My goal from the beginning of my junior year at the University of Pittsburgh was to get myself an internship in public accounting for the summer. An internship seems to be almost a requirement nowadays, and at Pitt, the advisors stress them a lot. The advisors try to make sure we are doing everything we can in order to gain experience. Luckily, as accounting majors, we have the convenience of being able to apply for internships early, and interviews take place in October even though we do not start working until May or June. Getting an internship with Schneider Downs let me relax and made me very happy at the time, and that feeling still remains now that I have actually started my internship. When people say you learn so much more from the experience of actually working rather than just being in a classroom, they are not kidding. Coming into this internship I did not know exactly what to expect, since I had never taken an audit or tax class (those are classes you take during senior year at Pitt). In just the few weeks I have been here, I can say I have been introduced to a lot, and feel I understand the auditing process so much more now. I plan on taking this experience and using it as an edge in the classroom. I am sure I will already have seen some of the things we will be taught in class. I experienced the more difficult aspects of public accounting, for example, long hours before a deadline; however, I also experienced the benefits and perks, such as good food ordered for you at lunch each day while at a client. Getting to do hands-on work the same as a normal staff member has made me realize I have made the right choice in public accounting for my career. I have really enjoyed the summer so far, and I can thank Schneider Downs and its employees for making my experience enjoyable and worthwhile. It is something I have definitely learned a lot from and plan to carry forward as I progress in my career.
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