Real work experience. EDD has a great group of people that make working there fun. They want you to enjoy the internship experience while also teaching you a great deal about the public accounting industry. I had an amazing time during the whole process from early recruiting through the conclusion of the internship. They offer countless opportunities for exposure to clients as well as managers and shareholders of EDD. I liked having access to higher ups at the firm that I could feel comfortable reaching out to or just to talk with in general.
There was only one thing that may have been on the lacking side that is an industry wide issue however. In the summers, due to the nature of public accounting, there may not be the most amount of work to be done. With that being said, there was never a "claw my eyes out I'm so bored" moment by any means. EDD did a great job of balancing work with other career development and community service activities that I believe enhanced the entire internship.
Advice to Potential Interns
Be prepared to ask questions and make mistakes. It is bound to happen, but it's okay. The full time staff know it will happen and just want you to learn from it. They are very helpful and understanding about it all. They recognize that this is a learning process and want to encourage you to ask questions as well as on the side, getting to know the full time employees you may work with in the future.