My Last Summer "Vacation" - Interning at Schneider Downs


By Michael Bornak

Michael Bornak, Schneider Downs

With the spring semester coming to a close and summer just around the corner, I found myself greatly anticipating a few days to kick back and relax. Free from the stress of finals, and the never-ending balancing act of getting good grades, participating in school activities, and trying to fit in a little fun, I knew this one last summer break was going to be a good one. And to top it off, it would mark the beginning of what promises to be a challenging and exciting career with an internship at Schneider Downs.

To be successful after graduation, I knew I needed to build a more solid foundation for my professional career, and that meant finding an internship in my field of interest; accounting. So, I went in search of one in hopes of finding the perfect place to further my knowledge outside of the classroom this summer. I went to career fairs, researched organizations, submitted résumés, and interviewed with several firms, but in the end, Schneider Downs was where I really wanted to end up. I hoped that I had said the right words and done the right things while interviewing with them and anxiously waited for the final decision on my candidacy.

Then the day arrived. I got a large envelope in the mail, with the classic blue logo reading “Schneider Downs” across the top. I frantically read through the letter and found the words of acceptance at the bottom and immediately lit up with joy. All the hard work had paid off and I knew I had made a right move toward developing my personal and professional career.

Soon enough, the first week of my internship had started. I was excited but also nervous. This was a completely new environment for me, and I didn’t know what to expect. Despite those subtle nerves everyone faces when approaching a new situation, they were put to rest by the kind, helpful, and friendly team-oriented staff here at Schneider Downs. I was surprised to see that everyone here acts as though they are a part of one big family and am glad to have become a part of that atmosphere.

My first week on the job was spent at a client site. I was looking forward to working with a team out in the field. Luckily for me, my Senior In-Charge and one staff member were a lot of fun to work with, but looking back that came as no surprise because everyone here seems to be that way. They both took me under their wing and showed me the ropes of how things operate at a CPA firm. I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge in the last few weeks and continue to learn new things each and every day here at Schneider Downs.

With only a few short weeks left of my internship, I am making the most of every opportunity. I know I will carry this bank of knowledge and my newfound skills forward into my last year at West Virginia University and the next chapter of my career where, I will continue to grow and strive for my ultimate goal of becoming a CPA.

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