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 BHSU student Amanda Runia, accounting major from Kiester, Minn.; visiting Harney Peak. Runia is currently completing an accounting internship at Daktronics in Brookings.
Black Hills State University student Amanda Runia is currently completing an internship with Brookings-based Daktronics,
the world leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems, and large screen video displays. Runia said her internship has provided great experience related to the accounting degree she is pursuing at BHSU.  Runia will graduate from BHSU in May with over 150 credits, which will make her eligible to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and receive her license to begin her career.

“This internship is such a great experience,” comments Runia, professional accountancy major from Kiester, Minn. “I am constantly encouraged to jump in, ask questions, and be involved. I am learning how all of the accounting principles fit into an actual functioning company.”  

At Daktronics, Runia works mainly with general accounting and cost accounting. Some of her daily tasks include managing journal entries, publishing financial statements, organizing data related to manufacturing inventory, and the costs associated with manufacturing. In addition, Runia gives company tours and will participate in the Youth Business Adventure (YBA) conference as the company advisor from Daktronics in June.

As part of the internship requirements, Runia has been logging her time spent at Daktronics by keeping a journal entry. Her journals display her busy schedule with online classes and the internship, making time management essential in getting everything done. “Online classes take a huge amount of determination and dedication,” Runia said.

Runia’s journal entries demonstrate the importance of hard work. She mentions how often she takes notes and uses Excel in her everyday duties. During her first week as an accounting intern, she was already learning new software and posting credit card statement entries.

“There is so much to learn. I am grateful every second that I worked so hard in my accounting classes because otherwise I would not be able to keep up. I am starting off with fairly simple accounting work but understanding the big picture of how all the accounting flows together is critical,” Runia states.

In her nearly four months as an intern with Dakotronics, Runia has already learned valuable skills that will help in her future career as a CPA. She understands the struggles that come with taking classes online and working them into her fulltime work schedule. “While I have been a very untraditional student for the last five years, I have really appreciated the flexibility that BHSU has to offer,” notes Runia.

After completing her education at BHSU, Runia plans to earn her CPA license to utilize towards a career.