Since joining the accounting program two and a half years ago, I have been repeatedly asked, “tax or audit?” To be honest, I was not sure until last semester, when I took both Corporate Tax and Audit at the same time. That experience really helped me narrow it down to audit and I was very excited to finally be able to answer that question. That was before I worked as an Assurance Intern for RubinBrown, though.
Working at RubinBrown this summer has given me the chance to learn that choosing audit is only half the battle of making a career choice. I had no idea that you could specialize in an industry group as an auditor. For example, this summer I have helped audit several 401(k) benefit plans, a financial institution, a low income housing developer and a not-for-profit. I get to finish my summer working on a casino, and those are less than half of the industries that you could choose to specialize in as an auditor.
Working as an Assurance Intern this summer has given me such a great opportunity to find the things that I enjoy. Now that I am aware of what is available after you answer the “tax or audit” question, the next couple of years will give me the opportunity to try a little more of everything before I specialize in my interests. For anyone who may not have started their internship yet, I want to encourage you to try a little bit of everything before you make a decision. I can tell you from firsthand experience that your passions may lie in an industry that you would have never considered before.