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Internship with First Quality
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Kimberly Ednie

Major: Economics

Minor: Business and the Liberal Arts

Hometown: Hazleton, PA, USA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity through the spring career fair. I saw that First Quality was coming and hiring finance interns, and I visited them at their booth.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I really enjoyed my experience with First Quality. My career goal is to become a financial analyst, and the tasks I was given have prepared me well for that. My supervisor was the senior financial analyst for the company, and he taught me how to complete projects that are a part of his responsibilities. I learned many accounting functions, and also learned how to use excel more effectively. The team was very friendly and willing to help me grow. We had luncheons with some of our department heads, and HR was very interested in intern feedback. Overall, I really enjoyed learning more about the manufacturing industry while also strengthening my analytic skills.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Before working for First Quality this past summer, I had taken a course here on Excel and Access. They were very thorough and prepared me a lot for the job. Once I started using these programs for real problems rather than theoretical ones, the functions I used stuck a lot more with me. It was a great learning experience having to organize and analyze company data. Seeing how our courses apply to the jobs we are seeking is helping me to learn from my current classes. I may have a homework problem now that seems unrealistic, but the theory behind solving it involves the same process in solving a company's problem. This internship has helped me appreciate more the theories we learn and their applications.

"I knew I enjoyed my classes, and this has shown me that I will love my job as well."

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

My career goal is to become a financial analyst. My supervisor was the senior financial analyst for the company, and he taught me how to complete projects that are a part of his responsibilities. I learned many accounting functions such as account reconciliations, invoicing customers, and general ledger inquiries, and also learned how to use excel more effectively for my projects like month end analysis. I was very relieved to have enjoyed my experience so much. I knew I enjoyed my classes, and this has shown me that I will love my job as well. I am still pursuing my goal to become an analyst after graduation.

Would you recommend this experience to other liberal arts students? If yes, why?

I would definitely recommend this experience to other liberal arts students. It can be difficult for us to convince companies that we are qualified to perform in a business role, but being an economics student was not an issue for First Quality. I helped out with both finance and accounting, and being a liberal arts student did not hinder my development throughout the program.

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