Rachel Wollschlager: Ernst and Young

Written by Steffi Lee, Career Services Undergraduate Assistant

What was she up to?
Rachel Wollschlager ’15 spent the spring semester interning with Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four accounting firms. Rachel worked on internal and external communication, meeting with clients and various projects.

How did she find out about her internship?
Rachel found out about her internship through Simpson College’s May Term course, COOP 119. This course, designed for first and second year students, helps students explore career options and includes a 40-hour job shadow component. Rachel completed her job shadow at Ernst & Young during her first year, which led her to learn about their internship opportunities. Rachel says she highly recommends the course to anyone. “It has gotten me two internships and a job,” she said.

What strengths did Rachel demonstrate during her internship?
Since Rachel’s internship was during the spring semester, she was constantly busy and working long, strenuous days. Rachel says she was able to showcase her professionalism, written communication skills and networking abilities. “I had to email, call and meet with clients in person,” she said. “All of these are somewhat scary as an intern, but getting thrown into the fire with little experience makes you gain the skills you need really fast.” Rachel says she was not strong at written communication when she started her internship, but after finishing her spring semester with Ernst & Young, she says she improved in that area. In terms of networking, Rachel says, “I have created relationships with a number of very important individuals who I could not have dreamed of prior to this internship.”

What did her supervisor have to say about her work?
Tyler Goode, Assurance Services Senior at Ernst & Young, said, “Rachel did a great job communicating with her engagement team and client contacts. She was courteous and professional in all internal and external communication and she developed strong relationships with coworkers. She kept her team informed of the status of her work and volunteered to take on additional projects to assist her teams in every way she could.”

Why does Rachel feel it is important for students to intern?
Rachel says she believes internships really show students what the real world is like. “It is also a great way to gain experience before graduation to make you more marketable to employers,” she said. “And, if you’re lucky, it could even lead to a full-time job.”

What is on the horizon for her?
Simpson College Career Services would like to congratulate Rachel on her offer to join Ernst & Young full-time after her graduation from Simpson! Enjoy your senior year, Rachel!