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Internships

 

 

Sixty-eight percent of students have had at least one internship in the last 4 years.  Here are some of the comments students have shared about their experiences.

 

 

Matthew Mest (Management and Marketing) completed an internship in the human resources department at Hoosier Energy in Bloomington, Indiana. He spent much of his time assisting the company in preparing to use a talent management software program that will help the recruiting and performance review functions of the office.  He also worked on a succession planning project for one of the generating stations.

Amanda Hoover (Accounting and Finance) worked as a corporate accounting intern for Zimmer in Warsaw, Indiana.  During her time there, she was exposed to more in-depth experiences with journal entries, reconciliations, allocations, data transfer, month-end and quarter-close procedures, and various other areas of accounting.  Her advice to other interns: don’t be afraid to push yourself outside of your comfort zone in all aspects of your internship.  Involve yourself in the organization by volunteering for committees, participating in any available learning workshops, and networking with employees from all departments.

 

 

Felicia Fahey (Accounting and Marketing) did an internship in Valparaiso, Indiana, with Edward Jones, which has a formal curriculum for its interns.  The curriculum included weekly activities meant to simulate life as a Financial Advisor (FA) such as calling clients to set up annual reviews for the host advisor; participating in online learning sessions; planning and executing a seminar for the host advisor; and role-playing bond, stock, and mutual fund presentations with client objections.  Felicia described her time at Edward Jones as an invaluable experience, and she recommends this internship program to any major in the business field.  She remarked, “I found that I not only liked accounting and marketing but also finance (which I had never even considered before).”

Lauren Weaver (Marketing) interned with Liberty Mutual Insurance in Chicago where she spent a significant amount of time on the claims side of the business.  She commented that the experience improved her communication and professionalism skills and helped her learn how present herself in the workplace.  She also stated, “It is super important to not just do what you’re assigned to do, but to take a step up and offer to help out in other ways . . . . This makes you stand out and shows that you really want to get involved with the company.”

 

 

Devin Jenkins (Accounting and Finance) worked as an audit intern at Crowe Horwath in South Bend.  Among other things, she learned how to perform control testing walkthroughs and develop probing inquiries as well as how to make testing selections and perform substantive testing.  She traveled extensively, and remarked that when students obtain internships, they should “Ask tons of questions and never pass up an opportunity to try something new!”  And students would be well advised to listen to Devin’s advice because she received an offer for full-time employment with Crowe following graduation, even though she will not graduate until December 2013.

 

 

Ashton Metzger (Accounting) completed an internship with the State Board of Accounts in Indianapolis where she worked with payables and receivables, state and local tax distributions, claims and receipt testing, and tracing unit reports to their actual ledgers.  She appreciated the fact that she had the opportunity to see what the job was actually like in the field, and in doing so was able to determine whether she actually liked the work or not.

 

 

Katy Konik (Management and Marketing) completed an operations internship with Feldco Factory Direct, LLC in Des Plaines, Illinois.  Some of the projects Katy worked on included analyzing service reports and identifying opportunities for the company to lower costs and improve on-time percentages, revising the company’s retail installment contract (RIC) to meet Wisconsin state law standards, screening résumés for an open product manager position, and analyzing the company's monthly task time report and developing solutions for how to improve efficiency.  Katy learned a great deal from her experiences, and shared her suggestions for other student interns:

“First, be efficient even during down time. . . . This is not a time to just sit around texting your friends or playing on Facebook.  This is the time to take an initiative and do something that will either help you build your knowledge and skill set or add value to the company. During my first few weeks at Feldco, I didn't know anything about windows, siding, or doors and tried to be resourceful by learning company terminology.  There is always something to do around the office and hard work does not go unnoticed.

The second thing I've learned is to be on time. Management pays a lot of attention to punctuality whether you're paid hourly or earn a salary.  The Operations Director at Feldco always said, ‘If you're early then you're on time, if you're on time then you're late, and if you're late then don't bother showing up at all.’  That quote has stuck with me and it’s something I think about every morning before getting into work, before every meeting I have to attend, or project I have to turn in, and even outside of work. Punctuality gains respect in a workplace, so my advice is be on time.”

