Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Towne, CliftonLarsonAllen

Eller PDC Student Stories

photo3Elizabeth is an accounting senior interning this summer at CliftonLarsonAllen in Minneapolis, MN.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

I actually got the Minneapolis/University of MN recruiter’s  contact information and emailed her. I explained how I had done an externship in the Tucson office the previous semester. I completed the externship as a part of my honors direct admission interview for Eller Professional Admissions. The recruiter took a look at my resume, and we set up an interview over Thanksgiving break! I found out a few weeks later that I got the internship!

What is a typical day at your internship like?

My internship consists of mostly audit work. I am rarely in the actual CLA office, because we are at client sites. Our clients consist of non profits, governments, schools, and higher education. We are usually at the client for a week or two, but sometimes it can be just a few days to do some preliminary work. At the client, I partake in the audit at the same level as a staff auditor. I will audit Cash, Accounts Payable, Expenses, etc. I will do General and Payroll disbursement testing and Student Activity Fund testing as well. There’s plenty of testing to do and checking to see if there is anything unusual. There are moments where you will need documents from the client and have to wait, and there are times when you have to discuss/clarify issues with the client, so there is a lot of client involvement. This is the one part that is my least favorite, because you have to rely on the client to be prepared. Overall, it is a very interesting internship, because nothing ever seems to be the same day after day, and I feel as though I learn something new every hour, which is something I really like.

What advice do you have for other interns?

Always put 100% effort into the work you are assigned. Ask questions; an internship is a learning experience and your supervisor and other employees are willing to help. Be friendly and approachable. Lastly, write down instructions as someone gives them to you, because if you don’t, you will forget and you don’t what to have to ask again!