Student Spotlight

OMBA takes the Bend Venture Conference

The numbers have been crunched, the presentation decks prepared, and nerves are on high. Your carefully thought out idea is about to become reality…but only if you win. Welcome to the Bend Venture Conference.

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As an MBA student in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship track, I expected to be provided with insights into the start-up world within a classroom context. But when I found myself, only three-weeks into my MBA program, traveling to Bend, Oregon for my first venture conference I realized that the Oregon MBA exceeds expectations.

A venture conference is an event where ideas turn into actions. A little research on the Bend Venture Conference (BVC) website led me to expect a multi-day entrepreneurship-focused event and close to $1 million in prize money. The start-up companies were broken into three categories of competition: Social Impact, Early Stage, and Growth Stage. 15 founders were going to pitch their start-up ideas to groups of investors. And I was going to be part of it.

After arriving at the Tower Theater in Bend, my classmates and I got settled in for the first round of competition: Social Impact. Here, companies were formed around the idea of helping others. We saw presentations centered around water conservation, fighting human sex trafficking, and blood-borne disease diagnostic tools. To round out this philanthropic group, Rebekah Bastian, the Vice President of Product at Zillow took the stage as the key note speaker. Bastian discussed how she is leveraging her role at the United States’ leading online real estate marketplace to help end homelessness.

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The Early Stage competition kicked off Day Two. Here we saw six founders pitch their hopeful companies for three minutes each. Again, the company focuses varied. Anything from inner-tire suspension to rainwater collection systems to crowdsourcing apps could be found onstage. These new companies were competing for $15,000 and the vote was decided by the audience. I was amazed to know that my ballet could help the company I most believed in launch.

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The Growth Stage competition rounded out the conference. The five companies were seeking seeding funding, typically in the amount of 1 million dollars. These companies – like Cartogram, Hubb, and Outdoor Project – have all been around for a few years and the founders were practiced presenters. The keynote speaker for Day Two was Loni Stark, the Senior Director of Strategy and Product Marketing at Adobe and the co-founder of Stark Insider, a West Coast media brand. Stark shared her thoughts on the significance of digital on customer experience and marketing.

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As a future entrepreneur and hopeful starter-upper like myself, the face value of attending the BVC was obvious. It was a chance to see how entrepreneurs and investors were going to come together to bring the next big thing to market. I was able to learn impactful tips, like what to wear on stage, at what pace to speak, and how to stand while presenting. I was able to apply the business terms I have been learning in my MBA classes to a real-world application. But the most valuable lesson I learned at the BVC that it is always possible to turn your passion into your career.

There is little scarier than introducing yourself as a Master’s student specializing in innovation and entrepreneurship to a room of innovative entrepreneurs. There is a pressure to have that next million-dollar idea researched and ready. So when you don’t have it all figured out, it is easy to feel apprehensive. But the BVC showed me how to discover that million-dollar idea… Or at least where to start. Despite how varied the ideas presented on stage were, the theme was all the same: do what you love. Discover your passion and work within that space. And if no one is doing exactly what you want to, go out and build that company from the bottom up.

I had high expectations for the MBA program at the University of Oregon. But looking back at the connections made, ideas inspired, and knowledge grasped while attending the BVC with the classmates, I realize that the Oregon MBA is already exceeding expectations.

 

Written by Tess Meyer

Tess is a 2018 MBA in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship track. With a background in Psychology and experience managing extensive teams, she is passionate about driving human potential. Tess' aim is to enter career services where she can encourage sustainable career passion for clients and businesses alike. When she is not writing or studying, Tess can be found hiking, reading, or trying a new restaurant. Learn more on www.frombrowneyes.com.

University of Oregon CCFSA Profile – Nishan Senthirajah

Originally from Tualatin, Oregon, Nishan Senthirajah is a junior majoring in finance with a minor in economics at the University of Oregon. He is in the Honors Business program and is also the consumer goods sector leader analyst for the University of Oregon’s Investment Group (UOIG). He was the president of the Financial Management Association (FMA) this past year and will be interning as an investment KeyBanc Capital Market analyst this summer. Here is what he has to say about his experiences in the Lundquist College of Business thus far:

Can you tell me a little bit more about UO’s Investment Group? (UOIG)
NS: I’m a senior analyst within the University of Oregon’s Investment Group, which is a student-led organization within the Lundquist College of Business that actively manages more than one million dollars in endowment funds. It’s comprised of student analysts as well as six students on the management team. Essentially, our job is to put together an equity research report every term on a stock that we believe would be a good investment. So, we generate investment models and do a lot of research to determine how the stock is valued. After the report, you do a presentation to the entire group with about a 45-minute Q&A session. It’s an intense atmosphere. This is my second year in the group so I have one more year after this. It’s been an excellent experience for me thus far. It gives students an opportunity to expand their learning in an environment that they wouldn’t find in the classroom, which is why it’s such a reputable group within the Lundquist College. We try to keep our strong name as we continue in our operations. You also meet a lot of people and a lot of great friends that are invested in the same things and have the same interests as you. People who actually care about the things you’re working on as much as you do. That’s been one of the best parts.

