2017 SIP in a Nutshell: Fun, Training, and More Fun

2017 Disneyland SIP Group Photo news

By Andrea Rosillo, Tax Intern, Dallas Office

Welcome back to another day in the life of an intern (or at least, according to me)!

Acclimating to the “office life” after coming back from the Summer Intern Program (SIP) in sunny California is kind of difficult when you’ve been treated to a full week of the “good life”: constant great weather, a *magical* environment, and delicious food.


The Start of Something Special

By Tyler Rixon, Tax Intern, Tacoma Office

Hi all and welcome to the Life at Moss Adams Blog! My name is Tyler Rixon and I am a tax intern in the Tacoma office. I recently graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and will be taking my talents to South Beach (actually…Seattle) to obtain a Masters of Tax from the University of Washington.


CAUTION: This blog may include, but is not limited to, interviews with famous people, pro tips, and a funny story or two.


Found My West

 By Linda Costa, Assurance Intern, Bellingham Office

Growing up on the beast coast was an experience I have been grateful to have had. Boston, MA is quite the varied city— with its auburn autumns and winter blizzards. Boston has given me the perspective of what it means to be from the “East Coast.” People are direct, walking is fast, driving is faster, and, generally, baseball is a pretty important part of everyone’s year. Then why, might you ask, did I go in search of my West?

New Summer in the Books, New Interns on the Blog


By Andrea Rosillo, Tax Intern, Dallas Office

Hello to all of our avid blog readers! My name is Andrea Rosillo and I am one of the three interns that will be contributing to this blog for the duration of this summer. I am currently completing my Master’s degree in Accounting at The University of Texas at Dallas and will be taking (and hopefully, passing) my CPA exams next summer. (more…)

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.