Kyle Glennon – Summer – Audit Intern – University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
My name is Kyle Glennon, and I am an accounting and finance double major from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. My relationship with PriceKubecka began at the Career Fair located in Dallas, which was hosted by the Walton College of Business. This was the first career fair that I attended, so I really didn’t know what to expect. It turns out that one of the first tables that caught my eye was PK’s bright orange and blue display, and so I walked up and introduced myself to Jason. We had a great conversation for about ten minutes regarding my resume and what interested me in coming to Dallas and the accounting field in general. After having a genuine and easy going talk, Jason offered me an on-campus interview.
The thing that separated PK from other companies that recruited me was the comfort and realness I experienced with everyone I came into contact with. Also, the idea of working for a big firm did not appeal to me, because I felt that I could gain much more experience by working with a tight knit group of co-workers, and the client base of closely held businesses was attractive to me.
About a month after the career fair, I skyped with Brian and I was fortunate enough to be offered an audit internship with PK, which I accepted on the spot. Following my acceptance, I was thrilled to start a new path. At the end of the season, I would wrap up my operations internship with the Arkansas Razorbacks football program, so it was time to develop new expectations for my next work experience. Up to the point prior to beginning my internship here at PK, I had only experienced accounting through classes and the bookkeeping I performed at my last internship. It excited me to escape the theory learning aspect in college, and be able to experience the audit service first hand.
What I loved off the bat at PK was the way we went through training. I’ve never heard of a firm in which one of the partner’s clears his schedule to train a fresh batch of interns for two full days. Brian showed us the ropes and introduced us to the technology, systems and processes we would be using and performing over 10 weeks at PK. It was fast and intense, and after the first couple days Brian felt that we were ready to get to work. At times, it was tough to become proficient with everything we had just learned, but Brian and my mentor Amy were there to help every step of the way.
I truly learned that as auditors we all work as a team to provide a service to our client. The ability to communicate among one another, and ask questions is absolutely vital to become efficient and successful. Writing this on my seventh week of my time here, it is hard to put into words all that I have learned and experienced, because it has been so plentiful. I can say that I have already been on four 401(k) audits at client offices, experienced one full audit, and performed numerous compilations and reviews on other clients. Here at PK interns are given the same work as full time employees, so the sense of belonging is real.
The staff and work atmosphere at PK is what makes it so unique. The bar is set extremely high by the firm’s Founding Partner, Brian Price, who brings an unmatched enthusiasm that trickles down to every employee at PriceKubecka. I can honestly say, we definitely are not your typical accountants hammering in numbers at our computers. Just walk desk to desk, and my co-workers are playing music and doing whatever they need to do to feel comfortable. Brian even put in a treadmill desk for those that want to stretch their legs and get some steps in! Also, the Mentor Program at PK is extremely beneficial. My mentor is Amy Sac, and she is exciting and more than willing to help me with whatever questions I have. We also go out on audits together, so she wants me to be the best I can because like I mentioned earlier, we are all a team.
Overall, I don’t think there could be a better spot on the field that I could’ve landed than PriceKubecka. From the staff to the culture and the work itself, my time here can only be described as enlightening. I look forward to what comes next, and the challenges and successes that PK will provide to me as I wrap up my ten-week tenure.
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