Meet Our Future Schwabbies

Learn more about working at Schwab from our class of 2014 interns. These interns
have been offered full-time positions with Schwab once they graduate from college in Spring 2015.

Brandon


Associate Software Applications Engineer, Schwab Technology Services

Q: What impact did you have at Schwab during your summer internship?
A:
The impact of my Schwab summer internship is that I was able to assist my mentor and manager with automating some internal reporting procedures.

Q: What was the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy for you?
A:
The highlight of the Intern Academy was the celebratory breakfast, where we were able to look back at all of our good work throughout the summer and recognize that as a class we achieved a lot of great things, both for ourselves and the company.

Q: When you return to Schwab for your full-time role after graduation, what are you most looking forward to?
A:
When I return to Schwab, I am most looking forward to being a part of a development team, and to continue making an impact within my team.

Christopher


Software Quality Assurance Staff, Schwab Technology Services

Q: What impact did you have at Schwab during your summer internship?
A:
My greatest impact was revamping the burn-down metric for the mobile scrum teams. The report we were using wasn’t providing us with all the information we needed, so I was tasked with finding a new one. I researched, piloted, and implemented the new report for all the scrum teams. With this new report, my management was able to make more informed decisions regarded the progress of our sprints.

Q: What was the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy for you?
A:
The highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy was the town hall meeting with Walt Bettinger. It opened my eyes to what Schwab was really about. The idea that the CEO would take time out of his day to answer questions from interns really blew my mind. I walked away with a really great feeling about the company. Knowing that our CEO felt so strongly about certain core values really solidified my feelings that Schwab and the character of the employees was the right fit for me.

Q: When you return to Schwab for your full-time role after graduation, what are you most looking forward to?
A:
When I return to Schwab, I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with the people I met during my internship. Not only are they great people with great character, but the knowledge they possess and are willing to share with me will allow me to grow in my professional career and in my personal life as well. They are the main reason I chose to come back to Schwab.

Daniel


IT Engineer/Software Development, Schwab Technology Services

Q: What impact did you have at Schwab during your summer internship?
A:
I had an impact at Schwab by learning new technologies and helping get my team up to speed on these technologies.

Q: What was the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy for you?
A:
My highlight of the intern academy would have to be the insightful talks about financial literacy and independence. Those talks were very enlightening not only due to personal interest but also because it involves Schwab's products.

Q: When you return to Schwab for your full-time role after graduation, what are you most looking forward to?
A:
I am most looking forward to meeting again with my team and helping them solve problems.

Garrett


Associate, Retirement Plan Services

Q: What impact did you have at Schwab during your summer internship?
A:
During my summer internship, I worked on several projects that impacted Schwab. I helped to make data more accurate and manageable. In the intern’s mid-term summit, we studied Schwab’s presence on social media and offered tips to improve engagement from followers, focusing mainly on young adults.

Q: What was the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy for you?
A:
One of the highlights of the Schwab Intern Academy for me was participating in the Gallup strengths finder assessment. It was a great learning experience to see my strengths in writing, and not only were my strengths identified, but I got information on how to leverage those strengths in the workplace to be a more engaged employee and better communicator.

Q: When you return to Schwab for your full-time role after graduation, what are you most looking forward to?
A:
I am most looking forward to seeing and working with all the people I got to know and made a strong connection with during my internship. I am also excited to see all the great strides and improvements Schwab has made during my year at school.

Jessica


Specialist, Retirement Plan Services

Q: What impact did you have at Schwab during your summer internship?
A:
One of the things that surprised me most about working at a large company was the amount of respect that employees showed one another. It didn’t matter if you were just an intern or an upper-level manager – everyone wanted to help each other and hear each other’s ideas and suggestions. So, when I shared ways to update one of the Schwab websites, the company implemented some of my ideas. That was probably the biggest impact I had – but it also had an impact on me because I saw firsthand how much collaboration and appreciation really go on at Schwab.

Q: What was the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy for you?
A:
For me, the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy was the mid-term summit. During this two-day event, all the interns were given a real-life business problem to analyze in small groups and then asked to present actionable ways to address the problem. I could tell the senior-level managers genuinely valued our ideas and opinions. In fact, they are implementing some of the suggestions that the interns made.

Q: When you return to Schwab for your full-time role after graduation, what are you most looking forward to?
A:
The last day of the Intern Academy, I did not want to leave, because I felt so at home in the office. The employees at Schwab genuinely care about each other. I can’t even count the number of people who wished me well in the upcoming year and told me they hoped to see me back next summer. I’m eager to join Schwab, reunite with my colleagues, and challenge the industry to improve our clients’ experience.

