Intern Yearbook

Are you thinking about a career in accounting? Do you want to know what life is like for a tax specialist at a regional CPA firm? Did you know that we have an internship program for Marketing majors?

Schneider Downs is recruiting interns for audit, tax, internal audit and marketing. We recruit top talent to join our team for the winter (January start) or the summer (June start). Learn about our intership program from our interns - click on the photos below.

If you're interested in an internship, please contact Morgan Ruffing for opportunities.

Lindsey Lueken
During my freshman year at Grove City College, I decided to become a member of the Accounting Society. read more >
Matt Logan
My expectations of what an internship with Schneider Downs would be like were constructed from the experiences of my past internships as well as from the advice and information I was able to gather from friends who had recently gone through internships at other top-caliber accounting firms. Piecing this knowledge together, I formed an idea of what I believed my summer would be like. I was right about a few things and wrong about others. read more >
Lexi Litzau
It was the night before I started my audit internship at Schneider Downs. I was trying to think about the work I would be doing during my internship. My thinking was that since Schneider Downs is a competitor with the Big 4, I will not be doing anything important for them. They could not possibly let an intern do work that is critical to the job. Oh boy, was I wrong. read more >
Stephanie Levine
Picture this: the first week of freshman year, your professors say you need a strong resume and cover letter, or you will never have a chance getting a job at a competitive accounting firm. So you go to the career center, learn what a cover letter is, and figure out what activities to start getting involved in. The rest of freshman year, you attend all of the career fairs, learn to network, and start to feel confident in your professional skills. However, it is then that your professors drop the bomb on you: your best chance of a job offer is through an internship. read more >
Thomas McCarthy
Prior to the start of my Schneider Downs internship, I had several misconceptions of what being intern would entail. I was always under the assumption interns got coffee, made copies, and were stuck staring at a screen in a cubicle. I was under this preconceived notion until I started at Schneider Downs. read more >
Abigail Turnbull
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This quote perfectly describes my internship experience at Schneider Downs. The staff, managers and shareholders I worked with during my internship could not have done a better job making sure I was involved. Whether this was them making sure I had work to do or asking if I wanted to eat lunch with them, I always felt welcomed. read more >
Jordan Toohey
Thinking back on my senior year of high school, I thought I had it all figured out. I was a three-sport athlete who was offered a Division I soccer scholarship, received multiple academic scholarships, and was ready to move on in life. Little did I know that all of that would soon change. read more >
Allie Thompson
If you had known me around the time that I was searching for internships in college, you would have assumed that I was having to make one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I was being a typical stressed-out, over-reactive college student who thought that the world would end if I didn’t find an internship as soon as possible, and this stress continued as I began to interview with various firms and companies. My interview for Schneider Downs was the last one to take place, and by this point I was just about as worked-up as you could possibly imagine. read more >
Richard Staniszewski
Since I attend a smaller university, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to easily find high-quality internships to help move my career forward. I always had a goal of getting an internship at a well-established firm in the Pittsburgh area, and Schneider Downs provided me with that opportunity. As an accounting major, it is crucial to have that internship experience not only to gain more knowledge about the profession, but also to network and make connections. Schneider Downs has given me a unique opportunity, and I am very grateful for the skills I have learned during my time here. read more >
Christina Risbon
Schneider Downs, the friendliest place on earth! Or so I think. Everyone here at Schneider Downs has made my internship so wonderful and one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was hesitant before I started, because I had no experience in a professional work environment, and I had no clue what auditing was. I was worried that the staff would not like me and become frustrated with me when I asked questions, but that was the exact opposite response that I got. Everyone that I worked with on my auditing teams has been incredible. read more >
Steven Renzelman
All throughout high school, I would be asked what I wanted my professional career to be. The problem was that I had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life; however, my family had an idea. That idea was accounting. In high school, I had no idea what accounting was or what accountants even do. During my junior year, I took an accounting class and I did really well. A lot of the material seemed to come naturally to me, even though I had no past experience. The following year I took another accounting class, with similar success. This was the point that I realized that accounting could be in my future. My only concern was if accounting was what I wanted to do in the future. read more >
Jessica Phillips
Throughout my college career, the importance of getting an internship was reiterated time and again by many of my professors. Internships can lead to future job opportunities, educate you on how to act in a corporate environment, and they are a great way to network. You may think you know what you want to do, but an internship allows you to test out the career path to see if it is truly the right fit. read more >
Greg McGuire
After completing my undergrad in Accounting at Penn State (Big Ten Champs), I knew I wanted to go into public accounting. The next tough decision is about where I could see myself starting my professional career. While going through interviews for internships and talking to different people about possible opportunities, I realized it’s not where you are working; it’s the people you’re working next to. And that’s the Schneider Downs difference. read more >
Joshua McFall
Internships serve a vital purpose for both employer and intern. While the employer seeks to find enthusiastic new employees who are reliable and productive, the internship serves the role as a trial period in which the employer can evaluate a potential employee. If determined to be worthy, the intern-turned-employee will already have valuable knowledge about the inner-workings of the company that save time and money in having to train him. These facts are well known and utilized in the modern business environment we live in. read more >
Rachel Turnbull
