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2015 Summer Internship Spotlight: BaLeigh Waldrop, PwC

Trevor Bell

July 8, 2015

Name: BaLeigh Waldrop

Major: 150-hour Program in Accounting (Taxation)

Hometown: Hobbs, New Mexico

ExpectedGraduationDate: August 2016

Internship: PwC

BaLeigh Waldrop is set to graduate from the Rawls College with both her bachelor's and master's degrees in Accounting, with a concentration in Taxation. Since joining Texas Tech and the Rawls College of Business four years ago, BaLeigh has been an active member in many organizations across campus. She has been involved in Student Government Association, where she served as President of the Student Senate last year; Chancellor's Ambassadors; Red Raider Camp; Mortar Board; Women's Leadership Institute; and the Honors College. Additionally, she was honored with the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and CollegesAward for her excellence in leadership, academics, citizenship and community involvement. Prior to graduation in August, BaLeigh secured an internship with PwC to help further develop her skills and position herself for success in the professional world. Learn more about BaLeigh's internship experience this summer in the Q&A below.

What are your responsibilities at PwC?

At PwC, I am in the Industry Services Group and serve as an intern for my assigned client engagement team. I am responsible for getting a portion of the relevant information ready for our client's corporate tax returns. I take the information the client gives us and turn it into useful information for my team applicable to the services we are engaged to perform. I work on a variety of different kinds of information including depreciation reports, book to tax adjustments, and dividend eliminations. I am the first contact with this information and it helps my team to get started on the engagement.

How have the skills and knowledge gained at the Rawls College transferred to your internship?

I am extremely grateful for how the Rawls has prepared me for this internship. My coursework up until this point has been spot on with my day-to-day work. Because of the experiences I've received through my education and leadership development at the Rawls College, I feel prepared each day and am confident in the assignments I'm given.

How did the Career Management Center help you obtain your internship?

The CMC was a major asset in helping me land this internship. I didn't go through Meet the Firms, so I had to find connections on my own. The CMC connected me with the right recruiters to help me get interviews with the companies I was interested in.

What advice would you offer students looking to obtain a great internship?

If I had to give any advice to students looking for internships, I would tell them to not underestimate the power of networking. It is very helpful to have connections. The other thing I would tell students is that internships are very important. They are a fantastic opportunity to try out your future career and figure out what you do and don't like. I'm grateful that I'm getting professional experience before I start working full-time after graduation. It is helping me learn how to make the most of my last year at Texas Tech.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.