Anderson University junior Dorothy Clements, an accounting major, landed a paid internship this summer in Oklahoma City. After a tedious journey including phone interviews and lots of waiting, Clements was selected for an internship at SandRidge Energy.
SandRidge Energy focuses on the exploration and production of oil. Clements first learned about the organization through peers who had interned with SandRidge in the past. She was then encouraged by her advisor Cindy Peck to apply for the internship. “I am excited to go out on my own and gain independence,” said Clements.
Clements is conducting record-keeping tasks and helping with accounting work. “Most of my time is spent in various departments, so I get to learn a little of everything,” said Clements, who wants to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible before graduation. “I want to soak up as much as I can while interning at SandRidge so that I will be an asset wherever I end up.”
Clements was not always as sold on accounting as she is today. When first starting college, she wanted to be a math teacher. After a few education classes, she decided to try some business classes and began talking to her present advisor, Cindy Peck. After a few accounting classes and conversations with Peck, she knew that this was what God had called her to do. Despite the change in majors, Clements has always wanted to do something in math. “I’ve always been a ‘left brain’ kind of girl,” said Clements. “Accounting and logical thinking just clicks for me.”
Mark Motluck, associate professor of accounting and business, believes Clements was well prepared to intern in the corporate environment. “SandRidge selects our best and brightest students for their internship program, and she is an excellent student,” said Motluck.
Motluck believes the internship will show Clements different elements of accounting that will help her figure out what side of the business she wants pursue after graduation. “Most students who come to AU and major in accounting think that working in public accounting is their best option upon graduation, but this internship will show the side of private accounting,” said Motluck.
Melanie Peddicord, assistant professor of accounting and business, also believes Clements’ work ethic played a big part in securing her internship at SandRidge. “She is very articulate and engaging, and she conducts herself in a very professional manner,” said Peddicord.
Peddicord said internships help students begin connecting with others for future endeavors after college. “This is a great way to develop relationships and networks that students can call for support throughout their careers,” said Peddicord.
As for her future, Clements wants to combine her love for nonprofit organizations and accounting. She also plans to become a certified public and management accountant. “I do not know where I will land after graduation, but I know that God will reveal it to me,” said Clements.
— Kelli Webster is a junior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in communication arts. Webster is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.