Remi Harazim is a Finance major graduating in May 2019. Last summer, Remi interned with Goodman Fielder in Sydney, Australia.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help. The big project that I worked on for Goodman Fielder was helping them adopt the new international accounting standard which requires companies to include leases on their balance sheets instead of just listing them as expenses. To help them I have been reading and reviewing every single lease contract they have in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and translating the details into a spreadsheet so that it could be uploaded to their new lease accounting software.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? Before my internship, I had not had much experience reading legal documents. The only lease I had ever read before was the one for my off-campus housing. The corporate contracts I have been reading over the last two months are significantly different from an apartment lease, so It took a bit of adjustment to understand the nuances and legal implications of corporate leases. Now, I am confident in my ability to read and understand legal documents such as leases which I believe will be an invaluable skill in life after graduation.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad? Interning abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity to both experience a culture other than your own and get solid work experience at some of the top companies abroad. It is the perfect supplement to your yearly coursework, and being able to apply what you’ve learned in an actual business setting gives you a new perspective. Also, two months seems like a long time, but it really passes quickly. There is so much to do, and the cities are so big and full of adventure. So, if you do find yourself interning abroad, make sure to make the most of it.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship? The payoff from completing the prerequisite coursework and my first year at Eller was almost immediate. Having a foundational understanding of financial accounting was invaluable, because I showed I immediately had working knowledge of the work that I was assigned such as preparing yearly financial statements. Also, having great communication skills allowed me to present my ideas and thoughts clearer. It also helped me ask the right questions so that I could learn as much as possible in this short time period.