Intern Update: Adam Craig

Adam Craig

Accounting, College of Business, Influence, and Information Analysis

RMF Steel Company - Accounting Intern

My internship is a major part of life at this point. I work around 25 hours a week on top of taking 16 credit hours, and I feel like that is good preparation for when I graduate and get a full-time position. A day at my internship entails primarily figuring how much the company’s jobs cost them. To do this, I get a job folder that has a summary sheet that I put different amounts on for direct material cost, direct labor cost, manufacturing overhead cost, any subcontractors that we used and any freight that was also used. These folders contain different invoices used for the job, a sheet that has job hours – used to find manufacturing overhead – and direct labor cost. I have to print of a bill of materials for each job and these can be either large or small depending upon how big the job is. Usually they are between 5 and 160 materials. The materials different in the type of steel or plastic they are, the length, and the shape of the material.

Some advice I would give to other students who are thinking about an internship would be to do it. It has positively impacted my life. It is another level of responsibility I have on top of school. Though, this may cause some stress, it has definitely helped me to prepare for what life after college will be like. One of the more important things that I have learned from my internship is simply how to act in a professional environment. All of my jobs prior to my internship were at a golf course or in the admissions office so I had no real idea how exactly an office workplace would feel like. Another reason I would suggest getting an internship is because it can help you figure out what type of a job you want after you graduate.