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Intern Spotlight: Rebecca DePietro

What attracted you to IFAC when you joined?

The idea of working in an innovative environment is what brought me to IFAC. Reading about all of the unique policies and standards that the organization handles was rather appealing, and I wanted to be a part of it!

What types of projects did you work on?

I was able to take part in working on The Collective, a forum for youth within the accountancy space to share ideas and network. I also took part in data mapping competency standards from a variety of professional accountancy organizations (PAOs), which will help to create more universal standards within the accountancy profession.

What’s the most valuable skill you gained from your internship?

The most valuable skill I gained during my time at IFAC would be research and analysis skills. Going into my internship, I had research skills that would apply to projects and academic research papers. Now, I have gained research skills that have a more impactful outcome; I can more effectively research and collect data.

What have you learned about the accounting profession that surprised you?

One thing I learned is how different standards for accountants around the globe are. I knew different countries had varying ways to get to equivalent points in a given profession, but I did not realize how much the U.S varied from the rest of the world.

What advice do you have for prospective interns at IFAC?

I would tell an incoming intern to network as much as they can! IFAC is full of incredible employees with an extremely diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. You will meet so many outstanding human beings that have so much to offer.