Internships have been a key part of the programs in ABE since 1969 long before being “en vogue.” Internship experiences are becoming more and more important in the job market as employers use internships as a way to identify future employees. Some of our students have even returned to Juniata with full time offers of employment from their internship supervisors.
Rob Strass '12 interned with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2012. At the end of the summer, he interviewed for UPMC's full-time Financial Management Rotation and was offered a job after college. He started working for UPMC in June 2013!
"I was placed in the Corporate Accounting department on the 58th floor of the US Steel building in downtown Pittsburgh. Throughout the summer, I was a member of the corporate accounting department and was assigned meaningful tasks. One of my bigger projects was the FY12 Operating Lease Footnote. I had full responsibility from start to finish, which included contacting dozens of CEOs and CFOs, working with Ernst and Young to meet audit standards, and writing out the actual footnote for the FY12 audited financial statements. Also, I played a large role in the first step of SOX testing for all journal entries needing to be signed off by the Manager of Accounting each month. Other close tasks that I completed were Balance Sheet reconciliations, special fund testing, and income statement analysis. In terms of auditing, I completed an audit of The Pittsburgh Promise, submitted the Audit Report to the CFO of UPMC and cut a check for over $6 million.
"I learned a lot about myself and the accounting industry. Coming out of Juniata, I was very prepared for my experience and was able to analyze a tough situation in order to have the best outcome. My classes such as managerial accounting, auditing, and cost accounting played a large role in my success at UPMC. All in all, it was a great experience and Juniata is the core reason for my success."
Natalie Glinsky '12 interned with PPG Industries the past summer (2012). This great opportunity led to PPG Industries offering her a job after her graduation.
"I interned for 12 weeks in the summer of 2012 with PPG Industries, Inc. I was positioned in their Corporate Credit Services, located in Pittsburgh, PA. I was given a mentor who helped me at any time I needed it, and I had a general supervisor who oversaw all my projects. I also had the privilege to work with 5 other finance interns who were hired for the summer like me. I had a total of 9 projects to complete and was given the freedom to branch off of assigned projects if I had ideas of my own. A few of my projects included: implementing electronic statements, preparing credit line reviews, working to improve linkage between PPG’s SAP and Oracle systems, and global monthly reporting metrics. I learned how to effectively balance projects, work with internal and external employees, and professionally present myself day in and day out.
"I found out about the internship at PPG Industries from attending our career fair here at Juniata. Because of our strong academic reputation, PPG continues to look for prospective new hires from Juniata. My professors were great assets when it came to helping me through the process. They wrote me letters of recommendation and looked over my resume for improvements. I also can’t thank them enough for preparing me for the “real world” through their expectations they have for their students in the classroom."
Other interns in the past:
Travis Sumner interned with Congressman Bill Shuster in Washington, DC during summer 2008.
Travis had a variety of tasks including, legislative research, reporting, and constituent correspondence. In addition to his many duties, Travis had some “perks.” One was attending the Republicans President Dinner where he met the top republican officials in the nation. This congressional internship opened to another internship opportunity with MasterCard. The MasterCard internship had Travis researching financial services and speaking to campuses about credit responsibility. Pictured here are Congressman Bill Shuster’s summer interns: Katie Keller, Cassie Marsh, and Travis Sumner.
Kou Li, better known as Chloe, participated in a summer program (2010) for undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon University.
This competitive program was for twelve undergraduate students considering a future in mathematical sciences. Those students spent several weeks in Pittsburgh in a course in analysis, a computer laboratory, and worked on projects under the direction of the research faculty.
The program had an emphasis on mathematical finance. The program gave the students a taste of graduate student life. The program was broken up into different parts. The first part was a course in applied mathematics. The second part of the program was a computer laboratory, where programming language Maple is taught. There were four project areas covered in the program and students selected a project to work on.
Other organizations and firms that our students have interned at include:
- Disney World
- Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
- eGlobal, Sports Marketing and Management
- Ernst & Young
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Accounting
- Gallagher & Gallagher, Public Relations
- Johnstown Chiefs, Sports Marketing and Management
- Kish Bank, Commercial Lending
- Maher Duessel Certified Public Accountants
- MBNA, Finance and Operations
- Mutual Benefit Group, Accounting
- Altoona Curve, Sports Marketing and Management
- QVC, Marketing and Sales
- Sheetz, Inc., Accounting and Information Technology
- Young, Oakes, Brown, and Co.
- Y&S Candies, Accounting
- Intelmarx, Management and Marketing
The ABE faculty, the College's Office of Career Services, and the Juniata Career Team (available from the Career Services website) are available to help students look for and secure internships.