Accounting, Business & Economics
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About the Internship Program
The Accounting, Business, Economics, and Finance program at Muhlenberg has a flourishing internship program. Students may select an internship through our internship database or they can develop an internship through their own contacts. Our internship coordinator, Gail Eisenberg, helps students find, design, and get placed in an internship. Internships may count for course credit but they do not have to, and many students take on internships that do not count for college credit but give them needed experience.
In any given academic year 50 or more students are typically working in internships in which they are also earning college credit toward graduation. In addition, close to 50 students participate in internships each year that are not for academic credit. Nearly 80% of ABEF students participate in an internship during the pursuit of their major, and over 60% of those have more than one internship while at Muhlenberg.
Currently we have students in internships at:
- Air Products and Chemicals
- PP&L Corporation
- Deloitte & Touche
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers
- Athletes' Performance
- Monumental Sports & Entertainment
- Reebok International
- And many others
Students that want to learn more about internship opportunities or about the internship program in the ABEF Department should contact Gail Eisenberg (ABEF Internship Director).
Student Internship Experiences
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Supply Chain Management at Panalpina, Inc.
During my 2011 summer vacation, I was a Supply Chain Management Intern, for Panalpina, Inc. Panalpina, Inc. is one of the world's largest freight forwarding companies.
As an Intern, I was able to use the skills and textbook knowledge I learned in my business classes and apply it to a corporate setting. I was given room to work and Panalpina provided an environment fitting for excellent growth. Throughout the internship, I was given responsibility to drive a project to produce efficiency and productivity in one of Panalpina's warehouse operations.
A Taste of the "Real World" at Deloitte & Touche LLP
During the summer after my Junior year, I was lucky enough to work as an Audit Intern at Deloitte & Touche LLP in their Boston, MA office. As of one the "Big Four" public accounting firms, there is no better place to start a career in Accounting. Deloitte really gives their interns an opportunity to experience what it will be like as a first-year staff, and I was given the same level of work and responsibility that someone who had been working there for a year or two would be given. Although it was definitely overwhelming at first, the combination of my experience at Muhlenberg and the resources Deloitte provides absolutely made me prepared for the challenge.
Over the course of the internship, I was given the opportunity to work on two very different clients in two very different industries. I was able to experience a smaller audit where I could assist on parts of almost every section and actually interact face to face with the Director of Finance. On the other side, I was part of a much larger engagement where I was able to become very proficient in a specific project while working with partners and professionals from multiple Deloitte offices.
school has been a tremendous help in every step of the recruiting process. Many people don't realize how important critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills are in public accounting when interacting with clients and coworkers, and that is really where Muhlenberg's liberal arts education gives us a competitive advantage. The experience and support from my professors and classes really helped me stand out during my internship to get an offer for a full-time position at Deloitte after I graduate!
Interning at BlackRock
During my pursuit of a Finance Major at Muhlenberg I received an internship at BlackRock. At BlackRock, I dealt with everything from understanding derivatives to preparing information for key stakeholders, and I can see how everything I do has an impact on the broader organization, which really makes me feel good about my contributions to the firm. BlackRock does not view interns as simply temporary; they make certain that you understand the company as a whole and make you feel as if you are just as critical to their success as someone who has been here for years.
The Finance program at Muhlenberg really helped prepare me for the experience. While the program at Muhlenberg focuses on challenging students in their respective fields, it also allows students to analytically think about how the subject they're studying contributes to a broader field of study. As with any job, times here at BlackRock can be overwhelming, considering the numerous amounts of tasks you must complete at once. Like at Muhlenberg, however, you have to learn to multitask and adjust when unexpected things come your way. Both in Muhlenberg's Finance program and at BlackRock, it is vital that students be prepared for multitasking and for a core understanding of how their work contributes to a larger faction.
Without Muhlenberg's ABEF program, I don't think I would have been prepared for dealing with such great responsibilities here at BlackRock. I have confidence everyday walking through the doors of this young organization.
Forms for Current Students
There are two forms that need to be filled out in order to receive academic credit for your internship experience.
1. Internship Registration Form
Print and then complete this form, including a signature from your site-supervisor, academic advisor, faculty sponsor (it is always Gail Eisenberg, Internship Director), and yourself. Hand in this completed form to the Office of the Registrar.
2. Internship Database Information
Please complete this online form. It will automatically be sent to Gail Eisenberg (ABEF Internship Director) and to Kim Clark (ABEF Administrative Assistant).