Albright accounting, economics and finance major, Cierra Reichert ’21, began interning as a staff accountant with The Loomis Company at the end of her sophomore year.
A year later, she received two different job offers from companies impressed with her work – one close to home, and another with The Loomis Company that would begin after graduation. Choosing the full time position at Loomis, Reichert is continuing her internship and starting her new position training – all while finishing up her senior college year.
“[The accounting field] is definitely never dull for sure, which is a huge plus,” said Reichert. “My supervisor and the CFO (Albright alumnus Chris Barto ’88) have a lot in store for my coworkers and me over the next few years and that is something I cannot wait to experience at this company.”
Reichert understood the value of interning early on, having completed two internships before college.
“I interned with the business department for my high school, helping with monthly bank reconciliations, contributing to a few accounts payable and receivable projects,” explained Reichert, who was also afforded an inside-look at the school’s yearly audit process before taking on a second internship, performing data entry for Evans Delivery company.
Albright Accounting Professor, Gertrude Eguae-Obazee, D.B.A., helped Reichert connect for an interview with The Loomis Company. As an alumnus, Loomis’s Chief Financial Officer has first-hand understanding of the value of an Albright education. He stays connected with the college by serving as vice president of the Alumni Association Board.
“I had an interview and was offered the intern position two hours later,” said Reichert. “As a Loomis intern I have done everything from filing and folding letters to independently working on big projects for a few of the supervisors. I have done a little bit of everything in regards to bank recons and journal entries – and the list goes on.”
“All three [internships] provided me with tools to better grow in accounting,” she said. “The experience as a whole has been unforgettable. The other members of the accounting department really make you feel like a party of the family. It’s one I will never forget.”