Mentorship is immediately given, both structured and unstructured.
Interns are given on-the-job training and responsibility immediately, without micromanagement or lengthy training sessions.
Culture is inclusive, and honest opinions/advice are always available (from every level of management)
Get to create a relationship with ever level of management from Partners to Associates. No 'chain of command' requirements.
Because I was only able to intern in the summer, I was only able to participate in Benefit Plan and non-profit audits rather than many financial statement audits. However, this is more a function of the industry than the internship itself; they do offer internships in different seasons that would allow students to see other types of audits.
Advice to Potential Interns
Be prepared to be given responsibility. Your coworkers will always make sure your comfortable with the tasks you are given, but be willing to go out on a limb and mess up. On each job, you might be asked to go outside your comfort zone.
Be accepting of honest criticism and advice; Manager review isn't about scolding, it's about correcting your mistakes. Even if it takes a few tries!
Sample Interview Questions
What kind of feedback do you like to receive?
Describe a time you had to work in a difficult team, and how you handled the situation?
What are your plans for the future, what kind of a firm do you want to work for?
Advice to Management
With the new CPA requirements to have 150 hours of education, many of us are going back to school for our Master's; while Eide Bailly offers a fair amount in tuition assistance, it might be time to look into an increase in this benefit now that requirements are changing and making it more costly to enter the profession. Besides that, don't change a thing!