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Bober Markey Fedorovich (BMF)

Hybrid Intern: Audit and Tax

January - April 2019 • Fairlawn, OH

What I liked

What I liked about my intern experience is that you get paired up with a peer advisor as well as a mentor that you can go to for anything, whether it be a question about the work you are doing or a general in-site to the career in public accounting. This way if you are a bit shy you always have someone you are comfortable speaking to. I loved how welcoming and helpful everyone is at the firm, everyone is so willing to help and guide you in the right direction. Another aspect that I really enjoyed was the firm outings that would take place, such as the Annual Polar Plunge, annual snow tubing, little happy hours to take the stress off during busy season, etc. BMF in my opinion is the best firm to work with because you all become super close. Even being an intern at the time I felt as though BMF was my home away from home, which is why I cannot wait to start full time in October.

What I wish was different

In all honest I wish the internship never ended due to how much I learned as well as how fun of an experience it was.

Advice

A few pieces of advice I would say is: one, when going through training write everything down. Trust me it will come in handy. Two, never be afraid to ask questions, the more the better for your own knowledge, even use the other interns. Three, go to as many of the social events as you can to create a better bond with your co-workers. Fourth, be willing to help everyone, even if you are not on that specific job/client. Lastly, be positive and open minded, you never know when someone is having a bad day and needs a happy face.
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Tax Intern, Audit Intern, Business Advisory Intern

January 2018 - October 2020 • Fairlawn, OH

What I liked

I loved the people, everyone was so welcoming and helpful throughout my internships. I was able to quickly develop strong relationships with a lot of my coworkers. I enjoyed the company outings, i.e. Summer Golf Outings, Fall Family Outings to corn mazes, Holiday Parties, Busy-Season events like Axe Throwing or Brewery Tours, partaking in the Polar Plunge at Portage Lakes, and Winter Sledding Trips to Brandywine/Boston Mills; the events were a great way to get to know and develop great relationships with everyone from staff level up to the Partners. I liked how the work was challenging, which made it very rewarding when you were able to work through it correctly. The work environment is very warm and conducive to personal and professional growth. Overall, the environment at BMF has allowed me to grow personally and professionally while giving me the confidence to work to the best of my abilities.

What I wish was different

During my first internship (Tax Intern), the workflow was a bit slow as many clients were extending their returns in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, but was completely out of our control. However, moving through my other two internships, the workflow was far steadier and stronger, allowing us to get into a groove and learn the processes while maintaining continuous real-world testing of our retained skills. Besides that, there is not much that I would have wished for or would have wanted to be different.

Advice

Some advice that I would give to others would be to be teachable, to learn from your mistakes, to be present and attend/participate in the work functions, and to bring positivity/optimism everyday. It is important to be a sponge during your internships; learn everything you can from people whom enjoy helping others grow and people who have experienced everything that you are going through. One piece of advice I got from my managers and supervisors is to try not to make the same mistake twice; learn why you made the mistake as well as the processes and recognition to understand how to correct your mistakes. A great sign of learning is that you catch your own mistakes and correct them before bringing it to your supervisor for help. Participating and active at work functions is a great way to develop relationships with your coworkers, but also for them to see who you are and understanding if you would be a good fit in the company culture. I had a lot to learn coming into my internships with BMF, but I believe I did my best to make a great first impression with everyone I met, as well as continuing to develop those relationships within work and at the work functions.
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Tax Intern

January - April 2020 • Akron, OH

What I liked

I interned in the tax department at BMF during the 2020 tax season. The firm has a great training program that prepares you for the work you will be expected to prepare. They also maintain a great work environment where you are encouraged to ask questions while you continue to learn which makes the experience so much better. The experience I gained at BMF made me much more confident in my decision to pursue a career in public accounting.

What I wish was different

The only thing I wish had been different is that the COVID 19 epidemic led to a couple of weeks of working from home. The experience of working from home was great but I prefer being in the office.

Advice

Be okay with not knowing everything and try to view everything as a learning experience. Preparing tax returns seems incredibly overwhelming at first but that is okay. Ask as many questions as you need to and things will begin to make sense. All of the accountants in the department want you to succeed so don't be afraid to ask for guidance when you need it. Also, don't forget to write down the answers you receive so you don't have to ask the same question more than once.
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Tax Intern

February 2019 - July 2020 • Fairlawn, OH

What I liked

The firm treats you as a valuable asset from the day they extend you an offer. The people here really focus on wanting their interns to learn. Whether preparing a return or attending a firm sponsored event, the people will never make you feel excluded. There was always someone to help when I had a question and being in a close working environment with other interns was great for working together.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have taken more of the opportunity to work overtime when they offered it as I could have had more experiences.

Advice

If at any point you feel overwhelmed, in any internship, reach out to a mentor, manager, or staff and let them know. Busy season is a stressful time and intimidating, but it's when as an intern we are expected to learn and grow (our work isn't expected to be perfect). We are only human and having those who have been through multiple busy seasons nearby, they will be there to listen and help in anyway that they can.
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