My Introduction to Accounting


By Jessica Calzi

Schneider Downs accounting and tax interns, 412-261-3644When picking a college, Point Park University was my first choice, primarily because of its highly acclaimed dance program. Being in the field of dance, I knew I needed a backup plan in case of an injury that would bring an end to my dance career. Looking for a second major to take on proved to be very difficult because of the time commitments of the dance major. In high school I seemed to have a “knack” for math and science. Because of my love for numbers, my father suggested I test the waters with accounting.

When I began studying accounting I saw why my father had suggested I enter into this field. The organization and discipline I had learned from years of dance training had transferred over into my academic work and helped me tremendously. As I took more accounting classes, I started to develop a love for it. It became something that was not just a backup plan, but something that I could possibly see myself doing right out of school.

When I learned about the internship at Schneider Downs, I was ready to “jump” on the opportunity I saw in front of me. I submitted my resume and soon found that I was selected for an interview. Prior to my interview, I was incredibly nervous. Looking back, I don’t know why I was so nervous. The people at Schneider Downs are some of the nicest and most welcoming people I have ever met. After my interviews, I was very surprised to learn I had received the chance to intern at such a renowned accounting firm. I thought since I also have a major in dance, there might be a hesitation to select me for this internship. However, I was excited to find out that I had been selected for such a unique opportunity. They did not assume that since I had a second major in dance, accounting was merely a backup plan for me.

The opportunity at Schneider Downs has shown me how exciting accounting can actually be. In the internal audit department, I have been able to learn about companies and the way they run their operations. I haven’t been dealing with numbers as much as I have been learning about the processes different people conduct to make their businesses run successfully. It has been an incredibly eye opening experience looking at areas companies excel at and looking at areas where companies need improvement. This experience has shown me that accounting is not necessarily all spreadsheets and numbers, but it is much more than that. It is interacting with people and learning about their business process.

Schneider Downs and the people I work with have provided me with an enlightening experience in the many different aspects of the accounting field – not treating me as just an intern with minimal assignments to perform but a member of the team with meaningful tasks to complete. Being given the chance to meet with various clients and interact with new people keeps the job far from being routine. The people I have met have been so wonderful to me and I thoroughly enjoy working with all of them.


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