What was your role within the Financial Management Association (FMA) and how is it different than UOIG?
NS: I was the past president at the FMA, which was started two years ago. We’re a chapter of a larger national organization, similar to a lot of other clubs you find in the business school. It’s designed for the broader range of students. The FMA is a much broader-based finance group that covers topics ranging from corporate to investment banking to private equity. The goal for FMA is to provide students with a learning environment to get exposed to different areas of finance in order to determine if it’s something they’re interested in, and if so, what area and how can we help students get there. We do this by going on site visits locally and within the Pacific Northwest. We bring in different speakers from all different backgrounds to come and share their career paths, what they do with their job, skill sets in their current positions, and ways to navigate yourself into that position. It’s been a pretty decent success; it grows every year. Unlike UOIG, the application process isn’t as intense and selective.

What does the future hold in store for you?
NS: This coming summer I’ll be working as an investment KeyBanc Capital Market analyst. My goal is to work there for a couple years because it will provide excellent exposure as far as potential career opportunities going forward. Whether I want to move into private equity or take the industry route, I’m hoping to gain the necessary skill sets and experience while working with investment banking. It’s a work-hard atmosphere, so when you make a lot of great connections you gain extremely valuable experience. I haven’t decided exactly what I want to do – whether I want to stay in investment banking or private equity, or maybe a corporate finance field, but that’s what I’m looking at right now. Ideally, I would like to find myself working on the financial managerial division of a professional sports team or basketball team. After getting my experience in the financial executive department, the decisions I make post-grad will be either going back and getting my MBA or continuing within the field. Within UOIG you see a lot of people doing a couple years of investment banking but then they usually take a lot of different paths.

How do you like to spend your free time?
NS: I’m a basketball fanatic. I’m super into analyzing and catching as many games as I can, especially right now with all the games that are going on. I also play basketball and soccer. I love to travel when I get the chance to. I was able to do a lot of traveling growing up while visiting my parents’ family, so seeing as many places as possible has always been a huge interest of mine. I love Indian cuisine and I like playing blackjack too.

What are some tips you have for other finance students?
NS: Don’t use the mouse when you’re using Microsoft Office; always use the keyboard. I would also say networking is critical within the industry because it’s so concentrated. Because we’re from the west coast, making relationships and being able to network is critical for landing the ideal internship or post-grad job. I would say take advantage of the opportunities that are offered at UO outside of the classroom because not many other schools have them, and that’s what’s going to separate you when you’re going up against your peers or students from other schools. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it when it’s all said and done.

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.

WOMEN’S WORKWEAR: A Celebration of a Formidable Force

The Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship has fostered some impressive start-up companies over the years. One of the current MBA start-ups is TOUGHER a woman’s workwear company. The company’s new blog describes the evolution of the concept. Check it out below or on the Wear TOUGHER blog.

Stacey Founder of TOUGHERDuring today’s 3-mile run fraught with rain, Beyonce’s anthem of female empowerment fueled an extra “umph” in my stride despite what felt like nature spitting in my eye. As the talented singer rhetorically asks, “Who runs the world? (Girls),” I thought of the nearly 400 women we have interviewed who Grow, Build, and Make. Women who similarly motivate me to work harder and leave me inspired after every conversation we have shared.

TOUGHER women run the world along with some incredible men, who are their colleagues, partners, friends, and supporters. The major difference between the two sexes, however, is that a serious oversight has long existed for women who need and want durable clothing that fits their body’s frame and protects them while they repair fences, birth calves, or grow stunning crops and flowers.

Men have had their pick of workwear brands; whereas, nearly all women we have interviewed are left to shop the men’s aisles (98%) and must modify their clothing to make them work in clunky fashion (89%). Imagine having to hack your clothes with scissors and duct tape just to make them work for your job or passion.

TOUGHER‘s mission is simple: Great workwear. Built for women. Yet, emails received from women nationwide remind us that what we represent is more than that. TOUGHER acknowledges and celebrates the importance women in skilled trades and artisanal crafts represent. What our customers create matters and deserves our attention.

