By Jack Whitaker, 2018 Tax Season

Barnes Wendling CPAs exceeded all expectations I had for an accounting internship. I didn’t have any professional experience before, so I didn’t think I would get the opportunities I did. My superiors depended on me to handle a lot of work and with that came opportunities to learn even more.

I was surprised by the amount I learned and accomplished. For example, I never thought I would correctly complete a business tax return, let alone multiple returns. Beyond the work, I felt comfortable with every person in the company, which I did not think I would be saying after three months. The people within the firm was one of the best components of the experience. They made me feel a part of the team from the first day.

One of the many things I learned about public accounting is that CPAs are far above average. Almost everybody at the firm is a CPA, and they are all extremely knowledgeable about the business. It was incredible to see how much the team knew. From my experience, if you put a CPA in a business position in any company, they could far exceed any expectations. If you’re looking to become a successful executive, public accounting is the right place to be. When I figured this out, I realized I chose to pursue the right field. Not only did it convince me that accounting was the right choice, but it convinced me that I want to be a CPA.

The hours are the most challenging part of an internship. As a college student, I was not used to regular business hours, especially including all the overtime. It was a major adjustment that I had to make. At first, it was extremely difficult, but once I started to embrace my work, the adjustment became easier because I felt as if I was doing something purposeful.

My most memorable experience with Barnes Wendling CPAs is the people. As I said earlier, working with others is one of the best parts of the internship. The main reason I want to come back and work for the firm is because of them. They were a fun, welcoming group that taught me more than I thought I could handle and made me feel more than just another intern.

I would tell a future intern that if you work hard, ask questions, and have a positive attitude every day you will have a successful three months. If you do this, not only will you walk away with a range of knowledge, but you’ll walk away feeling confident that you’ll be welcome back here.

Without a doubt, I would refer a friend to Barnes Wendling CPAs. I learned so much about business, accounting, and myself over the course of my internship that I consider it the most impactful learning experience in my life thus far. I don’t know any other public accounting firm that can offer what Barnes Wendling CPAs does. They give you so much responsibility that you’re going to learn no matter what, and they surround you with great people that will guide you along the way.