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A Look into TBG’s Internship Program

Internships are incredibly important during a college career—they allow you to gain real work experience and skills, build your resume, grow your professional network, and more.

In the accounting world, internships provide a good idea of the typical type and volume of work as well as the technical skills needed to succeed in the profession. Additionally, accounting internships often lead to full-time job offers!

According to our Recruiting Specialist, Rachel Pasternak, “an internship that applies directly to your major will either confirm your chosen career path or set you onto making a left turn and some big changes!” Rachel further added, “while every experience should be looked at as a learning opportunity, an internship is a fantastic example of how you can secure an opportunity to re-affirm your future plans.”

At The Bonadio Group (TBG), we offer a variety of accounting internships (that actually involve accounting!) including those within Audit, Tax, and Small Business Advisory (SBA).

Our internships help prepare for a public accounting career by allowing you to work inside client teams that demand excellence under pressure. In these roles, our interns are challenged to continually learn new skills, work in a high-paced environment, and provide exceptional detail and accuracy.

What Our Interns Have to Say

To give a better look at what it means to be a TBG intern, we spoke with two of our interns, Michael McKeehan, Tax, and Ben Fruscello, SBA/Audit.

Michael, who recently extended his spring internship, says that during his time at TBG so far, the actual work assigned is among the many things that have stood out to him.

“Throughout the course of my internship, the work assigned to me felt very important and meaningful. I took great pride with completing everything that was given to me,” said Michael. “The work I did made me feel like an actual tax assistant.”

Michael also reflected on some of the relationships he built during his internship, sharing that leadership went out of their way to make sure he was succeeding.

“My team really showed me that they care about personal and professional growth. I wasn’t exposed to a lot before this internship, but the team didn’t hesitate to help or explain anything I wasn’t sure of.”

Throughout his internship, Michael gained software, communication, and time management skills. Specifically, he worked on 1040s for individuals, tax extensions, reclassification of assets on tax jar, and created and uploaded client information to the firm’s software.

Ben, who previously interned within the firm’s SBA department, recently started his second internship within the audit practice. He recalls that his time at TBG so far during his SBA internship has been “truly amazing.” Starting out in January 2022, Ben primarily worked on 1099s. By February, he shifted his focus to tax returns.

“I thought I had a good grasp on what’s involved in a tax return based on past experience and what we learned in school, but when it’s real people and real money, the intricacies really start to show themselves and I definitely feel as though I learned a lot,” said Ben.

Aside from the technical experience, Ben has felt valued each and every day while interning at TBG.

“All the people ‘above’ me in terms of title were really great and treated me not as if I worked FOR them, but WITH them. That alone made me feel valued – that I wasn’t just a space-filler or “another cog in the machine,” but rather a respected coworker,” said Ben.

Accounting positions are competitive and require experience, so get ahead today and check out our current internship positions here or reach out to our Recruiting Specialist, Rachel Pasternak, at rpasternak@bonadio.com for more information!

This material has been prepared for general, informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. Should you require any such advice, please contact us directly. The information contained herein does not create, and your review or use of the information does not constitute, an accountant-client relationship.