Dani Haboush is an Accounting major and will be graduating in December of 2018. She interned as the Audit and Assurance Intern in Chicago for Deloitte.
How did you get this internship? I had a unique experience getting this internship. During the recruiting for the externships, I picked a different part of the country for each of the Big Four Firms (as they have offices all over). I ended up with an internship offer with another firm in Chicago and was still interviewing with Deloitte Phoenix. I knew I ultimately wanted to be in Chicago and loved Deloitte, so I communicated with my recruiter that I was hoping to intern in the Deloitte Chicago office.. It was a challenging process to get there, but it worked out well! Communication with your recruiter is key. On top of this, I started networking with the recruiters pretty early and stayed on top of my grades while in Eller.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of the experience was getting to know/spending time with the other interns. Since we were all from different parts of the country, we all had different college experiences to share. Everyone was very kind, and we got very close as an intern class. Plus, it was awesome to have people to “nerd out” about accounting with!
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The specialized work was the most challenging part of the internship. My accounting courses taught me the over-arching knowledge I needed as an audit intern, but learning the “nitty gritty” of conducting an audit proved to be challenging. It made me realize how much I still have to learn, but that is exciting!
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?My advice for students that are looking for a similar internship is to network, network, network! Actively go after the internship you want- show your interest and be yourself in the process. Your interactions with recruiters/professionals can be just as important as your GPA when applying for internships. That being said, have fun with it!
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller prepared me for this internship in many ways, but the most prominent is in the professionalism that I developed during my Eller experience. From interview skills to all the BCOM presentations, I felt confident as a young professional in the “adult world”. I was able to confidently network and interact with coworkers day-to-day due to the skills that Eller taught me.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided housing and transportation assistance.