This blog is the second installment in a two-part series. To read the first installment and to learn about Christy’s experience as an intern at Hall & Company, check out last week’s blog post.
The Hall & Company Internship Program, now in its fifth year, offers tomorrow’s future CPAs a chance to jumpstart their career, develop their professional skills, and grow their network. Learn what it’s like to intern at one of Orange County’s premier CPA firms from one of our previous interns, who is now a full-time permanent employee here at the firm.
Hall & Company offers two audit and two tax internships every year, lasting four months each. The internships are paid, and students from local universities – such as California State University Long Beach, University of California, Irvine, or California State University Fullerton – have the opportunity to spend between 20 and 30 hours a week learning about taxation, auditing, and general business consultancy during their work placement. In this second installment of our Internship Graduate Series blog, hear firsthand from Jacob Uribe, a former Hall & Company intern who is now a Hall & Company audit associate, about his internship experience.
What school did you attend and what program did you study?
I graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
What type of internship did you complete at Hall & Company?
I completed an audit internship, which lasted five and a half months.
How did you learn about the internship program at Hall & Company?
I learned about Hall & Company’s internship program through a Meet the Firms event, a panel discussion and networking event organized by The Biola Accounting Society in partnership with over 14 major firms and organizations. I also learned more about the internship through the Hall & Company Office Tour.
What attracted you to Hall & Company’s internship program?
What attracted me most to Hall & Company’s internship was the people. During the Meet the Firms event at my university, and through the Hall & Company Office Tour, I was able to have genuine conversations with everyone I met! I found this attractive because the conversations seemed genuine and didn’t come across as an attempt to recruit me for “quick short term labor.” Instead, the firm truly wanted to find distinctive people who would fit into the culture and suit the needs of the company.
I think the second most attractive characteristic that brought me to Hall & Company’s internship program was the openness and willingness of the company to grant me a full-time internship. When I was searching for a work opportunity after graduation and discovered the Hall & Company internships, I was interested, but the firm was offering part-time internships, and I was seeking a full-time placement. However, after communicating with the partners and management about my desire to work full-time as an intern, they granted me a full-time internship.
What was a typical day like for you as an intern?
A typical day for me as an intern included getting coffee for the partners, making copies of financials, and taking notes during planning meetings…
Just kidding! As an intern, I was fully exposed to the work that a first-year staff associate, or even a senior, would be performing during any typical day. A positive aspect of my internship was that whenever I needed help on an engagement, or if my assistance was needed for another engagement, aid was always provided. The supportive team environment at Hall & Company differed from other experiences I’d had. In other internships and at previous jobs, there were times when I felt completely lost. However, Hall & Company, by far, has been the most supportive environment out of all my work experiences. The team here trained me and helped me to understand the work I was completing.
What about the internship did you enjoy the most?
Based on my friends’ accounts, I have been told that a lot of the work they perform as an audit or tax associate at other firms is very narrow and limited. In contrast, at Hall & Company, I was able to experience much more than my peers who went on to other firms for internships. Overall, I think the full scope of work, exposure to various industries, and opportunities to learn about different types of engagements were what I enjoyed most about my Hall & Company internship. Instead of being confined to a limited, narrow scope of work as others experienced at other firms, I was able to really learn and thrive.
How did your Hall & Company internship prepare you for your professional career as a CPA/accountant?
My Hall & Company internship prepared me for my professional career as an accountant by exposing me to audit and what it entails. The internship taught me how to perform analysis, testing, documentation, and more. It also introduced me to what it is like to work with a full team on an engagement.
What advice do you have for future Hall & Company interns?
I think the most important piece of advice I have for future Hall & Company interns is that you’re interning to gain experience and learn, so always be willing to learn! Also, don’t forget that there are many intelligent and willing people to help guide you as an intern. Use the resources available to you!
About Hall & Company
At Hall & Company, we pride ourselves on having the best accounting professionals in the industry on our team, and our employees boast extensive expertise in all areas of accounting and business. Many of our employees also launched their CPA careers with an internship, just like Jacob. As a firm, we believe in hiring from within whenever possible. Your internship today could lead to your new Hall & Company career tomorrow. If you’re passionate about the accounting industry and interested in interning at a leading Orange County CPA firm, contact us today. Our next round of internships begin in January and will run through April, and we’re currently recruiting students who are team players with a great attitude and willingness to learn. If this sounds like you, then we’d love to hear from you. Alternatively, if you’d like to explore other topics we’ve written for students starting their careers or if you want to learn more about our culture, check out our blog.