Another Internship Success - Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner

by Michael McGee on February 4, 2019
Another Internship Success - Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner

Michael McGee, a senior accounting major from Hamburg, NY, interned at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner in the summer of 2018. Although he has decided to continue his education at Niagara with an MBA and will not be working full-time after graduation, he already has his first full-time job offer at CTBK as a Staff Accountant in the fall of 2020.

How did you secure the opportunity?

I applied for an internship position with CTBK through Career Services’ Get Hired Portal and was selected for an on-campus interview. My on-campus interview was followed up with an off-campus interview. 

What did you do on a daily basis?

I was involved in variety of tax and audit engagements during my time as an intern at CTBK. I spent my summer working closely with many experienced accounting professionals and learned a lot about public accounting through hands-on experience. 

Most importantly, what did you learn?

My internship taught me a lot about professionalism in the workplace. I learned it is important to always listen to constructive criticism—it will help you to develop your skills greatly. I also learned it is okay to ask lots of questions. Many employers encourage their interns to speak up and ask follow-up questions.  

What advice do you have for future students?

I think it is extremely important to think of every interview as a learning experience. The more exposure and practice you get from interviewing with different companies, the better you will be positioning yourself when looking for jobs in the future. Even if your interview doesn’t go as well as you had hoped, look at it as a learning experience and try to find ways to improve and gain confidence.  

How did NU's Office of Career Services help you?

Career Services offered me the opportunity to continue my interactions with CTBK through an on-campus interview. They have assisted me in creating my resume and developing my interviewing skills over the years.