Sigma Chapter Intern Testimonials

Mary Makarishcheva
Actuarial Science
Fall 2017

Radnor , PA

Provide a General Description of the Internship. Include daily tasks completed, the company and its employees, and any other information.
I assisted on a variety of projects. I utilized actuarial reserving methods and techniques to analyze adequacy of carried reserves. I mostly used Microsoft Excel and a company-specific actuarial modeling software. The dress code for the internship was business casual dress. On Fridays we were allowed to wear jeans. I usually worked 40 hours a week. During summer KPMG had JumpStart Fridays which means you can leave work 3 hours early providing that you had compensated for these hours earlier in the week.

Did you have a mentor?

If so, how did he/she help you during your internship?
My mentor was very helpful during my internship. She was always available to help me no with work related questions or just general ones.

Did you feel your RMI/AS classes better prepared you for the internship?
My AS and RMI 2101 classes helped me to have a necessary fundamental knowledge for my internship but I also had a lot on the job training that was essential to my work.

Interviewing/Hiring Process Comments:
After interviewing with KPMG at the Gamma intern reception, I was contacted to attend KPMG’s Inside Look Program that was 2 days long. On the first day, I’ve been given several presentations about KPMG and the internship, then I had a networking dinner where I got to meet my future managers and colleagues. The next day I had an on-site interview at Radnor. This process consisted of several interviews with different people. I was called few days after with an offer.

Were you assigned any special projects? If so please describe.
I had performed a complete reserve review for over 20 lines of business for 2015 to calculate trends and development that is used as primary benchmarks when analyzing client’s data.

What were the supplemental benefits besides the pay? (Internship Lunches, Housing, Sports Games, Happy Hours, etc.)
When we traveled to Orlando, all the traveling expenses (including meals, transportation, hotels) were covered by KPMG.

Describe the company's internship program(atmosphere, work load, work, housing, outside work activities, etc.).
KPMG has a formal training where the first few days all Philadelphia interns get familiar with KPMG’s policies, software, office practices, compliance regulations. Then we had a national training in Orlando, Florida for 1 week where we get to meet KPMG interns from all over US. In Orlando we were given a more technical training based on our practices. Overall, the atmosphere at work was fantastic. Everyone from a first year associate to a partner were willing to help and answer as many questions as possible.

Was the internship what you expected after the interviewing/hiring process?

Were you provided time off besides the weekend?
You were able to request a few days off but you just had to notify your manager at least a week in advance.

If you had to relocate, describe the process of adapting to a new city.

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