Internship Spotlight: Mya White, Deloitte
Sept. 29, 2021
Mya White is an Accounting and MIS double major graduating in the spring of 2022. This summer she interned with Deloitte as a Risk and Financial Advisory Intern/Accounting and Internal Controls Intern in Phoenix, Arizona.
What was a typical day like?
Every day was different depending on the clients needs. I typically started around 9 am, but often had early zoom calls due to time zone changes! The day usually began with a daily check in or stand up with my project team. We often had client walk through calls shortly after. I then would begin my individual control testing work on my own time. I would often call team members and other interns to gain a better understanding of topics when I needed assistance. I often took a lunch break around 12 pm and would sometimes even plan lunch meet ups in person with other individuals who worked within the Phoenix office. I tried to integrate at least one networking call a day with coworkers from all department areas, office locations, and positions. I loved being able to set my own schedule and take advantage of my experience. I logged off around 5 most days!
What was your favorite part of the experience?
Networking! I had no idea I would meet as many people as I did. The company has 200,000 employees and it was amazing to be able to network within a company of that scale. I made so many new friends, mentors, and clients. I feel that my networking skills grew immensely and I have so much more confidence in my ability to collaborate with others.
What did you find most challenging?
There was definitely a learning curve that I had to tackle. Ultimately, I had zero clue what internal control testing looked like in a professional setting on my first day or even week with the firm. I was amazed at how much detail was inscribed within each individual control and how to test these controls for my teams client. I was amazed at what I learned in just 8 weeks, but it definitely took time to adjust.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar experience, or advice for future students to be successful?
Believe in yourself! Imposter syndrome is real and I often feared that I wasn’t good enough for certain opportunities. It is easy to doubt yourself when applying or interviewing with big companies. Fake it till you make it! Confidence is key in a professional setting and once you start telling yourself you can do it, things always fall into place.
How did Eller prepare you for this experience?
Sophomore year, Eller taught me how to seek out career opportunities for the first time. With the help of BNAD, BCOM, career coaches, faculty, and Eller alum, I was able to fully gain a glimpse at who I was professionally and what I had to offer.