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Robert Navarro-My major is accounting. 

I found my paid internship via the career services office. I received an email with the internship posting from Lanco Group of Companies and replied with my resume and cover letter. This was followed up by a phone interview then a face-to-face interview. I was fortunate enough to be able to get three credit hours for my internship. The internship professor I worked with was Mike Trendell. Some of the faculty from career services reached out to me once or twice via email to see how the internship was going and to see if they could help with anything. 

The responsibilities I was tasked with started off small such as entering journal entries, working on account reconciliations, and completing ad hoc reports for the staff accountants. As I became more familiar with the company, I handled the month-close processes for three of the smaller subsidiary companies. Also, I should mention that I worked in the financial reporting department. Since Lanco has about 25 subsidiary companies, one of the biggest challenges was getting familiar with the different functions/software that some certain companies used. The part that that I most enjoyed was experiencing the month-close and having that pressure to finish on time because it was rewarding to be done and ready for the next month.

This internship gave me such valuable experience and it will give me an advantage when looking for employment in the future because it will stand out on my resume. My advice to students who are looking for or considering getting an internship is to be proactive about it, take advantage of the resources that you have, and start early. Getting an internship as a freshman or sophomore might be a little more difficult, but you can consider discovery programs offered by firms which are basically 1 to 2-week long workshops held by companies for students who are not quite ready for an internship. These are used by those companies to look at prospective accounting students and give them a chance to network with firm employees and learn about that firm. This at least gets your foot in the door and could potentially lead to internship or employment opportunities. Career services is also a great resource for getting an internship. Check your student email; they are constantly sending emails with employment postings and will even help you critique your resume/cover letter to make you stand out during the application process. Lastly, get involved in extracurricular and get involved in the profession by joining Illinois CPA Society or AICPA. These organizations have free student memberships and offer a wide variety of scholarships, employment opportunities, and more. Being a member of these will stand out on your resume.

 

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