Advice From a Continuous Learner

February 9, 2017
Lubin alumnus Shahzaib Khan '17

Shahzaib Khan

AVP, Citi

Class of 2017
BBA/MBA in Public Accounting

Member Of: Beta Alpha Psi, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society

Shahzaib Khan '17 from Brooklyn, New York, is a public accounting major on our NYC campus. Shahzaib is a member of Beta Alpha Psi (where he won 3rd Place Best Practice Regional Competition), Lambda Sigma Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Shahzaib says that the best thing about his internship is that he's learning something new everyday. He encourages other students to take this time in their college-lives to shine! We think that's pretty sage advice from a college junior.

Where are you interning this fall?

I am interning at Nasdaq, Inc. in their Tax Department. I have previously interned at AXA Advisors LLC, Deutsche Bank and Deloitte LLP.

What have you been working on at your internship? Has it sparked an interest in a career/area of study you hadn't already thought about? Or has it confirmed that you are on the right path?

At Nasdaq I have been analyzing and assisting in the preparation of federal, state and local corporate income taxes for most of Nasdaq's domestic and international entities. I also received the opportunity to assist in the preparation of financial statement tax provisions and the reconciliations of liability and expense accounts. On the other hand, the best part is I am being exposed to many tax forms and understanding their importance. I feel that from the support of my supervisor and my tax team I am growing professionally and personally every day. Most definitely this has helped me realized that I am on the right path and ready to tackle any challenges the future holds for me.

Do you believe your internship experience has helped to prepare you for your future?

My internship at Nasdaq, Inc. has definitely prepared me for the future. By working with many tax professionals in my department I have developed more skills and have learned what it takes to be successful. I have learned that to be successful, not only hard work is required, but building a passion for what you are doing is what will make you succeed even more. At the same time you should always be energetic and have a positive attitude no matter what situation you are in.

My internship at Nasdaq has definitely prepared me for the future. By working with many tax professionals in my department I have developed more skills and have learned what it takes to be successful.

Any advice for other Lubin students looking for internships?

My advice would be to absolutely join a business organization. I am currently a part of Beta Alpa Psi, an academic Honor Society for Accounting, Finance and Information Technology students. The benefits are huge, and so are the networking opportunities! You receive the opportunity to meet different recruiters every week, from top firms such as Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Pwc… you name it. Beta Alpha Psi also gives you the opportunity to compete in case competitions, where you get to shine and present in front of recruiters. This is what makes recruiters remember you and is also a resume booster! Also I suggest starting internships early rather than waiting till junior year. This will help build your resume and show recruiters that not only have you been working hard in school, but that you are eager to learn even more by interning. No job is too big or too small, you will always be learning at the end of the day. No matter what internship you do, you will always learn and that is the most important thing. Especially if you have a passion for something which isn't related to your major, go for it! But also remember to stay focused on your major as well. This is your time to shine!