ELKINS – Classroom projects and research assignments instilled confidence in Davis & Elkins College senior Roger “Hank” Shultz as he stepped into a summer internship at Ernst & Young, one of the world’s Big Four accounting firms. Shultz’s efforts paid off – he plans to obtain his CPA license and was offered a full-time position after graduation.
Originally, Shultz was scheduled to work out of the company’s McLean, Virginia, office for 10 weeks. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the internship was moved to an online platform where Shultz worked from home in York, Pennsylvania.
As an intern, Shultz helped prepare a second quarter review which included auditing quarterly financial statements.
Shultz said D&E prepared him for success in the accounting field through the one-on-one instruction and support he received from faculty, particularly Assistant Professor of Accounting Lisa Daniels-Smith.
“She has taken me under her wing and helped guide me in the accounting field by spending countless hours helping me to truly understand the many different facets and intricacies that it takes to be successful,” Shultz explained.
Through his classes at D&E, Shultz said he gained the ability to successfully research topics related to the accounting field and distinguish pertinent information needed for accounting practices.
“I congratulate Hank for obtaining an internship with such a respectable firm,” Daniels-Smith said. “This truly is a unique experience for any student.”
The Davis & Elkins College Accounting Program prepares students with a foundation for the communication and analysis of financial information in the business environment. Coursework is designed to promote students’ understanding of accounting theory and their ability to apply accounting principles in the business environment. Students may choose to pursue an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree.