Michael Kelly is an Accounting major set to graduate in May 2020. This past summer he interned for US Foods as an Internal Audit Intern in Tempe, Arizona.
How did you get this internship?
I got this internship through handshake. I applied online and went through the typical interview process.
What was a typical day like?
Each day was different in internal audit. I got to meet with many different departments within US Foods to discuss how they record and verify financial information was correct. I would sit down with the department personnel and learn more about the controls in place to mitigate any risks within the accounting process, such as accuracy, completeness, and cutoffs of the financial info. After this, I’d perform testing on their process to ensure the controls in place were effective. Overall, I gained a better understanding of how companies asses risk within their processes and how these risks could lead to material misstatements on the P&L and Balance Sheet.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of the experience was taking part in a Los Angeles Field Audit. I got to interact with so many incredible people, learn more about their daily job tasks, and work with my team to ensure the division had effective procedures in place. It was eye opening for me to be able to really see how every person within a company makes a difference.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below:
My largest project was the Los Angeles Field Audit. My team and I went to Los Angeles to perform an audit on the divisions performance. I performed testing on inventory cycle counts, inventory adjustments, floor to sheet counts, and others. These tests helped me understand how companies track their perpetual inventory. What made this project so great was that I was able to work with so many experienced professionals, gain hands on audit experience, and better understand the business.
What did you find most challenging about your internship?
I think the biggest challenge was getting adjusted to the fast paced environment of a company. Each day people are working on many different projects at once and getting adjusted to the pace that people complete their projects was difficult at first. The challenges with a fast paced business environment include project management, prioritization, and time management.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?
Look for internships where you will be able to make an impact on the company. I think the company culture is the most important. Going into the internship search, look for a company that fits with your ideals and aspirations instead of one that could just be a big name. Be persistent as well; you just have to keep applying, interviewing, and connecting with your network if you don’t get the internships you are applying to. Eventually one will work out.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship?
Eller taught me to learn how to learn. When you get to your internship, you’ll probably not see anything you’ve previously worked with, and Eller prepares you to take on new challenges and become comfortable being uncomfortable.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance?
No, my employer did not provide any housing or transportation assistance