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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

n Greenwich resident Robin Barre has been named Intern of the Month at Ashland University.

Each month during the academic year one student is selected for the honor by AU’s Career Development Center.

A senior majoring in accounting and finance, Barre recently completed an internship at the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland after first learning about the position through AU’s Career Fair.

“I sent a thank you e-mail to the Federal Reserve’s representatives who had taken time to attend the Career Fair,” Barre recalls. “They contacted me about a month later with the opening.  I interviewed and after one week I had secured the intern position.”

The 2004 South Central High School graduate had a variety of responsibilities in her internship at the Fed.

“I was an internal auditor. I completed audit testing supporting the Banks Audit Standard Two testing for year-end financial statement assertion, as well as completed testing of controls in accounting, human resources, payroll and the cash operations,” Barre said.

“Another responsibility that I had was completing substantive testing on one full-scope audit of the bank’s cash operations, as well as reviewing documentation, interviewing staff, drawing conclusions, identifying deficiencies or weaknesses in processes or controls, and the documenting of work performed using an electronic work paper system.

“I developed graphs, which have become a standard part of the bank’s Audit Review Committee package, as well as assisted in piloting a new risk assessment methodology, and assisted in maintaining the Fed’s permanent library in Lotus Notes.”

The daughter of Vernon and Cindy Barre of Greenwich said the internship served to confirm her career goals.

“My internship was a reinforcement that my education and major decisions were the right choices for me, and I can picture myself performing the responsibilities that I was given in my future career path,” she said.

Barre encouraged other students to pursue internships.

“Internships are extremely valuable to your future. Internships enable you to experience the ‘real-world’ environment, which you aren’t exposed to in a college classroom,” she said. “One should start researching internships during the freshman year, because not only does it make you more marketable to a company or firm, but you will also realize if a certain career choice is for you or not.”

n Aaron Phillips of Norwalk was named to the homecoming court at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Phillips is the son of Tom and Carol Phillips and represented the marching band. He is a senior at B-W and is majoring in public relations. Phillips is the president of the marching band, public relations chair of his fraternity, Pi Lambda Phi, and is the secretary of the student senate. He graduated from Norwalk High School in 2004.

n Alexzandria M. Wasco, a 2006 graduate of Edison High School and daughter of Mary Bruno of Milan, was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society at John Carroll University on Oct. 7. The inductees who were honored at this ceremony earned grade-point averages of 3.5 or better as first-year students at John Carroll.

n Matthew Hire, a 2003 Edison High School graduate, is participating in the fall 2007 semester University of Toledo  Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department Senior Design Clinic. Hire is the son of Richard and Rebecca Hire of Milan. He plans to receive the degree of mechanical engineering in December 2007. He is currently involved in his senior design engineering project titled “Sloth Bear Enrichment” sponsored by The Toledo Zoo.

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