Internships add up to good experience at accountancy firm

| 10/10/2016
CNS Local Life

Interns Teresa Anderson (far left) and Danielle Soto (far right) at an NCVO volunteer day with BDO staff

(CNS Local Life): Two accountancy interns have completed a summer at a local firm, where they were introduced to such responsibilities as auditing, reviewing financial statements and general administrative tasks. Danielle Soto and Teresa Anderson participated in this year’s summer internship at BDO in Cayman, impressing the supervisor of the programme. Audit manager Alison Pinchin, who oversaw the internships, said the two apprentices “worked incredibly hard” over the combined course of three months.

“We are proud of them, and they should be proud of themselves.”

Anderson said of her internship: “It was a pleasure to do work experience at BDO. During the internship I was reinforced in the values of work ethic such as attention to detail, time management and accuracy. The staff at BDO were very helpful in explaining assignments. I am grateful to have been exposed to a number of auditing concepts and actuarial reports.”

For Soto, the internship has been an invaluable experience. She is nearing the end of both her accounting and business management degrees at Florida Gulf University, and expects to prepare for and sit her CPA examinations next year.

“My internship experience with BDO has been very rewarding,” she said. “It has allowed me to learn and grow both personally and professionally through the guidance of the partners and staff. BDO’s company culture is welcoming and friendly, where ideas and opinions are openly shared.”

Soto added that she was able to apply her university lessons to real-life situations.

BDO managing partner Glen Trenouth praised her work. “Danielle has been with us for the past four summers,” he said. “From mid-May until mid-August, she has been with us every day. The dedication she brought with her into this workplace is something we all admire at BDO. We wish her all the best.”

BDO are already considering university applications for next year.

“We have participated in the Cayman Finance internship programme for the two years it has been running, and we look forward to a third,” Trenouth said.

“BDO is always pleased to host Caymanian summer interns,” he explained. “Even in their short term with us we hope we can give them some insight into the accounting profession, the type of people they will meet and the encouragement to take up such a well-regarded career.”

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