Meet the SR Team: Intern Alexa Edwards

  • February 4, 2020
  • ShindelRock

Meet the first of our two tax season interns, Alexa Edwards:

What are you doing during your internship at ShindelRock? What do you hope to come away with at the end of the term?

During my time here at ShindelRock, I have had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in accounting. I have been able to work in many accounting softwares such as QuickBooks, UltraTax, and Taxslayer. I am currently working on learning how to prepare personal income tax returns for individuals, and preparing tax forms such as 1099s and PPTs. I have an interest in tax accounting, so having the opportunity to complete my internship during busy season will help prepare me for the reality of what tax accounting is really like.

What do you love about public accounting? What drew you to the profession? What keeps you here?

I was initially a marketing major, but I decided to change my major to accounting after taking my first accounting class. Public accounting involves problem-solving and teamwork, which are aspects that I enjoy. Accountants can have a significant impact on the economy and the community – and being able to be a part of that is what excites me most. I am eager to assist clients with their accounting needs.

How did you choose ShindelRock, and what characteristics of a good place to work did you see in ShindelRock and the people?

I chose ShindelRock because of the culture of the company. After visiting the firm and meeting with a few of the associates, I felt as if the environment was warm and inviting.  Everyone seemed excited about the work that they were doing, and willing to work together as a team.

What is your background, college and degree plans, etc.?

I am currently a senior majoring in accounting at Wayne State University. This is my first public accounting experience and I am excited to gain experience in the field. I enjoy being involved on campus and in the community. I am currently the treasurer of the National Association of Black Accountants’ Wayne State chapter and a student member of the Michigan Women’s Tax Association and the MICPA. I also volunteer with the Accounting Aid Society to prepare tax returns for low-income citizens in the Detroit area. I plan to graduate with 150 credits, which will allow me to be eligible to take the CPA exam upon graduation. My career goal is to become a CPA and to gain more experience in tax accounting.