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Kelly Friday

Major: Economics and Finance
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I heard about this internship at the Smeal College of Business #MegaFair. I saw the recruiters at one of the recruiting events and ended up talking to them and applying. The recruiters were very helpful and friendly, so I figured I would at least apply.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I had a great experience with this firm. I was hired for process controls, but they were very flexible about allowing me to explore all different industries. I ended up testing controls for clients across several industries, including hospitality, real estate investment, cyber security, and IT. Additionally, the firm did a great job of helping us to network with a variety of different team members and coworkers. We had weekly intern events, in addition to events with our "buddies," coaches, mentors, and other team members. I cannot speak more highly of the experience.

The firm did a great job of helping us to network with a variety of different team members and coworkers.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I learned a lot about consulting and controls testing. I honestly did not know what to expect going into the internship, but I definitely got a better sense of what it means to work in advisory. I learned about where my academic weaknesses lie and about how I can continue developing my academic skill sets as I prepare for full-times.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I want to go into consulting right after school. Early in my career, I just want to explore as many industries as possible and figure out which industry I would later like to potentially enter. This experience showed me that this is what I would want to do prior to going to graduate school down the road.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely. The company is great, and everyone really makes an effort to provide you with opportunities and to help you grow professionally.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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