- Melissa Dunkley
Give three words that sum up your internship experience.
Energetic, Engaging, and Rewarding
How did you learn about your internship?
“I learned about my internship through the Alumni Networking Dinner hosted by the Career Services office.”
Describe your internship.
“My responsibilities were to help audit the year-end financial statements for two different companies in two different industries.”
What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?
“I enjoyed working with a team every day. Although I was only an intern, my team threw me into the audit as a year-one associate. I was part of discussions and problem solving. My team truly made me feel welcomed and sent me tasks that were challenging and interesting. One of the challenges I experienced every day was the inability to complete test work because I did not have the full knowledge of the company we were auditing or the resources. The most difficult aspect of my internship was the commute and hours. I lived in my hometown and commuted by Metra to Chicago and worked 12 or more hours every day. However, since my team delegated many different projects to me, the days went by fast and Metra soon became my rest stop.”
How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?
“This internship fit into my short-term career goals and I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to come back to the company as a full-time associate after graduation. KPMG can provide me with so much experience and knowledge about the accounting field that I can utilize for future endeavors, but I do not think I could see myself in the ‘Big 4’ forever. I want to be able to take this knowledge and apply it for my dream job.”
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
“I made myself stand out by networking. I cannot stress how important it is to put yourself out there. My sophomore year, I went to numerous events and always remembered to take a business card so that I could email them or search him or her on LinkedIn. My internship at KPMG may never of happened if I did not go to the Networking Dinner. After that, it is all resume and interpersonal skills. I had my resume reviewed by other students, Career Services and professors; and then practiced interview questions with Career Services. Once at the interview, be you. During my interview at KPMG it was less about myself and more about common topics we shared.”
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
“Career Services was extremely helpful during my search process. They provided me with the information about the internship and the support to land it.”
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
“Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Go to events you typically would not go to and make yourself known. Also, do not be afraid to search for help.”