Senior Internship Spotlight: Amanda Sulkosky

By Enerd Pani,
Stillman News Writer

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Amanda Sulkosky is a senior, majoring in accounting and information technology management with certificates in supply chain management and leadership. She is from Stewartsville, New Jersey.
On campus, she is involved with Beta Gamma Sigma, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Accounting Club, The Stillman Exchange, and Lions Club International.
She is also an actively involved member of the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development, where she participates in the Women in Leadership Program and Servant Leadership Initiative.
The Stillman Exchange team interviewed her to learn more about her internship experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Q: What were your responsibilities as an intern?
A: I assisted with audit and quarterly reports in the pharmaceutical segment. I also prepared controls for review and presentations of walk-throughs.

Q: Why did you choose to apply for an internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers?
A: I applied for all Big 4 Accounting firms but ended up going with PwC because I enjoyed the people who I would be working for/with and enjoyed the overall culture of the company.

Q: How did you go about getting the internship?
A: I applied through the Career Center and went through a few rounds of interviews.

Q: What was the most valuable skill that you learned while interning?
A: One of the most valuable skills that I learned was multitasking.
I learned to write down all of the things that my managers wanted me to accomplish throughout the day, no matter how small and easy the task may have seemed at the time.
I have had three people tell me that they needed me to three different things all done as soon as possible.
Being able to prioritize and multitask helped me have a successful internship.

Q: How was learning in a work environment different than learning in a classroom?
A: Personally, I believe the main difference between work and school is the amount and quality of work that must be done.
In school it is easy enough to memorize facts for an exam and forget them afterwards.
In the workplace, it is important to genuinely understand what you are doing and not take the easy way out because it will only be a matter of time until that will come around and hurt you.

Q: What was the company culture like?
A: The company culture really focuses on professional development and inclusion.
From the first day of my internship, my team invited me to go to lunch and coffee breaks with them.
They also made an effort to get to know me on a personal level as well as on a professional level.
As far as professional development went, I was given three “snapshot reviews” in which my manager took time to meet with me and help me understand both my strengths and where I could improve.

Q: What were some skills that you learned at Seton Hall that you used in your internship?
A: The main skills that I learned at Seton Hall University that I was able to use was being able to speak to high up executives and being able to think outside of the box.
Both helped me become recognized throughout the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Q: Given your experience with The Stillman Exchange and being a senior graduating in May, what impact has the paper had on you?
A: The paper not only helped me become more active on campus by going to events that I normally would not have, but it also helped me continue to improve my writing skills, which is very important in the business world.
I have also met and worked with people who ended up being like a support system for me throughout my four years.
I am so glad that I became a part of the Stillman Exchange!

Q: What is next for you in your career?
A: I will begin working with PricewaterhouseCoopers full time on September 7, and I will begin studying for the CPA exam on May 22.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 print edition.

Contact Enerd at
enerd.pani@student.shu.edu

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