I liked the experience of seeing what working on an audit team would be like. Previous to my internship, I was unsure about whether I wanted to go into audit or tax. Being able to see what type of work was done, what the audit process was like, and what working at the client site was like was definitely insightful and beneficial.
I loved being an intern. I thought it was a fantastic way to see the ins and outs of being on an audit engagement team, and it was also a great way to network with people whom you could potentially work for full time in the future. Also, the internship allows you to becomes very close with your intern class, so you can already start to make great friendships with potential full time hires as well. I don't believe I had any complaints about the internship, except maybe some of the traffic for some clients. Deloitte does try to pair you with clients who are close to where you will be living though.
I enjoyed the travel. I was flown out to Fort Lauderdale, Dallas Fort-Worth twice, and Newark. It enjoyed seeing parts of America I had not yet experienced. The comped meals, alcohol, and per deim are all great as well. They have free sodas, often free food, and a great admin staff. I liked the location of the BDO in the heart of Midtown and free parking offered by the firm. I used said parking to attend the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra a couple of times. The firm skews mid 20s-mid 30s, it was nice to work with others in my same age cohort. The work was investigative in nature. I enjoyed the inquisitive and skeptical mindset of auditors.
All that being said, audit work can be very tedious and boring at times. Once you've tick and tied financial statements for 8 hours or tested 20 check samples, you'll know what I am talking about. The hours are long. An audit intern works 40-60 hours a week. The expectation for interns is only 40 hours but need sometimes requires more hours. It can take a toll on your mental and physical health working so many hours for so many weeks. Take heart though, strong steel in forged in hot fire. The crucible of busy season makes you a much better professional. It is worth the struggle.