Accounting Internship Stories

Allie Martin

Allie Martin

When: Summer 2016
Where: CliftonLarsonAllen, Minneapolis, MN
Major: Accounting and Political Science

Allie was an intern in CliftonLarsonAllen's (CLA) Public Sector Group doing audit and tax work for various clients including charter schools, non-profit organizations, churches, and colleges. She gained many practical auditing skills and learned how to work in a team in a professional environment. Allie found that she enjoys auditing because it is like telling a story. And by becoming familiar with the client's financial information, she is able to understand her clients better and uncover pieces of their stories. It was especially rewarding to find meaning in what she was doing through understanding the mission of the various organizations she was working with. Allie enjoyed working for CLA because she was able to use her accounting skills but also find a purpose in what she was doing through her clients, which is something she will need to feel fulfilled in a job.

Megan McCready

Megan McCready

When: Summer 2016
Where: RSM US LLP, Minneapolis, MN
Major: Accounting and Economics

Megan was an audit intern on the commercial team for RSM US LLP. Each week she was assigned to a different client to perform an audit procedure on employee benefit plans. She acquired communication skills through her interaction with both client contacts and teams on each of her engagements. She learned how important time management was when juggling multiple clients at the same time. Megan enjoyed using the skills she learned from her classes and feels that Luther sets its students up for success. The accounting field is demanding and ever-changing, and she is fascinated by the fast-paced environment. Through her experience with RSM, she gained a deeper understanding of herself and the career she is looking for.

Brooke Stauffer

Brooke Stauffer (right)

When: Summer 2016
Where: Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA
Major: Accounting and Management

Brooke interned at Rockwell Collins, a company that designs, produces, and supports innovative solutions for customers in aerospace and defense. Her main project was to make a dynamic calendar for the Annual Operating Plan using Excel Macros and writing basic code to create the calendar that recognizes dates and deadlines. The project allowed her to gain insight into the entire operating plan at Rockwell Collins, and how each department depends on others to run smoothly. She was also able to job shadowmany different positions. She realized that an accounting major would enable her to have many career options, even within the same company. Brooke learned how important communication is in the workplace, and if you aren’t sure about something, it is perfectly fine to ask questions!

Ivy Truong

Internship Story - Ivy TruongWhen: Summer 2015
Where: Abaco Machines in Paramount, CA

Over the summer, Ivy worked at Abaco Machines, a company that specializes in lifts for handling heavy equipment. As the accounting intern, she acquired technical and communication skills that helped her understand the real-world accounting experience. She utilized Quickbooks to create customized sales reports, communicated with customers about their invoices, reconciled freight bills and customers’ checks, and deposited checks into the appropriate banking accounts. After interning, Ivy feels more confident in using the skills she learned from her classes and is looking forward to working in accounting after graduation.

Brian Paulsrud

Brian Paulsrud

When: Summer 2015
Gundersen Health System
Major: Management/Accounting

Gundersen Health System’s sustainability program, Envision, establishes and strengthens sustainability projects that can help lower organization costs and improve the health of communities. Past projects include innovative recycling and waste management systems along with programs to launch partnerships for renewable energy projects. At Gundersen's location in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Brian worked in the Business Operations department and shadowed the Sustainability, Project Management, Facility Operations, and Construction Engineering areas to learn more about their sustainability efforts. Brian developed skills that are useful in the healthcare administration field including exposure to production charts and trends, process improvement measures, value analysis, and leadership techniques. Brian appreciated building relationships with the leaders and managers within Gundersen’s organization. He learned several skills in his classes at Luther that he was able to use at his internship such as using Microsoft Excel, financial management equations, and managerial techniques. Overall, Brian’s internship led him to appreciate and understand the fast-paced environment of the healthcare industry and the care Gundersen has for the patients and communities they serve. 

Lauren Welch

Lauren Welch holding a teddy bear from her internship at Children's Discovery Academy.When: December and January, 2015
Where: Children’s Discovery Academy of Early Learning
Major: Accounting/Management

Children’s Discovery Academy is a privately owned child care center in Minnesota. They believe in developing the whole child including social, emotional, cognitive, and physical elements. Lauren focused on the business side of Children’s Discovery Academy, allowing her to work alongside the director in the office and learn the financial aspects of an organization. During her internship, Lauren was responsible for answering questions from parents, recording and processing payments, revising classroom newsletters and calendars, scheduling events, and completing a daily check to make sure staffing was in order. She even found her Information Systems class at Luther was valuable when creating a new roster system because she could make the Excel document colorful, easy to ready, and build in equations to minimize inputs. Overall, Lauren found her experience incredibly rewarding and feels her business management and accounting major can impact almost any business. She hopes to experience in future jobs the same level of passion Children’s Discovery Academy employees have on a daily basis.

Aldon Severson

Internship - Aldon Severson

When: Spring, 2014
Where: GoodBlogs Inc.
Major: Communication Studies

Last spring, Aldon had the opportunity to work remotely from Luther for GoodBlogs: a patent pending, community blogging software that combines the innovation of crowd-sourced content with the power of content marketing. His primary role was client acquisition and business development, meaning he would discover prospective clients in a given industry to be targeted and contacted by the sales team. He also maintained a database recording all companies, executives, and lead statuses. Since GoodBlogs is still evolving, Aldon feels he most benefited from his internship by participating in a variety of sales and marketing calls because he got to witness the transformation of the company’s sales processes and marketing models.