Luther College junior Phuong-Anh Hoang spent her summer at Deloitte Vietnam as a tax intern. The company Deloitte is one of the "Big Four" accounting organizations and the leading professional service network in the world and Deloitte Vietnam, was recently named by "HR Asia Magazine" as one of the best companies to work for in Asia.
While at Deloitte Vietnam, she worked to support tax consultants with a variety of tasks, including examining clients' account records, filling out tax declarations forms, completing data entry to help with tax calculations, researching information to answer clients' questions and drafting responses to their emails.
Hoang, the daughter of Giang and Thao Hoang of Hanoi, Vietnam, is a 2016 graduate of Foreign Language Specialized School. She is currently majoring in accounting and mathematics/statistics at Luther.
Hoang was able to learn a great deal about herself through her internship. "I became more aware of my strengths and weaknesses, and how to either leverage or overcome them in order to fulfill the assigned tasks," she said. She was able to learn about the type of environment that she wanted to work in and how she wanted to build her professional image. "For example, I am always willing to cooperate and take a lot of care in making sure that I have good teamwork and communication skills, but I realized what I enjoy the most is individual work that requires critical thinking and problem-solving skills," she said.
Her internship has allowed Hoang to explore the daily work of a public accountant, including the things that they find both rewarding and challenging. "From these meaningful conversations and also from my observation, I was able to assess my abilities and confirmed my interest in public accounting, which I have decided to pursue as a career path after graduating from Luther." She believes that her internship has given her insight on the structure, operation and culture of a global accounting firm.
Approximately 10 percent of Luther students take an internship for academic credit each academic year. The Luther College Career Center assists students with their internship search through resume preparation, networking, online internship searches, career fairs, on-campus interviewing, and connecting the student to alumni through the college's Alumni Internship Program. Students also meet with a faculty adviser prior to the internship to create an internship learning plan that includes learning goals and assessment benchmarks. An internship work supervisor assists in the process by writing an evaluation of the student at the end of the internship. Students also complete a self-reflection form to help finalize the learning experience.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.