 

Ben Crim (Accounting) interned at Crossroads Bank in Wabash, Indiana, where he worked primarily on the fiscal year-end financial statements.  He suggests that interns take notes whenever speaking with someone so that when the interns return to their desks, they’ll be able to follow through with everything they were asked to do.

 

 

Miro Arguijo (Communication Studies and Business minor) completed an internship at Lendingahand.net, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His work there included a broad array of responsibilities--from human resources to public relations to event planning to social media marketing.  He was able to help the organization clearly communicate its mission using appropriate marketing and communication tools. He encourages other students to be proactive in looking for an internship because no one is going to give a student an opportunity “just because.”

 

 

Nick Barbknecht (Accounting) completed an audit internship with BKD in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and encouraged other students not to be afraid to ask questions if they’re unsure of what is expected.

 

 

Rachael Larson (Management) worked as an intern at the Sleepy Owl Supper Club in Pierceton, Indiana.  Rachael’s work focused on marketing activities that were designed to strengthen the relationship between the business and the community, including organizing a charitable golf outing.  She commented that she was glad to have the chance to experience things that she had only learned about in theory, previous to her internship.

 

 

Brandon Pawloski (Accounting and Finance) worked as an accounting intern at NiSource in Merrillville, Indiana.  He discovered that the fundamental skills that he learned in class were quite beneficial in his work, but that there is always more to learn.

Kathy Thayer (Accounting) completed a tax internship at McGladrey in Elkhart, Indiana, and she was surprised to find that she actually enjoyed the tax work.  She commented, “It is awesome to get out in the ‘real world’ and put what you have learned in the classroom into practice.”

Dian Radev (Management) worked as an event coordinator for Life Science Exhibits in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  His responsibilities included analyzing sales prospects, performing competitive analyses, and completing sales calls.  He also had the opportunity to travel to Chicago, Nashville, Boston, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, which he really enjoyed.  Dian stated, “This internship has been a great experience for me. I never realized how practical the lessons we learn in class actually are.”

Tom Blake (Accounting) worked as an intern for H.J. Umbaugh & Associates in Indianapolis and Plymouth, Indiana, alternating between the two offices on a weekly basis.  While there, he worked on utility rate studies, continuing disclosure filings, bond sale preparations, and local government budget preparation.  His experiences helped him learn how to assist municipal bond issuers with continuing disclosure requirements pursuant to Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and how to approach setting a governmental unit's user rates (sewage, water, electric), among other things.  His advice to other students: “Don't be afraid to ask questions, take good notes when a supervisor is giving you a new project to complete, be professional, and always maintain a positive attitude.”

Lauren Gazdick (Accounting) interned during the January session at The Stanley Clark School in South Bend.  She worked side by side with the school’s Director of Advancement to coordinate an event called Kaleidoscope, the school’s annual fundraiser and dinner auction.  She noted that even though the internship was not specifically focused on accounting, the experience undoubtedly enhanced her business skills, as well as providing great networking opportunities in the South Bend area.  Lauren added that if other students are offered internships, even if the experiences will be outside their majors, they should take them.  “Having any internship under your belt will be extremely beneficial to your education and your future as a business professional.”

Kourtney Johnson (Management) completed an internship in the office of human resources at Manchester University.  She observed that the work day can be wildly unpredictable—even at Manchester.  “You can sit down at your desk in the morning with an exact plan for how your day is going to go and it will head in a different direction within the first fifteen minutes. You have to be on your toes at all times and be ready for just about anything to happen.”

She suggests that student should never stop improving their communication skills.  “Whether it is through e-mail, on the phone, or face-to-face, you are almost always communicating in the business world. By perfecting these skills, you will make your job (and quite possibly those of others) a lot less complicated.”

 

Kellen Wilkening (Accounting) interned with the Indiana State Board of Accounts in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas doing auditing work.  His experiences helped him learn the processes and procedures required to complete governmental audits for counties, towns, and cities.  He encourages students to be open-minded and to be ready to adapt to different scenarios.


 


 
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