Jorge Llaguno is an Economics major graduating in December 2018. Last summer, Jorge interned with ACM&A Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in Dublin, Ireland.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. During my time in Dublin I did not work on a big project, rather I was moved around doing different tasks in the organization that allowed me to familiarize myself more with the industry. I worked on the managerial side, financial and accounting side of the business and even undertook the responsibility of test conducting during two audits. I worked on both corporate and income tax cases, learned more about the different revenue systems around Europe and why most of the big technology companies have opened up their headquarters in Ireland.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The thing I found most challenging was to open up to others about how to do things. Since I was working on some cases alone I often needed help with clarification and instructions. It was the first time in a workplace where I had to go up to my colleagues every 5 seconds to ask simple questions. At the end of the day everyone was willing to help, the work I was doing sometimes ended up being the same as what the others did on a daily basis. After learning this it was a great feeling knowing that my work as an intern was useful to the firm, and I am glad I had my colleagues to help along the way.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? I would advise them to go abroad, I am originally from Mexico and studying in the United States opened up many doors for me and helped me grow personally and professionally in many ways. Getting out of your comfort zone sometimes is the best thing that can happen to you, challenging yourself will help you find strengths you didn’t realize you had and weaknesses that you can work on. It also allows you to learn about different cultures and understand the reasons behind the traditions of such countries. Interning abroad helps you grow professionally as you gain international experience working with people who are used to carrying tasks in a different way, which will further provide different opportunities throughout your life.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? I did not work on my Major’s main industry during my time abroad, needless to say there are always concepts throughout the coursework that became useful. Knowing basics valuation techniques and tax laws helped me through some of my tasks, macroeconomics information helped me understand the laws of the country I was working in and why sales were worth what they were, how the economy was growing and how laws were changing because of it, among other things. Global Business being my minor helped me a lot as well. Eller had been great in the way they implement real cases in their teaching techniques. Having solved many of these real-life issues during class helped me understand more of the individual businesses with which I was conducting the audits and communicate with people from all around the world by respecting their customs and norms.