Internship Spotlight: Katherine Gurski

By Andrew Aguilera,
Stillman News Editor

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Katherine Gurski is a senior majoring in business administration with a concentration in accounting, and certificate in information technology management from Wyckoff, New Jersey. She is very passionate about her involvement in Greek Life at Seton Hall. She has been on the Executive Council for Alpha Gamma Delta twice, as Vice President of Operations then Alpha Experience Coordinator.
In her free time, she enjoys swimming, cooking, and snowboarding. The Stillman Exchange interviewed Katherine to learn about her internship experience at Piemonte & Liebhauser.

Q: What were your responsibilities as an intern?
A: My responsibilities as an intern involve ensuring clients’ files are up to date as well as assisting account managers on various projects. Some of my projects include: preparing tax forms, using excel to create balance sheets, assisting with bank reconciliations, or updating QuickBooks.

Q: Why did you choose to apply for an internship at Piemonte & Liebhauser?
A: I chose to apply because the responsibilities of the intern position seemed like a good fit for me, and I knew it was a place that I could learn a lot about how an accounting firm works. I was taking 18 credits when I began, and I was told from the start that the hours were flexible, so I felt that interning here would be manageable for me, even with a full course load.

Q: How did you go about getting the internship?
A: I applied on Navigator. Then, the company reached out to me for an interview. I began my internship in March 2017.

Q: What was the most valuable skill that you learned while interning?
A: A valuable life skill I learned while interning at Piemonte & Liebhauser is that it is especially crucial to ask questions if you do not know how to do something. Especially in the beginning, everyone knows you are still learning the ropes of the business and understanding. It is better to ask or look for clarification rather than guess yourself and potentially make mistakes.

Q: How was learning in a work environment different than learning in a classroom?
A: Learning in a work environment was different than a classroom due to the fact the work environment is much more hands on. What I learned in my training I used everyday, and I learned new things everyday as I grew there.

Q: What was the company culture like?
The company culture is vibrant with a lot of social interaction. People are very conscientious and diligent with work, yet we often have lunches all together which is a nice time to relax with one another.

Q: What were some skills that you learned at Seton Hall that you used in your internship?
A: The accounting and information technology management courses here at Seton Hall helped me tremendously during my internship. I frequently use excel, which is an amazing program every Stillman student uses.

Q: What advice would you give to students who are actively searching for internships?
A: Keep up to date with Navigator. Constantly check for opportunities near Seton Hall or the New York City area.

Q: What is next for you in your career?
A: Moving forward, I plan on working and gaining experience as I move onto graduate school here at Seton Hall!

 

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 24th print edition.

Contact Andrew at
andrew.aguilera@student.shu.edu

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