Ten Things Every Audit Intern Should Learn

Ten Things Every Audit Intern Should Learn

Reflections on a 10 Week Internship by 2013 Audit Intern Hilary Hughes

*Note:  Each number corresponds to the week of the internship

  1. You are not supposed to know what you are doing.  Ask a million questions! It is honestly the best way to learn.
  2. Some clients are not going to be your biggest fan.  Don’t let that deter you.  I promise most clients legitimately like you!
  3. Sometimes extended lunches with clients happen.  Enjoy them!  They don’t happen often, but they allow you to get to know some really cool clients and your amazing coworkers.
  4. Be confident in what you have learned; you have already learned so much (by the fourth week here!).  You never know – your confidence in what you know could help you win third place in trivia.
  5. It is absolutely required that you visit the Iron Thunder if you go to Hickory.  Embrace it.  It’s the places like the Iron Thunder and more importantly the laughs you will have there that makes staying out of town fun!
  6. You are working with some amazing people.  Get to know them, and let them know if you are struggling.  Like I said, they are amazing and will understand and will want to try to help you get through whatever it is you are struggling with.
  7. A perm file really should be kept of great local restaurants.  Don’t regret the calories you are consuming.  View them as memories you are making and experiences you are having.
  8. Did I mention you are working with amazing people?!  If you are not smiling from ear to ear and joking with everyone at this point, take a breath and loosen up.  Go to a brewery or cheers or anywhere! Share funny stories.  Enjoy yourself!  Your internship is almost over at this point.  Take a moment to crack a joke and a smile.
  9. At this point, you know you work with amazing and smart people.  You know you need to take the time to appreciate the experience you are having.  So stop your worrying!  Whatever happens about an offer will happen as it’s supposed to.  No one wants you to fail.  The people you work with want you to succeed.  Ask them more questions!  Pick their brains.  And make a sassy comment every now and again.
  10. Be excited that you have had the opportunity to work with the most amazing people and to learn a crazy amount.  If you are offered to stay, be honored that the amazing people you have had the privilege to work with saw something pretty awesome in you.
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