Emily’s Summer Internship Post #5

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What skills have you gained? Any important lessons you’ve learned?

Skills I have gained from my time interning with FEMA are:

  • Collecting and compiling data for routine reports,

  • Assisting with examining, verifying, and maintaining financial records,

  • Researching regulations, directives, and other data,

  • Performing pre-audit testing and documentation collection

FEMA has shown me how to maintain a professional work ethic and appearance while in a casual work place environment. The work place environment at FEMA was not what I was expecting and I learned to be flexible with the environment around me so that I was able to blend in with the rest of the employees.

How has the internship impacted your career path?

This internship has given me a brief preview of one of the many types of government accounting jobs. It was not at all what I was expecting, however, I am very grateful for this experience. It has solidified my desire to want to work for a government agency as an accountant and it has acted as a stepping stone for my future career.

What advice would you give to other students?

Advice I would give to other students is be open to the unexpected. An internship with FEMA was not my top choice when I was applying for summer internships, as I wanted an internship with the FBI or on Capitol Hill. When I didn’t get any of my top choices I questioned if I would get any internship, and then I got a call from FEMA. I am so thankful for the opportunity to intern with FEMA and I have learned and gained so many new skills because of my time here. This internship has been so incredible and I couldn’t be happier about how things turned out. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because your supervisors are there to help you learn and make sure to show that you are committed to helping the organization. But most of all, enjoy yourself while interning.

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