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Internships

 

Over the last five years, 68 percent of students completing the senior survey indicated that they had completed at least one internship while they were at Manchester.Here are some of the comments the students shared about their experiences.

 

 

D.K. DeLong (Accounting) completed an accounting internship with the BCR CPA Group in Kokomo, Indiana, where he focused primarily on audit work.  He noted that he learned a great deal about the steps involved in auditing a company’s financial statements, and he was pleased to learn more about the business world from the CPAs with whom he worked.

Laura Gladfelter (Marketing) worked as the fashion intern for Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, which manages a lot of the city events.  For example, the group organized the Blackhawks rally, and Laura was assigned to the NHL reporters in the media pit—she was twelve feet away from the players!  She said, “I was thrilled to be working so much with fashion, but with all of my diverse interests, I love the variety of events we do. . . . My favorite part of the internship is attending meetings and networking with an array of people—we average at least three external meetings a day.  I also send a lot of e-mails to designers, do write-ups for event brochures, communicate with the press, and brainstorm new marketing strategies. Multitasking has never been so important!”

Laura also worked as a marketing intern for Art of Athletics, a start-up exercise line located in Chicago.  She interviewed athletes for the blog, oversaw social media, organized publicity events, and wrote press releases.  Her advice for other students: “Thank you notes!  I have gotten incredible interviews from attending events and sending thank you notes after—no one expects it!  Right after an interview, send a short thank you e-mail and then mail a handwritten note.  Make sure to include specific details that you talked about during the interview or send a link to a site you think they would be interested in.”

Alex Herber (Accounting) completed an internship at Fort Wayne Metals where a typical day involved creating between 80-100 invoices using the ERP system, creating any credit notes that were in the system and submitting them for approval, creating expense reports and inventory reports, creating and modifying data files for a new ERP system, and determining variance between standard and actual costs.  His advice for other students: “Take good notes when people are explaining tasks and do not be afraid to ask questions until you understand.  Also, be courageous by offering your own ideas and networking with as many people as possible.”

Brittany Shuler (Finance) worked as an executive assistant for the Mainstreet Property Group in Carmel, Indiana.  Brittany pursued this internship to get her foot in the door, and it paid off.  The company offered her a job working with the CFO and the Executive Vice President in a position in which she will be using her degree.  She stated, “Just getting your name out their can lead to great things in the end. . . . I couldn’t be happier!”

Bryce Murphy (Accounting) worked as an accounting intern at BKD, LLP in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He spent the majority of his time outside of the office at the client’s location working through the audit and getting questions answered as necessary through inquiries of client personnel.  When asked about his most significant learning experience, he commented, “Do it right, not fast.  I got in the habit of trying to get it done as quickly as possible instead of ensuring that it is accurate.”

Jared Allen (Accounting and Finance) completed a summer internship with Edward Jones in Havre de Grace, Maryland where his work focused on financial planning and investing.  His most significant learning experience was learning about annuities and getting the opportunity to call wholesalers to learn the ins and outs of the business.  He suggested that other students should “take the time to learn the course material in class so that you can get ahead in the internship and impress the internship director which can lead to a job offer.”

Jennifer Corajod (Marketing) worked as a business intern for Galecki Financial Management, Inc. in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She learned a lot about taxes, cash flow analysis, and asset management during her time there, and she offered the following advice for other students: “Don’t hesitate to take advantage of planned activities with coworkers outside of office hours. Not only are they fun, but they really are effective at teambuilding.  Also, as an intern, it’s beneficial to see as many different aspects of the business in which you’re working as possible.  Finally, always look to help out in any way that benefits the organization.”

Jenna Barclay (Accounting) completed an accounting internship with her family’s business, B&B Machine & Repair in Cromwell, Indiana.  Jenna chose to do an internship there to help her gauge whether that was what she wanted to do following graduation.  She worked with accounts receivable and accounts payable on a daily basis and performed the payroll tasks for the company on a weekly basis.  She stated, “Working with family is a lot harder than I ever anticipated that it would be. I think that working with family takes a lot more patience than working elsewhere because you are not afraid to voice your true thoughts, regardless of what they may be.”

John Caffarelli (Accounting) worked as an internal audit intern at Do It Best Corp. in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  In that role, he worked on quarterly inventory audits, price tests, and tests of controls on accounts receivable and accounts payable.  His advice to other students: “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It shows that you are willing to learn.”

Joscelyne Johnson (Accounting and Finance) completed an accounting and finance internship at Zentis North America in Plymouth, Indiana where she worked on a number of projects including creating cost center budgets, invoices, key performance indicators for the various areas of the company, and accounts receivable reconciliations.  For other students working as interns, she suggests that they should not “be afraid to ask questions.  It may make you feel as though you are being a bother, but your boss expects you to ask questions.  Plus, the answer you get will most likely enhance your understanding of the project you are assigned.”

