Justin Thorn '13
Two internships prepared Randolph-Macon College student Justin Thorn ’13
for opportunities and success after graduation.
Thorn is an accounting major who spent January
Term (J-term) interning at Genworth
Financial in Richmond, Virginia. Under the guidance of Financial Analyst Kevin Odoi,
Thorn tested internal controls to make sure that Genworth is in compliance with
the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Sarbanes-Oxley is a bill passed by Congress in 2002 so that
companies and their investors are protected against theft and fraud.
Thorn prepared for his month at Genworth by meeting with his internship advisor,
R-MC Economics/Business Professor
Paul Sikkar, and with Cathy Rollman, the director of professional development in
the Center for Personal and Career Development, which also houses
The EDGE. The internship gave him the opportunity
to apply what he had learned in the classroom to real-world situations.
“It was great to learn firsthand how to perform internal control tests—something
I’d read about in class—and I realized that my R-MC education set the foundation
for what I experienced in the workplace.”
A spring 2013 internship at Admiral Administration, a global hedge fund administrator
in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, gave Thorn even more hands-on experience. It also led
to a job offer. After graduation, Thorn will begin working as a fund accountant
at Admiral Administration.
“Admiral uses a variety of systems that allow for financial information to be stored
and organized easily,” says Thorn of his internship. “I also ran various reports
that ultimately end up in the month-end NAV (Net Asset Value) work papers. NAV work
papers allow for investors to have a good understanding on how the fund in performing.
I’m very excited to have a great full-time job after graduation. I am happy to see
my hard work pay off!”
Yellow Jacket Pride
Thorn is a member of Kappa Alpha Order
fraternity and has been involved in many
community-service projects, including Adopt-a-Highway. His Yellow Jacket
pride is evident when he describes the R-MC community.
“The relationships you form at R-MC are incredible,” he says. “Faculty and staff
truly care about students—that’s something you won’t find everywhere. My advisor,
Accounting Professor Cathy Staples, is a great example of that. She’s always available
to answer any questions. She cares about her students and will do anything to help.”
For 30 years, R-MC’s Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in internships in the U.S. and around the
globe. The Bassett Internship Program works closely with students to help identify
their interests and match them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
alumni provide a strong network of support for students
throughout their time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with
career direction and opportunities.
Students may choose to pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in a wide
variety of settings; recent internships have seen R-MC students gaining valuable
knowledge and experience in fields including health care, finance, non-profit, communications
and media, education, politics and law, and the arts.
The Randolph-Macon http://www.rmc.edu/offices/career.aspx,
the cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career
Development, helps students lead the pack when competing for jobs and top
graduate schools. Students have the support of faculty, career coaches, alumni and
staff as they focus on their personal and academic ambitions.