Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Popp, Gray & Hutcheson

Fall 2009 Site Review

Student: Government Senior
Position: Research & Accounting Intern

The internship at Popp, Gray & Hutcheson, LLC required me to be at work Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 8:30 to 5:30 and minimum time was allowed or even possible to take off from work.  My day starts at 8:30 a.m., and it usually takes me about ten to fifteen minutes to settle in.  On Monday mornings we have a “Monday Morning Meeting” that gives us updates on projects and any new news and/or deadlines.  I then go to the people I work with directly to check up on projects and make sure everyone is on the same page.  Communication is crucial.  I then continue the project I am on for the half the day.  Since I work from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. it is very important to take small breaks during the day and an hour lunch.  If I didn’t take small breaks during the day, my brain would probably explode.  My roles and responsibilities vary greatly from day to day.  Sometimes I work in Accounting on bills to send out to clients and enter billing information to calling every county in Texas to find out that years tax rates for each one.  Some days require entering data while others require auditing data.  Even though many of my projects involve groups of people, I was solely responsible for making sure my part was completed by the deadline without any assistance from others in the group.  If I did not show up to work or if I took a day off, my part would not be finished and everyone else would suffer as well.  This internship entails complete dedication of your time and effort.

Fall 2008 Site Review

Student: Government Junior
Position: Runner

Popp, Gray & Hutcheson, LLP expects their interns to be prompt, professional, and. An intern is expected not only to arrive on time ready to work, but there is a motto: “To be early is to be on time and to be on time is to be late”. When you arrive to work, if you are not already working on some project/task, it is expected of you to ask the supervisor for any assignments or certain job. These may include anything from scanning and uploading documentation into a client-database, calling county appraisal districts for information, preparing bills for clients or even packets for the attorneys. Anytime there is a errand or run that requires an intern to go offsite, they enter it onto a runner sheet giving the name of the runner, destination, and for who the run is for; once an intern returns, he or she fills in the completed section, then sends an e-mail informing that the run is done.

Luckily, I have received special assignments from the partners at the firm which had specific instructions and met strict deadlines, but I was shown more respect and acknowledgement for my commitment to the quality of the project.
With most intern jobs, there will be some extremely simple, mind-numbing duties that need to be done. Mine was the “beginning and end of day tasks” which consisted of starting coffee in the morning, loading the dishwasher, making sure the sodas in the fridge stayed plentiful, changing out a server tape, and filing up the copier with paper. I can almost guarantee you these will be apart of most internships, especially in the beginning when one is settling into the job.

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