March 3, 2014
Margaret Eggers will graduate with a master’s of accountancy this year and no worries about a job. Thanks to an internship last summer, she has already secured a position with a Big Four accounting firm.
“Millsaps helped me create a competitive resume, prepare for upcoming interviews, and provided me with the knowledge I needed to excel in my internship, which ended up becoming a full-time job offer,” said Eggers, who is from Baton Rouge, La.
She will start work in August as a staff 1 auditor at Ernst & Young in New Orleans. Eggers earned a bachelor’s in accounting with a minor in psychology from Millsaps last May.
Eggers worked during her internship with upper level Ernst & Young staff and assisted with the planning stages for year-end audits. “I was able to see and learn firsthand as an intern what it’s like to work for a Big Four firm in the fast-paced environment of public accounting,” she said.
The New Orleans Saints team was among the clients Eggers assisted. “This meant there were days I didn’t have to go into the office, but instead worked at either the Mercedes Benz Superdome or the Saints’ training facility,” she said.
The internship concluded with the Ernst & Young International Intern Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., where Eggers met fellow interns from across the globe.
As a graduate assistant, Eggers will travel to Europe this summer as part of the international business program led by Dr. Jesse Beeler, professor of accounting at Millsaps. Eggers studied global business and law earlier this year in Yucatán, an experience she credits with broadening her perspective on international business.
Millsaps provides students the opportunity to pursue a variety of interests, and Eggers found that attractive when she was deciding where to attend college.
“When I visited, I realized this was a school that not only would push me with my academics, but where I would also be able to pursue absolutely anything I wanted,” she said. “I was able to join the women’s lacrosse team with no lacrosse experience. Not many student athletes can say they were able to play two sports in college, and some students even play three at Millsaps.”
Eggers, who played soccer from childhood through high school, continued playing during her four years at Millsaps. She joined the Millsaps lacrosse team with little knowledge of the game, when the team needed another player.
“Any time I got the ball during my first lacrosse game I just sprinted because I had no idea what I was doing,” she said. “But I grew to love and learn the sport after that experience, so I played again my senior year, and since I still have eligibility as a graduate student I am able to play this year.”
As an undergraduate, Eggers served as president of the accounting honorary Beta Alpha Psi and was tapped for Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest scholastic honor a student in a school of business or management can receive. She was also a member of the psychology honorary Psi Chi, Kappa Delta sorority, the Campus Ministry Team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“What I love about Millsaps is the strong sense of community,” Eggers said. “No matter your major or your interests, Millsaps has numerous organizations open to all students. Millsaps allows students to find their own personal interests.
“I remember that I started off as a math major, then psychology, then business, and I finally found my niche in accounting. It took some time, but with the help of advisors and professors, I was able to find my major and become knowledgeable about an array of subjects.”