Accounting students complete spring internships

He doesn’t pretend it wasn’t hard work and a big change, but Cameron Lundsford is enthusiastic in his endorsement of his recently completed internship at KPMG.  In January, Cameron few to Orlando, FL for a one week training prior to beginning his 3 month internship at this Big 4 accounting firm in Minneapolis.

“It was -20 when we left Minnesota and 80 in Florida.  We didn’t have a lot of free time, but the change in temperature was worth it!”

Cameron applied for an internship with the public accounting firm at ICORN day back in the fall.

“It is a good way to get your foot in the door.  The best way to get a public accounting job after graduation is to intern in the spring.”

This junior from the small town of Allerton, IA knew that moving to Minneapolis for the duration of the internship would be a big change, but he knew it was worth it.  So he found a place to stay, packed his bags and headed north.

An audit internship allows a college student to get into the work of an accounting firm before graduation.  After an intensive week of training, the students join teams of full-time employees as they work to complete audits of various clients.  It is an amazing experience of working long, hard days, an excellent preview of what the career will be.

Cameron is just one of the Simpson juniors who completed public accounting internships this spring.  Other students interned at firms in Des Moines. Rachel Wollschlager dedicated herself to her internship at Ernst and Young for the last three months.

I had a mentor in the firm, someone who had just begun in August.  He knew how steep the learning curve would be and helped me out when I had questions.  I also had a senior partner I could ask questions of.  They are big on team-building at EY.

Another student, Kelsey McLaughlin, interned at BKD, a top public tax firm. The firm is new to the Des Moines market and Kelsey had the opportunity to be one of the first interns in the office. Her work during the semester included doing the backend work for personal, partnership and trust complex tax returns. Kelsey was offered a full-time position at the firm after graduation. She’ll complete her senior year at Simpson next year, study for the CPA exams and start work in the fall of 2015!

On their path to finish 150 credit hours by graduation to qualify to sit for the CPA exam, these students also take a couple classes in the Simpson evening program during the semester.