School: Rhode Island College
Began Internship: 2019
Current Position: Staff Accountant
Contact Kristen at: KristenR@pgco.com
How did you prepare for your internship job interview?
I reviewed the firm’s website so that I had an understanding of the firm and could come up with a few questions to ask the interviewers. I also thought about the experiences I've had at work and school that illustrated my strengths and weaknesses. Overall, make sure you are prepared to answer specific questions about every item on your resume.
How do you become the intern that gets hired?
Show your enthusiasm to learn, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and keep good notes.
Why did you choose to work at a local firm as opposed to a Big Four firm?
One of the advantages of working at a local firm is that you have the opportunity to work in various areas of public accounting. It has been such a great experience for me to be involved in both tax and audit projects. I am learning so much every day and gaining a greater understanding of public accounting. It also is helping me determine the kind of work I enjoy and what I am good at.
What do you enjoy most about working in the profession?
I enjoy the challenge of understanding and applying complicated accounting concepts. I am constantly working on new projects which keeps me on my toes and make each day interesting.
What one piece of advice would you give a new staff accountant?
It is going to be challenging but hang in there. The learning process takes time and will get easier with each project you complete. I have enjoyed this experience because of the staff at Piccerelli, Gilstein & Co. They are so supportive, patient, and quickly make you feel like part of the team.
What advice would you give to an intern about to begin their first tax season?
Take the time to keep detailed notes as you are learning. If you can go back to your desk and rewrite in your own words what someone just explained to you, then you know whether you really understood it or if you need to ask more questions. It’s also great to keep notes since it’s impossible to remember everything. Having something to refer to will help you make fewer mistakes and save you a lot of time.