Schneider Downs was my first taste of public accounting. I had an accounting internship last summer, but it was nothing compared to this one. At Schneider Downs, you have huge opportunities for growth in every department. I had done Schneider Downs’ summer leadership program which exposed me to Schneider Downs for the first time. During the two-day leadership program, I was able to meet so many employees of Schneider Downs and talk to them one on one. Because I attended the summer leadership program, I was able to obtain an interview for an audit internship for the following summer. read more >
Natalie Kunkel
When it came time to schedule my second- round interview with Schneider Downs, I had to choose between missing my second Tax exam and my birthday. I decided to be a good student and have my second- round interview on my birthday, so I didn’t have to schedule a makeup exam. At first, I was a little bummed that I was interviewing on my birthday, but little did I know that on my 21st birthday I would be interviewing for the internship that would change my life. read more >
Chereese Langley
While deciding on a college to attend, I ended up choosing Point Park University due to the opportunity I had to participate on the track and field team. I began as a business major, but it was when I took my first college accounting class when I fell in love. Accounting was something that came so natural to me and actually gave me excitement (weird, I know)! I do think my accounting professors had a huge impact on this, and I could not be more thankful for that. Throughout my college career, I always excelled in my accounting classes and always was on top of my game due to my discipline that I believe was formed from my military involvement and from being a student-athlete. read more >
Chad Kort
It all started back at the Robert Morris career fair – I approached the Schneider Downs recruiter and mentioned that I have an interest in tax accounting. The recruiter informed me that the deadline to apply was the same day. With this in mind, I returned to my apartment and immediately applied for the position online. Fortunately, I received an invitation for an initial interview on campus. This, in turn, led to a second interview at the Schneider Downs office in Pittsburgh. read more >
Nataleigh Kerr
Between growing up in the country less than an hour from “dahn-tahn” Pittsburgh and ultimately attending nearby Westminster College for my undergraduate accounting and business degrees, you could say that I’m a Western Pennsylvanian through and through. My ketchup is Heinz, the “Immaculate Reception” was an important history lesson in elementary school, I am astounded every time I travel beyond the PA/OH border because “everything is so flat!”—the list goes on. read more >
Jacob Katz
Entering into the IT Audit Internship, I didn’t really know what to expect. As with anything that is new and unknown, I walked into Schneider Downs my first day with my head held high and an eagerness to learn. I was welcomed into the firm with open arms from leaders and mentors, like Dan Desko and William Deller, that were anxious to get to know me and teach me valuable skills that would guide me during my ten-week program. From the moment I began my internship, I was immersed in valuable situations that helped me build upon the skills I brought from my undergraduate classes and experiences. read more >
Sue Jiang
Back when I was a freshman in college, my knowledge of investment banking was limited. My knowledge at the time extended only to the coverage I read in the “Business” section of the news, or the world depicted in movies such as 1987’s Wall Street. Although I was initially unsure of what to expect on the first day, I was glad to find just how welcoming and willing to help people in SDCF were, and how easily I was able to start picking up on various methods of the valuation and sell-side process. The culture of SDCF definitely helped with any learning curve I faced: the corporate finance department is friendly, collaborative and tight-knit. The people are smart, driven and talented. read more >
Sara Hudak
The accounting department at Duquesne University offers a wonderful mentorship program to sophomores, where we are each paired with one professional in the Pittsburgh business world. Because of my minor in Information Systems, I was paired with Dan Desko at a firm called Schneider Downs, who, as I understood it, did something that would let me have a look into both worlds I studied. read more >
Rebecca Yan
Squinting through the windshield, I watched the jagged tops of skyscrapers break the horizon line as the car approached Liberty Bridge. My Uber driver spun his head toward the back seat: “Pittsburgh has the most bridges out of any city in the entire country. Did you know that?” No, I didn’t, and also, which river is this? “It’s the Monongahela.” Mahogany. Got it. read more >
Jonathan Grim
On my way up to the 17th floor on my first day of my summer internship, I was feeling an equal mix of nervousness and excitement - excited to begin my experience with a great accounting firm, and nervous about the unknown adventures that were ahead of me. From the interviewing process, I knew that Schneider Downs would be a great place to learn what public accounting looks like outside of the classroom, but I was still nervous about my first work experience that was not in a factory. For the past three summers, I have worked at a local factory that produced cheese, of all things. As one may expect, I was not too confident that my time working on a factory line would prepare me for working in an auditing department. read more >
Sean Edgar
For so many young professionals, college is a time of testing the waters and attempting to find your calling. Trying to pick a major that seems destined to be your life-long career calling can be very stressful and overwhelming. For whatever reason, I never struggled in selecting accounting as a major. From day one of applying to colleges, accounting was always my major. I was even lucky enough to know exactly what I wanted to do. My plan was, and still is, to obtain a 120 credit accounting major and then go to graduate school for my MBA. read more >
Caroline DeFrank
Looking back on my internship at Schneider Downs as it is quickly ending; I can’t believe how much I have learned in such a short period of time. Over the course of my eight week internship, I think I have learned as much as I do in a whole semester. At some points, it seemed like information overload, but now I realize that I got a very good taste for public accounting. Working with various clients, I also got an idea of the various industries that Schneider Downs serves and how specific parts of the work we do will vary from client to client. That is part of what was so interesting about the internship, every day was different and each day I was learning something new. read more >
Madeleine Collins
Growing up, I had always set goals for myself that I would work hard to accomplish, whether it was making the varsity basketball team or earning an A on my next essay. I was only in sixth grade when I knew I wanted to attend Penn State. Check. Going into twelfth grade, I told myself that I would do whatever it takes to be accepted into the Integrated Masters of Accounting program at Penn State. Check. Now, I can checkoff my goal of interning at a public accounting firm, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than the one that I have had at Schneider Downs. read more >

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