her way around with the help of GPS and Google Maps. The transition after was smooth, and she had a lot of fun discovering and experiencing the area during her free time. The overall internship was very structured. Some criteria included working on two projects, online learning tasks, webinars, and literature. She assisted with some basic functions such as issuing certificates of insurance on a daily basis. She also shadowed almost every position in the office and was able to talk to everyone there. All the people were very friendly and made sure to include her and the other intern. She did have a mentor. Fortunately, Diane’s RMI classes helped her fly through the online learning courses, as well as helped her keep up with the technical and current topics, which really impressed her co workers because it eliminated them having to teacher her the basic terminology.
Over the summer Diane was assigned two projects. All the interns were assigned a line of Rutherfoord’s business and were instructed to create a power point presentation on that line. They were given some contacts to assist them with the information gathering. The final presentation was done via webinar and attended by upper management. The second project was assigned by the division office. She had to learn a property valuation program, perform the valuation on a sample of accounts, and identify if a trend of undervaluation existed. Then she created a presentation highlighting the importance of the program, the trend, and basic directions to accessing the software. Additional benefits of the internship included the paid housing, lunches, two happy hours, and a farewell dinner. Some of the things she enjoyed the most were the work which was very pleasant and education, as well as the excellent housing arrangements. Plus, she had a lot of free time to explore the city. She does wish the work load was a little more demanding. She would strongly recommend Rutherfoord to any potential interns!