Accounting

Student Internship Spotlight: Shannon Emmerson

Name: Shannon Emerson
Year: Senior
Major: Accounting
Internship: Asset Management Intern, ESPN in New York City
Internship Dates: Summer 2015

Shannon Emmerson is originally from San Diego, California, and is a current senior in the Lundquist College of Business. She has been involved in many different activities during her time at UO, and during the summer of 2015, she took the initiative to purse an internship for ESPN in New York City. She generously shared with me some details of her experience during this internship and answered questions that may intrigue current students pursuing an internship.

What steps did you take to get your internship for ESPN?

I started by making a list of every person I know and their relationships to employees at ESPN. The first person I reached out to was an older student who had interned for ESPN in the past. He quickly became one of my mentors and I will always be grateful for his advice and encouragement.

After talking to him, I began to reach out to University of Oregon alumni who worked at ESPN and asked for an informational interview. I was amazed at how kind and supportive our alumni are. I was so humbled by their willingness to take time out of their day to help me succeed.

Did you utilize any of the resources offered by Lundquist College of Business Career Services to get your internship?

Absolutely! Career Services not only helped me refine my resume and cover letter but they provided me with the confidence I needed to pursue a position with ESPN. I would highly recommend making an appointment with an advisor before you begin applying to any position. They have reviewed thousands of resumes from every field of business and know from experience what it takes to succeed.

What exactly did you do at your internship?

I was an intern for the Asset Management department within television and digital media. This department is responsible for overseeing, pricing and placing all commercial inventory across every ESPN network as well as ABC Sports. Over a 10-week period I was exposed to the advertising strategies within Monday Night Football, National Basketball Association, College Football Playoff, the ESPYS, Major League Baseball and many more.

Within the television division, I was tasked with several jobs including creating the commercial schedule for the ESPYS, managing the commercial inventory and sponsorship for the Special Olympics World Games, and ensuring the effective placement of millions of dollars of inventory into the correct television programming.

On the other hand, working with the digital department allowed me to gain exposure to advertisement strategies within WatchESPN, ESPN.com and other digital platforms.

What skills did you use from being an accounting major to successfully complete the internship?

In week two of my internship I was tasked to examine millions of dollars of data relating to digital advertising spending and performance. In order to succeed on this project, it was imperative that I understood how each decision and dollar spent affected Finance, Research, Sales Strategy, Business Operations and Marketing. After weeks of pouring over the details, I presented an analysis that was so well received it was escalated to the Vice President and Sr. Directors of our department.

I am certain that without my accounting degree I would not have possessed the necessary knowledge or organizational skills to succeed on this assignment.

How do you hope to use your accounting major in the future?

I decided to pursue an accounting degree because I wanted to be able to understand the impact my decisions have on the business’s bottom line. Accounting has provided me with a strong business acumen that will allow me to make informed business decisions at every stage of my career.

What suggestions do you have for students who are looking for or who are about to start an internship?

Don’t be afraid to reach out to others in your field of interest! You would be surprised how many people want to help you succeed. I live by the saying “never hope for it more than you work for it.” You cannot wait for an opportunity to come to you! I promise, you will be amazed at the results when you begin to put yourself out there.


This Student Spotlight blog post was conducted as a Q&A written interview with Shannon Emerson.

Written by Claire Guy

Claire Guy is from Ashland, Oregon. She is a junior at the Lundquist College of Business and is concentrating in marketing. She plans to purse a career working in the beauty industry.

Student Internship Spotlight: Anna Karvina Pidong

Name: Anna Karvina Pidong
Year: Senior
Major: Accounting
Internship: Audit Intern, Deloitte in Portland, Oregon
Internship Dates: Summer 2015

Anna Karvina Pidong is a senior accounting student in the Lundquist College of Business. This past summer, she worked for Deloitte, one of the Big Four accounting firms, in Portland. Below, she shares some of the details of her internship, what she learned from the experience, and some advice for prospective interns in the accounting world.

What was the structure of your Deloitte internship like?

My Deloitte internship was two months long with 40-hour weeks. The first two weeks were spent in training, at both the regional and national level. The remaining six weeks of the internship were spent with our assigned audit engagement teams. I was at a client site for one-to-two weeks at a time so I had a fair glimpse into the firms that Deloitte audits and what it was like to be working with an audit team.

Describe your internship role and responsibilities?