Imagine a time before sports uniforms were made specifically for women and girls. A not-too-distant past where sports bras did not exist, but had to be made by 3 women sewing together two jockstraps because no such thing existed in 1977. Once apparel was produced to outfit women and girls for sports, it signaled to the world and its wearers that what they contributed to sports mattered- regardless of whether they were a professional athlete or not.

In similar fashion, designing and selling durable, comfortable apparel for women is our way of raising a glass to all women who grind it out each day and work hard with their hands.

We’re so proud of all of you and what you’re doing. Keep sending us your photos of the home projects you build, bridges you designed, or plowed acres you accomplished in a day’s work. You can send them to: weartougher@gmail.com or post to our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/weartougher/

Your apparel is in the design phase and coming. We can’t wait to see what you do in it! Here’s a toast raised to you.

Stacey, Founder and CEO

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.

Student Internship Spotlight: Katie Wight

Name: Katie Wight
Year: Senior
Major: Honors Business Administration, concentration in Sports Business
Internship: Business Operations Intern, Atlanta Dream, Atlanta, Georgia
Internship Dates: Summer 2015

Katie Wight is a senior sports marketing student in the Lundquist College of Business. After graduation, she plans to work in the sports business industry. She and other interns at the Atlanta Dream had a well-rounded experience and learned more about the ins and outs of the sports business industry. Learn more about her internship experience, her suggestions for a job search, and advice for other students.

The above photo was after the Dream Pink game at a live auction, the proceeds of which were donated to breast cancer awareness and research. Katie Wight is seated next to Laurel Richie, who was president of the Womens National Basketball Association at the time of the photo. Richie stepped down from her position last fall.


What was the structure of your Atlanta Dream internship program?

The internship was structured differently for each intern depending on their availability. Some were with the Dream for the entire season (May – September), while others were there for the part of the season when they weren’t in school. This flexibility was great for someone on the quarter system because it allowed me to start in June and then work until the end of August.

The Atlanta Dream has several departments, each of which had interns working for them. Each intern reported directly to the manager of that department. However, because the WNBA is still a relatively small professional league, the staff is very integrated. As a result, while a majority of projects were under a single department manager, it was still necessary to work with every department. This integration was invaluable experience in working with others on projects and also making connections with more people in the sports industry.

Describe your internship role and responsibilities.

Initially, I applied to be a corporate partnership intern, but after a week, I met with the General Manager and was moved to be an intern for the executive team, which included the GM, the COO, and the Manager of Finance. Because of the change, I became involved in a project with nearly every department, but I was specifically under Business Operations.

While in this role, I had myriad responsibilities and was often treated as an employee and was relied upon to complete necessary tasks to prepare for games and events. I worked in ticket sales, business operations, marketing, merchandise, finance, corporate partnerships, and gameday operations, and had separate smaller tasks in each of these departments. Overall, I had four primary consistent responsibilities throughout the entire internship.

First, because I was working for a WNBA team, I had gameday responsibilities. I was at every home game and either helped corporate partnerships, marketing, or the executive team with their gameday responsibilities.

At the office, my main project throughout the summer involved helping create, maintain, and build an inventory management system on Microsoft Excel. This involved tracking merchandise, sales, and cost of goods sold, among other things. Each week, I had to make sure that this was up to date and to build in any additional components required. I also completed a weekly reconciliation to ensure we had recorded inventory and sales correctly. I was then able to calculate weekly revenue and profit. The first half of my internship was largely spent helping to develop the inventory tracking model, while the second half included two other main projects in addition to keeping up with inventory and sales numbers.

The other two projects that I spent significant time on were gameday checklists for each department and the corporate partnership newsletter. For each game there were a lot of small tasks that each department had to complete, so I compiled a list of these tasks so each department knew what it had to finish before the next game. I also designed the monthly corporate partnership newsletter that was sent out to all corporate partners of the Atlanta Dream.

Because changes are constantly occurring in professional sports, I had to be ready to take on any task that was assigned. Often, trades were announced before a game or we had to completely change the plan for a game, so I just had to be flexible and ready to take on any task that was assigned.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

I am passionate about women’s basketball and my dream is to work in the WNBA and hopefully one day work for the league headquarters. I have always been a fan and student of the sport, so I loved being behind the scenes of the WNBA. I was able to learn about the business behind the league and the sport itself. It inspired me to continue to pursue a career on the business side of the WNBA and also inspired to me think of ideas about how the WNBA can improve and expand in order to increase the awareness and support for women’s basketball.

Furthermore, I really enjoyed working in a variety of different departments and roles because it gave me a better idea of what I want to do after I graduate. I also really enjoyed working with all the staff at the Dream as well as the players. As someone who has always followed the sport, it was amazing to be able to meet some of my favorite WNBA players as well as the WNBA President at the time, Laurel Richie.

What was challenging about your internship?

