Former Assurance Intern at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
10 months ago
Audit is a good way to learn a lot about how businesses work and is a great place to launch your career in accounting, especially at big 4. Most of the time your internship will translate into a full time position as well
As a first year student, I wasn't sure what I really wanted to do in my future, but I always thought auditing was an option. I came into RIT having my major as accounting, but there are so many things I could do with an accounting major. I became an Audit Intern, so I could explore my options as an accounting student. I wanted to find out if auditing is what I want to do in the future. If not, I would use my time in college to find other internship that fits my passion the most.
I worked at a bank for a few years. If you're working at a bank, your job is made up of three categories, customer service, sales, and operations. While working there, I realized I liked reviewing paperwork, resolving issues, and implement new processes that'll help your branch run more efficiently. If you think about an auditors job, that's really what you're doing. Reviewing, resolving, and collaborating with your team and clients to implement new processes and policies. If you work in public accounting, you get to travel to clients. As an intern, you may even have opportunities to travel to different states or in cities far enough that you have to stay at a hotel. This happened to me twice now and the firms first asked me if my school schedule allows. Though you don't get to pick where you go, you still get to travel and, after work, you can go do what you want. After doing some research, I felt public accounting is a field that pays pretty well. It can also be a stressful, time consuming job over the years, so there's high turnover. High turnover means more opportunities to move up.