Abiral Pandey, finance major, spent 10 weeks of his summer break in Florida interning with the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) TOUR. Pandey worked as a corporate finance and accounting intern for the professional sports organization. He was responsible for designing performance analysis reports for senior management and reviewing legal contracts to ensure they were in compliance with the new revenue recognition standard.
When searching for summer internships, he was immediately drawn to the PGA TOUR internship posting. Pandey visited School of Business Career Services to help make himself a viable candidate.
“School of Business Career Services helped me tremendously. Kaleb and Juliann went over my resume numerous times and helped me prepare for my interviews. If any student is applying for an internship, I strongly recommend stopping by Career Services,” he said.
Pandey said his coursework at the School of Business also helped prepare him for his internship. “I took an accounting class right before the internship and when I came to the Tour, I had to work on journal entries and balance sheet reconciliations. It was cool to see that whatever I had learned was directly applicable in real life work experience,” he said.
Pandey said he learned the importance of networking during his internship. One of his internship highlights was having lunch with PGA Tour Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ken Sharkey. He also advises other students seeking internships to apply as early as possible. “Find recruiters on LinkedIn, ask them questions, and let them know you are interested,” he said.
In addition to working part-time during the academic semesters, Pandey is involved with the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society as a senior advisor, and serves on the national board of ALD as a student member-at-large to help make policy decisions for the organization. He also serves as treasurer for George Mason Club Tennis.
Pandey plans on looking for another internship with an investment bank or management/consulting company, where he’d like to continue working after graduation in spring 2020.