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Barbara De Almeida

Major/concentration: Business Administration, Finance & Accounting 

Hometown: Waltham, MA

Internship position: Ernst & Young in Boston

Tell us about your internship.

I have been assigned to clients, mostly banks and hedge funds, where I work with groups on different projects. The projects include preparing and auditing tax provisions, preparing tax compliance workbooks, preparing and filing extensions and tax returns, as well as calculating the allocation of tax liability and preparing K-1s to each individual partner in the hedge funds. 

What has been the biggest surprise for you so far?

The biggest surprise has been the freedom that I have to make my own schedule as well as work from home if I feel like it. Tasks are given to me on a schedule telling me the date I need to pass my work on to be reviewed and the date the reviewer will get back to me with comments. So it is up to me when, where, and how I work on those. 

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?

The most important lesson I learned was to be proactive. Reaching out to ask for what needs to be done beforehand and doing research during down time to learn more about the upcoming project goes a long way.