Student Intern: Jenna Brock
Hometown: Suwanee, GA
Major: Business, concentrations in accounting and finance
Minor: Music and Economics
Extracurricular Activities: I was involved in the Ballroom Dance Club since freshman year, became vice-president my sophomore year, and president my junior and senior years. I was a member of the Business Club and part of the trip to NY my junior year. I was involved in the musical Fiddler on the Roof freshman year and Bye-Bye Birdie junior year. I was also a member of the Covenant College Chorale all 4 years of college.
Internship: Niedlov's Breadworks is an artisan bread bakery in Chattanooga, TN. My internship there was during the last semester of my senior year. There are two sides to Niedlov's business: the retail side, which is the store itself, where the business sells directly to the customers, and the wholesale side, where the business sells to other stores.
My primary responsibility was working with their accounts receivable, which involved processing payments, preparing deposits, and inputting details from the daily store sales. Once this was done I worked on other projects, which varied from week to week.
One of the most important things I learned from my internship is that no matter how much you learned in the classroom, there will still be a great deal to learn on the job. There really is no substitute for experience. My internship gave me a chance to apply the accounting concepts I learned in the classroom. It allowed me to work with QuickBooks and see how it is commonly used in business. It also gave me a better understanding of what goes into running a small business, which was really interesting to consider from an accountant's point of view.
I would strongly encourage other students to pursue internships. This was an excellent opportunity for me to see how the accounting concepts we discussed in class were actually applied in a business. Aside from the more obvious benefits of having experience to put on your resume and getting a taste of what it might be like to work in a certain field, I would also say that my internship helped me tremendously by showing me what skills I needed to improve. For example, my internship at Niedlov's made me realize how important it is for accountants to be very comfortable with both QuickBooks and Excel - and showed me exactly how much I needed to improve in these areas!
Why an internship? I was excited about the opportunity to take what I had learned in the classroom and see how it stood up in the "real world." It was also a chance to get a taste of what it would be like to have a job in accounting, which is what I want to do after I graduated.
How did you get the internship? I was contacted by Anthony Tucker to see if I would be interested in an internship. (I think he had contacted Professor Dodson for recommendations on accounting students who might be interested in internships). I went down for an interview and started work a few weeks later.
What are your plans/goals for the future? I'm currently pursuing my master's of accounting at the University of Georgia. I'm working as a part-time staff accountant for Veritas Financial Services, LLC while I'm in school and will move to full-time after I graduate in May. Once I've completed my master's, I will start preparing to take the CPA exam.