Caitlyn Dangvu on Internships, Student Government, and Landing a Full-Time Job a Year Before Graduation
Caitlyn Dangvu, '20
Stiller School of Business
Accounting and Finance
Audit Intern at KPMG in Colchester, VT
Financial & Economic Modeling
Auditor at KPMG in Colchester, VT
Champlain taught me how to act professionally, encouraged me to be a team player, and provided me with a foundation of knowledge to help propel my future career.
Can you tell us about your job with the Student Government Association?
I am the Director of Finance for the SGA. Over my two years in this position, I learned the importance of time management and effective systems. My job was to account for and manage a budget of nearly $400,000. With transactions occurring every day, I created an internal financial management system that helped streamline the process. I was able to innovate solutions in order to optimize efficiency.
What projects have you worked on in classes that you’ve found particularly rewarding?
I took a finance class where we built data models in Microsoft Excel. The knowledge I learned in this class allowed me to build data models and systems as I worked at other jobs. I was able to create Excel systems that streamlined processes and analyzed data that were then used by my employers.
How has Champlain prepared you for the professional world?
Champlain taught me how to act professionally, encouraged me to be a team player, and provided me with a foundation of knowledge to help propel my future career. At the end of my internship with KPMG, I was offered a full-time job post-graduation! I don't think I would have had the opportunity to work for a Big Four accounting firm if I hadn't landed the internship.
Mia Andreozzi on the Upside-Down Curriculum, Career Education, and Internships
Mia Andreozzi, '22
Stiller School of Business
Tax Intern at Davis & Hodgdon in Burlington, VT
I can have multiple internships while at college, which will put me at an advantage when applying for jobs.
How has Champlain's Upside-Down Curriculum helped shape your education?
The Upside-Down Curriculum gets you that hands-on experience pretty much the first day that you start here. I actually came in as an International Business major, not Accounting. But I knew after taking my first accounting classes with my professor Dave Mona that I really wanted to switch my major because it was a better fit for me. The transition was really easy.
You're a sophomore and you have an internship. Can you tell us a little about it?
I work for Davis & Hodgdon as a paid tax intern. I'm doing a lot of triage work and preparing client materials. I'm getting lots of hands-on experience with tax information—which is what I wanted from the internship. As a sophomore, I am the youngest intern out of all the interns for the company I work for.
Champlain encourages multiple internships throughout your four years of college. How has that benefited your future career?
Other colleges may not start you in internships until your junior or senior year, but since we have been learning industry skills through the Upside-Down Curriculum from our first year, Champlain interns are able to start in the professional world early on. I can have multiple internships while at college, which will put me at an advantage when applying for jobs.