Name: Aaron Yarbrough
University: Texas State University
Why did you choose to do an internship at Maxwell Locke & Ritter?
I liked the location, the people and the variety of clientele that Maxwell Locke & Ritter serves.
What types of projects have you worked on and what have you learned during your internship?
I’ve prepared tax returns for a variety of entities, mostly partnerships, but I’ve have also worked through real estate-based S corporations, individuals, and trusts. I’ve learned more about real estate entity operations, the tax implications of a brokerage statement, and how to deal with new and unique situations.
What kinds of feedback have you received throughout your internship?
All the feedback I’ve received has been framed in a positive light. Even when I make mistakes, the feedback has all been constructive and hasn’t made me think less of myself.
What have you enjoyed most about Maxwell Locke & Ritter?
Both the freedom that ML&R offers with regard to their employees’ work as well as providing opportunities for employees to advance their career and expertise.
What has been most valuable about your internship?
Getting the experience of dealing with a variety of clients, not just seeing one type over and over again.
Are there any ML&R members who have had a special impact on your internship?
Cody Anderson has been very supportive and understanding of my inexperience while also being a fun guy to talk to.
What do you think future interns can do to prepare for their internship?
Think about the direction you want to take your career and use that knowledge to help ML&R while also taking advantage of the opportunities they provide to support that goal.
Also, learn a bit about video recording and editing. You’ll learn why soon enough.
What are your long-term career goals and what’s up next for you?
I’m going to see what the accounting profession has to offer before making a definite choice for the future, but I do enjoy more research-oriented roles and working with entities, so I will see where that takes me.