A Week at Crosslin – An Intern’s Perspective

Crosslin had the pleasure of hosting a local high school junior for her five-day “interim” program.  She selected Crosslin as she is great with numbers, loves math, and is considering accounting as a career option.  We had a wonderful time as she shadowed each of the departments and enjoyed lots of hands-on experience.  Below she summarizes her experience:

My name is Astrid and I am a junior in high school. My school gives us the opportunity of doing an internship anywhere we would like. I chose Crosslin because I am interested in pursuing an accounting career and because I had heard some praise about this company. I do not regret my choice because I have met some amazing people. Everyone here has been nothing but kind and helpful to me.

I have been able to see the various parts of Crosslin and accounting. While with the different departments, a clear explanation of what they do, and real-life examples have been given to me. I am a visual learner, so I appreciated that I was able to see examples and not just have been told about them. The people I met always made sure to ask me if I was understanding everything, which showed me that they cared. They made sure I was comfortable and that I had breaks so that I would not be too tired. It was not them always talking to me about their jobs and showing me things, they also asked me questions about myself. They were genuinely curious about me.

I felt comfortable and at ease in the company. I am an introvert, but they made me feel safe and relaxed. I enjoyed spending time at Crosslin. Many people gave me advice on what I should focus on if I intended to pursue an accounting career. I was told about scholarships, requirements for getting the CPA, and ways I could build a strong résumé. Schools with good accounting programs in Tennessee were also recommended to me.

I am grateful for all the advice I received and all the knowledge that I was able to get out of the internship. The thing I most appreciate is that I went in knowing nobody, but I left with various great mentors. Choosing to come to Crosslin was one of the best things I have ever done. They have shown me that any part of accounting can be fun if you are working with the right company. I know that if I ever decide to work at Crosslin I will never be just a number but a valued person.