Jul 15, 2017
Category: University of Dayton
Now over a month into my internship, I have met many great people and the experience thus far has been greatly benefitted my future as a CPA. However, there is a ten day experience that has stuck out to me in the internship. I was given the opportunity to travel to Greenville, North Carolina which is home to the ECU Pirates. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did not think I would even know enough information to contribute to fieldwork. In the days leading up to the audit, I was nervous. Thanks to the team’s help, my nerves soon went away.
I traveled with three guys: Zach, Brendan and Joe. I definitely enjoyed the opportunity to get to know all of them and I had a blast hanging out with them. Work-wise, whenever I had a question on a workpaper, they were so helpful and really took an interest in understanding the material. I even had the opportunity to interact with the client and ask questions like the rest of the auditors. We were also given a plant tour, which was great because you were then able to visualize what you were working on in the workpapers. Outside of work, we were able to indulge in some great meals, specifically the North Carolina barbecue. On Saturday, Zach and I were even able to go golfing near the coast. The next day Zach, Joe, and myself were able to check of the University of Duke. Somehow we even got inside Cameron Indoor, which was amazing to see firsthand.
All in all, the trip was definitely a success. I was able to experience firsthand what it was like to be an auditor. The learning curve was difficult to overcome, but with the help and patience from the guys I went on the trip with I was able to learn a great deal of information. To future interns, it may sound repetitive but ask for help when you have questions. Everybody here wants to see you learn, make strides, and succeed during your few months with the firm. It was definitely an experience that I will cherish leading into my professional career.