#NDSUintern Advice

Matthew Reinisch
Major: Accounting
Graduation Date: December 2018
Company: CliftonLarsonAllen
Position: Audit/Tax Intern
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Why did you choose to work for CliftonLarsonAllen?

I chose to work for CLA for two main reasons. The atmosphere and the clients. The employees demonstrate a very positive and fun work place and they made me feel welcome all throughout the interview process. CLA is unique in the fact that they typically only serve private clients, so as an Intern I was going to get the opportunity to speak directly with the clients.

How did you find your internship?

I found my internship via Meet the Firms at NDSU. I connected with a few of the employees at CLA and they recommended their Summer Experience program. I was offered my internship following the Summer Experience program.

How many internships did you apply to before you were hired?

This was the only internship I applied for.

Did you register for credits through the Career Center’s Internship Program? If so, why was it beneficial for you to register?

I did register for credits through the Internship program. It was beneficial for me to register not only because an internship is required for Accounting majors, but it also enabled me to stay on track towards graduation.

Do you have any advice for students who haven’t had an internship yet or are in the process of applying to internships?

Never settle for an internship. Ultimately you want to find a company that you see yourself working at in the future. Never give up on finding an internship, eventually you will find one that will change your career forever.

What is an average day like for you on the job?

An average day consists of a wide variety of things depending on the day. Some days I will be out at a clients site working on an Audit with the engagement team and other days I will spend in the office working on various business and individual tax returns.

What is the most challenging part of your job? How do you overcome these obstacles?

I would have to say the most challenging part of my internship was the learning curve right away. Going into my Tax and Audit Internship, I had never taken any Tax or Audit courses. At the beginning I struggled to understand what I was supposed to be doing. After a few weeks I started to pick up on what I was working on. To overcome my “lack of knowledge”, after I would get home from my 10 hour work days, I would sit down and review the handouts I got from training and try to work through various issues in my head.

How has your internship shaped your ideas for your career? Has it changed your career path?

My internship has shown me various areas of Accounting that I would like to specialize in the future. I work in the Construction and Real Estate (CORE) industry and I find the business types that we work with to be particularly interesting. In the future I would like to be a CFO for either a Construction or Manufacturing company and make the business decisions that I currently see my clients making.

Would you recommend having an internship?

I would absolutely recommend having an internship. The information you learn on the job will only make applying it to the classroom even easier. I cannot even begin to describe all of the valuable information and life lessons my internship has taught me. It has given me a glimpse of what life will be like after college and shown me that I chose the right profession for myself.

For more information on the Career Center’s Internship Program and the benefits of registering for credits, see https://career.ndsu.edu/internship-program/.

By Emma Stupke
Emma Stupke Graduate Assistant Emma Stupke