The biggest challenge about my internship was the pace and expectations. The interns were definitely expected to complete tasks and assignments that often had a direct impact on the team. Thus, interns were held to a high standard. Also, because the team was in the middle of its season, the work environment was fast paced, especially close to gamedays. Often changes had to be made or new information arose at the last minute and interns had to be flexible and ready to complete any task. This definitely held everyone to a high standard, but through this structure I learned so much and was required to develop creative solutions and greater problem solving skills. Even though I was incredibly busy, I loved working for the Dream and had an incredible experience in Atlanta.

What were some strategies you used used to get and prepare for the internship?

Make sure to get involved in campus groups you’re interested in and make connections with students, faculty, alumni, and companies. Your network is vital in helping you find an internship that you will enjoy and that will help you gain experience. If there’s an industry or company that you want to work for, see if someone who works there is an Oregon alumnus and reach out to do an informational interview with them. Many alumni are more than willing to help students and might be able to help you refine your resume or interview skills. In addition, you will learn more about the company or industry from an employee’s perspective. I learned so much from the informational interviews I completed and made incredible, long-lasting connections that helped me find my internship with the Atlanta Dream.

In regards to preparing for the internship, I would definitely recommend refining your Excel skills. I worked with Excel and spreadsheets throughout my entire internship and having a background was incredibly useful. Furthermore, go into your internship with an open mind and be willing to work hard and learn from your experiences. You might not be interning at your top choice, but you can still learn a great deal and make life long connections during an internship. Also, be prepared to be put in unfamiliar or uncomfortable situations. This experience is new and there will be times that you are unfamiliar with what you have to do. Come up with creative solutions, problem solve, and don’t be afraid to ask for help or clarification.

What advice do you have for other students?

Follow your passion and apply for internships in industries in which you want to work, but also don’t forget to apply for other internships. It’s important to follow your dreams and apply for an internship with your dream company, such as the WNBA for me, but also know that other internships can be just as valuable and can lead you to your dream career. Your internship is a time to learn, grow, and challenge yourself, so just make sure to take advantage of every opportunity and moment.

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

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.

Student Internship Spotlight: Kevin Loder

Name: Kevin Loder
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism Major – Public Relations
Internship: Gilman Scholar Internship with Rio EnCantos Tours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Internship Dates: July-October 2015

Kevin Loder is a senior public relations student at the University of Oregon. He was awarded a Gilman International scholarship to complete an internship with Rio EnCantos, a tour agency, this past summer. After graduation, his career aspiration is to work in a leadership position in higher education. He currently serves as the Chapter President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and as Club President of the UO Social Media Club.

What was the structure of your internship
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I met with my supervisor, Kelly Tavares, the owner of Rio EnCantos Tours, around 15-20 hours a week. On my own time I would research, monitor social media, work on presentations, etc. I also got to take pictures on tours and help create a new one for the Olympics. I was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for 10 weeks and earned 12 credits.

What are the steps you took to get your internship?

I was excited when I found this internship and that the supervisor, Kelly Tavares, is a UO graduate. I found the internship through IE3 Global. I met with a representative on campus to make plans to go. I decided because it was an unpaid internship that I would only go during the summer if I was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Not only did I receive this scholarship, but also one from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars honor society.

Describe your internship role and responsibilities.

I was a marketing and public relations intern. All of my projects involved communication both online and in person. The three major tasks that I accomplished were social media management with Hootsuite, coordinated an article with The Rio Times, and created a presentation tour for students at the 2016 Rio Olympic venues.

What did you enjoy most about your internship?

Rio is all about the view, and every day I was amazed by the new things that I saw. It is incredible to experience a culture so far away from home. This was the biggest adventure of my life and I loved it.

What was challenging about your internship?

Learning new software and programs. I learned how to use Hootsuite Pro, Mail Chimp, Microsoft Sway, Google Analytics and AdWords. I watched tutorial videos on Lynda.com. These are valuable tools that I apply in my classes and internship.

Why would you recommend your internship to other students?

There are three reasons I would recommend this internship. First, it is abroad. I am the first in my family to go abroad, and I found that to be a valuable experience in adopting a global citizen mindset. Secondly, this opportunity gave me an experience working for a startup and small company. I found I was allowed more flexibility in my creativity to find solutions. The third reason is all the wonderful support I had, from UO, IE3 Global, the Gilman Scholarship Program, and my supervisor Kelly Tavares.

What were the stragies you used to get and prepare for the internship?

I encourage students to do an internship after they have completed some classes in their major. I felt prepared to contribute valuable work, and also prepared to learned new skills. Don’t wait to plan; I set goals for this internship two years in advance.


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

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.

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.