Abiral Pandey is not a golfer, in fact he is the treasurer of George Mason University’s Tennis Club. However, he scored a hole in one with a finance and accounting internship with the PGA Tour in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida last summer.
As an intern, Abiral gained valuable real-world professional experience, such as designing performance analysis reports for senior management and reviewing legal contracts. His business classes at Mason helped prepare him for success with the tour.
“Everything I learned in my [ACCT 203: Survey of Accounting] course at Mason was directly applicable to my work in the [tour’s] accounting department,” he said. “When I moved to the finance department, I felt more involved and found more projects I could be creative with. I had just started taking finance courses at Mason, so I was able to use my real-world experience from those classes.”
The School of Business’ Career Services office also played an instrumental role in helping Abiral obtain this unique professional experience. From reviewing resumes, to helping draft a cover letter, to preparing for interviews, Career Services connects students with employers and shows them how to stand out in a highly competitive job and internship market.
While golf may still not be his favorite sport, Abiral’s experience gave him appreciation for the sports industry, the opportunity to network , and insight into post-graduation job opportunities.
Read more about Abiral’s internship experience in an article featured on Mason’s website, “Junior’s Internship with the PGA Tour is Dead Solid Perfect.”