Professional U connection leads to potential internship

Accounting Internship

Alexandra Hilbert said she landed a potential internship with RKL — Central and Eastern PA's top CPA and business consulting firm — because of a connection she made as a freshman at a Professional U career expo.

Alexandra Hilbert knows the value of Bloomsburg University’s Professional U events — like its recent Accounting Career Connections Expo — firsthand. Her potential summer internship came as a result of one she attended her freshman year.

“I attend all of the career expos,” said Hilbert, a junior dual accounting and economics major. “I was excited about the accounting expo, because I knew there would be reason for me to talk to every table.”

Hilbert said she landed a potential internship with RKL — Central and Eastern Pennsylvania's top CPA and business consulting firm — because of a connection she made two years ago at a Professional U career expo.

“They were impressed by my eagerness to get my name and resume out there,” Hilbert said. “It’s never too early to start networking with professionals.”

At the Accounting Career Connections Expo students networked with representatives from various CPA firms, corporations with large accounting departments, and federal, state and local government entities looking to recruit students for entry-level positions or internships.

According to Hilbert, the accounting expo is one of the many professional development opportunities offered to accounting students. Todd Shawver, chair of the Department of Accounting, has made it a goal this fall to increase those opportunities.

“Dr. Shawver made a BOLT page specifically for accounting majors where information is directly communicated to us,” Hilbert said. “I think the main reason he did this is because BU students have the reputation of performing well, and businesses are constantly coming here to recruit.”

How Professional U can help you!

  • Job/Internship Search Strategies: Employer Panel — Tuesday, Oct. 24, noon to 1 p.m., Job/internship search tips from the pro's. This panel is made up of alumni who have experience finding and hiring people for the positions you are looking for! This is a live, virtual workshop, so you can participate wherever you are!
  • Careers aren’t Scary: Discover Your Path and Map your Future workshop — Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 5 p.m., MCHS 1316, and Oct. 27, from noon to 1 p.m., Hartline 122. Does picking a career terrify you? Career Coaches will help give you the tools and confidence you need to conquer your fears and make a plan for success!
  • LinkedIn or Left Out: Discover what Makes a Top Notch Profile — Monday, Oct. 30, 5 to 6 p.m., Sutliff 106. If you aren’t online, you don't exist. (Harsh? Not really!) Come learn how to create the polished and professional online presence you NEED employers to find when applying to jobs.
  • Dream Career Photo Booth and LinkedIn headshots! — Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., SSC Lobby Atrium. What do you want to be when you grow up? Come show us and get resources to make your dream job a reality! You can also get a "professional" LinkedIn photos as well so come dressed professionally.
  • Job and Internship Searching workshop — Tuesday, Nov. 7, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sutliff 114. Learn tips and techniques to plan your search, find openings (and create your own), and stay organized through your search! This is a hands-on workshop and space is limited so RSVP soon!

Questions? Contact the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience, 201 SSC, cpdce@bloomu.edu or call 570-389-4070.

Getting career ready

Team-building activities, career preparation exercises and alumni networking highlighted a busy three-day schedule for Bloomsburg University’s Career Intensive Boot Camp this fall. A group of junior and senior students from many different majors joined together for a weekend packed full of professional development, coordinated by the Center for Professional Development and Career Experience at the Greenly Center.

“Honestly, I feel like the career intensive boot camp is preparing me for my major and just life in general,” said Keyion Holmes, a senior exercise science major.