California! We got to go to SoCal for an entire week, just for training, with all of the other interns from Moss Adams. Almost 200 of us got the chance to stay at the Hilton Waterfront in Huntington Beach and get to know our potential future colleagues, as well as learn about the firm and do some technical training on Tax Prep and Employee Benefit Plan audits. I had the most amazing time and I wouldn't trade that week for any other program!
In the public accounting profession, Summer is naturally a much less busy time as far as work opportunities and hours. Often, I would run out of work and find myself working on homework for summer classes (which the firm was totally okay with!) or doing practice tax returns from previous years. These were great opportunities, but if you are looking for a more work-intensive internship, a busy-season internship (January through mid-April) would be the better way to go! I had the fortune to be able to do both, but at the end, I would still choose Moss Adams over the other firm that I worked for during busy season, even if I didn't get as much exposure to work material.
Advice to Potential Interns
Remember, internships in Public Accounting are an extended interview -- that is, the interview is just as much for the Firm to see your performance as it is for you to evaluate your fit with the Firm. With that being said, give 110% at whatever internship you do end up choosing!
Advice to Management
I thought Moss Adams did a fantastic job in all areas of my internship. No advice necessary.
Sample Interview Questions
"What interests you about Public Accounting?"
"How did you decide to choose Accounting/Finance in college?"
"Describe a time where you faced a challenge and what steps you took to overcome it."