This summer we will be hearing from W. M. Jordan’s Interns as they spend time learning in the field and in the office. Today, we hear from Nathanial Craner, W. M. Jordan’s first ever Accounting Intern. A student at Christopher Newport University, Nathanial will continue to work with our Newport News office throughout his school year.
Coming into my first day of my W.M. Jordan internship in May, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I did know that I wanted to be a part of a company that exceeds expectations from its clients as well as one that continues to develop itself not only externally but internally. I quickly learned that W.M. Jordan does just that. It was only in a matter of days that I experienced the tight-knit culture and family feeling that one hopes to find when entering a new workplace.
Learning that I was the first ever accounting intern made me anxious. I would be the one to set the tone for future accounting interns, as well as hopefully open the door for more to have this opportunity. I was nervous not knowing if they would be able to keep me busy on a day-to-day basis or even the opposite and overload me with too much work. However, I can proudly say that the team at Jordan knows what they are doing. The team talks about the work with me in a clear manner. There is always something to do that keeps me engaged and challenged.
I am extremely grateful for the projects/tasks that I have gotten to work on this summer. They have allowed me to understand and wrap my head around the accounting process in the construction industry. I have learned how important the little details really are.
I have had the opportunity of working on many different projects this summer, such as with Job Forecasts where on a month to month basis I work with spreadsheets that highlight the major numbers on our jobs. Some smaller projects include processing supplier invoices within our system as well as ensuring that our Subcontractor’s insurance is up to date and accurate. Lately, I have been working a lot with Job Cost and Variance reports that outline different cost types and show how the numbers are spread throughout a project.
I couldn’t be happier and more thankful for the experience I’ve gained thus far. Learning what everyone does in the department on a day to day basis has really allowed me to see the bigger picture of the industry and how it all ties together. I have learned more in these past two months than I thought I ever would, and I can confidently say that it will benefit me in the classroom and in my career.
The people that I work with have made this summer an even more enjoyable experience. Their support and guidance show that the type of community and workplace W.M. Jordan strives for is something special.
All in all, working for Jordan this summer has been a blessing and I wouldn’t have it any other way.