As Christopher Speights, Nataly Ruiz and Ivan Pena approach the end of their internships, they reflect on their experiences.
First, let’s hear from Christopher.
At Martini, Iosue and Akpovi, I am assisting staff and managers to prepare both domestic and international tax returns. In my brief tenure, I have had the opportunity to work alongside like-minded people and pick their brains for invaluable information.
My career aspirations are to become a certified public accountant and to work at an accounting firm whose culture and people are compatible to my personality and ethics. I can proudly say that after graduation, I would like to work at Martini, Iosue and Akpovi.
The internship has exposed me to the tremendous amount of codes, laws and regulations, and forms that accounting professionals must keep pace with if they are to survive in the world of accountancy. Additionally, the internship has revealed the importance of the mastery of fundamental accounting principles. Before the internship, I strongly believed that I needed to know everything about accounting – including intermediate and advanced accounting subjects. However, I quickly realized that is an insurmountable task, and simply having a mastery of accounting fundamentals will more than suffice. Most importantly, I have learned that a perpetual thirst for knowledge and an inquisitive mind are vital to the success of young professionals.
Next, Ivan reflects on the last few weeks
Since day one, I have been trained in a variety of different accounting procedures. I have been able to assist in the preparation of tax returns for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and trusts. Furthermore, I have been able to prepare some US international tax forms. My training has been imparted on a one-to-one approach by current accounting staff and managers in the firm. As part of the training, I have been exposed to the audit service by completing simulated audit reviews for cash, accounts receivable, prepaids, and other types of accounts.
The internship has helped me realize how complex tax returns can be, however, the staff have been very patient with the interns learning all the new material in a short amount of time. Coming in, I didn’t know which area of accounting would be a better fit for me. While tax has been a novel experience, audit has sparkled interest in me as well. As of now, I been working on audit review simulations. I see audit as a big puzzle that has to be put together. I have learned that an auditor must question the validity of the numbers on the financial reports. On the other hand, one thing I love about tax is that there is constant learning for tax professionals. The field of tax requires on-going education because tax law is always changing. Ultimately, through this internship, I have realized that public accounting is the right career I would like to pursue after obtaining my bachelor’s degree in accountancy.
And finally Nataly shares her experiences
I am assisting the International Tax team in the completion of complex returns. This means I am engaging in continuous knowledge development regarding regulations, best practices, tools and techniques.
I have grown my technical accounting skills by being exposed to real word accounting issues. I have also grown professionally through building a strong, professional network with Martini, Iosue and Akpovi employees and the other interns.
Interning at Martini, Iosue and Akpovi has given me the opportunity to confront and overcome the “fear of the unknown” that I had about what it’s like to work in a professional environment.
Please contact Martini, Iosue & Akpovi, LLP by phone at (818) 789-1179 for more information about our internship program.