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b2ap3_thumbnail_Feldner.jpgLuke Feldner, senior forensic accounting major

Assurance intern at Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Most hours of an accounting internship are spent behind a desk, possibly within a cubicle, in an office completing various tasks. However, Luke Feldner’s internship at Ernst & Young in Pittsburgh, Pa., allowed him to gain experience outside of the office as well by traveling to the “happiest place on Earth”: Walt Disney World. 

Feldner traveled to Orlando, Fla., to attend the International Intern Leadership Conference that Ernst & Young hosts annually for its interns around the world. During the weeklong conference, Feldner listened to speakers and attended workshops where he gained invaluable knowledge as an accounting pre-professional. 

In Pittsburgh, where he spent the majority of his internship, Feldner was assigned to audit teams for various corporate clients. He traveled with Ernst & Young employees to the clients’ headquarters to review their public financial statements for accuracy and reasonableness in accordance with a year-end audit. Some of the clients Feldner worked with include: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Rice Energy, Inc., Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (Wabtec) and Westinghouse Electric Company. 

Feldner says that his internship “exceeded his expectations.” He acknowledges God, his classes and co-curricular activities at Waynesburg University for his rewarding time as an intern. 

“I felt prepared to work with audit teams due to the team aspect of the cross country and track and field teams I am a member of, as well as the knowledge I learned in the classroom,” said Feldner. “God granted me the opportunity to take a tremendous leap of faith. Through it, God never let me fall.” 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Hershelman.jpgWesley Hershelman, a senior accounting major with a minor in business management, came to Waynesburg University because his father and sister had done so before him. He didn’t realize that by fulfilling a family tradition, he would open doors to a competitive summer internship with Mylan Inc., one of the world’s leading generics and specialty pharmaceutical companies.

In May of 2013, Hershelman began his internal audit internship with Mylan at the company’s corporate headquarters in Southpointe, Pa., just a mere 35 minutes from Waynesburg University. His work included preparing audit work papers, recording accounting transactions and documenting understanding through narratives and flow charts. He spent time analyzing and manipulating data as well as verifying EPS models.  

“I grew leaps and bounds as a student and person,” Hershelman said. “I gained a new appreciation toward the education I have received at Waynesburg. I now have more confidence, am more aware of my weaknesses and am not intimidated to engage in professional conversations with superiors.”

Hershelman believes that Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, serving and learning guided him to be the best possible worker during his internship. 

“Colossians 3:23 says, ‘And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.’ I always tried to keep this verse in the back of my mind,” Hershelman said. “It provided me with motivation to do what was right, not necessarily what was easy.”

Not surprised by Hershelman’s adherence to a strong moral and spiritual code, Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of business administration at Waynesburg University, said Hershelman will continue to find success wherever he goes. 

“I expect that Wes will be extremely successful in his future endeavors. He will serve as a great asset to any company for which he works and will represent himself and the Waynesburg University community very well,” Chicarelli said. 

As he prepared to leave his desk at Mylan to return to Waynesburg University in August, Hershelman realized that he could push the experience even further. He approached his Mylan supervisor with his fall class schedule and asked if he could continue at the pharmaceutical company 20 hours each week. 

“I was the one who initiated the conversation with my mentor,” Hershelman said. “He then presented that to the team in a weekly staff meeting. I was formally asked by my manager during my exit interview if I would like to continue on during the fall.”

Hershelman happily accepted the challenge, eager to continue working and improving his auditing skills at the innovative company. He’s hopeful for a full-time job with the company after graduation, but doesn’t feel pressure because God is guiding his path in the world of business. 

“As an emerging business professional, I see the demand for Christians in the business world and Waynesburg has given me opportunities to grow in my faith while studying to become an effective leader in business for Christ.”

 

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Internship supervisors across the country consistently rate Waynesburg University students highly and share how impressed they are with the students’ professionalism and knowledge. Dominic Zappa’s supervisor is no different.

“Waynesburg has done a great job making Dom a very well rounded individual,” said Michael C. Corcetti, Zappa’s supervisor at Northwestern Mutual.  “He was versed in all areas, not just finance.”

