Good Advice


By James Davis

During my orientation week at Schneider Downs, I was fortunate enough to receive some excellent advice. As I was starting my internship, the first wave of interns was finishing up their time with the firm. I had a chance to sit down and ask them what they thought of their experience with the firm. I remember one intern telling me to take advantage of this opportunity and it stuck with me throughout my two months with the firm.

I really mean it when I say I learned a lot here at Schneider Downs, and for that I am grateful. As a Schneider Downs intern, you are given meaningful work. You are trusted to work diligently with firm clients and staff, and I was given responsibilities as an intern that required my best efforts. I had the opportunity to interview client personnel, complete audit procedures and testing, and collaborate alongside CPA’s to gain an understanding of the services a public accounting firm provides.

At the start of my internship, I was quite nervous on my first audit. I had no experience with audit work papers, or interacting with clients to write a process report. The people I worked with knew that, and helped me along the learning curve.  Looking back now, I was given an exciting opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be a public accountant. I believe I grew a lot as a young professional, and I am thankful for all the staff at Schneider Downs for helping me along the way. The staff at Schneider Downs took a sincere interest in my development.

So, did I follow the advice I received back in late June? I would like to think I did. And as I wrap up my internship this week, I would like reflect on what I picked up along the way. As an intern, you are often working with different staff members each week. And I believe it is important to gather as much insight from Schneider Downs staff as possible. If you have questions, ask. Everyone is glad to help out interns. I received advice about work-life balance, studying for the CPA exam, interacting with clients, and preparing for a career in public accounting. And for that, I am thankful.  I have really enjoyed my time as an audit intern, and I would encourage any accounting student interested in public accounting to take advantage of an internship here at Schneider Downs. 

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