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Meaghan Petrie

Class of 2022

Currently studying: BBA/MBA in Public Accounting

Current internship and title: Assurance intern at EY

Past internship: Accounting intern at OPAL

Pronoun: you

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Lubin student Meaghan Petrie '22

Interning at a Big Four law firm is a dream for many accountants. Meaghan Petrie, a student at the Lubin School of Business, realized that dream after attending a Career Services event. Now she plans to graduate in early December to jumpstart her career as soon as possible.

How did the Lubin School of Business help you prepare for your current internship?

My experience at the Lubin School of Business prepared me for my current internship in many ways. Lubin offers so many opportunities for students to get involved and gain hands-on experience while learning from the best professors. Two resources that I have found most impactful are the Center for Student Enterprise (CSE) and Audit Simulation in Advanced Auditing Practices with Professor Ray Reisig. During my sophomore year, I was the Chief Financial Officer of Pace Delivers. Through this experience I learned how to run a business, prepare financial statements on QuickBooks and present them at board meetings. In my Advanced Auditing course, we spent the entire semester doing a mock audit simulation as a rolling auditor at a shed manufacturing company. We applied the concepts we learned to prepare working papers based on evidence to express an opinion on the financial statements. I learned an invaluable amount from both experiences.

What attracted you to this internship?

Career Services had an informal coffee chat with an EY partner during my sophomore year, when I was beginning to look for internships at accounting firms. I enjoyed the conversation so much that I knew I wanted to end up at EY. Even during the interview process with the Big Four accounting firms, I enjoyed every conversation I had with everyone at EY. The people and culture are what set the Big Four accounting firms apart, and I knew EY was the right choice.

Describe what a typical day looks like as an intern at EY.

At EY, every day is different. We could be in the Stamford, Connecticut office one day and the NYC office the next – or even a client’s office. I work on various assignments involving internal controls, walkthrough evidence and independence documentation. In addition to the exam work, we go through training and webcasts and meet with various employees.

What has been the highlight or the nicest aspect of your internship so far?

I don’t think I could name a specific aspect that has been the highlight of my internship so far. I really enjoyed my engagement team. They are incredibly funny, knowledgeable and helpful. In addition, the Stamford office has organized many events for the interns to get to know each other and other people in the office. For example, we had a scavenger hunt, an ice cream party, a pasta making class, and even training classes. They also make sure that EY interns feel at home and part of the team. With all the different fun events, advisors and friends, there are so many people to help, support and guide you – not only at EY, but also in your career and personal goals. They want the best for you whether EY is in your future or not.

In addition to your internship at EY, you will complete four summer courses. What motivates you to work hard?

My friends and family motivate me to work hard. They support me in everything I do and I want to keep making them proud. I also like to be busy and push myself. I know I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Continually moving forward and striving will enable me to achieve my goals.

What made you decide to register for summer courses?

I chose summer courses because I want to graduate early to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and start my career. I’m excited for what lies ahead and I want to make an effort to get there.

How has your internship experience shaped or influenced your career goals?

My internship experience led me to create a plan for studying and taking the CPA exam. Before my internship, it was clear to me that I wanted to do the CPA exam after my studies, but I didn’t think about it any further. Now I know I want to be done with it by August 2023. The internship also confirmed that I want to start my career at EY. Your staff made the internship a really enjoyable experience and I would love to stay with them.

How will this experience impact your next semester at Lubin?

Even as I enter my final semester at Lubin, I will still try to take advantage of all available workshops and learning experiences. I will continue to work hard in my courses and apply what I have learned at EY.

My advice to other Lubin students looking for an internship would be to show up and take advantage of the opportunities the Lubin School of Business has for you. The events and workshops at Career Services with Jim Davis helped me a lot.

Do you have any advice for other Lubin students who want to do an internship in the future?

My advice to other Lubin students looking for an internship would be to show up and take advantage of the opportunities the Lubin School of Business has for you. The events and workshops at Career Services with Jim Davis helped me a lot. Career Services has helped me develop my resume and improve my interview skills. You always have companies coming for formal or informal meetings and events where you can get to know the recruiters and the companies.

Connect with Meaghan:

LinkedIn: Meaghan Petrie
Instagram: @meaghanpetrie

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