The Lewis College of Business assists with internship opportunities for all business majors. In addition, the Director of Stakeholder Engagement works with students and employers to ensure that the internship experience is meaningful.
Each year more business students participate in internship and experiential learning programs to gain practical work experience related to their academic career goals. Read about one of these below.
NATHAN COPLEY, GRADUATE STUDENT IN THE LEWIS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS MASTER OF ACCOUNTANCY PROGRAM
SUMMER 2015 INTERN AT ERNST & YOUNG, CHARLESTON WV
“So far during my internship I have attended EY Welcome which is an introduction to the company. It has to do with where the company is headed, expense and travel policies, and the firm environment and culture. Immediately after, they conducted assurance training where they teach you the basics of auditing cash and the basics of the audit software.
I’ve participated in two Intern connect days in Pittsburgh. The first day was to volunteer for the World Vision Center and make gift bags for the Ronald McDonald House. The second connect day was just a chance to bond with the Pittsburgh interns at a Pirates baseball game.
Some of the work tasks I have completed include revising engagement letters, preparing confirmations, bringing audit documents from prior year to current year, testing benefit and 401k plans, and testing cash. We have also participated in “lunch and learns” about inventory counts and using the various audit programs.
During my internship I’m learning a lot about the culture and work environment at EY and how various companies operate. I’ve also learned some different things about the audit process.
Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) and the Accounting department at the Lewis College of Business prepared me well for this internship. Getting to know the professors and getting involved in BAP really put my name out there. Basically one of the managers at EY read my interest form from a BAP meeting, and contacted the professors to help get me an interview since I missed the deadline. All of the professors are extremely helpful if you care about what you’re doing and are making an effort.”