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Five UNG Students Serve Internships at Rushton

Published Friday, March 15, 2019

Rushton is pleased to have interns assisting our staff during this busy time of year.

The firm currently has four tax interns and one audit intern who will work through the month of April.

Josh Leyba, Danielle McCarthy, Clay Mimbs, Harris Webb and Samra Osojkic were selected from a highly competitive group of applicants based on their outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement and a formal interview process.

All the 2019 interns are students at the University of North Georgia. Leyba interned with Rushton during the 2018 tax season and was asked to return as a part-time Tax Assistant. Leyba, Webb and Osojkic will graduate in May while McCarthy and Mimbs will graduate in December; all of them have plans to pursue master’s degrees.

McCarthy was nervous to begin her internship with Rushton. Her nerves soon turned to excitement, though, as she began to look forward to getting to work each day.  “As students we hear about how stressful a tax season is, and while I’m sure they’re all stressed and busy, there has not been one team member who has refused to spare a couple of minutes for us,” Danielle says.

The Rushton internship program was designed to give accounting students the real-world experience that will give them insight into the daily tasks and responsibilities of a beginning staff accountant in the firm, including a variety of accounting and tax work. Tax interns assist in income tax return preparation, bookkeeping data entry, property tax return preparation, and payroll processing as well as other support tasks for full-time staff. Audit interns assist with audit testing, tracking and analyzing information and performing data entry functions. Interns work closely with full-time staff and receive training, supervision and performance reviews.

From Leyba’s point of view, “Rushton has developed a fantastic internship program that continues to get better every year. One primary reason for this is the way they take suggestions from the staff responsible for the interns as well as the interns themselves. They do not just focus on getting interns to do the tasks that arise in the heat of tax season like some firms. Rather, they focus on starting the careers of young accountants, whether it be with Rushton or elsewhere. After all, Rushton’s key mission is to grow the futures of both clients and staff.”

The paid internships span 14 weeks during which interns are embedded among the firm's staff so that they experience not only the work tasks, but also the culture of the workplace and the pace during this busy time of year. The interns have all expressed how beneficial as well as enjoyable the internship program has been for them.

Mimbs was surprised by “… the warmth of the culture here. Although we work hard and contribute our best for our clients, we are able to do so cheerfully and in a manner of fun. The relationships here appear strong and genuine.”

The interns gather every Friday to participate in a Lunch and Learn. Lunch is provided and they learn about different aspects related to auditing and tax. Rushton is committed to providing a hands-on educational opportunity for the interns. Osojkic believes that the firm “goes above and beyond to allow the interns to become knowledgeable as well as successful”.

Founded in 1981, Rushton provides businesses throughout North Georgia with a wide variety of accounting services including auditing, tax planning and return preparation, management consulting, payroll services and business valuation. Rushton is one of the area's largest business accounting firms with over 40 staff professionals. In addition to general business operations, Rushton offers financial expertise in a number of specific industry fields such as construction, agribusiness, government, healthcare, not-for-profit organizations, professional services, manufacturing and distribution. For more information, call 770-287-7800 or visit www.rushtonandcompany.com.

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