My name is Warren Olaya and I am in my junior year. In early January I began my marketing internship in commercial banking at BMO Harris Bank. I’ve had the pleasure of working in various intern roles here for a couple years now but have never been in marketing. In late November I was given the opportunity to transition over to marketing and I’ve been extremely grateful that I’ve had the opportunity ever since. It’s much different from the compliance world that I was interning in before!
I am a marketing intern for commercial banking at BMO but I’ve luckily been able to meet many great people from different teams. As it’s my first month here I’ve had a large amount of informational meetings. These meetings are extremely enlightening and open up my eyes to corporate marketing operations. Upon arriving here I was able to meet with advertising, thought leadership, business banking and commercial banking just to name a few of the teams. The biggest thing I was excited about in coming here is the amount of experience the people around me had in marketing and upon arriving here I’m learning that this is very true. The colleagues around me have had years of agency experience and a good amount come from marketing departments at other banks. This combination of experience for me is priceless and in any meeting I’m at I’ve been eagerly listening to what everyone has to say.
BMO financial group is the 8th largest bank in North America based on assets. My team makes up just a fraction of this overall operation but still plays a vital part in its growth. On any given day I’m helping my manager keep track of events and sponsorships coming up or assisting in putting together slide decks for upcoming presentations. I’m learning time management now more than ever as I’m only here for a certain number of hours per week. I have to be sure I’m able to balance the amount of meetings I am in with the actual work I’m getting done. Timing is important!
In light of this, I am extremely overjoyed to be here. Yes I can get work experience, yes I have an internship, but the most important thing for me is that I’m learning from the individuals around me and their prior experience. I can’t stress enough, their experience, advice and stories they can tell me based on what they’ve been through is truly priceless. What they say are important lessons I can learn from. Through any meeting or interaction I’m here with open ears, ready to take in what is thrown my way.