In this “Internship Experience” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of our students from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management as they return from summer internships.
Name: Brianna Gorczynski
Graduation Year: May 2020
Major(s)/Minor(s): Finance / Retail Management
Hometown: Branchburg, New Jersey
Intern Company/Title: KPMG – Advisory Risk Consultant Intern
Describe your position and some of your daily tasks?
As a risk consultant Intern at KPMG, I specialized in operations and compliance risk. After an initial one-week intern training in Orlando, Florida, I was assigned a project with a healthcare client located in Houston, Texas. I worked with a small team to assist in conducting a compliance and gap assessment for the client. I worked out of KPMG’s New York and Short Hills office regularly, but also traveled to Texas to work with the client. While on-site, I was responsible for taking notes during stakeholder interviews and organizing them afterward. I also aided in preparing status reports to update our client on the progress of the engagement.
How did you land your internship?
I applied to my internship through Handshake. I then attended the Whitman Career Fair during the Fall 2018 semester, where I spoke with various KPMG professionals to learn more about the position and company. I was accepted for an on-campus interview through Handshake and was invited to attend a pre-interview networking event the night before. This event allowed me to network with my interviewers and learn more about the culture at KPMG. The interview was the following day and I received my offer soon after.
What did you learn from your internship experience?
My team worked specifically with healthcare and life sciences clients, an industry that I had no prior knowledge or experience with. Through my internship, I was able to gain an extensive understanding of this industry through hands-on experience.
I also learned the importance of staying adaptive. In this industry, you are often given tasks that you have no prior experience with. Being open to learning new skills and adjusting your thought process is essential.
Has your experience changed your plans or career choice when you leave college?
This experience has pushed me to pursue consulting after college. I was extended an offer to return to KPMG full-time after graduation and I am excited to further my career in consulting with this company.
How will your internship experience help you after graduation?
This experience has allowed me to begin my career as a consultant at one of the largest professional service firms worldwide. It has provided me with key organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills that will be essential in growing my professional career.
How has the Whitman School prepared you for your internship?
Whitman courses prepared me immensely for my internship this summer. The Whitman core classes allowed me to gain a wide variety of knowledge in the world of business. This is essential for understanding clients while working as a consultant.
The emphasis on group work at Whitman also helped me while working with my project team this summer. Working with peers in a classroom setting allowed me to gain skills that allowed me to be successful while working in a professional team.
What did you enjoy most about your experience?
Having the ability to network with other interns and professionals in various positions across KPMG was something I enjoyed. During the first week of my internship, all KPMG interns across the U.S. were sent to Orlando, Florida for internship training. During this time, I was able to connect with interns across several industries and develop integral relationships. Throughout the summer there were also many intern and team events held around New York City to help foster these relationships.
Do you have any advice to students who are looking for an internship?
My best advice to students looking for an internship is to take advantage of the resources Whitman offers. Attend as many events and career sessions as you can. Even if you think something doesn’t interest you, don’t completely write it off before you learn more about it. At networking events, make yourself known by talking to professionals and following up with them after. Connections and opportunities can come unexpectedly but they have a better chance of happening if you are motivated, proactive and open in your search.