OUR THOUGHTS ON:

A Full Circle Experience

Internship

By Jonathan Cardiello

It all started two years ago with the Schneider Downs Summer Leadership Program.  It was the summer after my sophomore year of college, and my first professional experience at that point.  I thought the program would be a good opportunity to learn about public accounting as well as Schneider Downs, but in the end, it was much more than that. In addition to my expectations, I left the program with knowledge of how to pursue full-time positions, what employers look for when evaluating candidates, and where to focus my efforts going forward.

Since then, I have further developed and applied this knowledge through the completion of a variety of internships including at a large steel production corporation, small public accounting firm, and a Big Four accounting firm.  My eighteen months of experience as an intern has exposed me to a mixture of accounting-related areas, and a diverse set of work environments. As a result of these experiences, I have learned what I value and enjoy, as well as what I dislike.  I have become familiar with my strengths and my weaknesses. These experiences have allowed me to compare and contrast industries and skill sets, while working with some great people along the way.

Looking to continue my development, I found myself back at Schneider Downs. During my internship, I have been afforded the opportunity to improve upon my knowledge of auditing, develop new skill sets, and familiarize myself with the Schneider Downs work environment. Learning about some of Schneider Downs’ clients, as well as the industries in which they operate has been one of the internship highlights. Working directly with clients in their offices has been an additional benefit that has provided a unique look into daily operations.  A third benefit of the Schneider Downs internship has been working on multiple audit teams. This element allows for the opportunity to work with a larger portion of the Schneider Downs Staff.   

I still remember the impression that Schneider Downs made during the Summer Leadership Program two years ago.  I remember wondering if I would get the chance to experience what it is like to work at Schneider Downs at some point in the future.  Now, having interned at Schneider Downs, I can say that I am glad my short career has come full circle.

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