March 2022

Name: Lanie Chipkin

Major and University: University of Maryland ’22, Economics (BS)

Internship Title: Research Analyst @ Liatris

Career Goal:
As an economics major, there are many different career paths I could take. My internship with Liatris will help me to determine what I am interested in doing full time and help me to explore what I can do with my major. I am also able to explore new a fields in the environmentally-friendly and advanced building materials sectors.

1. What is the culture like at your internship site? (big, small? Can you wear jeans? Is it fast paced?)

The culture at my internship is awesome. It is very small, as Liatris is a startup with only a few employees. Everyone is willing to help me and answer any question I may have, and it is very casual. Liatris used a hybrid environment even before Covid.

2. Who are the clients that you work with?

The end user is business and home owners who want innovative insulation that is environmentally-friendly and inflammable.

3. Are you working on any exciting projects that you want to share? Have you learned any exciting new skills that were unexpected?

I am new in my role, but I have already learned so much. I have recently been researching contests that Liatris could potentially enter for its innovation, as well as market competition. I have learned how to effectively research and report on my findings.

4. How did you prepare for the interview? Can you share any tips for your fellow students?

I prepared for the interview by researching Liatris and preparing an outline of my answers for typical interview questions. Right before an interview, I put on an outfit that makes me feel professional and confident, as well as try to relax to calm my nerves. My biggest tip for fellow students is to create a document on your laptop with your answers to typical interview questions like why you would be a good fit, why you want the job, your strengths and weaknesses, etc. I use this for every interview and change it to cater to the specific interview. This is not a script, but rather an outline or rough idea of how you will answer certain questions.

5. How did you find your internship position? Did you use a career center for help with your resume?

I found my internship on Careers4Terps. I did not use the career center specifically, but I have used the career center in the past to help me navigate Careers4Terps.

6. Please share anything that you think makes a strong remote internship. 

I believe even though my internship has been mostly remote, constant communication with my supervisors has helped create a strong connection to my position and the company. I get updates frequently about how my work is, and what my next project will be. This helps me to stay connected and feel like my work is contributing to the better of the company.