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Brayton Hall – American Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship in Germany

Name: Brayton “Buddy” Hall

Class Year: 2019

Hometown: Valley Center, California

Major(s): Accounting and Business Administration, German

Opportunity and Year: AmCham US-German Internship Program, Summer 2017

Project Summary: I am serving as a summer intern within the US Tax Department of Ernst & Young’s Frankfurt office. I have been working on tax filings for businesses and individuals with ties to both the US and Germany.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? Before coming to W&L, I had never taken a German class and had no knowledge of the language or culture. However, over the past two years, Professors Prager, Youngman, and Crockett have developed my confidence and abilities in the German language to such an extent that I was willing to venture out to Germany for my first international experience.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? After four semesters of German courses, I realized that, in order to make my learning truly worthwhile, I needed to apply what I had learned in the real world. An internship with Ernst & Young in Frankfurt offered me a perfect opportunity to gain real-world experience that would grow my abilities in both my accounting and German majors.

Post-graduation Plans: I hope to land a job in the financial sector that will allow me to return home to Southern California to be nearer to my family.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? This opportunity has given me my first experience working in finance and the opportunity to be surrounded by great minds on a daily basis. I hope to apply not only the technical skills that I have learned through this internship when I begin my career, but also those soft skills that I have witnessed my colleagues demonstrate in dealing with clients and one another.

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • FYOC Music Committee Co-Chair
  • Treasurer of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Eta Alpha Colony
  • Student assistant for the W&L football program
  • WyldLife leader for Maury River Middle School (Young Life Rockbridge County)

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