Accounting students have many employment choices as they enter the professional accounting market. Christianson is proud of the opportunities we can offer top candidates. Our internships provide an opportunity for students to find out about the exciting possibilities that await them as accounting professionals. If you are a talented accounting student with high personal expectations, working with Christianson as an intern will help you gain a command of skills you’ll need to succeed in a career position with the Firm. Our internships often lead to job offers for full-time employment and are an excellent way to start your career before making a full-time commitment.
Interns at Christianson will be responsible for analyzing financial information and principles (GAAP) and to perform attestation engagements in compliance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) to determine, document and maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities for the firm’s clients in accordance with the firm’s quality control procedures.
BENEFITS OF AN INTERNSHIP WITH CHRISTIANSON:
- Hands on Work Experiences
- Get to Know Us
- Direct Contact with Partners
- Assistance in Determining Areas of Accounting for post graduation interest
- Competitive compensation
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF AN INTERN
- Prepare, examine, and analyze accounting records, financial statements, and other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards in compliance with GAAP utilizing computer software.
- Prepare attestation engagements in accordance with GAAS and standards established including the preparation of audited reports.
- Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations to be in a position to offer client advice in coordination with the engagement team.
- Establish charts of accounts and assign entries to proper accounts.
- Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs including variance documentation.
- Collect and analyze data to detect deficient controls, duplicated effort, extravagance, fraud, or non-compliance with laws, regulations, and management policies.
- Examine and evaluate financial and information systems, recommending controls to ensure system reliability and data integrity in coordination with the engagement team.
- Positively represent the firm by communicating effectively with clients and consistently uphold the corporate image.
- Interact effectively with co-workers in the department and throughout the firm.
- Determine accounting needs and then recommend, develop, and maintain solutions to business and financial problems.
- Advise the engagement team regarding issues such as resource utilization, tax strategies, and the assumptions underlying budget forecasts.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing effective customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what others are saying, clarifying understanding, asking appropriate questions, and not interrupting.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making situations.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reason to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Identifying ways to simplify and improve work systems and processes to achieve better results.
- Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of performance and the actions needed to improve or correct issues or processes.
- Coordination — Working collaboratively with team members in the department and in other areas of the firm.
- Time Management – Managing work to achieve results within budget and on time.
- Problem Sensitivity — Anticipating problems and taking action to prevent or minimize their impact.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems which ultimately produce logical answers.
- Oral/Written Comprehension — The ability to effectively, candidly and clearly communicate spoken and written information.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine thoughts and ideas to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). Initiative: Recognizing the broader implications
Ideal candidates are accounting majors in their junior or senior year with a preferred GPA of 3.2 or higher.