Student Spotlight: Gabe Encinas, Alta Vista Analysis Group

Eller PDC Student Stories

CaptureGabe is working this summer at Alta Vista Analysis Group as a forensic accounting assistant in Scottsdale, AZ.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

Through a family friend, the President of the company had heard that I was going to New York City with Ernst & Young for a diversity and leadership program. He was impressed that I was attending this program and reached out to me to discuss the internship opportunity at Alta Vista.

What do you like and dislike about your internship and the industry you work in?

I was brought in as a forensic accounting assistant, where I research market trends and financial reports to help settle lawsuits. I love this
internship because prior to this experience I had never heard of forensic accounting; so, I enjoy being able to learn more about a specialized area within accounting.

One thing that took some time to get used to was actually working a full 8 hours a day. It’s different from school where I am use to having breaks between classes.

What advice do you have for other interns?

Set the bar high at the very beginning. Show everyone what you’re capable of and impress them with your work from the start. Once you show the potential that you have, you earn a lot of respect and you’re seen as a very valuable and dependable asset. You’ll get more assignments thrown your way, which all adds up to valuable experience in the end.