My Diverse Background and Its Relation to Auditing


By Scott Dreifuss

Throughout my Schneider Downs internship, I have been exposed to a variety of unique issues that arise in public accounting when serving a diverse range of clients.  From my experiences, I have discovered that auditors must be equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to handle such a wide array of matters. 

Over the past four years, I have gained an understanding of the value in developing this type of diverse background.  I originally attended Allegheny College, which offered a well-rounded and challenging academic experience, but did not have a business program or accounting major.  As a freshman unsure of my career aspirations, I took courses ranging from Spanish to economics to calculus.  By the end of my first year, I decided to major in economics and minor in Spanish, although I was still undecided on the type of career that I would pursue.

I applied for internships in a variety of industries and ended up completing a summer internship in the financial services industry.  Ultimately, I took the few accounting courses offered at Allegheny, researched career opportunities in accounting, and made the decision to transfer to Pitt because of its strong accounting program.

At this point, I had completed the course requirements for an economics major and Spanish minor at Allegheny.  Additionally, I was involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities.  Therefore, I was leaving a lot behind by transferring. 

However, this unconventional path toward accounting and Schneider Downs has allowed me to appreciate the type of work to which I was exposed this summer.  I had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and to work with many knowledgeable people here at Schneider Downs.  These individuals with whom I worked were able to tackle diverse issues using their wide range of knowledge and experience.  Being involved with that process and reflecting on my own diverse background, I have developed an appreciation for auditing and the unique challenges that it presents.

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