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During the past summer I interned with Inglis House in Philadelphia as an accounting intern. I worked in the business office with the responsibilities of assign in daily accounting tasks. As a senior at Rowan University, I am pursuing a degree in liberal studies with the two sequences of business and sociology. I chose business because I have never really worked in a business setting. I have always worked with children since I was sixteen. I worked at an after school program at an elementary school for five years and during those five years I also became a substitute teacher for the elementary schools in my town.
I chose the business sequence because I liked the idea of having to do an internship. I liked this idea because it would give me a good idea of what its like to work in an office business setting. It would give me good experience and would give me a chance to see if I like working in the business world.
So I had actively pursued an internship opportunity that would provide practical professional experience. When I first was interviewed for my intern position, they told me I would learn a lot and I would get a lot of good experience to put on my resume.
That is all true, I have learned so much about accounting and come to really enjoy what I have been doing. I genuinely enjoy working in an office at a desk and having daily tasks to do. The people I work with are very nice and helpful.
I was never afraid to ask for help or ask someone to show me how to do something. They have taught me so much and really helped me grow. As of now I am not sure if they will offer me a full time position when I am done but I do know they have given me a lot of good knowledge and helpful tools for the real life work setting. This internship has given me a lot to look forward for in the future and proves to me that I am capable of doing whatever I put my mind to. It has opened my eyes to so many different job opportunities and allowed me to not be afraid to try something new out of my comfort zone.
During my internship I helped a lot with closing tasks. I helped with bank reconciliations, account analysis, and accrual entries. As an intern I worked closely with the controller, assistant controller, and accountant. I also helped with some other areas of finance like accounts payable, account receivable and payroll often. The aspect of the internship that I liked most was having the opportunity to work on client projects and the collaborative nature of the work. The collaboration allows interns to connect with professionals beyond their immediate team. Although I was working with one specific team, it did not mean that I couldn’t build relationships with other individuals too. During some down time, I used to reach out to other professionals and request if there was work I could do. One thing I didn’t like so much about my internship was always having to ask what to do next. Although I didn’t like that much I know that is what being an intern is all about. The people I worked with always said I was so quick at finishing tasks they had assigned to me.
So I didn’t always want to bother them when I was finished right away. I know this looks good because I am capable offing efficient work in a timely manner. But with a real full time job I know I would enjoy because I will have a job title and a job description. This will leave me with each things I am supposed to do daily and weekly. I will not have to go to someone to ask what I should do next or ask if they’re ready to show me what is next. Even though I was an intern I didn’t ever necessarily feel like the odd one out. I actually felt like I was part of their team. I was able to help when needed if no one else was around. I learned my ways around and felt very comfortable with the atmosphere I was in.
When going into this internship I was a little uneasy because I am not an accounting major and didn’t know so much about accounting. This was appropriate for an intern with very little practical experience in public accounting. Although the expectations of me were not incredibly difficult, I still experienced a learning curve due to this being my first exposure to this kind of work. So coming into this position, I felt that I had no idea where my career was going and I lacked confidence about what I could do and what I am really good at. My internship has definitely given me a better understanding of my skill set and where my career may take me, but most importantly, I’ve come to learn that I am not alone. This job has taught me that almost everybody is in my same position. Very few college students know what they want to do, and it is something that is simply not worth worrying about.
By the end of my internship, however, I felt comfortable in completing my assigned tasks and even received reviews from team leaders expressing that they would love to have me on their teams in future engagements. But now after being with my internship for a little over three months I feel much more comfortable with the position. My experience as an intern helped me to see that I am a able to work my way up in whatever job I end up getting after I graduate. Whether it’s at Inglis House or anywhere else, I think that if I put the work in and prove myself I will be successful in any job. I believe that my experience as an intern demonstrates the actual expectations that employers have for students to have a firm grasp on the conceptual fundamentals of accounting.
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