CS&L’s internship program provided me with an exceptionally rewarding experience that has helped mold me into the young professional that I am today. In the early phases of my internship, I began to understand that fostering growth and professional development is paramount within CS&L’s culture. Interns are immediately placed into excellent hands-on training seminars that prepare them for the work that will be assigned, and the “Mentor for Success” program provides a consistent outlet for getting any questions answered that you may have. I also felt that CS&L does a great job in keeping the work/life balance in check by participating in activities such as weekly workouts, firm lunches, happy hours, and community volunteer events. As someone who was offered a full time position following the conclusion of my internship, I can wholeheartedly attest that the CS&L Internship experience is an excellent program for anyone who is looking to take their first step towards a career in public accounting.
Why did you stay at CS&L CPAs?
After the completion of my internship, I decided to stay with CS&L due to three primary reasons. The first and primary reason for electing to stay with CS&L is that I enjoy working with team here and felt that I got along with pretty much everyone in our office. The job can be very demanding at times, so it is nice to work alongside people who are like-minded and have similar hobbies as I do. I also greatly enjoyed the challenge that working at CS&L provided. On the audit side, interns and staff are fully involved in the audit process from top to bottom so there is a lot of opportunity for learning and advancing. While being critically involved at all phases of the audit does make for a steep learning curve, it also provides tremendous rewards in terms of the knowledge and experience you are obtaining. Lastly, I opted to stay with CS&L because I am from here originally, and really enjoy the outdoor activities available in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. I also felt that my ties within the community would be more beneficial at reputable mid-size firm compared to moving to a big city where I am starting with zero networking connections.