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Recent Graduate Scores Two Internships and a Job Offer as a Senior

Recent Graduate Scores Two Internships and a Job Offer as a Senior

Jenna Kelly ‘16 rounded out her Otterbein experience with two impressive internships and a job offer. Her experiences with the Ohio Auditor of State and Nationwide Insurance prepared her for her upcoming job with KPMG, a Big 4 firm in downtown Columbus, which begins in August.

The Big 4 are the four largest international professional services networks, offering audit, assurance, tax, consulting, advisory, actuarial, corporate finance and legal services. 

Kelly was connected with her first internship through a family friend. After applying and interviewing, she was offered a position as a fellowship intern for the summer of 2014 and continued to intern for them during the 2014-15 school year part-time.

“At the State, I had all the same duties as an entry level field auditor. Once planning was completed on an audit, I would be assigned a section of the audit to work on whether it be control, substantive or compliance testing,” Kelly said.

She would complete all the steps needed for that section whether it be assessing records or communicating with the client’s personnel.

“I would prepare the documentation and work papers needed for each step of the audit program. Towards the end of my time at the State, I was working through the audits I had on my own. I would be on site by myself, work through the audit as I could and then let my manager know what sections I had left to allow them to review it and give me notes on what I needed to fix or look into further,” said Kelly.

Kelly was connected with her second internship through a visitor to campus. Greg Jordan, senior vice president and chief audit executive at Nationwide Insurance, came to Otterbein and did a presentation on internal auditing.

“At that time, I was still with the State and was considering finding something else for the summer of 2015 just to have another internship experience. I really liked the presentation so I submitted my resume through Otterbein’s Center for Career and Professional Development. I had my first interview on campus and then was emailed to have another one downtown. After that I was offered the position,” she said.

Kelly worked on the property and casualty team. She was involved with three audits during her time there and helped the team complete tasks such as identifying potential risks in a unit and deciding the appropriate controls to lessen the risk.

“I worked with a manager to develop the audit plan for 2016. I also documented the methods, procedures, results and conclusions for the key controls within an audit and tested information and identified issues within documentation obtained for client requests,” she said.

Kelly completed her requirements to graduate in December and walked in the commencement ceremony on May 1. She is currently working on her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification and working part time as she prepares to begin her professional career with KPMG in August.

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