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Surviving Busy Season: When Interns Become Staff

Posted by Emily Taibl on May 19, 2017 3:43:49 PM

One of the most exciting things to happen during busy season is the introduction of new talent through Sweeney Conrad’s internship program.  This year was particularly busy and our interns went straight to work.

Sweeney Conrad is very excited to announce the permanent hire of three of our very talented interns who not only survived their first busy season- but impressed us all with their hard work and integrity.

Just for fun, we asked each of them about their experience:

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Amir Kadiric, Central Washington University

A. The overall experience was great in itself, my favorite part was experiencing the great comradery amongst everyone, which made working long hours and struggling through difficult returns a lot easier to bear. No matter how busy people got, they always took some time to check in on the well-being of their co-workers and to offer help which can make all the difference when you’re having a bad day. And the food was great too, you can never have enough pizza or Mexican food, the carbs really help refuel the overworked brain during busy season.Q. What was your favorite part of busy season?

Q. What was your least favorite part?

A. The worst part for me was having to go home and study or do homework for another 4 hours after being at work for 12. There were times when I would fall asleep typing on my laptop at home trying to finish homework, luckily my cat was generous enough to wake me up every morning at 5AM. I like to think that he was making sure I finished all my homework, although he might have had some ulterior motives as he was quick to curl up right where I was laying! The trick for me surviving school and busy season was getting ahead and finishing as much schoolwork before the internship started and then spending my Sundays solely on studying.

Q. What did you learn during busy season?

A. I can confirm having learned more about 1040s than I thought possible. Having been exposed to a broad range of individual returns, I now can comfortably perform individual returns for anyone. It’s also great to be able to apply the concepts learned from school to the real world, often times you’re given homework problems and you’re not sure why certain tax laws exist until you prepare a return and see why individuals might want to claim a certain expense or depreciation.

 

Brittany- penantBrittany Malidore, University of Washington Bothell

Q. What was your favorite part of busy season?

A. My favorite part of busy season was the endless amount of things to learn, and no matter who you worked with they tried to make each moment a "teaching" moment.

Q. What was your least favorite part?

A. The scanners, the printing machine did not like me!

Q. What did you learn during busy season?

A. Busy season taught me the importance of being efficient, and knowing how to judge the amount of appropriate time to finish a return.

 

Connor1Connor Tidd, Washington State University

Q. What was your favorite part of busy season?

A. My favorite part of busy season was all of the great food we had.

Q. What was your least favorite part?

A. My least favorite part was feeling like there was so much I still needed to learn

Q. What did you learn during busy season?

A. Busy season taught me to approach each task one at a time instead of allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by the total quantity of work.

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