My Barnes Wendling Accounting Internship Exceeded My Expectations

By Jennifer Sedlak, Intern 2017 Tax Season 

My internship at Barnes Wendling CPAs didn’t just meet my expectations but far exceeded them. The number of responsibilities I was given and trusted with was a definite confidence booster. As a student, you often perceive internships as coffee runs and endless copying, but my supervisors assigned me with various tasks, including business returns, trust returns, and individual returns. I even went out on an audit! I learned way more about the public accounting industry than I could have ever hoped to learn.

The most challenging moment I had during my internship was going from the classroom environment to the office environment. Using everything I learned at Tri-C in the exact business I studied for was a little scary, but I knew that I could handle it with the help of all my new co-workers.

What I learned about public accounting was that it takes the entire team’s efforts to accomplish a job. The clients rely on our collective skills to prepare their tax returns, financial statements, audits, and more. I learned, even if you do not know the answer to something, there are many people in the office with their doors open ready to help you.

During my internship, I learned a great deal about myself. I learned that I am not afraid to ask anyone questions. I discovered and solidified my love for preparing tax returns, especially estate and trust returns. I learned that if I work hard and trust myself then the end product will be noticed by others. I gained a great deal of confidence during my internship.

My most memorable experience at Barnes Wendling CPAs was participating in all of their wonderful events. The Christmas party was a blast, and I got to meet my future co-workers before my internship started. The March Madness event where we raised money for Legal Aid Society of Cleveland was a lot of fun and very wholesome. When we raised money for Harvest for Hunger with an ice cream social and putt-putt, it was very fulfilling. Being a part such a caring and charitable firm is something I will never forget.

I would most definitely refer everyone to Barnes Wendling CPAs for an internship opportunity. I would tell them that everyone from staff to director is helpful, patient, knowledgeable, and genuinely cares about your experience and your career path. They provide a very pleasant work environment and do not treat you like just an intern. They treat you like a teammate. Barnes Wendling CPAs was the stepping stone I needed to achieve my goals in the accounting industry, and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything they did for me!

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