Accounting and Business Department - Outside Activities
Last updated September 10, 2018
Recent Internship Experiences
National, Regional, Local
Henjes, Conner, Williams, et al, LLP Wells Dairy
King, Reinsch, Prosser, & Co. LLP Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Farm Credit Services of America March of Dimes
Rockwell Collins Farm Credit Services
Beef Products Inc. Beef Products Inc.
St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center
International Business Mid-America Museum of Aviation
Vectra International Children’s Miracle Network
Gelita Kind & Knox Sioux City Convention Center
Tyson Foods Susan B. Komen
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce
Chatterkick Social Media
Management/Human Resources Finance
Target Arthur J. Gallagher-Risk Management
Great West Casualty Co. Sterne Akin State Farm
Menards Farm Credit Services of America
Farm Credit Services Central Bank
Sioux City Convention Center Pioneer Bank
Tyson Foods Security National Bank
Northwestern Mutual Financial
Summer Internship Experiences
"This summer I was an Accounting and Finance Intern at Royall & Company in Richmond, Virginia. Royall is a higher education marketing firm that partners with Morningside and over 350 other colleges and universities. They had 20 intern positions that were open to students from schools all across the country. For the 20 paid intern positions, there were over 400 applicants. I worked directly with my faculty advisor, Professor Rosenbaum, in applying for this position. The application required a letter of recommendation and verification of academic and leadership achievements.
When I arrived in Richmond to begin my internship experience, I was immediately performing hands-on applications, instead of just filing or general tasks like other internships. I reconciled month-end PayPal accounts, examined expense reports for accuracy and classification, entered new contracts into the accounting system, created and reviewed invoices, and evaluated legal contracts for specific terms and conditions. In addition to my duties for the accounting department, the intern class also accomplished two group projects. For the first assignment, we prepared an engagement event for nearly 400 employees. This event provided a great opportunity for the interns to demonstrate their planning and organizational skills as well as hone networking and communication skills with employees throughout the company. The second endeavor involved refining communication skills for new employees within the Royall workplace and resulted in presenting our evaluation to upper management, intern managers, and mentors.
I entered my internship, nervous my classroom learning would be difficult to connect to real world applications. However, I quickly discovered most of my tasks were integral steps in the larger accounting cycle that is the basis of all accounting classes. Interacting with my coworkers and learning about their responsibilities helped solidify my choice to pursue a career in accounting."
During the summer between my junior and senior year I worked a paid internship at Frankel Zacharia, a public accounting firm in Omaha, Nebraska. In my internship I spent approximately two weeks in each of their departments (tax, audit, client services.) I found my internship to be very valuable because it allowed me to apply what I have been learning here at Morningside College to real life situations. Another benefit of my internship was that it reassured my belief that public accounting is the path I want to take after college. I enjoyed the work I did at the public accounting firm over the summer and received a full time job offer following the internship.
I worked for a distribution supply company called Tundra Restaurant Supply. It is a restaurant supply company located in Boulder, Colorado. We work with a lot of big time national restaurants such as: Chipotle, Red Robin, Applebee’s, Dairy Queen, and PF Chang’s. I had the incredible opportunity to meet with the CEO of Chipotle Steve Ells. My title was an inside sales intern for the company and my main job was to speak with restaurant owners/general managers about their recent purchases with our company. We not only worked with restaurants but we worked with service companies, hotels, nursing homes, and school districts too. My main job was that I made sure they received their products on time, they had no issues with it, did they enjoy working with us, would they use us again in the future, and if they had any other needs at this time. My biggest challenge was getting comfortable speaking with random business owners, and trying to build a relationship with them for the years to come. The thing that I learned the most from this experience was learn basic business etiquette skills, and learn how to develop advanced communication skills. These basic tools that I learned are essential to having a successful career in business. The work that I have done in the classroom at Morningside has equipped me exceptionally well for the real world.
The Accounting Club purpose is to expose students to academic and career issues related to the field of accounting. The club was formed after the introduction of two new Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting at Morningside College. This organization serves as a network tool for students to meet other individuals studying and/or working in the accounting profession. Accounting Club helps students develop leadership skills, gain an understanding of career opportunities in both private and public accounting and prepare for internship opportunities. Community and faculty advisors mentor students who wish to pursue professional certifications such as CPA, CIA, CMA and CFE.
Dr. Twyla Rosenbaum founded and advises the Accounting Club.
Creative Edge Ad Club is part of a two course sequence in Advertising studies and has been a fixture on Morningside’s campus for almost three decades. This group is affiliated with the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and competes in regional competition, as well as client-based projects. The AAF competition involved campaigns for national sponsors such as Visit Florida, Yahoo, Toyota, and Pizza Hut. Creative Edge teams were awarded First Place and Second Place in the nation in the Edventure Partners for Cadillac Case pitch to the Leo Burnett Agency and GM management teams at the General Motors Renascence Center in Detroit. Palmer Candy, Sue Bee Honey, and Security National Bank are among the regional client based projects completed.
Dr. Pam Mickelson started this group and she continues to serve as their faculty advisor.
The Entrepreneurship (E) Group spreads the spirit of entrepreneurship across the Morningside campus by informing, supporting, and inspiring college students to be entrepreneurial. The E Group has been on campus since 2004. Along with bringing successful entrepreneurs on campus to share their stories, the E Group has spawned four student businesses. E Group helps students develop leadership skills and build relationships within and outside of the business department. Members have the opportunity to attend the annual Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Conference each fall and additional opportunities like Start-Up Weeland and Big Omaha. Start-Up Morningside and Speed Networking in the spring.
Dr. Pam Mickelson advises E Group.
Two honor societies are hosted in the Accounting and Business Department.
The Morningside College Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society officially began as The Morningside College Business Honor Society in Fall 2012. Its mission is to provide advanced business knowledge and experiences as well as networking opportunities to students with a minimum GPA in business courses of 3.5 and the advisors review. The group traditionally hosts Executive in the Classroom and Recognition awards. The Society engages in opportunities to meet with community leaders, to serve the needs of the Accounting and Business Department by organizing events, and to engage in business leadership opportunities. Other activities will be planned at the discretion of the Society and/or as opportunities present themselves.
Alpha Delta Sigma is the national honorary society for advertising. Students with majors and minors in the advertising field of study and high academic standards are nominated and recognized their senior year. The honorary advertising society is affiliated with the American Advertising Federation.
Dr. Pamela L. Mickelson is the faculty advisor.