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The best way to receive honest feedback on the quality of an internship program is to read the words from those who went through it. The 2016 Intern testimonials link below includes 34 written testimonies and the 2015 Intern testimonials link below includes 31 written testimonies. These testimonials prove the quality of the experience you will receive as a DOZ Intern – – check it out!
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Chris – Purdue University – Audit InternInterning at DOZ was an incredible experience. I was promised at the Purdue career fair to complete 30+ audits, be treated like staff, and make a difference. DOZ kept their word. In just a couple of months, I completed 32 audits, wrote 36 reports and reviewed nearly 30 final audits. There is no other internship in the Indianapolis area that will give you the opportunity to make that difference. DOZ is the toughest internship out there, but I am 100% confident saying it is the best internship out there. Every single day I was challenged to become better and better.
Every two weeks you get evaluated by your in-charge and meet with a partner. The only way to get better at your job is to talk about your performance. These bi-weekly evaluations helped me to drastically improve my skills through the internship. Most internships evaluate you once or twice throughout the internship. Evaluations are where you get better, and the more you have, the more you can improve. Not many people can say they met with a partner every two weeks to talk about evaluations.
DOZ told me “your word is gold” at the career fair. They meant they will always keep their word and treat you with the utmost respect. This was the most important thing to me when deciding where I wanted to intern. DOZ kept their word. Everything they promised me during the recruiting process was true. I worked the 30+ audits, I got the full busy season experience by working 60+ hours a week, I met with a partner every two weeks to talk about my performance, and most importantly, I loved the people at DOZ. DOZ has an incredible staff ranging from first year staff all the way up to partner. They all genuinely care about your work life, but more importantly, they care about your life outside of work.
If I were to do it again, I would absolutely choose DOZ. They kept their word and helped me to become more professional and a much better auditor. I would tell anyone trying to decide where they want to intern during a spring semester to choose DOZ.
Evan – Indiana State University – Tax Intern
When I was first offered the internship with DOZ, I was excited, but nervous. Working around 55 to 58 hours a week for a little over three months seemed like it would be very exhausting. It was. However, it was completely worth it. I came into this internship with some prior experience in tax, but DOZ offered something completely different. I can safely say I have never been more challenged in my professional life than I have been at DOZ. From the first day, I started to have thoughts of “what did I get myself into”, but I kept pushing and things started to click.
Everyone at DOZ is so willing to help – no matter the issue. I never felt like I was “just an intern” during my time. We were part of the team like everybody else, and I always felt welcomed by my full-time peers. We accomplished difficult goals together, and we also had opportunities to celebrate together. Though some days were admittedly stressful, it seems like we were consistently rewarded for the hard work that we put in. Interning with DOZ is absolutely an opportunity you don’t want to pass up should it present itself.
Brandus – Ball State University – Audit Intern
The internship at DOZ exceeded my expectations of what I thought an internship could be. I was treated like a full time staff member from the start of my internship till the end. Not only were the staff very approachable and knowledgeable; I was setup for success due to the design of the internship program itself. DOZ schedules you so that you are continuously gaining knowledge through experience. I was able to jump right into year-end fieldwork with confidence. The hours were long, but the work was meaningful. When I felt as though I was getting burned out, there were “Intern Games” that provided a break from the daily grind of audit work. I know that choosing to intern at DOZ was the best decision I could have made. It literally changed my career path!
Austin – Purdue University – Audit Intern
Accepting my offer from DOZ for a spring internship was a tough decision. I had so many factors to consider, but I am so glad I did. Purdue students are most likely aware of the Fall Career Fair on campus. I remember walking up to upwards of 20 booths seeking internships from companies like Rolls Royce to Aldi to Kimberly Clark. But one company took me by surprise. DOZ not only gave me answers, but also told me I’d be challenged working for them. They definitely kept their word and challenged me more than I imagined any internship would. There were times where I struggled, but I had help from the DOZ team and was able to work through it. I personally want to thank DOZ for giving me more confidence in my accounting abilities. I learned more here than I ever did in the classroom, and I appreciate the opportunity to work for such a great company.
If you have the opportunity to talk to any of the individuals here at DOZ, you’ll understand when I say that the environment here is always friendly. I know I can talk to anyone here and feel comfortable doing so. I highly recommend asking about future Office Visits if you are interested in DOZ. One of the biggest influences on my decision for the right internship was taking a trip down to the firm for the Fall Office Visit. It’s unlike any other office visit I’ve personally experienced, and I had a great time. Also, DOZ has a great feedback system on the work that you perform, which certainly helped me grow and develop my skills as an accountant. I always looked forward to our one-on-one meetings because I got to see how I was doing and what I needed to improve on in the future.
I know I made the right decision when I chose DOZ.
