Aug 3, 2017
You’ve passed the interview, received an offer and you are about to start your internship in the audit department of a public accounting firm. It’s exciting and can be a little bit intimidating.
I learned many things this summer that helped me get the most out of my wonderful opportunity and experience as an intern in the audit department at Arledge & Associates. Not only did I learn about some of the more technical aspects of auditing, but I also learned three key things that helped me at the beginning of my internship.
You are not expected to know everything. In most cases, interns have not finished their degrees and do not have actual experience in the field. The people who you will be working with know that. Actual audit work is nothing like the college course, and the majority of it is picked up on the job. You are expected to listen and retain as much as you can, ask thoughtful questions and improve over time.
Ask questions. If you are not sure about how something is done, ask. If you’ve been given a task and do not know where to start, ask. If you are at a client’s business and you come across something you have not seen yet, ask about it. Your supervisors would much rather you ask about something and do it right the first time than assume incorrectly and have to fix it. Remember, you are there to learn.
Spend the time getting to know the people you work with. You will learn quickly that the people you are working with are amazing people. You are going to be spending long hours in the car with them, so keep the conversation going. If you are the networking type, this is gold. Even if you’re not, you stand to make some great friends and hear some interesting stories.
Try to relax and enjoy the experience. The people you will meet through your internship are fantastic individuals, and you stand to gain a great deal from them simply by asking questions and getting to know them. They want you to exceed your own expectations. You might be surprised how confident you are by the time it’s all over!