Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business


Gaining real-world experience

Gaining real-world experience

After completing her internship, Stefanski was offered a full-time position. She offers these reflections on her internship and academic experiences.

As a student in the Quinlan School of Business, I completed my degree in Accounting. Over the course of my five years in the undergraduate program, I truly received a well-rounded education that included challenging courses and a number of opportunities for campus involvement. The accounting department as a whole was instrumental in my career choice. In particular, I worked extensively with Professor Lisa Gillespie and Dr. Brian Stanko, the current chair of the department. In conjunction with my coursework, I completed four internships at firms in the Chicagoland area to further develop myself as a professional. The variety of internships provided me with a better understanding of the different ways in which I could use my degree after graduation. 

A key part of my undergraduate experience included my involvement in student organizations on campus. As President of Beta Alpha Psi, I worked closely with Business Career Services and the Accounting department to maintain the relationship that Quinlan has with firms in the Chicagoland area. This provided me with the unique opportunity to develop myself as both a professional and as a leader. As President of Delta Sigma Pi, I expanded my network and recruited new members to sustain and grow the chapter. My time on the executive board enhanced my leadership and communication skills which are vital to success in the workplace. In the Spring semester of my fourth year, I completed a full-time winter internship at Deloitte working in the audit practice. The ten-week internship provided me with an unparalleled experience that ultimately led to a full-time job offer with the firm. My time as an intern allowed me to see first-hand what auditing entails and thus solidified my decision to enter the field. I am truly grateful to everyone in Quinlan that helped me navigate my undergraduate and career paths.  

Julie Stefanski

Employer: Deloitte 

Title: Audit Associate

Grad Date: May 2015

Majors: BBA Accounting

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