This summer I had the incredible opportunity and career-building experience to intern at JPMorgan Chase in downtown Manhattan. Their International Tax Compliance & Tax Technology team, which is under the umbrella of the Corporate Tax Department, embraced me as their new team member. Being a part of such a fast-paced, professional atmosphere has completely changed my perspective of accounting in the business world.
At JPMorgan, I was exposed to a wide variety of tax assignments, which included preparing state apportionment factors; analyzing earnings and profits; and preparing federal, state and controlled foreign corporation (CFC) tax forms.
The culture also was great. My coworkers were friendly, charismatic and eager to help me learn. My team members were always willing to explain why we did something and how we are doing a particular assignment.
There are several points about accounting internships that I can pass along. While all internships are valuable, the best ones do the following:
- Challenge. Every day I was given new responsibilities that are challenging and force me to step outside of my comfort zone.
- Encourage. I was expected to meet deadlines, be self-sufficient and not need micro-managing.
- Train. I had many channels to learn from and grow, which included department meetings, hands-on training and networking opportunities.
My summer internship was a memorable one. The environment where I worked facilitated hard work, learning, and team-building. A strong company culture that was supportive, friendly, and diverse also helped. Interning at JPMorgan has forever changed my views on an accounting career and it continues to fuel my desire to pursue my degree and CPA license.