Friday, April 13, 2012

What makes a great intern?

You have the internship, now what do you do to stand out from the crowd?  Here is what I look for when evaluating an intern.

Attitude - We love interns that have a positive attitude, are open to feedback and willing to help where ever needed.  Seeing someone enjoying the internship and smiling every day makes us want to work with them more.

Love of Learning - Interns that are curious and love to learn are fun to work with.  Don't be afraid to ask questions and take on challenges.  Public accounting is always about learning.

Communication skills - Interns that proactively communicate with supervisors about questions, issues and concerns stand out.  The ability to use email and voice mail to convey information in a clear, concise way makes your supervisor's job easier.

Organization skills - Public accounting is a busy industry with deadlines and budgets.  An intern that can manage their time effectively and proactively address deadline issues is a step ahead of the rest.

Professional presentation - As an intern, you may work at a client office.  How you dress, talk and present yourself now affects how the firm and clients view you.  Take care to represent the firm's values inside and outside of the office.

Work Ethic - Interns that demonstrate their work ethic by being on time, communicating any schedule changes, being flexible with work hours and working as part of a team is vital to being considered for a full time position.

Take your internship seriously.  Employers are evaluating your potential to fit in for the long term.  Put your best foot forward and show us you want to be part of our firm.

Good luck!

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