Jade Jones is an Accounting/MIS double major who interned for Ernst &Young this past summer as the Summer Launch Intern in Phoenix, Arizona.
What was a typical day like? There was never really a typical day going into the job. When working in audit, you will sometimes be going into the office, or you might be going to a different location and using the office there. For tax, more than likely you’ll be in the office, but there are also times where you’ll be working out of office.
As for the work, you would be assigned to a team. From there, your team will give a variety of tasks from tying out prior accounts, analyzing trial balances, or preparing walkthroughs for the next quarter.
There really is never a typical day since each day you’ll have something new to do. It really makes the day go by fast!
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of the experience was going through a walkthrough. Sitting and listening in on how auditors gathered information was such a cool experience to be apart of. Plus it brought me back to Accounting 461 (shoutout to Karen Otto) and took my experience from school applicable to the job!
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging for my internship was learning everything all over again with each new team. When you get put on a new team, they do things differently so you have to relearn they’re process and what job is. It may take you some time, but everyone is more than willing to help!
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? The best advice I would give is to be comfortable asking questions. I feel like there’s always the misconception that once you start with a firm you have to know a lot or should know more than they expect of you. But really I feel like once you go into a firm, everyone already knows you don’t really know anything, and that’s okay! Be comfortable asking the ‘dumb’ questions and be comfortable asking the general questions. Though, I will say limit how often you ask the same questions, but besides that, ask away and learn!
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? No, my employer did not provide any housing or transportation assistance