One of the factors that drew senior Jennifer Taniguchi to Creighton four years ago was the number of internship opportunities the Heider College of Business affords its students. She has taken ample advantage of this program strength, having worked five different internships as an undergraduate finance and accounting double major.
Taniguchi has been a dealer indirect lending intern at the Bank of Hawaii; has held three separate finance internships in Union Pacific’s real estate, revenue accounting and accounts payable departments; and, most recently, has served as an audit intern in Deloitte LLP’s Omaha office.
Networking is essential to landing internships, says Taniguchi. In addition to checking Jobs4Jays frequently, she attended career fairs and receptions hosted by local corporations, like the Union Pacific Executive Reception. Deloitte invited her to its Envision Sophomore Leadership Conference after meeting her at Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) accounting honor society events and career fairs.
“I truly believe that attending many networking events with Union Pacific and Deloitte helped me to gain internships with these companies,” Taniguchi says.
The experiential learning opportunities available through the Heider College of Business also appealed to Taniguchi. She has been active in Beta Alpha Psi, traveling to St. Louis, Mo. in spring 2017 to attend BAP’s regional meeting and then to Anaheim, California for its national meeting. Taniguchi is on the Creighton Business Symposium executive team and is part of the 2017-2018 Portfolio Practicum cohort. As such, she spends a good deal of time in the state-of-the-art Heider Securities Investment and Analysis Center. “It has over 10 Bloomberg terminals, which was a larger amount than any other university I was looking at,” Taniguchi recalls.
Initially, she intended to pursue a career in investment banking, as she was drawn to these terminals. But she discovered an affinity for accounting, believing it to be “the true language of business.” Plus, it is foundational to other business careers and “will definitely help me if I one day pursue investments,” says Taniguchi. But for now she plans to join Deloitte’s Omaha office as an audit associate after graduating in May.
Creighton has helped her grow both academically and spiritually. The Heider College of Business, likewise, has supplied the technical skills to succeed in the business world while giving her the ethical footing to make the difficult decisions and promote justice.
“There is truly a place for everyone at Creighton as there are numerous majors and extracurricular activities to choose from,” says Taniguchi. “People care for one another here and want to see one another excel in whatever they choose to pursue.”