A Bittersweet Goodbye


By Eric Oates, Rotational Intern, Orange County Office

As we enter our last couple days of interning with Moss Adams, the reality of our internship being over is quickly setting in. Over the past eight weeks, we’ve made close bonds, met tons of new people, and learned so much that it seems crazy to look back at where we were when we started.


Our home for the last eight weeks



Tips for a First Audit

Arin Contreras, Assurance-Tax Intern, Medford, OR Office

When you land that first public accounting internship, one of the most prevalent challenges you’ll face is beating the learning curve. However abundantly valuable, your tax class nevertheless will not perfectly prepare you to fill out your on-the-job partnership return or a 990T for unrelated business income. For your college class, you could very simply find a tutor to help you better understand certain concepts. In public accounting, even the learning process can be complex. There is competition and staff hierarchy to consider; networking plays an integral role in getting questions answered; there are online trainings, but which do you take? Taking into account the time constraints faced by all interns, it is essential to approach your billable work – like your first audit, for example – with confidence and the utmost respect for the learning curve.


Interview With a Winner of the Elijah Watt Sells Award

By Michael Hetrick, Audit Intern, Sacramento Office

Michael Hetrick at the first day of the SIP in Huntington Beach

Tiffany Phillips, a graduate of the University of Oregon with Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Economics, was 1 of 55 people who received the Elijah Watt Sells Award in 2013 out of almost 100,000 exam participants. To win the award, she had to pass the CPA Exams on her first attempts with an average score of 95.5+ within one calendar year, an impressive achievement.


What to Expect in a Rotational Internship

By Eric Oates, Rotational Intern, Orange County Office

When most firms are recruiting for internships, one of the first questions that they’ll ask is if you want to work in Audit or Tax. Often before students have had a chance to take one of or both of these classes, they are expected to know what service line they plan to begin their long term career in. At Moss Adams’ Orange County Office, and many others, a different approach to this decision is taken. Instead of being asked “audit or tax”, we are given the chance to dive in and split our time evenly between the two sides. This allows us to spend our internship learning about what it really means to be a staff in both departments, and by the end of our internship make an informed decision about where we want to start as a staff.


It’s What you Make it

By Arin Contreras, Assurance-Tax Intern, Medford, OR Office

Networking is a rather intricate part of professional success. Per the Business Dictionary, networking is defined as the “[Creation] of a group of acquaintances and associates, [kept] active through regular communication for mutual benefit.” The art of networking can be quite the balancing act as you endeavor to implement and expand your social skills, develop trust in relationships, and learn more about your role in your business, the market, and crisis resolutions you need as you become more involved in the decision-making process. Networking is an integral part of doing your job to the best of your ability. Parallel to these advantages, there are many disadvantages to attempting to work in isolation, which could lead to a stinted circle of influence or immobilization in times of crisis.


Intern Bonding

By Jenae White, Audit Intern, San Francisco Office


San Francisco and Santa Rosa Interns on the Sea PA yacht


As we start to wrap up our internships this summer there is one thing that I continue to appreciate more and more; my fellow interns. Bonding with them this summer has given me friends in a city where I only had family, as well as memories that I will never forget. Check this post out to catch a glimpse of my intern class bonding experience.




Knott Just Another Day in the Office

By Eric Oates, Rotational Intern, Orange County Officekbf_wilderness_img

Twice a year, the Orange County office has a meeting with the entire office in order to discuss the “State of the Office”. Everyone from interns to partners are expected to go, and have a chance to get an update on the big picture goals that management has for the present and future of our office. This summer, our event was held at Knott’s Berry Farm. It may not seem like it, but I promise we are getting work done in between our visits to various theme parks!


Key to Success: How to be an Ambitious Scanner

by Arin Contreras, Assurance-Tax Intern, Medford, OR Office

After the toil of busy season: the ten-hour work days, piling deadlines, and true tests of personal durability, there comes the summer. Busy season thrives from January through April, leading into the quieter summertime, followed by October forward, when things begin to pick up again. As a summer intern, you might have billable work to fill some time – audits, tax returns, client consultation meetings. But it is very likely that you will reach inevitable lulls in billable work coming your way that leaves room for admin-type projects, like scanning files into previous client binders, among other things. My advice: become an avid, ambitious scanner.