Puneet competed on a team from Rider’s Norm Brodsky College of Business that placed third in the national Johnson & Johnson Business Case Competition. The team prepared a financial analysis and marketing strategy involving the launch of former prescription allergy medicine, Zyrtec, to the over-the-counter marketplace.
Puneet held a co-op at Johnson & Johnson, an externship at KPMG, and an internship at EisnerAmper, which led to a full-time job offer prior to his graduation.
Hard work paid off for Puneet, recipient of the 2011-12 Dr. Belmont F. Haydel Phi Sigma Kappa Endowed Scholarship and the SAP University Alliances Community Scholarship, as well as the 2010—11 Lewis D. Coleman’50/Steven B. Kalafer ’71 Endowed Scholarship.
Why Puneet Chose Rider
Puneet was attracted to Rider by its great location and the reputation of the Norm Brodsky College of Business and Accounting program, which are both accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. He also felt Rider offered opportunities for him to get involved, take on leadership roles and gain “real-world” work experience.
Dr. Kutcher is one of my biggest mentors in life. He gave me positive, constructive feedback I used to improve myself.
Rider's Impact on Puneet's Success
As a Rider undergrad, Puneet served as vice president of the Accounting Society and public relations chair of Beta Alpha Psi honor society for Accounting, Finance and Computer Information Systems majors. He also was involved in DAARSTOC (a leadership development organization at Rider), where he found a guiding hand in advisor Dr. Gene Kutcher. “Dr. Kutcher is one of my biggest mentors in life. He gave me positive, constructive feedback I used to improve myself. I could talk to him about any decision. Every time I stepped out of his office, I had a better idea of what to do.”
Puneet gained valuable experience in accounting through a summer internship in the audit division of EisnerAmper LLP, which he parlayed into a job offer. He also honed his skills during a summer externship at KPMG and a six-month co-op in the accounting and finance department at Johnson & Johnson. “Rider provided leadership opportunities and internships that allowed me to develop professionally. Through DAARSTOC, I put into practice professional skills, received valuable feedback and built a close-knit network of alumni and students.”
“As part of the audit team at EisnerAmper, I work in the execution of the services provided to the firm’s clients. My responsibilities include, but are not limited to, application of accounting principles and auditing procedures to client engagements, preparation of work papers and recommendations to these engagements.”