School: Roger Williams University
Began Internship: January, 2017
Current Position: Senior Assistant Accountant
Contact Alex at: AlexM@pgco.com
How did you prepare for your internship job interview?
I started by researching the firm, its partners, and history. I then created a list of potential questions to ask the interviewer. Lastly, I made sure my resume was air-tight; that I was able to answer any questions about myself and previous experiences. Being confident in yourself is key.
How do you become the intern that gets hired?
Be eager and genuine. Capitalize on every opportunity that is given to you, ask questions often, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
Why did you choose to work at a local firm as opposed to a Big Four firm?
I can’t speak to Big 4 companies, but before working at P&G I interned at a large financial services company (think cubicle farm) with a draining atmosphere. After that, I knew I wanted to find somewhere else to work that was more close-knit and personable than a large company.
What do you enjoy most about working in the profession?
Solving problems in collaboration with PGCo.’s members and resources. In the Accounting profession you learn a great deal about all aspects of a business and at PGCo. you get hands on experience with local clients who depend on you to help them run a successful business.
What one piece of advice would you give a new staff accountant?
Don’t try to be a hero. If you are struggling, say something. If you don’t get an accounting concept, say something. All of the people at PGCo. are more than willing to help with any question you may have. The firm benefits as a whole when you are proactive about seeking solutions to current and anticipated problems.
What advice would you give to an intern about to begin their first tax season?
Busy season can be long and challenging at times, but it isn’t as bad as some make it out to be. The biggest piece of advice I can give is to stay organized. Juggling busy season work and classes, especially with a potential commute, can be taxing. If you’re organized in your personal and work life, you’ll find success.