Brandon – Indiana Wesleyan – Audit Intern
DOZ’s internship has been the most rewarding experience since I have been in college. I had not heard of DOZ going into the recruiting process, and it almost seemed too good to be true with everything that they had to offer. Having gone through an entire busy season, they had provided everything they offered and then even more. I am convinced that DOZ has the best spring internship for college students, from the great location, to the people, and the large amount of accounting skills learned throughout. The most surprising part of the internship to me was the importance and value that DOZ put on all of the interns. We weren’t just another number on a piece of paper for them. We were expected to make a difference within their busy season. Of course it seemed overwhelming at first, coming into training week and wondering if I was going to be able to learn how to complete an entire audit, but this internship gave me so much experience that my confidence level went up each and every day. It is truly an experience that I am thankful to have.
Evan – Indiana University – Tax Intern
I enjoyed my time here at DOZ. There is a big difference in the experience of a tax intern and an audit intern. As a tax intern, I worked mostly independently and was in training for longer than audit interns. I like working in Excel and solving problems, and that is exactly what you do on a partnership tax return. At first, I had a large amount of information thrown at me, and it did seem a little overwhelming. But, no one is expecting interns to understand everything about low income housing partnership tax returns right away. Everyone was willing to help when I had a difficult time with a return. Tax interns do work independently on the return, but not in isolation. I sat next to staff level accountants who have worked at least one busy season here before, and they were always a valuable resource for any questions I had. I learned more than I thought I would at this internship. I am glad that I took a semester off of class to experience what a busy season is like here at DOZ.
Chris P – Indiana University – Audit Intern
They say the best way to learn is by doing, and I couldn’t agree more. I made the decisions early in my sophomore year that I wanted to do a busy season internship Spring of my junior year. What that actually meant, I didn’t have the slightest clue at the time. After going through the first week of training, I still wasn’t exactly sure what that meant. That being said, the people here really went the extra mile to make sure I felt comfortable with the work I was given and made sure I understood the concepts I was dealing with, rather than doing my work for me. Every day was a new challenge, but I treated them as learning experiences. For me, there was nothing more rewarding than completing a long and messy audit. These experiences not only enhanced my auditing skills, but they helped out my critical thinking skills and mental endurance even more.
Overall, I feel this internship helped develop me into a more well-rounded business student. I would highly recommend this internship to any aspiring accountant who isn’t afraid to sacrifice the time to be a part of something bigger than themselves. At DOZ, interns are treated as fairly as the partners on a daily basis. Seeing how everyone comes together and pushes to complete a firm wide goal is just a testament to the strong culture that has been built here, and is something really cool to witness. Taking a semester off of school to participate in DOZ’s internship is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Elizabeth – Ball State University – Audit Intern
Interning at DOZ was the best decision of my college career. This internship allowed me to apply concepts I learned in the classroom to the real world. After practicing public accounting, the theories and ideas I learned at school finally made sense. Now that I have had my experience at DOZ, I am returning to school motivated to continue my studies and pursue an accounting career.
The DOZ internship is a special experience for those eager to pursue a career in public accounting. The internship is one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences because of the expectations placed on the intern. As an intern, the work you complete is really important to the company’s success. Because the company places such high expectations on you, you are really motivated to do your best work. When I first began my internship, I was dreading the long work weeks ahead of me. However, the time went by surprisingly fast, because as an intern, you have many different tasks to complete. During the work day, you become focused on the work to be done rather than looking at the clock all day.
I am thankful to have had this internship, as it allowed me to develop as an accountant and as a person. I have learned so much here in three short months. I highly recommend considering DOZ for a spring internship!
Jacob – Indiana University – Audit Intern
DOZ provides an unmatched internship in the public accounting industry. As a sophomore, I was expecting to come in and struggle from start to finish, as I had not taken advanced accounting courses in school. However, DOZ provides superb training and resources that make the transition to the work environment a smooth one.
A critical part of this transition is the evaluation system at DOZ. From day one, you are provided with insightful information on how to become a better audit professional. Whether it be formal evaluations with superiors or bi-weekly meetings with Tim, I felt that I improved every single day of the internship. Another key component that contributes to the efficacy of the DOZ internship is the consistently increasing level of responsibility charged to interns. As the internship progressed, the work became more dynamic, and it never once felt as if I was completing the same audit over and over again.
DOZ offers the most holistic and encompassing audit internship in the industry. I would recommend DOZ to every student who desires to take on ambitious responsibilities and put in the effort to exceed the expectations of superiors. At DOZ, this behavior will allow you to develop skills and knowledge that will translate to a bright future in the professional services industry.
Jordan – Purdue University – Audit Intern
If you are fortunate enough to earn an internship opportunity with DOZ, I would take it. My experience as an intern with DOZ was far better than I could’ve ever anticipated. I was challenged socially, mentally, and physically every day and I believe that the skills that I acquired in just the short three months will stay with me forever. Completing the internship has boosted my knowledge of accounting and overall confidence in dealing with any problem that comes my way.
