A job shadowing experience at accounting firm KPMG’s office in Short Hills, N.J., led first to an internship and then a job offer for senior Rebecca Lieberman. Her job shadowing, part of the university’s Sophomore Experiential Learning program, introduced her to an alumnus who soon became her mentor, Mark Thomas ’91, a partner in the firm.
“Mark Thomas got my foot in the KPMG door,” says Lieberman, who graduates in May with an accounting degree and concentration in fraud examination and begins her new position in October.
Lieberman, from Randolph, N.J., came to Bloomsburg both for the accounting program and to play soccer. During her KPMG internship, she calculated the revenue on various models for auto company BMW, figured out currency exchange rates for pharmaceutical company Pfizer, and helped review the quarterly Security and Exchange Commission submission for technology firm Dialogic.
She also learned that major accounting firms want to hire students who can sit for the certified public examiner exam immediately after graduation. Knowing that, she took additional courses and is graduating with 150 credits instead of the required 120. •
Gabby Vielhauer, of Pottstown, put her anthropology skills into action during an internship last fall with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Vielhauer, a junior at Bloomsburg, sorted through federal documents that detail archeological sites in the Allegheny National Forest to help determine whether they meet state guidelines for historic preservation.
The federal government identifies even small findings, Vielhauer says, but the state guidelines recognize only more significant sites. She mainly studied old oil rigs and logging operations and was able to identify about 40 sites that were placed on the state’s archeological mapping system used by researchers.
“I recognize that what they do at the Bureau for Historic Preservation is very important, and I appreciated the experience,” she says. “But I also learned that I really want the focus of my career to be on education and be more hands-on.”
Vielhauer obtained the internship through The Harrisburg Internship Semester, offered by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. •