Rasheed Al-Arami — Spring'17

United Health Group

February 15, 2018 |

Major: Accounting

Class Level: Junior

Employer: United Health Group 

Internship Title: Accounting Intern

How did you find your internship: MavJobs.com


Summary of internship responsibilities:

  • Maintain general ledger accounts and related activities for the production of financial statements and report 
  • Reconcile, analyze and review general ledger accounts in preparation for month-end close 
  • Prepare journal entries and review accounting classifications, in accordance with generally-accepted accounting principles 
  • Prepare documentation in support of external and internal audits 
  • Perform ad hoc reporting and analysis and investigate issues providing explanations and interpretation 
  • Analyze and prepare financial statements, including balance sheets and statements of financial position 
  • Assist with or lead the month-end quarterly end close process for assigned businesses or groups

Benefits of interning:

  • Gain industry knowledge I won't learn anywhere else 
  • Accumulate evidence of my abilities 
  • Make critical professional contacts 
  • Possibly land a full-time job

Challenges faced:

Given that summer internships are short in their nature, I think one of the possible challenges will be to adapt and  integrate the ways and methods of United Health Group with my experiences. This usually takes time. Therefore, my goal is to completely understand these ways and methods as soon as I start so I can make the best out of the remaining weeks in the internship. 

Recommendations for success:

Connect with people. Find people who are in your similar situations and people who have gone through the process. It helps immensely. 

Career plans after graduation:

think this internship will help me determine whether private or public accounting is for me.

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