Featured Intern: Kerri Kuntz
Where did you intern?
I interned at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in their Harrisburg Office in their Assurance practice.
How did you land the internship?
I previously completed leadership programs with PwC as a sophomore and junior.
Most valuable experience?
For auditing, each employee is assigned an engagement team for a specific client. The team I was assigned to was very welcoming and helpful to me whenever I had questions. I worked with them every day and each one of them made a point to teach me as much as possible over the course of my internship. I don’t think I would have enjoyed my internship as much as I didn’t have such a great team.
In the accounting world, summer is the slow point of the year and as an intern, I found myself doing miscellaneous tasks for my team members and somedays they did not have much for me to do. I was eager to learn and it was sometimes difficult to not get discouraged or frustrated with not being busy every day.
What did you do to make your internship a success
I made a point to be proactive and always find something productive to work on. Whenever I had finished the task I was working on, I always made a point to ask my team members if there was anything else I could help with. If I had any free time, instead of surfing the web, I was doing research on my client or watching webcasts to improve my technical skills. Constantly looking for opportunities to learn and stand out helped me get the most out of my internship.
What is the most important thing you learned?
Going into the internship, I didn’t know much about auditing or what exactly working in public accounting entailed. The internship gave me an inside look of what exactly I would be doing if I was working at PwC full-time and helped me better understand how the audit process works. This has helped me solidify my career goals and prepare me for my senior year.
How did the internship connect with your classes?
I had taken the auditing course at Lycoming College the spring semester before my internship. When I was at training for my internship, some of my fellow interns had never taken auditing before and struggled during training, whereas I had been introduced to these concepts before. All of my accounting classes gave me a solid base that I used every day to complete tasks throughout my internship.
How did the internship help you for the future?
I received and accepted a full-time offer with PwC. The internship helped me understand what a career in public accounting involves and I am excited to start my career with PwC after graduation.
What advice do you have for students considering an internship?
Ask questions and be eager to learn. Internships can be overwhelming and sometimes you have no clue what is going on, but that is okay. Asking questions when you feel lost shows that company that you are attempting to put your best work out there and want to fully understand the task that you are working on.