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: Sarah Ferranti
Graduation Year: May 2020
Major(s): Accounting / Finance
Hometown: Camillus, New York
Intern Company/Title: PwC – Core Assurance Intern
Describe your position and some of your daily tasks?
I was a financial services core assurance intern. I worked with excel to help my team prepare the audit.
How did you land your internship?
I worked with the Whitman Career Center, specifically my advisor Kara Primrose, during my first-year and sophomore year. I completed leadership programs with the Big Four accounting firms during the summer before my junior year. After completing PwC’s leadership program, I was offered an internship for the following summer. Beta Alpha Psi was a great organization to help begin the networking process with the Big Four.
What did you learn from your internship experience?
I learned what the day-to-day activities would look like if I were to work for a public accounting firm. I also used excel on a daily basis and that has helped improve those skills.
Has your experience changed your plans or career choice when you leave college?
My internship experience has solidified that I want to go into public accounting after graduation. Interning is a great way to begin career exploration and I enjoyed my experience at PwC.
How will your internship experience help you after graduation?
My internship helped me obtain a job and I have accepted a full time offer with PwC for after graduation.
How has the Whitman School prepared you for your internship?
The accounting classes I have taken at Whitman had prepared me for my internship this past summer. Through my classes, I learned how to problem solve and think critically about the tasks that I was assigned. All of my professors here have taught me so much both inside and outside the classroom. I transferred those skills to my internship.
What did you enjoy most about your experience?
I enjoyed the people that I worked with the most. My team encouraged me to ask questions, and they taught me so much throughout the summer.
Do you have any advice to students who are looking for an internship?
I would advise students to network early on during their time at Syracuse University. Career exploration is a major part of figuring out what you want to pursue after graduation and it is good to start early on in college. Make appointments with the Career Center and get to know your advisor. Also, join organizations that provide networking opportunities with the companies where you would want to work.