Name: Josh Davis
University: Trinity University
Graduation Date: May 2020
Why did you choose to do an internship at Maxwell Locke & Ritter?
Sara Maxwell gave a presentation to my class about ML&R’s work/life balance, fun loving culture, and community-focused team, which was a stark contrast to other firms that focused on the long hours and stress of being an auditor. After Sara’s presentation, I immediately knew the firm was the peanut butter to my jelly.
What types of projects have you worked on and what have you learned during your internship?
During my internship, I worked in the SOC practice, which was completely new to me and an exciting challenge. If this internship has shown me anything, it is that accounting takes many forms. Besides my SOC work, I also had the opportunity to get involved in community service projects, make a music video and create a presentation for the firm that represented my experience, along with the other interns.
What kinds of feedback have you received throughout your internship?
Throughout the internship, I received positive and constructive feedback on my organization, communication, productivity, attitude, interactions with other co-workers, professional stature and overall ability to complete department tasks.
What have you enjoyed most about Maxwell Locke & Ritter?
The people. Everyone genuinely seems to enjoy their job, is incredibly nice and is easy to talk to. I’ve also enjoyed the social aspect. Every week there’s a social activity that allows team members to bond and have a little fun. Lastly, I really enjoyed the flexibility of my work schedule. With any given task, I could work with a schedule that fit my window of productivity. It allows everyone to be as efficient as they can be while remaining independent.
What has been most valuable about your internship?
The most valuable thing about my internship has been the knowledge I’ve gained about the audit process as well as my observation about how other auditors work and interact with their clients. Everything is much more personal than I had anticipated and the ability to make social connections with others is just as important as knowing what you are talking about.
Are there any ML&R members who have had a special impact on your internship?
Sarah Taylor has been a great resource for questions and has really made me feel welcome. She facilitated many of the intern projects and led numerous informational sessions about developing our careers. Sarah also leads the social activities and makes the firm an enjoyable place to work.
Sara Maxwell has been an incredible mentor and has always been accessible for any question I had about my new career. She is intelligent, successful and an inspiration in the workplace. Shaina Oleson and Shehnaaz Vejlani have been incredibly helpful with my accounting/auditing questions and awesome friends to talk to.
Lastly, and certainly not least, I would like to commend Kate Williams. I’ve had a blast working with Kate in the SOC practice as her young padawan. She spent countless hours explaining and teaching me new ideas and processes. Kate is brilliant, patient, easygoing and I consider her a close friend of mine at the firm.
There are many others that have made an impact on my internship – it would be impossible to show my love for everyone at ML&R.
What do you think future interns can do to prepare for their internship?
Be proactive and willing to learn by becoming comfortable meeting new people, understanding how to behave professionally, asking questions, and always offering help wherever you can. A positive attitude and strong work ethic are key to demonstrating your willingness to learn.
What are your long-term career goals and what’s up next for you?
The next step on my path is unclear. ML&R is the best job I’ve ever had and I would love to continue my career with them, but I lack experience they require. My immediate plan is to take my dull tools, sharpen them as much as I can, and come back as a valuable member of the ML&R team. I’d like to be a partner one day. I want to manage and be a helpful resource to others in the accounting world.