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In recent years, CS&L CPAs has been voted a “Best Company to Work for in Florida” by Florida Trend Magazine, and a “Best Place to work in Tampa Bay” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Our staff and principals have been featured in numerous publications for their expertise and commitment to the community in which we live and work. We pride ourselves on our dedication to achieve a balanced work/personal life while providing a supportive team atmosphere. We are pleased to operate in a paperless environment. We are forward thinking and utilize the latest technology to serve our clients and assist our employees in their roles by offering remote access capabilities and industry leading tax and audit software. At CS&L, continuing education is highly valued and we wholly support educational and leadership building initiatives to benefit the staff.
CS&L is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida with offices in Bradenton, Sarasota and Tampa. Our communities provide a wide range of theatres, clubs, galleries, fine dining, museums, entertainment and of course, miles of white sand beaches. At CS&L, our locations offer a small-town feel, yet in a short drive you can be at major sporting venues or America’s most loved amusement parks.
CS&L realizes the advantage of hiring interns and recent grads to ensure company success in the future. We seek to capitalize on opportunities for you to become knowledgeable in accounting, auditing, consulting and taxation. As an intern or new graduate, you will work closely with all levels of staff, including our principals and managers. We have an open door policy and a performance focused environment that will help you develop both your technical and business skills on the job. If you are interested in starting a rewarding and fulfilling career with high long-term growth potential, please email your resume to [email protected].
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To be considered for future positions, you can submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]
CS&L Internship Experience
We offer a unique hands-on internship experience that better prepares candidates as they choose a path in either public accounting or private industry. At CS&L CPAs, our paid internship program provides multiple opportunities to apply the classroom lessons in a practical setting.
We help our interns to jump right in and tackle real world projects. We will treat you as a member of our team and give you worthwhile and significant tasks that will help develop the skills you will need as you advance your accounting career. These resume-building experiences will provide a level of ownership and experience that will transcend the internship period. At future job interviews, you will stand out from the competition having already been responsible for an assortment of meaningful projects during your internship with CS&L CPAs. Our interns work on rewarding assignments in diverse industries at various levels of complexity utilizing the latest software technology.
We are proud of the internship program we have built at CS&L CPAs and are pleased to find our interns appreciate working for a prestigious and reputable firm that still manages to maintain a close-knit feeling; a welcome alternative to “The Big Four.” We often refer back to our intern pool when we begin recruiting candidates for open positions.
- Move-in ready, fully furnished apartment for non-local candidates with rent covered by CS&L throughout duration of the internship
- Automatic enrollment in “Mentoring for Success” firm mentor program
- Competitive pay and overtime compensation
- Senior level accounting student, or graduate student with a 3.0 GPA or better
How to Apply
To apply, send resume and cover letter to [email protected].
2017 Fall Internship
Audit focus, limited tax work
Sept. – late Dec. 2017
2018 Spring Internship
Jan. – late Apr. 2018
2018 Summer Internship
Mix of tax and audit work
June – late Aug. 2018
We encourage students to apply three months prior to internship start date to ensure adequate time for interviewing.
Flexible schedules are offered around student classes, or you may elect to take a semester off from class to work full time. CS&L is pleased to assist you with your housing needs, and will cover your monthly rent payment for a furnished short-term apartment, when appropriate, to assist non-local candidates.
This internship may be put toward your CPA exam requirement of a one year CPA work experience.
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What our interns have to say about CS&L
Working as a tax intern at CS&L taught me a lot about what the working world is like outside of the classroom setting. I think it was very beneficial to get to experience the busiest season of the year and gain a better understanding of what goes on during tax season. Everyone was very easy to work with at CS&L and always willing to help whenever I had any questions. Although CS&L has three different office locations it was nice that they all worked together as a team and that you get to interact with everyone throughout the firm. I also enjoyed the weekly bod squad workout classes they hosted, it was a fun way to hang out with the other co-workers outside the office and get a good workout in.-Brook,
My time here at CS&L CPAs was an amazing experience and opportunity. I felt like my position had a purpose and that I was leaving a lasting impact on the company. I had the opportunity to work closely with the marketing and HR directors on multiple projects. My relationship with the directors evolved into a mentorship. Their constant feedback was very helpful and allowed me to grow as a professional. Lastly, balancing an internship and my school schedule could have been overwhelming. But CS&L CPAs did an amazing job being flexible and working to make this the best experience for me.
What is it like to move to a different state for an internship and school?
Tampa has offered me some of the best years and opportunities. Moving to Florida to go attended college was a dream of mine since I was child. At first moving can be overwhelming, however once you are adjusted you will eventually make Florida your new home. Having an extremely supportive family back home has been the key to my accomplishments here in Tampa.
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.
What really makes CS&L stand out is their firm culture. The firm culture is about fostering teamwork and growth for every staff member. That was more than evident during my internship. As an intern, almost every task I was given was a foreign concept to me. There were days where I would have pages of questions and I could go to ANYONE for help. If someone was available, they instantly tried to help. If they didn’t know the answer, they helped get me to the person who did. I never felt like I was all alone, trying to do all this work or figure out all these processes by myself. I felt supported and was never afraid to ask for help, or to try something and get it wrong. I felt extremely appreciated during my internship. The partners thanked us regularly for our hard-work. The firm provided outlets to help everyone get through busy season. We had lunches provided, fun socials, weekly workouts, and other events happening during our workday to help us break away from the daily grind. My experience interning for CS&L was better than anything I could have imagined. I went from wondering if I could get what I needed from public accounting to knowing I just needed the right firm.-Pamela,
My internship with CS&L CPAs was a valuable and enjoyable learning experience. At first it seemed like an intimidating thing to do since I was now working and going to school in a different state. However, from the minute I walked in to the office, it was clear that everyone was willing to answer any of my questions and assist me with my work. This aided my ability to learn and remove any fears I may have had about working in an office for the first time. I would recommend CS&L CPAs to any accounting student who is looking for an internship because the experience you will get here is something that school would never be able to provide.-Chris,
Working at CS&L CPAs was a remarkable experience because I had the opportunity to gain real-life experience as well as learning what it means to work in an accounting firm. I absolutely loved the company culture and working environment at CS&L CPAs. The team was friendly, approachable, and was always there if I had any questions. They truly do care about their employees, the community, and their clients. I also appreciated having a mentor that went through the same thing I did and was able to help guide me throughout my internship.
How did you know CS&L CPA was a company you wanted to work for?
the company’s culture, the opportunity to have a mentor, and the fact that it’s local was a plus. I am glad that I did decide to work here because I am pleased with the internship overall.
My experience as an intern at CS&L has been amazing. Starting a new job is always nerve wracking, yet the CS&L team is extremely welcoming and knows how to make someone feel right at home. As an intern, the workload can be overwhelming at first, but the firm provided outlets to get through the busy season. The firm values quality work but also believes it is important to take time to decompress from the busy workday. The culture of the firm and the support from the team made me realize that CS&L was the right fit for me.
What is it like to move to a different state for an internship and school?
Moving to a different state for an internship and school is extremely overwhelming but also exciting. It opens the door to countless new experiences and opportunities. Leaving family and the place you call home can be difficult, but the support and encouragement from loved ones makes it worthwhile. Over the past four years, I have met so many amazing people that I would now consider my family and I can happily call Florida my new home.