With the start of my junior year approaching I was excited for the next two years to come. I knew that this summer would be my last summer as a student, and next came senior year and graduation after that. Professors at school had always told me that, yes, grades are important, but experience is just as important when it comes to a career in business. For this reason, I set out to find an internship within my degree, accounting. I interviewed with a number of different companies for a variety of internships. I knew that I wanted to work in accounting after graduation, but beyond that, I was pretty lost with selecting a career path. After a number or interviews and lots of research, I thought that I could most likely see myself working in auditing after graduation. For this reason, I accepted an internship with Schneider Downs. As the summer approached, I was excited to experience Schneider Downs as a company, along with experiencing auditing outside of the classroom.
Through the few weeks that I have been here, I have learned more about accounting and auditing than I have learned in three years at school. When professors told me internships were important, I always believed that it was to make me look more appealing to possible job prospects. This summer, I have learned that internships do so much more. Interning at Schneider Downs has taught me about real-world work, outside of a textbook. Most importantly, it has given me the confidence to have finally chosen a career within accounting. I now know that public accounting is what I want to be doing after graduation, something that would not have been possible without the experience that Schneider Downs has given me.