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Q&A with Intern Trisha Mathewson

July 17, 2020
Name: Trisha Mathewsontrisha_2020intern_webblog-(1).jpg
Title: TMA Accounting Intern
Location: Moundridge, KS
Hometown: Axtell, KS
College: McPherson College

Why did you choose to pursue an internship with MKC/TMA?
I chose to pursue an internship with TMA because I was able to combine two things that I enjoy: agriculture and accounting. I knew this was going to be a great experience that would help in the future. I wanted to get a real-world experience with accounting that would help me better understand all of the concepts that I learned in the classroom. 

What does a day in the life of an MKC/TMA intern in your role look like?
Each week we receive freight details from all the TMA locations which includes loads of wheat, soybeans and corn that are approved and then the merchandisers bring it back to us in order to pay each week. I am also responsible for entering our daily hedges into AgTrax, the advanced accounting software that TMA uses. I also get to help post weights and official grades in order to finalize settlements of our commodities. In this process, I am making sure the bushel quantities and dollar amounts match.

What has been the most exciting or interesting thing you’ve learned so far?
The most interesting thing I have learned is how different accounting is in the agricultural industry. Not only do you have to worry about the dollar amount, but also the bushel quantities. It is exciting to see them both match up!

What is one thing you have learned in your college education that you’ve been able to apply to your experience this summer?
All of my accounting classes that I have taken have proven to be beneficial with this internship. Although I am not an ag business major, the accounting principles are still the same.
 
What have you gained from your internship experience that you will carry with you in the future?
Having someone rely on you for something that you have never done before can be intimidating, but can also instill a lot of confidence in you. I am so grateful I took a step out of my comfort zone and applied for this internship as it has given me many life skills that I will carry throughout all aspects of my future.
 
Posted: 7/17/2020 12:57:25 PM by Katlin Allton | with 0 comments
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