Jade Jones is an Accounting major graduating in 2019. This summer, Jade had an internship with CBIZ at their Phoenix office.
How did you land this internship? I started building my network with CBIZ my freshmen year. After meeting them at ASA (Accounting Student Association) we were emailing each other constantly (shout out to Jeff Hair) with me sharing my experiences in college and with them sharing their experiences in accounting. From this we’ve built a strong enough relationship for me to have the confidence to apply for an internship. While I was a little early in the game, I wanted to at least prove that whatever the outcome, I’ll take it as a learning experience and continue to grow in my professional career. Thanks to the relationship I’ve built, I was able to land an internship and get a great head start into my professional development.
What was your favorite part of the experience? Though the days were slow for a typical tax person during this time period (not busy season), my favorite part of the experience was being able to talk to others outside my supervisor and other interns. It was interesting interacting with the other staff members and directors and showing that I’m available to help them if needed. Plus it was fun learning about the office quirks and the culture of the office.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it. The biggest project I worked on was a video presentation with the rest of the interns. The project consisted of taking parts from the book “Sticking Points” and researching the generational differences within the workplace. It was a fun video to film and the it was cool to present in front of the staff and directors.
What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship? The best piece of advice I could give is to put yourself forward and start early. In my case, I didn’t think a sophomore could get this kind of internship, especially since most companies are looking for juniors and seniors. But I feel as though regardless of your year, it’s important to put your name out there and start building those networks early so that companies will have you in mind come the interviewing process. You never know, a company may surprise you.