Kemche Michalic ’20 is an Accounting major at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). Since moving to America from the Philippines in 2011, Michalic has accomplished a lot in her personal and professional life. Not only is Michalic happily married, but she’s enjoying life as a mom. Her latest accomplishment was landing an internship as an underwriter at Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance (HSB).
“I had an amazing experience at HSB. Not only does HSB treat their employees well, but I truly enjoyed the people and work culture,” said Michalic.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management in the Philippines, Michalic had to restart her academic journey in America. First, she earned her GED, followed by her associate’s degree in Business from Tunxis Community College. Now, she’s completing her senior year at USJ. When asked why she chose accounting, she said “I was fascinated with numbers, thinking, and learning how to project and balance your finances. I fell in love with accounting.”
As an intern, some of her responsibilities included completing business analytics, calculating loss ratios, pricing products, and researching. Her favorite course at USJ has been “Financial Management” with Eric M. Chen, J.D., associate professor of Business Administration. His overriding passion is preparing students for jobs and he encouraged Michalic to pursue this opportunity even though she was nervous to take on her first internship.
Going forward, she plans to become a Certified Public Accountant and pursue a career in corporate. Her greatest lesson has been learning that “Everything you do has a purpose. Your contributions truly make a difference to your company.” In addition, she’d love to become an accounting professor in the future.
Want to learn more about internship opportunities? USJ’s Career Development Center provides all students and alumni with career planning services and resources, individual counseling sessions, workshops, and more.