Kyle Davis (Management and Marketing) worked as a management intern at Menards in Merrillville, Indiana where he helped manage the seasonal plumbing department and where he learned “something new literally every day.”  He commented that “what I learned at Manchester, in the business department, is used every day” at work.  He suggested that other interns “constantly work hard and try to impress your boss. They appreciate workers who go above and beyond.”

Sarah Ruff (Accounting) was an internal audit intern at Steel Dynamics, Inc. in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She spent many 10+ hour days in conference rooms with five other auditors. While at these other locations we would communicate with the General Manager, Controller, Accounting Supervisors, and Accountants to gain knowledge about the processes we were testing. On the rare weeks spent in the office, she would work on finishing up work papers, tying out inventory observations, and making selections for upcoming testing.  She commented, “It was really neat to be able to successfully read through a bank reconciliation on my own or perform 3-way matches with real invoices, POs, and receivers.  A very satisfying part of all of this was being able to connect what I was doing at work back to what I have learned in class.  During my internship I used A LOT of information that I had previously learned and I feel that this definitely helped in understanding the purpose or importance of what I was doing.” 

For other students working as interns, she offered the following suggestions: “Never, never, never, stop asking questions!  The people I worked with this summer were very encouraging of questions and gave extremely good answers without making me feel like it was a silly question, so this definitely helped increase the number of questions I would ask on a daily basis.  But no matter what, always ask if you don’t understand what to do or if you don’t know why you are doing something.  One of the most valuable questions to ask is WHY you are doing something a certain way.”

Sari Algharabeh (Management and Finance) interned with the Community Foundation of Wabash County in North Manchester, Indiana.  While there, he performed a wide variety of tasks including reviewing grant applications, helping set up workshops, and helping update grant applications and grant guidelines. He also worked on the annual report and had several site visits and interviews with potential grant applicants.

T.J. Wolpert (Accounting and Finance) completed an internship with Garrett State Bank in Garrett, Indiana.  He spent his time reviewing the daily statements of financial condition (balance sheet, income statement, cash flows) and examining for any possible misstatements.  He also organized incoming payables to the bank and worked on sections of the quarterly Call Report.

Dan Maringer (Accounting and Finance) completed an accounting internship with BKD, LLP in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he focused on audit work for the firm’s clients.

Taylor Price (Accounting and Economics) completed an accounting internship with Wojtysiak & Company, LLC in Mishawaka, Indiana where he worked on payroll and bookkeeping tasks.  He learned a lot about working with other employees and suggested that students take advantage of mixers to expand their professional networks.

Eric Wilker (Accounting and Finance) worked in a variety of different capacities with the Casad Company in Celina, Ohio.  He analyzed production information and inspected products to evaluate their quality, and he also performed cost analysis on new products and software that the company was thinking about investing in.  He stated that one of the most important things he learned was “to be flexible. Just because you start the day with an agenda does not mean that you will get any of it done.”

Lindsey Franks (Communication Studies, Business minor) completed an e-marketing internship and then moved on to also work as a knee-marketing co-op with DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction in Warsaw, Indiana.  Her activities included researching clinical evidence for marketing materials; organizing events related to surgeon visits, product launches and successes; and creating and updating web content for company websites related to knee implant products.  She said that one her most significant learning experiences was observing work in the cadaver lab: “One of the design surgeons for our newest product line performed both a primary and a revision surgery for a competitive surgeon in hopes of adopting our new product.”

For other students, she suggested the following: “Take the time to invest in yourself and others will too. I never thought that as a Communications major that I would be studying anatomy, physiology, and surgical techniques surrounding total knee arthroplasty.”

Cheryl Driver (Marketing and Management) was a marketing intern at Live Nation Entertainment in Indianapolis where she spent her time creating and managing spreadsheets containing client information and managing the VIP Club at Klipsch music center.

Felicia Grossman (Management and Marketing) worked as a marketing generalist intern with Nautic Global Group in Elkhart, Indiana.  Her typical day included developing Pinterest accounts for four different brands the company owns, communicating with the marketing team and other employees in the organization, making phone calls or sending e-mails to vendors and caterers, and working on various tasks in Excel.  Her advice for other students: “Treat the internship as a summer-long job interview, even if you do not want to work there after completing the internship.  Ask questions; the company you work for has interns because they want them there—everyone wants to help.  Lastly, use your internship as an opportunity to grow your LinkedIn network!”
Zach Dold (Accounting) worked as a tax intern at BKD, LLP in Fort Wayne, Indiana, focusing primarily on corporate tax returns.  He appreciated having the opportunity to familiarize himself with the software the firm used and offered the following advice to other students: “If you have a question, ask it. Do not be shy or afraid to ask for help. The staff wants you to succeed and to make sure you are learning how to do things right.”
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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