There sat the 16th president of the United States, staring down upon the National Mall from his white marble chair. There stood College of Idaho junior Hunter Brodt, looking up at the 19-foot statue of Abraham Lincoln on his first visit to the nation’s capital.
Brodt’s phone rang. A representative from Deloitte, a professional services company, was on the other end.
After a day of interviews, the kid from the small liberal arts school in Caldwell would learn if he had received an internship with one of the biggest accounting companies in the world.
“Deloitte and the Big Four (Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers) offer a ton of education and career development, which is what interests me in those companies specifically,” said Brodt, who is a political economy and accounting double major. “As far as accounting…I realized that taxes are something that I’m interested in on the political economy side and it’s something I can transition into with my accounting major.”
A day earlier, Brodt had traveled from Boise to Washington, D.C. en route to one of the biggest moments of his life. After months of networking with C of I alumni who had connections to Deloitte, Brodt secured an opportunity to interview for an internship with the highly selective company.
Receiving around 500,000 applications per year, Deloitte hires 17,000, or 3.5 percent—an acceptance rate lower than Harvard University.
It wasn’t until going through the interview process and talking to his Delta Tau Delta brothers at George Washington University that Brodt learned how competitive the internship was. The accounting majors at GWU consider the Big Four the best place to start a career, and only a few are chosen by on-campus recruiters to interview for internships.
“I think networking through College of Idaho alumni and talking to professors, I was able to make an opportunity that wouldn’t have presented itself naturally,” Brodt said.
The day of his interview, he woke up at 8 a.m., had breakfast and then turned his attention to the two interviews at hand. They were not technical in nature, but discussion based. Knowing they can develop any willing person, Deloitte seemed to be looking for a personality to match, Brodt said.
“Doing internships, such as with the Caldwell Economic Development Department, early in my schooling helped me gain an appreciation for what employers expect from their interns and employees,” Brodt said about being prepared for the interview. “And just being generally involved on campus, through clubs and my fraternity Delta Tau Delta, and talking to teachers a lot has been helpful. I think being comfortable with talking to elders or people who are in a higher position than you really helps.”
And as Brodt stood on the phone, at the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial, he found out he’ll make a return trip to D.C. this summer. His 10-week internship begins two weeks after the end of spring term.
“As a political economy/accounting double major and being actively involved on campus, Hunter epitomizes how a College of Idaho liberal arts education prepares you for the real world,” said C of I accounting instructor John Danielson. “Hunter is completely involved and engaged in his preparation for a career and it is really paying off. I’m really excited to see where his path will lead next.”
The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.