As an intern, your biggest role is to soak in what the internship experience has to offer, and to do it with a positive attitude. Each audit team will engage an intern differently. For example, in one engagement team, I helped with the planning process of an audit by simply updating the information on prior year forms to the current year forms. In another audit, I helped out with preliminary risk assessments by working on the income statement fluctuation analysis. This meant I had to compare prior quarter income statement accounts with the current quarter’s income statement and explain why those fluctuations occurred. Yikes! But at the end of the day, the biggest responsibility that I had was to ask questions, be a positive and enthusiastic learner, and to complete each task that I was given to the best of my abilities.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

Every intern class at Deloitte Portland puts together a video that we show to the whole office at the end of our two months there. It’s a pretty big deal. There were rumors that previous intern videos were never really good so our class was determined to make a high-quality video. We spent three weeks putting it together, from script-writing to acting to editing. We made a satire of Law & Order … and we called it Law & Order: Financial Victims Unit, SOX Edition (because the two main detectives were named Sarbanes and Oxley. Accounting jokes). There was no better feeling than having people crack up over our jokes. People at the office commented that it was one of the best intern videos they’ve ever seen. My intern class really bonded over this project and it just solidified the fact that folks at Deloitte work hard but play hard, too.

What was challenging about your internship?

The most challenging thing about the internship was probably getting over what I felt like was expected of me. I came in nervous about whether I was competent enough to even be there. What if I asked a stupid question? What if I didn’t know how to do an assignment? What would they think of me? But I eventually learned that when you are an accounting intern, you are not expected to know everything. My audit team was there to help me with my bajillion questions and they were happy to do it! Learning to ask for help, even in small things, and not be ashamed of it was one of the biggest lessons I learned this summer.

What advice do you have for other students?

Don’t take your accounting classes for granted. What you learn in financial accounting, tax and audit will actually show up in your accounting career some day. Public accounting firms want to see that you are taking your technical skills seriously. There were several times this summer that I wish I had paid more attention in class because we were doing work related to PP&E valuations and investments accounting.

And I would also say, take time to get to know the culture of the different accounting firms that you are interested in. Don’t simply label a firm based on what you hear about them. Talk to the recruiter and go to networking events. The connections you build really make a difference before, during, and after your internship. Good luck!


This Student Spotlight blog post was conducted as a Q&A written interview with Anna Karvina Pidong.

Written by Karina Padilla

Karina is a senior from Oregon pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration in General Business. She plans to purse a career working in the banking industry.

Interior of Café Olivier, in Utrecht

Sunday Afternoon in Utrecht

After our introduction by Kees and Ferdy we headed to Utrecht. We arrived in Utrecht around 1:00 pm. By use of walkie-talkies, we got our group of twenty-seven in one piece to the restaurant where we ate lunch. We ate lunch at a hip (funky) restaurant called Restaurant Lebowksi. The restaurant was right next to our first adventure of the day: climbing the Dom Tower. The Dom Tower is 112 meters tall and was erected in the 1300s. From the top of the tower you can see all of Utrecht and even Amsterdam on a clear day.

After we climbed back down the tower we headed to our canal tour. Canals were built in Utrecht as a way of trading with Germany and the rest of Northern Europe. We learned that in the walls of the canals where there are now restaurants and homes, there used to be store rooms and trade shops. A new tradition is for the Dutch to throw their bicycles in the canal when they are finished with them, so the bottom of the canal (if you could see it) would be littered with bicycles.

After our tour it was the perfect time to get drinks before dinner, and where better but a bar in a church? The bar, Belgian Beer Cafe Olivier, is in a church with all vaulted ceilings and a very cool feel. We spent an hour there trying some Belgian beers and Dutch snacks (croquettes) before we headed to dinner. The dinner restaurant, Restaurant Aal, was located in the canal walls. We had an amazing dinner with options like carpaccio, salmon, steak and chocolate cake for dessert. After an afternoon filled with climbing, walking around the city, and learning all about the culture, it was nice to end with a delicious dinner.

–Lauren Berkema, ’12, MAcc ’13

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Written by UO Business

The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Nyenrode Business University

MAccsters in Europe – Journey to Nyenrode

Sleeping three hours ought to make one tired, but not when you’re heading to Europe. Waking up at 4 am was just enough time to hop in the shower and head to the airport. It was PDX to Houston, and then a 9 hour flight to Amsterdam. Why sleep when you’ve got 9 hours of sitting to do?

