Hello! This is Tiffany Liu from University of Baltimore, majoring in Business-Finance. I have both accounting and legal background prior to pursuing current degree. I obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from China, with concentration in International Business Law. My master’s degree was granted by University of International Business and Economics, which is a highly renowned and prestigious law school in China. I came to the United States as an exchange student in Southern Illinois University School of Law when I was pursuing my master’s degree in law. In May 2018, I obtained a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam Qualification Certificate and my goal is to pass all four sections of the CPA exam by August 2020 and then become a licensed CPA. I was certified by the IRS in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and I provided free tax preparation services to over 100 families in Baltimore in spring 2019. I am also working as a graduate assistant in financial operations at University of Baltimore and serving on the Board of Directors of CCBC Alumni Board. Even though I changed my career from law to accounting and finance, my legal background equipped me with a meticulous attitude and exceptional critical thinking skills.

Outside of school and work, I like reading, listening to Ted Talks, world news, and audio books about history, politics, economy, and investments. I like jogging and yoga and hope to run both half-marathon and marathon one day. My life motto is “Life isn’t meant to be easy and anything worth having is worth sweating for”.

I have always desired to intern in the federal government to have a taste of working for the government. MEISPP made my dream come true. This internship solidified my determination to pursue a career with the federal government.

During my internship at DOE, I worked as the budget analyst at the Office of Management. Ms. Sylvia Colley was my direct supervisor. My major responsibilities were interpreting the laws and regulations related to federal agency’s budget management and internal controls, including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars No. A-11, A-123, and A-126, the CFO Act of 1990, Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act of 1982 (FMFIA), and Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government (The Green Book). I developed and updated the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) on Internal Controls Reporting, Official Reception and Representation, and Non-Commercial Travel.

This internship left an invaluable legacy in my career development. This experience and the spirit of DOE will have a profound impact in every step of my future journey.