Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson

Summary

As I contemplate my graduation from Oakland University as an Accounting major and begin my search for a career, it is crucial I that find work I will be passionate about. During my experiences at Oakland University and my recent internships I have realized that I want to change lives. I get genuinely excited about working with people and helping others. That is what I want my career to be about.

This has inspired me to plan a post graduation mission trip to Haiti. I will be visiting three schools, an orphanage, and a clinic. My group plans to install an electric well at the clinic to provide them with running water as well as a swing set for the children at each of the three schools. I am overwhelmed with excitement about my trip and the chance to meet and learn about the inspirational people who live there.

At Oakland I’ve been a four year NCAA collegiate athlete in Cross Country and Track and Field.  That experience has taught me dedication, determination, and the principles of hard work.

I have also participated in numerous volunteer roles including Project SHALOM, Fundraisers, and helping at the Special Olympics. These volunteer experiences have been some of the most rewarding work I have done.

My hope is to find a position that will allow me to work with and help others as well as combine my passions for humanities and business.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2010 - Present

Information Commons/Accounting Intern

Oakland Univesity Kresge Library

As an accounting major I have had the ability to gain classroom experience in financial accounting, managerial accounting, accounting information systems, cost accounting, tax, and auditing.  Additionally, I have gained practical experience through my internship at the Information Commons in the Kresge Library.  My internship entails working directly with the Assistant Dean to coordinate the accounting processes and procedures that deal with the Library’s $6 million annual budget.  I also update the Library’s accounting information system which provides a graphical dashboard to all departmental managers regarding their budget and expenses using an Access Database. A more detailed list of my tasks is as follows:

¨ Process and prepare payment and journal vouchers for invoices for 10 departmental funds   - $6million annual budget

¨ Verify and prepare bi-weekly payroll for student employees in Kresge Library (20 employees)

¨ Perform monthly reconciliation on 10 departmental funds to meet internal audit standards.

¨ Prepare monthly cost reports in a fiscal Dashboard system for Dean and other department managers.

¨ Participated in technology mentoring for students involving application problems, software, and related   technology issues.

¨ Coordinated all front desk operations including customer service, appointment setting, and equipment   tutorials.

¨ Provided and developed practical customer service strategies and skills.

Apr 2011 - Sep 2011

Finance/Accounting Intern

Great Lakes Loons/Michigan Baseball Foundation

This past summer I had the opportunity to intern for the Great Lakes Loons and the Michigan Baseball Foundation. In this position, I learned about the variety of ways accounting is linked to the rest of the organization and gained a passion for the team environment as well as the charitable foundation aspect. I did all the normal financial tasks but I especially enjoyed helping organize and volunteering at two charitable silent auctions and two youth camps at Dow Diamond for The Michigan Baseball Foundation. The following is a more detailed breakdown of my daily tasks:

¨ Audited daily ticket sales balance sheet and other reports to ensure revenue accuracy and made daily   deposits.

¨ Researched and analyzed previous years merchandise invoices to track annual royalties received.

¨ Developed a system to track all Special Event orders and payments.

¨ Operated Cash Room on game nights including handling, verification, and depositing of all incoming   cash.

¨ Recorded daily deposits for 3 separate company accounts via QuickBooks system.

¨ Paid bills to vendors and recorded payments in QuickBooks system.

¨ Helped organize and run two charitable silent auctions and two youth camps at Dow Diamond.

Education

Education
Sep 2007 - Dec 2011

Bachelor of Science

Oakland University