26
Jul

SP Spotlight: Meet the Summer Associates

This summer, SP Consulting was lucky to work with 3 rock star summer associates: Kelly, Suzanne, and Anna in our Washington, D.C. office. Through record heatwaves (up to 113 degrees with humidity!), a surge of D.C.’s subway shutdowns, and a fiery political race for the White House, our summer associates made the most of their 3 months with SP. Get to know who they are, what they gained from their experience with SP, and what else they’ve been up to this summer.

 

 

DSC_6456

Kelly Marchant

School: University of South Carolina 

Major: Double major in International Business and Marketing

 

What were your main responsibilities at SP?

I was a research associate under the Client Services division. I participated in client meetings and collected research on potential client partnerships and market growth opportunities. My responsibilities at SP allowed me to further develop my knowledge in market research and client management.

 

What skills did you gain while working with SP?

While at SP I was also able to learn a lot about how the Client Services side works. I gained vital knowledge on how the relationship between the firm and the client operates. Not only was I allowed to observe this relationship, but also participate, which will be an experience I will take with me after graduation to my future career.

 

How do you think your internship with SP will help you in your career?

SP not only gave me professional experience, but they have also surrounded me with a group of successful individuals who have been able to give me insight and advice on the upcoming steps in my career plans. These newly formed relationships, I believe, will be exponentially helpful as I move forward.

 

Are you involved in any on-campus activities?

At the University of South Carolina, I am an active member of the Delta Zeta sorority where I chaired the Homecoming and Spirit Week committees. I am also an active participant with Buddies without Borders, an on-campus program where international students are matched with American USC students to show them American culture and student life at USC. Being an Arabic minor and having lived in the Middle East, I partner with international students who are native Arabic speakers. This relationship not only allows for the student to have a “buddy” but it also helps with my Arabic fluency and their English!

 

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I like to hang out with friends and family, try to cook new recipes (emphasis on the try!), and my favorite hobby of all is throwing a Frisbee on the beach.

 

What has been the highlight of your summer?

My highlight of the summer would have to be returning to the DC area. Though I’m from Georgia, I went to high school (The Madeira School) in this area and having the opportunity to return and rekindle old relationships has made for an amazing summer experience.

 

 

DSC_6441

Suzanne Johnson

School: University of South Carolina

Major: Double major in International Business and Marketing

 

What were your main responsibilities?

As the Business Development Research Associate, my responsibilities included searching for potential clients and discovering skills that SP could leverage when approaching new business opportunities with creative solutions.

 

What skills did you gain while working with SP?

Through my position I gained communication skills and research analytic knowledge. I recognized the importance of strong partnerships, integrated solutions and providing hands-on assistance to a diverse group of clients. SP’s unique model allows the involvement of expertise in various fields, all coming together to support the needs of clients.

 

How do you think your internship with SP will help you in your career?

I believe my experience at SP will give me a business prospective beyond the traditional frameworks. With a minor in Chinese, I have always wanted to work internationally, but thought it would be too difficult to connect and build relationships with companies across the world. However, SP’s emphasis on virtual communication encourages worldwide integration and limitless opportunities for consulting services. In addition, with an array of incredible Senior Partners across the United States, I feel that working with SP has opened pathways to industry experts and insights that I otherwise would not have been exposed to.

 

Are you involved in any on-campus activities?

Besides attending Gamecock Football games, I am also an active member in the Delta Zeta sorority and Sigma Omega Upsilon International Business Fraternity.

 

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, working out and eating as much pizza as possible.

 

What has been the highlight of your summer?

The highlight of my summer was definitely visiting my friends that I met while abroad in their new home of New York City. We all spent the last semester in Hong Kong and enjoyed reminiscing on all the amazing times we had there.

 

 

DSC_6474

Anna Jurkowski

School: Virginia Tech

Major: English Literature: Pre-Education track, Creative Writing, Philosophy

 

What were your main responsibilities at SP?

My main responsibility has been to build a Senior Partners directory, which includes the skill sets and project preferences of Senior Partners. The point of the directory is to provide a database of self-marketed skills for future projects.

 

What skills did you gain while working with SP?

Patience and persistence. I’m already very patient and persistent, but running a survey and distributing it to over 80 different Senior Partners in different parts the U.S. required patience and creativity in figuring out how to best contact them and give them comprehensive access to the survey.

 

How do you think your internship with SP will help you in your career?

If I can chase down 80 Senior Partners, I can definitely handle high school students. I plan to teach high school English and Composition, and I feel strongly that skills in English and writing will be one of the best assets for getting future high school and college graduates jobs. Seeing the business and corporate side of the table was a unique experience, which will be invaluable in passing down to my students. It has also been rewarding to work in the office with Jobs for America’s Graduates, a state-based national non-profit dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people by giving them the tools to pursue postsecondary education or securing quality entry-level jobs, and making connections with and learning from those individuals.

 

Are you involved in any on-campus activities?

At Virginia Tech, I am involved in three organizations. The major student organization I am a part of is HokiePRIDE, where I help to run the LGBT+ Resource Center and am on the executive board as the Films and Speakers Chair. I am also involved in United Feminist Movement (UFM), which is the core feminist group on campus. In UFM, I am the Women’s Reproductive Justice Chair on the executive board, which makes me the Planned Parenthood liaison for Virginia Tech, as well as in charge of women’s health education on campus. Lastly, I’m a member of VegTech, which is the resident student group advocating vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. We mostly just get together to eat yummy vegan food and lament about agribusiness.

 

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to knit, read philosophy and classic literature, write, and nap. I’m also an avid watcher of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and I regularly attend local poetry SLAMs, where I can be seen snapping aggressively.

 

What has been the highlight of your summer?

The highlight of my summer was Nap Sundays and Pad Thai Mondays. Additionally, the days which went above 100 degrees were a welcomed treat as no one bothered me about how much I stay inside on those days.