By |March 25th, 2014|

Being an Intern in the Field

When I first found out that I was going to be an Audit intern, I was both excited and terrified. Audit was my favorite accounting class I took in college, but I had no idea what to expect out in the field.  Naturally, I had some concerns before going out in the field for the first time, but I ended up getting a lot of exposure to the audit world with six audits.

Early on, I was able to get my feet wet with a two-day audit to familiarize myself with the process. At first, it was overwhelming, but I quickly became comfortable with my team, asking questions along the way.  They started me off with a few simple assignments to get me comfortable understanding the basics of what an audit is and the process that is followed. For me, talking with the client was intimidating at first, but my team guided me every step of the way. This helped me build my confidence which is the key to communicating directly with clients.

After each audit, I could slowly feel myself starting to fall in love with being out in the field. My confidence in my work and understanding of the process increased dramatically. The leads on the audits gave me clear expectations, challenged me and helped me every step of the way.  I was impressed with how they took the time to explain procedures and processes to me. I felt as if I wasn’t just going through the motions but actually understanding why I was doing the different testing. They also gave me tips and tricks to help improve my efficiency and produce high-quality work.

While my experience in the field was exceptional, I encountered some obstacles along the way.  Being out on audits all day, I still had projects assigned to me back in the office. This led to some time management issues that I didn’t anticipate having; scheduling time to get everything done proved to be difficult. However, I overcame this by sticking to a strict schedule of coming in early and then coming back into the office once we were finished at the client. This made for long days, but time flew by as I was constantly working on something different. I learned how to stay organized with my projects in the office, so as to not miss a deadline or fall behind in learning different areas of accounting.  Overall, I had a very positive experience in the field as an intern, and I am grateful for this opportunity!

About the Author: Aaron Brody

Aaron Brody, CPA is an Advanced Senior Accountant.