Abby Krulisky is a Finance major and will graduate in May 2020. This summer she interned for Fitzpatrick and Associates in Dublin, Ireland.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. Fitzpatrick and Associates had a big project to do a lot of cross referencing for clients with the client’s financial reports. Michael Fitzpatrick put myself in charge of the entire project. He showed me how to do a few steps and then left me to figure out the rest. There were five large files with at least 200 pages each in them. I had one week to complete the assignment and was successful in doing so.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? Early on, I found that trying to understand their accents was the most difficult part of the internship. I’m thankful that I understood the work in the internship, but it was hard to understand what my supervisor would want me to do during the course of the day.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Simply put, just do it. It was an amazing experience and I will never forget it. I met great friends and made connections with people that I will never forget. It was also a great way to network with coworkers and the Eller alumna that we met who works at Google Ireland. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? My coursework through Eller has really prepared me for this internship. My accounting classes prepared me the most for this because Fitzpatrick and Associates is an accounting firm. I’m grateful for my accounting professors who taught me because I used a lot of the knowledge from those classes in this internship.