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Friday, January 23, 2009

Preparing for Busy Season with Central Plains Tax Interns

*** Today's post comes to us from Emily Forrester, Campus Recruiter in our Central Plains Economic Unit ***

A week of orientation recently translated into a week of fun for 48 tax interns from the Central Plains Economic Unit. Interns from ten offices across Illinois, Iowa and Missouri came together in our Cedar Rapids, IA location to complete technical tax preparation training as they began their internships this busy season. Adjusting to an 8am-5pm work schedule was difficult at first for some, but the tax trainer, Michaelanne W. from the Iowa City, IA office, “showed excitement for us being there and kept a lively, upbeat atmosphere” according to Allison C. from the Kansas City office.

Interns learned the ins and outs of our tax software, how to read and translate investment statements and recognize various types of taxable income on them, as well as basic federal and state tax return preparation techniques. Joe P., an intern in Des Moines, Iowa said: “Training created a strong starting point for my internship, giving me a better understanding of the tax policies and procedures at McGladrey. I’m looking forward to expanding my understanding of taxation over the next few months.”

A significant amount of time was also spent during the week to allow the interns to get to know each other outside of the classroom and have some fun together. Russell J. from the Des Moines office put it well when he said “(we spent) quality time every day learning how to prepare individual returns followed by competitive activities with our fellow interns for fun. The evening events were a good balance between formal and informal activities. Some nights consisted of a planned activity with McGladrey while others were unplanned time to mingle with the fellow interns.” A highlight of the week was a trip to a local arcade and activity center for laser tag, mini golf and bowling.

Overall, Nicole C. from the Cedar Rapids office said “The orientation in Cedar Rapids was a great way to be introduced to McGladrey. I felt comfortable arriving for my first day of real work because I was already familiar with my office and my fellow interns. I’ve been confident in preparing returns because we had a lot of practice working with example cases and a great instructor during training. Without that week, I would not have been as well prepared for the assignments I’ve already taken on during my internship.” It was a very busy week, indeed, and these interns now have a solid foundation to build upon as they begin their careers at McGladrey.

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