Annika Christensen is an Accounting major set to graduate in May 2021. This summer she interned with Alan Moore Tax Consultants in Dublin, Ireland.
If you worked on a big project during your internship, please describe what you did to help.
During my internship, I was tasked with reviewing the bank statements and credit union accounts from 2005-2017 of a woman who was being investigated by the Revenue, the Irish “IRS”. The Revenue thought that she was laundering money due to random withdrawals and deposits into her account. I had to make an Excel file for each year and match up her bank and credit card statements to see the differences. All differences were investigated, and I later contacted the client to see where they had come from and she said that most of the unexplained sums of money were from her family because she paid for their vacations and they were now paying her back. I enjoyed being able to help my supervisor with this task and I learned a lot about how to audit somebody’s accounts to detect possible fraudulent activities and prove that they were not.
What did you find most challenging about your internship?
The aspect of my internship that I found most challenging was getting accustomed to a new company culture and trying to assimilate with my new coworkers. At first, I was not given much work because I could sense that my coworkers did not want to bother me to do anything. I had to be persistent in asking for work and finally I was allowed to help them with their tasks. I was upset that I was given nothing to do but I persevered and kept my spirits up in order to make a good impression.
What advice do you have for other students that are also considering interning abroad?
Some advice that I have for other students considering interning abroad is to not have any expectations of how your trip is going to go regarding the internship placement, as well as the experience as a whole. I did not have any expectations or requirements and went in with an open mind and it turned out to be amazing. I would also say to try to go in to your internship on the first day with an open mind and without any expectations of being immediately involved in everything. I know that, personally, it took a few days or even weeks to get into a routine and make the most out of the placement.
How did Eller (or your previous coursework) prepare you for your internship?
Taking BCOM 314 prepared me for this internship, especially on making a good first impression. In that class, as well as BCOM 214, we had to learn how to write professional emails to people we have never met and I used these skills when communicating to my supervisor before my first day of work. Also, when I first got there, I knew how to be professional in a workplace and how to communicate with others. I am grateful that my learned skills were able to help me ease into my internship.