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A summer internship with Phillips 66 is taking Emporia State University graduate student Matt Haefele directly into a full-time job.

He is studying for a master’s degree in accountancy and has been assigned to work in a new headquarters building completed in July. This was his second internship with Phillips 66.

Haefele said that being very active in classes and on campus contributed immensely to his understanding in how to communicate and how to work with others, though he said there was a steep learning curve. Several class projects at Emporia State had refined his communications style, too, and the internship helped him improve significantly and to apply and refine what he had learned in classes.

“A foundation of accounting and business was needed in order to begin to understand how Phillips 66 operated and how to do my job,” he explained. “School is abstract where work is application. However, there were several classes that helped me pick up on the new information environment fast.”

As inventory accounting analyst for the summer, Haefele reconciled inventory between statements and accounting books and tested new systems and processes being implemented for the group to which he had been assigned. He gave a presentation to mid-level managers on a special area of interest — cap and trade and low carbon fuel standards in California. Ample background information was available within company records to explain the impact, he said.

“I also learned the structure of the regulations and the ultimate goal, which is to move all of California to wind and solar power,” Haefele added.

He initially had thought that because he likes to be open to new opportunities, he might move on to new horizons as they present themselves. Now, he will consider them and perhaps put them aside. The internship solidified his desire for a career in accounting and helped him realize his strengths and passions.

“I really like the company that I interned with and can see myself working there for a long time,” Haefele said.