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Melissa VanLanen

Melissa Van Lanen

Majors:  Accounting and Business Administration


Komosion is a newly formed Online Solutions agency. It is a result of the merger of web software vendor Komodo CMS and digital agency Glass Onion, a combined 20-year history of online innovation.  Their services include online strategy, internet application development, web publishing solutions, information architecture, web design, content production, search engine marketing (SEM), email marketing, rich media, eCommerce, online collaboration, extranet and intranet solutions, project management, usability testing, analytics and a range of other online solutions and services.

Melissa's pre-trip thoughts

Internship:   Komosion, which is an online solutions agency as a finance intern.

Why are you participating in the Augustana in Australia program?   I am participating in the program because I want to be abroad to learn a new culture and get out of my comfort zone. I also wanted to get finance experience in the workforce. 

What value do you hope to add back to the internship site?  I hope to apply the theory and experience that I have gained so far in accounting. I will work within accounts payable, follow-up on outstanding invoices, correctly post revenue and adjustments, process invoices, and assist the office where needed.

What do you hope to learn on your internship?   I hope to add my understanding of accounting information systems, and to learn some specifics of what I will be doing with my career. Also I want to learn how to transition into a working world and do more than I could learn in a classroom.

Where do you plan to travel during your term "down under"?   I plan to go to Cairns and New Zealand, along with various places in Sydney.

What do you anticipate to be the highlight of your experience "down under"?  I think the highlight will be being in a new culture and actually living in it, as well as gaining professional knowledge.