Internship Spotlight – Nathaniel Patton, Protiviti

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Nathaniel Is an Accounting Major graduating this Winter. This summer he worked as an Internal Audit and Financial Advisory Business Process Intern for Protiviti in Phoenix, Arizona. 

How did you land this internship?

I was introduced to Protiviti through my Career Advisor. She was able to pass along my resume to the recruiter and from there I was able to participate in two different interviews. One of the interviews was on campus in the PDC and the next was at the Protiviti office in Phoenix.

I highly recommend reaching out to your career advisor or meeting with them, they are a great resource in your search for an internship or full-time position.

What was your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite part of the experience was that I was able to experience multiple industries and projects. Throughout the 8 week internship I worked on projects in the aerospace & defense, banking, and renewable energy industries. Each project was unique with the type of work that was being completed and because of this there was never a boring day.

Another one of my favorite parts of the internship were the people at Protiviti. It is very evident that Protiviti builds and maintains a very strong culture. Everyone is always willing to go out of their way to help each other and to get to know you on a personal level. The people are one of the biggest things that Protiviti prides itself on and it is extremely evident.

What did you find most challenging about the internship?

The most challenging aspect of the internship was also one of my favorite aspects of it. At Protiviti you are always working on different projects, with different people and when you begin a new project it seems overwhelming because of the unfamiliarity. I found that there was a learning curve involved at every new project. Sometimes the learning curve would last longer than others and at times that was very frustrating feeling like I was behind on my tasks and that I did not understand them. What I came to find is that it’s not only interns who experience that learning curve, but it’s everyone from a consultant to a senior manager. Each project will be challenging and because of the nature of the job, you will always have a learning curve and you will always be challenged. However, once you overcome it, it’s a great feeling.

What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship?

My advice for students looking for a similar internship is to attend as many informational meetings and events that you can throughout the semester. The more you attend, the better you will be able to hone in on what exactly you are looking for. There is always something going on and you never know what will come from it.

Also, if there is a specific company that interests you and they are on campus, go and meet as many of the employees as possible. It’s never too early to start building those relationships and getting to know the employees on a personal level. I think it’s very important that you find a company where the employees have similar values to you. Those are the people you will be working with or alongside for the entire summer or full-time. Make sure its the right all around fit for you.