Five Things I Learned During My DHG Internship
Matthew Del Rocco is nearing the end of his internship with DHG in the Jacksonville office. Continue reading as he shares five things he’s learned as a DHG intern.
Learning to be a good learner: You hear a lot about different learning styles- how some people are visual learners and some people are auditory learners- but you don’t hear a lot about the different teaching styles. I’ve worked with some managers who are very detail oriented and who get into the nitty gritty with you, and I’ve worked with others who prefer to walk you through the basics and encourage you to figure out solutions by thinking logically and asking questions. I’ve experienced a lot of different styles and I’ve learned (and am still learning!) how to adapt to teaching styles so I can grow even if it’s not exactly how I am used to learning and absorbing information.
Time and project management: Coming into my internship I underestimated how many different things I would be working on at one time. Keeping track of my duties and where a general audit is all together is incredibly important. Some of the people on my team advised me to keep a running list of everything on my plate and any outstanding items for the client. This allowed me to keep everything in one place, and if I ever lost track of where things stood, I could turn to my list and at a quick glance say I need to do x, y and z. This kept me on track and in turn helped to make sure everyone on my team was on the same page.
Don’t miss the forest for the trees: Simply put, it’s important to remember the big picture. Don’t get too lost in the details to where you forget the accounting and auditing basics- debits and credits, for instance. It’s helpful if you’re stuck testing a single account to step back for a second and think about what you’re doing- where that account was in the balance sheet, what’s the directional risk, what’s beyond the samples being tested. It’s easy to look at what you’re doing and what’s right in front of you, but it’s important to look down the road at the long-term goal. I’ve found it helpful at times to step back and remember that.
Ask good questions and figure things out on your own: I’ve learned that it’s important to be resourceful and to be able to figure things out on your own. Your managers and teammates have their own duties and it’s not just to make sure you’ve got your tasks taken care of. They appreciate when you can get things done and make an effort to figure out the answers on your own. Yes, there are times when it’s difficult to put the puzzle together, but figure out how to ask good questions. If I come up to something I get stuck on, rather than immediately asking what to do, I open a Word document and start typing what my question is going to be. It’s helpful to get my thoughts straight and to figure out exactly what I need to ask. Most of the time when I start typing and organizing my thoughts, I start to think about solutions, and if I don’t come up with the exact solution, I’m able to write a clear question.
Every minute as an intern counts: I think of an internship as an extended interview, both for me and for DHG. It’s an opportunity for me to convince the people I’m working with that I’m a hard worker with a positive attitude and a skill set that is a good fit for the firm, and it’s also an opportunity for me to be immersed in the DHG culture and client work to see if it’s the type of place I want to start and grow my career. Remember, just because you got the internship, that doesn’t mean it’s the end game- every minute counts when it comes to making a good impression.
Matthew is an assurance intern in DHG’s Jacksonville office. A Florida native, Matthew is an alumni of the University of North Florida where he earned his MAcc in December 2016. His Life Beyond Numbers revolves around traveling with his wife, spending time outdoors with his German Shepherd, and (lately) preparing for the arrival of his first child – a baby girl due in August.