Justin


Associate, Schwab Technology Services

Q: What impact did you have at Schwab during your summer internship?
A:
As an intern, I was able to help my manager with production support issues and to perform the scrum process with my daily tasks. I helped maintain applications in the CRM, which is used by thousands of phone reps.

Q: What was the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy for you?
A:
The highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy was participating in real-world situations. I was able to learn Agile methodologies and perform them in a team environment. The takeaway was more than I can ask for because I simply love what Schwab stands for, and they gave me an opportunity to do something I love as a career. I didn’t just learn about the job or tasks at hand, I learned what I want to do with my life.

Q: When you return to Schwab for your full-time role after graduation, what are you most looking forward to?
A:
I am most looking forward to helping to reach our company’s goals by using our technology to reach our clients’ goals. It is exciting to work with people that I am already comfortable with.

Matthew


Associate Software Application Engineer, Schwab Technology Services

Q: What impact did you have at Schwab during your summer internship?
A:
When I started my internship program, I was lucky enough to work on a huge project researching a Platform as a Service to see if it was a viable option for Schwab. I feel that upper level management (all the way up to the SVP of technology) valued my opinion on the product. I was never treated as an “intern.”  In fact, quite the opposite happened. I was included in discussions with managers, tech directors, and staff, and it felt as though my opinion mattered.

Q: What was the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy for you?
A:
There are three things that I will never forget. 1) Once I finished my Platform as a Service project, I had to demo the product to upper level management. Everything was a complete success and I feel I was able to make the right impression in front of the right people. 2) I will never forget being on a conference call with the CEO Walt Bettinger. You can tell that he truly cares about all of his employees and, more importantly, that he always wants to do the right thing for his clients. 3) The Gallup strength test. I have never believed in these kinds of studies before, but after taking the test I was able to learn a lot about myself and why I do things the way I do them. Not only has this helped me in a professional setting, but it also helped my relationships in my personal life.

Q: When you return to Schwab for your full-time role after graduation, what are you most looking forward to?
A:
I was offered a full-time job once I graduate school in May, but I was given the most amazing opportunity to work part time as I finish my last year in school. What I am looking forward to most has already happened to me. I am loving the opportunity to learn so many new aspects of technology, and I enjoy working on a team that truly cares about my personal development.

Melissa


Associate Project Management, Schwab Technology Services

Q: What impact did you have at Schwab during your summer internship?
A:
I had the opportunity to work on a real project, and I got to help my colleagues with their tasks to help lighten their work load. I also had the chance to help out some of my fellow interns who were taking on new projects and needed some help getting started. By midway through the summer I was able to help direct my fellow interns in the right direction and get them in touch with people who could answer their questions.

Q: What was the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy for you?
A:
Besides the real-world experience of working in the corporate world, my highlight was the amazing people I got to meet. There are so many talented individuals who were always ready and eager to speak with me about their careers. I never once felt like just an intern; I always felt welcomed and wanted every day I was there. I learned more in my summer interning at Schwab about how to plan my future career path than I have at any seminar, class, or other opportunity that I have had in my college career.

Q: When you return to Schwab for your full-time role after graduation, what are you most looking forward to?
A:
I am most looking forward to the personal growth that comes from getting the kind of life experience that is possible when working at a company like Schwab. I am so excited to work at a company that cares about me and will help me learn more about myself as I transition from college to the real world.

Peter


Associate Financial Services Professional, Client Service and Support

Q: What impact did you have at Schwab during your summer internship?
A:
I think I made an impact on helping the work flow in the office by taking calls and helping clients and thereby taking some workload off other employees and brokers.

Q: What was the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy for you?
A:
The highlight for me personally was the mid-term summit. I really enjoyed the opportunity to work on a real issue facing Schwab, work with a great team, and present real recommendations to senior level management, all while feeling a little pressure due to time constraints. Succeeding at a fairly challenging task was a very rewarding experience this past summer.

Q: When you return to Schwab for your full-time role after graduation, what are you most looking forward to?
A:
I am most looking forward to the opportunities that working at Schwab, particularly in the Austin office, will present in the coming months and years.

William


Specialist, Retirement Plan Services

Q: What impact did you have at Schwab during your summer internship?
A:
I was able to assist full-time employees with their workloads, making it easier for them to complete their day-to-day tasks in a more efficient manner.

Q: What was the highlight of the Schwab Intern Academy for you?
A:
The highlight of the Intern Academy for me was probably the mid-term summit where we were given a case study on how Schwab can attract and maintain millennials in their workplace. My group had the opportunity to present our findings to a panel of upper-level management at Schwab, and overall it was a very enlightening experience.

Q: When you return to Schwab for your full-time role after graduation, what are you most looking forward to?
A:
I am looking forward to the opportunity to work for a large corporate entity and to be able to work my hardest on a daily basis.

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