Zappa, a senior accounting major at Waynesburg University, spent the summer of 2013 calling potential patrons, setting up meetings, speaking with and creating illustrations and personal plans for clients at Northwestern Mutual’s Monroeville, Pa., office.

“On some levels, the internship was what I expected from a basis of sales,” Zappa said. “But on the other hand, it was more of a client building business, and I was able to make more of an impact than I first thought I could.”

As a Financial Representative Intern, Zappa sometimes worked a full 40 hours each week in an effort to get ahead and show his supervisors that he was committed to learning the field. He even paid his own way to the company’s annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wis.

“I got to see about 12,000 of the company’s best together at one time, network, learn more about the company and listen to and learn from the CEO, president and the top tier of representatives,” said Zappa. “It gave me a clearer picture of what it takes to be successful in our industry.”

He enjoyed the internship so much that he chose to stay with the company throughout his senior year at Waynesburg University.

“I choose to keep my intern contract open so that I can still work during the school year and even through my Master's education next year,” Zappa said.

Zappa plans to continue his education at Waynesburg University and pursue a Master’s of Business Administration degree immediately following his 2014 graduation. He speaks highly of the University and puts his full faith in the quality of classes, professors and, primarily, the mission that the school embodies.

“Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, service and learning guides me in the internship because the company stresses making the right decisions for clients and finding the best way to help them,” Zappa said. “My classes at Waynesburg have really helped because they teach the importance of finances and planning.”

Between excelling in his classes, participating in the University’s Enactus Business Club and Investment Club, completing regular community service and playing both Waynesburg football and Men’s Club Volleyball, Zappa shows professionals such as his internship supervisor what it’s like to be a Waynesburg University student.

“I see something very special in Dom and know he possesses the skills and persistence to be successful not only in this business but also in life,” Corcetti said. “Dom would be a great asset to any company. Waynesburg should be lucky to have a kid like Dom representing their University in a very positive way.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Della-Loggia.jpgSurrounded by the sounds of happy families and the smell of America’s most popular milk chocolate, Dana Della Loggia, a senior accounting major at Waynesburg University, settled in to the first day of her internship with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts in Hershey, Pa.

During the summer of 2013, the Hershey native completed her second internship with the famous chocolatier as a revenue intern. She assisted in reporting daily revenue, analyzing and entering data, administering revenue audits for entertainment groups, reconciling gift and credit card payments between system totals and much more.

The previous summer, Della Loggia interned with Hershey in the Resort Group Reconciliations department. Her supervisors gladly welcomed her back for a second summer and have extended her intern opportunities to Christmas break as well.

“This year she focused on the Entertainment Group; making that transition is not always easy due to the various revenue streams and how different they are,” said Michael Holt, daily revenue supervisor at Hershey. “Her experience from last year was very helpful in making sure we met our daily, weekly and monthly reporting deadlines.”

Della Loggia said that accounting classes with Anthony Bocchini, professor of business administration at Waynesburg University, helped her to develop accountability in her studies, which translated to success at her internship.

“Mr. Bocchini's accounting classes prepared me because of their academic difficulty,” Della Loggia said. “They helped to develop a self-learning attitude, which is very important in accounting. If you don't know an answer, you must find it.”

Bocchini places his full confidence in Della Loggia’s future. 

“Dana was an outstanding student,” Bocchini said. “She has an exceptional academic record, and due to her professional attitude and personality, she was very successful at her internships.”

She believes that her high grade point average helped her to secure the initial position, but that her drive, professionalism and Waynesburg University education enabled supervisors to envision her with the company for an additional summer.

“I have always been a very motivated person, so striving for good grades was never a problem for me,” Della Loggia said. “I think what makes a GPA even better is that all my business professors at Waynesburg University know me. I want to excel in their classes because I feel like they actually care and notice when I do.”

She also impressed with a wide range of extracurricular leadership and membership experience including the Waynesburg University Student Activities Board (SAB), Habitat for Humanity, touring and concert choir, the Waynesburg University golf team, intramural volleyball, Fiat Lux mentorship and more.

“I love that Waynesburg University is small so that I can be a part of multiple organizations,” Della Loggia said. “Organization, leadership and planning abilities are what companies look for. Being able to talk about these skills in an interview and show that you have them is irreplaceable.”

 

 

 



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