The best aspects included the opportunity to do real, valuable work while also getting exposed to EDD's unique culture and focus on work-life balance. There was a huge emphasis on community impact and client service, even within our relatively low-level work as interns. There were also weekly opportunities to go to lunch with firm managers and senior managers to discuss our thoughts on the internship, and to provide ideas on how the internship could be improved.
The only opportunity for improvement in the internship that I saw was that occasionally there is too much downtime during the week. Most of this is due to the fact that the summer is a slower time for audit interns; The tax interns seemed to stay busy constantly. This is more of an industry issue than an internship program issue.
Advice to Potential Interns
Come into the firm with an open mind, and constantly evaluate whether you can see yourself working for the firm in the future. Communicate your personal goals to those you are working with constantly, as there is a lot of helpful advice to go around. Communicating your expectations and plan for the future early on will allow EDD time to work with you and provide you with an offer that you find exciting and in-line with your career plan.
Advice to Management
Some advice might be to offer more opportunities within the year for employees to be promoted, instead of just having annual reviews. Additionally, while the "perks" at Elliott Davis seem to far exceed those of their competitors, the pay seems to be a little bit below average, at least according to salary surveys. However, if you add the value of the perks to the salary, it may balance out quite competitively.
Sample Interview Questions
What attracted you to Elliott Davis?
What interests you about Public Accounting?
Where do you see yourself if 3-5 years?