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October 16, 2023


Meet Karla Molina, a senior majroing in finance and accounting with a minor in theatre arts!

This past summer she interned with Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs. Toward the end of this internship, Karla was invited to continue working as an intern but was also offered a full-time position as an Audit Associate upon graduating this fall! The summer prior, she interned with Hancock Askew & Co. as an audit intern as well, which she found through Handshake. This experience gave Karla the confidence to start attending more career fairs, such as Toppel’s Accounting Career Fair where she actually ended up meeting with Berkowitz Pollack Brant.

As an international student wishing to gain experience in her field, Karla found it a bit challenging and intimidating to navigate the internship application process in the U.S., but she made use of Toppel’s resources, such as Handshake and career coaching, to search for opportunities, apply, and polish up her résumé.

Piece of Advice:

“Get a first internship as soon as possible! A lot of the nerves that come with interviewing and applying to internships have to do with doing it for the first time and feeling like you don’t know anything about anything yet. Apart from the fact that employers do not expect that students looking for internships know anything beforehand, by doing a first internship you will find that you learned enough to have more to say in your future interviews and your resume will stand out.”


University of Miami Virtual Info Session- MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology @ 4 PM
SGU School of Medicine Workshop: How to ace your medical school admissions interview @ 3:30 PM
Resume Remodel with Teach For America @ 6 PM
Teacher Accelerator Program (TAP) | One-on-one's @ 5 PM
Company Culture: Employee Resource Groups at Enterprise @ 1:15 PM


Questions to Ask During an Interview

Although there are many important things to do when it comes to interviewing, one that is typically overlooked is asking good questions. Toward the end of your interview, you may be ready to just get it over with, but it is imperative that you ask questions when they give you the opportunity to do so.

Asking questions not only shows that you’re interested in working with them and would like to learn more, but it also shows that you’ve done your research – especially if these questions are specific to the role. There are many ways that you can go about this, but this insightful article can give you a better insight into the type of questions you should ask and the intentions behind asking these questions.


Reading Company Reviews on Handshake

Reviews are important when it comes to making commitments, and when it comes to the job search it should be no different. With Handshake, you’re able to read reviews that fellow students have made about a company that you may be looking to work with.

How? During your search, click the “employers with reviews” box on the left-hand side under “categories”. This will bring up all the employers that have reviews on their page – sometimes they’ll even have reviews on the interview process as well! Utilizing this can help you prepare for the interview or even help you gain a better understanding of the organization overall before you commit to working with them. It is also helpful to leave reviews yourself so that other students can benefit from your experiences as well.

If you can’t find the reviews on Handshake, another great resource to use when it comes to looking for reviews is GlassDoor. As you look through some of these company reviews, it can possibly give you a good idea of whether or not you'd like working with them in the future.


How to Deal With Interview Anxiety

Let’s face it, interviews can be extremely nerve-wracking. The thought of talking with a stranger whom you hardly know and trying to convince them to hire you may seem like an impossible feat. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. In reality, interviews are simply conversations that you and the interviewer have in order to learn more about each other, your skills, and the company/role you’re applying for.

When you shift your mindset to that of just having a simple conversation with another person, it can possibly take the edge off because you’re used to having conversations with people – you’ve been doing it practically your whole life.

If you’re like most people and struggle with interview anxiety, take a look at this article that could help you overcome some of these natural feelings. One of the most important things to remember is to just be yourself. Because at the end of the day, if you’re not accepted for being yourself, then it was never the right fit for you to begin with.


Internship Opportunities

Job Postings

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Toppel Spotlight

Graphic Design Intern
KCF Technologies, Inc.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Internship
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2024 Summer Associate Internship
Upshot Capitol Advisors, LLC

Teach Math This Summer: STEM Education Fellowship
Memphis Teacher Residency

International Business Development Intern - Cipherblade - Global Leader in Crypto Investigation (Remote)

Campus Graduate - 2024 Colleague Experience Group Summer Internship
American Express

Artificial Intelligence Developer Intern
KellynKai Corporation

National Multiple Sclerosis Intern
Development Intern, Bike MS

Google Advertisement Intern (Remote)

Aggregates Engineering Intern
Titan America

2024 Operations Leadership Development Program - Full Time (Miami, FL)
Restaurant Brands International (RBI) - Burger King, Tim Hortons, Popeyes and Firehouse Subs

DJJ Therapist | Miami-Dade County
Chrysalis Health

Audit Staff
Cherry Bekaert

English Teacher Substitute (12-Week Assignment)
Ransom Everglades School

Urban Designer
Street Plans Collaborative

Motor Carrier Safety Specialist - Florida Division
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Graphic Designer
Markati Group LLC

Nuclear Regulator Apprenticeship Network
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Multiskilled Journalist

Comcast Business - Senior Analyst, Business Support & Analytics
Comcast NBCUniversal

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Alyssa Maye

Employer Engagement Intern

Meet Alyssa Maye, a sophomore Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, with minors in Psychology and Microbiology/Immunology!

Hailing from Kingston, Jamacia, she is a part of the Caribbean Students Association, JAMSA, the Biochemistry Club, the Chemistry Club, Hairology, and is a Hammond’s Scholar, as well as a Foote Fellow.

This academic year, Alyssa says she is mostly looking forward to her first microbiology lab and writing research papers. One thing Alyssa wishes she had known last semester is that your major path does not define the academic path you take, and you are free to take whichever classes interest you.

Piece of Advice:

“To fail and try again makes you a winner but to quit makes you a loser.”



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