On the first day of my first class of my junior year of college, Intermediate Accounting welcomes me back from summer vacation with a worker from career services at our school. “You all need to get your resumes in to us and apply for internships for next summer,” she says. I just came back from vacation and they already wanted resumes for the next summer? As my mind slowly adjusts from summer vacation to school setting, I realized I was going to apply for internships and I just declared my major three months ago. It was now my time to start looking for an internship.
Internships are important for many reasons: to work with great companies and people, also to gain hands-on knowledge. Classrooms work on the hard skills that can be taught through textbooks and tests, and college does a great job of establishing a foundation in educating about accounting. On the other hand, internships work on other skills that schools can’t teach, for example: communicating with people and working as a team. Other than a couple of group projects in school there is no learning how to work with other members of a team at a client to accomplish the goal. This is an exciting time for me to be able to work with different people and learn from them.
So, less than a year later, I found myself sitting in the conference room at Schneider Downs eager to start my internship, ready to learn firsthand the importance of it. After starting training, I was ready to enter the field and work for a client, but before this internship I had never worked on an audit or event taken an audit class. The employees at Schneider Downs did a great job in explaining to me what to do and answered all of my questions. What is unique about Schneider Downs is that they treat the interns like first-year staff, which creates a unique situation for an intern. Even though I never had an audit class, I was doing walkthroughs at my first client.
I am over halfway done with my internship, and I underestimated how important internships are and how much one can learn from them. This internship is an invaluable experience, and I am thankful to Schneider Downs for the opportunity to intern this summer, as it taught me so much about accounting and being a professional. I valued every day from what I could learn from a client or an employee and continued my education in the accounting field. I look forward for the last couple of weeks in my internship to continue learning and interning for Schneider Downs.
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