Now is the time to apply for the Summer Leadership Programs offered by the public accounting firms! Deadlines for some of the firms are next week (February 20-26, 2017).
WHY apply for the Summer Leadership Programs?
The firms select most of their interns from their summer leadership program participants and they hire for most of their full-time positions from their interns so the Summer Leadership Program is the very important first step in getting a job with your preferred firm.
WHAT is the Summer Leadership Program?
A commitment of 1-2 days during the summer. These are unpaid opportunities and a mix of social and business-related meetings. The opportunities provide valuable insight in the firms, their work and cultures. These are major recruiting initiatives for the firms.
WHO should apply for the Summer Leadership Programs?
Accounting students who will be graduating with 150 credits between May 2018 and December 2018.
HOW many Summer Leadership Programs should you apply to?
Apply for all the firms that are of interest to you. You can participate in more than one firm’s Summer Leadership Program.
WHEN should you apply for the Summer Leadership Program?
Grant Thornton – Application Deadline 2/26/17
PwC – Application Deadline 2/28/17
Marks Nelson – Application Deadline 2/28/17
RubinBrown – Application Deadline 3/5/17
BKD – Application Deadline 3/7/17
RSM – Application Deadline 3/13/17
EY – Application Deadline 3/20/17
KPMG – Application Deadline 3/31/17
WHERE should you apply for the Summer Leadership Programs?
For questions about the Summer Leadership Programs or accounting recruiting timelines, schedule an appointment with a Bloch Career Center career coach. You can make an appointment through the Roo Career Network!
My internship involved assisting in the underwriting of commercial mortgages around the country. I helped analyze operating statements, appraisals, engineering reports, and property specifics such as local household income and demographics in order to determine the risk involved with each transaction. Eventually I was given an opportunity to underwrite my own deal including conducting the site inspection with the help of a coworker.
What did you like most about working at your company?
KeyBank has an amazing company culture and I’ve made a lot of great connections working here. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve gained a huge amount of knowledge during the year I’ve been here.
How did your Bloch education prepare you for this experience?
Coming into the internship with some of the relevant information was a huge help to me. It also made my experience more engaging, as I had to take what I learned in class and apply it to my job day in and day out.
Please provide a brief description of what your internship includes: My internship included mainly working with the recruitment process, so writing job posts, reviewing applicant resumes, and sitting in during interviews. I also worked with payroll and other administrative duties for the HR department. I edited data on Salesforce and organized nondisclosure agreements for the Sales department.
What do you like most about working at your company? They were very open to letting me choose projects that I was interested in.
How did your Bloch education prepare you for this experience? My management classes gave me tons of insight on what companies need to do in order to stay out of trouble. They gave me a good background. The MIS classes also helped a lot as I used excel quite often.
How long have you been at Cerner and why do you love working there?
I have been at Cerner for about 3 years now. I love Cerner for many reasons, but one of my favorites is the opportunity for growth. If you work hard and provide results you are going to be rewarded. You really do have endless career opportunities at Cerner and I can’t wait to see where my career within Cerner takes me.
–Jeans casual comes in a close second 😉
What makes Bloch students stand out?
Bloch students stand out because they know Kansas City, and (hopefully) know Cerner! They have seen first-hand the impact that Cerner has made in the Kansas City area and they are excited to be a part of the impact when they graduate. They are very well-rounded with their education and some have the opportunity to work with us part-time to gain experience before they graduate.
What was your first job out of college?
Cerner was my first job out of college. I went through our Business Consultant program and worked as a business analyst for about 1 ½ years. It is so rewarding getting to work with candidates who go through the same interview process I went through 3 short years ago. It enables me to put myself in their shoes
to provide the best experience.
What is one piece of advice you would give to students preparing for the job/internship search process?
The one piece of advice I would give is to ask questions! Do your research and if you can’t find the answer to a question, ask. I love when candidates have great questions for me about the role, culture, and even Kansas City in general. It shows they are taking their job hunt seriously and really want to find the best mutual fit for the company and for them.