Starting the 9 hour flight I decided to try and get some rest, only to unsurprisingly find out that sleeping upright on a plane isn’t the most comfortable. As I headed to the bathroom I noticed I was the biggest world traveling newbie on the plane, everyone else had taken advantage of their 2 or so extra seats per row and made a make shift bed. I proceeded to upgrade my bed and somehow turned an “Economy” seat into first class, now that’s innovation!

Finally arriving in Amsterdam, I awaited the arrival of my fellow pencil pushing, number crunching, accounting genius hopefuls. People were flying in from all directions. Eventually a large group who flew direct from PDX came in and we congregated together. All of us were hungry, tired, and in desperate need for coffee, I mean desperate. Personally, I had 3 tiny airplane cups before landing and was just getting started.

Consensus was made to search for coffee, being American of course the first thing we gravitated to was Starbucks. Sweet warm coffee nectar filled the air, and my I-need-coffee-now-side took over. Almost like Mr. Hyde I ordered my grande pike place roast and surprisingly the barista behind the counter conversed in plain English. We all got our coffee and found out that many Dutch were bilingual.

A few hours later all our MAcc bean counters had arrived at the airport and we headed off to Nyenrode University. The landscape was lightly covered in snow and looked beautiful with the backdrop of the sun. Eventually we made it to Nyenrode, got to our rooms, unloaded our stuff, and began to wait 4 grueling hours until dinner. No one wanted to sleep in order to adjust to the time difference, so once again we hunted for coffee and food. After much searching we found our precious coffee and proceeded to enjoy the campus brewing machine. There had to be a button for everything, cappuccino, latte, world peace, you pressed it and the machine made it happen.

After many cups of coffee we headed out around the campus to see the famous Nyenrode castle. It was truly as beautiful as they said it was, complete with a moat and draw bridge. Yes, students have class in that building. Truly Nyenrode was a world class university.

6 O’clock couldn’t come sooner as we all headed over for dinner. We ate to our hearts content in the school’s cafeteria and then walked back to the campus hotel to roll into bed and fall fast asleep. We all have a long, jam packed week ahead of us and none of us want to miss out. Although one thing stuck strongly in our heads, why can’t University of Oregon have a cappuccino maker complete with a solve world peace button, or why can’t we turn Lillis into a medieval castle? Just a thought…

 

Trevor Haynes
Master of Accounting Student, 2013

 

Written by trevorh@uoregon.edu

A young entrepreneur from the age of 12 I was born in a small but lively neighborhood in a city called Gresham. At a very early age I was fascinated in almost every facet of life, including but not limited to particle physics, business, and the art of surfing stock market waves among others. Now I reside in a liberal town called Eugene where I seek to help those who are less fortunate in the realms of knowledge, wisdom, and domination. In short, I help everyone. If you need help, contact me at: 503-I NEED TREVOR

Landing a Job in San Francisco

I wanted a job, really bad. Years of studying had to pay off. So I got some advice from career services, packed my bags, and hopped on a plane to San Francisco. With 4 informational interviews scheduled, I intended to make the most of my trip.

For two days I met with four firms while eating lunch, and drinking coffee, lots of coffee. I met with recruiters and staff from each firm and enjoyed viewing each of their offices. After both days I flew back home with the hope that my visit would secure me an interview. Little did I know that in a few weeks I would return to the Bay Area for a second round interview, and the chance for a full time offer.

After securing a few first round interviews, I received a second round interview opportunity from Frank Rimerman. They invited me to their Palo Alto office where I would have multiple interviews with staff, partners, and recruiters. The experience was incredible, from meeting with staff to talking about a partner’s career, I started to see why I had heard so many good things about Frank Rimerman. The following week, I returned home and a little later I received an offer. It didn’t take me long to accept as I fell in love with the bay area, Frank Rimerman, and the people that work there.

This spring as I graduate, I’ll have one attitude: San Francisco here I come.

 

Trevor Haynes
Masters of Accounting Student, 2013

 

Written by trevorh@uoregon.edu

A young entrepreneur from the age of 12 I was born in a small but lively neighborhood in a city called Gresham. At a very early age I was fascinated in almost every facet of life, including but not limited to particle physics, business, and the art of surfing stock market waves among others. Now I reside in a liberal town called Eugene where I seek to help those who are less fortunate in the realms of knowledge, wisdom, and domination. In short, I help everyone. If you need help, contact me at: 503-I NEED TREVOR