Brian Churpita, MBA, '19, from Niagara Falls, N.Y. secured an internship with Freed Maxick during the summer of 2018 in their auditing department as a MAX intern. After his internship, he received a full-time offer and started with the firm in the fall of 2019 in their auditing department.
How did you secure the opportunity?
I was able to secure this opportunity by taking advantage of on-campus recruiting events starting my freshmen year. Each year I was able to meet with various employees of Freed and stay in contact through the years to a point where they recognized me as I walked up to the table at recruiting events. I was able to have a foot in the door prior to interviewing which made the process that much easier.
What did you do on a daily basis?
The internship was a great mix of work and entertainment, as Freed Maxick truly seeks to provide a highly enjoyable learning experience. In the summer I was able to visit various clients with other staff members and work on engagements such as pension audits as well as work in office alongside other interns. Throughout the week our collective intern group often attended lunches, and participated in great team-building exercises like escape rooms, client tours, and corporate events. During the “busy season” I focused more on individual and business tax returns working alongside both staff and partners with the firm. Busy season was a much faster pace than the summer, but I feel like it provided a very realistic day-to -day experience.
Most importantly, what did you learn?
This internship provided me with an incredible amount of knowledge about the public accounting field as a whole, and reassured me that this is what I want to do. I was able to learn the various programs, procedures, and policies that Freed Maxick uses, all while experiencing the great culture they have in place. Most importantly I learned how crucial it is to ask questions and meet people as it makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
What advice do you have for future students?
Make sure to go to the on-campus recruiting events offered through Niagara and take advantage of other off-campus events like open houses; essentially find a way to get a foot in the door before even interviewing. Meet the Accountants Night can seem like a stressful event for a freshman or sophomore, but it is completely worth attending, as recruiters will start to remember you after seeing you there on an annual basis. I spoke to representatives from Freed [Maxick] as a freshmen, right through to senior year, and by the time I interviewed it felt like we had known each other for years. It made the whole process that much easier.
If you have worked with Career Services, how have they helped you?
Career Services helped me prepare by reviewing my resume one-on-one, as well as offering mock-interviews for a realistic experience prior to my actual interviews. Career Services also does a great job in scheduling on-campus interviews once secured.