Written by: Erin Frederick
I have entered my third week of work and am starting to finally grasp the project, client, and team. It is a relief that I can now execute some of the same procedures and policies shown to me the first few days on my own. This internship has already been exceptionally challenging because everything is brand new and I am completely out of my element. Not even the software I used for most of my work week I have ever seen before (with the exception of Excel and the occasional word document). Although I did intern with Accenture last summer, the work I am doing now is completely different.
While my internship is with Accenture, I have not been in the Accenture office in about 4 weeks. I am working actually at the Aon office, who is my client. Aon is a worldwide insurance and risk management firm. For my project, Aon has hired Accenture to build a centralized accounting system so that everything is done online and automatically. At OSU, we use Buckeyelink to schedule class, pay tuition, and check our grades. Essentially we are building a “Buckeyelink” for AON to record their accounts payable, general ledger, journal entries, invoices, expenses, and about another 50 items.
My team consists of about 10 people who work 50+ hours a week to get the job done. This specific project has been going on for over five years and has deployed already in 18 countries. As of July 1st, Accenture will add three more countries to the software. The task and work may seem simple enough but when you add in different currencies, vendors, accounting standards and perhaps some old and outdated procedures, the work piles up!
This summer I have two main responsibilities:
Needless to say I have a busy summer ahead of me! I have already learned so much. I am not a technology savvy person at all, but working in databases and queries has made me reconsider taking a few MIS classes.
Until next time, Erin Frederick