From Day 1, I never once felt like the stereotypical “intern”. I didn’t spend hours taking people’s lunch orders or running to get the full-timers some coffee. I felt like a new hire staff from the get go and that, to me, relieved tons of pressure. Every single person in the office from staff to members talk to you like you belong at DOZ, and it made me want to perform to earn my place.
I have been able to meet people I probably wouldn’t have otherwise met without the internship, and I can honestly say that I have been able to make some real bonds with people at DOZ. Getting invited to go grab dinner with some staff after work lets you see another side of people, but it also showed me that the people at DOZ genuinely care about the intern program and about creating a culture of helping each other. DOZ believes in a “rising tide raises all ships” philosophy versus the tearing everyone else down approach. It’s not a dog-eat-dog atmosphere at all, and it’s great to know that everyone here has your back because when one person wins, the entire firm wins as well.
Matt P – Purdue University – Audit Intern
The internship at DOZ is a tremendous learning opportunity that tested my knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is an understatement that I was nervous going into the first day. As an intern you are given the same amount of responsibility as the staff to complete an audit from start to finish. This is something that many internships don’t provide, but DOZ is fully invested in their interns to be a crucial part of their success, which in turn, made me want to do my best work all the time.
The internship is about three months long. You are required to work 60 plus hours a week, which can seem overwhelming; however, the work keeps you so busy that the internship is over before you know it. Even after the week of training, there is so much I have yet to learn in order to complete the goal of 33 audits. On my way to finishing my goal, I learned to become more effective in managing my time, learning the software, and becoming more comfortable with the real estate industry in general. With all of these tasks it may seem impossible, but the staff is there at your side the whole time to answer questions and provide guidance.
What really stood out about DOZ was that the employees, staff, and managers are all available to help whenever you have a question. I could tell that they cared about helping me succeed. You also get to meet with a mentor every two weeks to get feedback about what you do well and ways you can improve in order to be the most effective employee possible. This was definitely a positive experience in my journey, and I didn’t feel like an intern, but a valued employee at DOZ. I would recommend DOZ to all who are looking to further their accounting knowledge, but also their business skills as you learn to become the best employee you can be.
Morgan – Ball State University – Audit Intern
My internship at DOZ was so much better than anything I could have imagined. The thought of working 60-65 hours a week, in a town I wasn’t familiar with, and with people I had never met before terrified me. Looking back at it now I can’t believe how nervous I was. From the first time I visited DOZ, I could tell there was something special about this place. The thing that sets DOZ apart from any other accounting firm is the people who work here. I was always so nervous that I would get stuck in an audit, and there would be no one to help me or they would be too busy. In my time here, I never came in contact with something that I didn’t feel comfortable enough to have a conversation with. Everyone was so easy to go up to and start a conversation with and was always willing to help. You can tell that the people who work here truly care about each other and want everyone to do well and succeed. There were times where I felt so discouraged and like I was never going to finish an audit. In those times, it was so nice to have so many people to turn to for help or to just take your mind off of things. If you’re looking for a place to intern, I would highly recommend coming to DOZ! It’s a decision I will never regret!
Nate – Indiana University – Audit Intern
Deciding to take the internship offer from DOZ may have pushed my graduation date back, but I gained invaluable experience in audit and a glimpse into what the busy season at a public accounting firm looks like. Most importantly, I came out of the internship knowing that I had chosen the right field of work for my career.
As an audit intern at DOZ, you can expect to be continuously challenged to learn and grow as an individual. Every day on-the-job, I was presented with a new set of problems and given the tools to solve them. Over the course of a few months, I had the opportunity to complete work for several of DOZ’s clients, and I learned what it takes to perform an audit.
It was apparent from the start that DOZ’s leadership are truly invested in the professional development of their interns. The staff also works hard to make you feel like an integral part of the firm. Another aspect of the internship that I enjoyed was rotating client engagements every couple of weeks. For me, having the opportunity to learn from different audit staff members and to work on a variety of audits week-to-week was exactly what I had hoped for. My audit internship at DOZ was an overwhelmingly positive experience for me, and I would recommend it to any aspiring accounting professional who is looking for a challenging internship in public accounting like no other.
Olivia – Ball State University – Audit Intern
I knew DOZ was a firm I was interested in from the first time I heard about them at an Accounting Club meeting at Ball State. Their staff just seemed to have the personalities that the other firms didn’t, and that made the firm very appealing to me. This feeling continued as I attended my first summer office visit and was overwhelmed by the friendliness of everyone I met. After attending office visits to other firms, I still was left with the feeling that there was something special about DOZ that was missing at these other firms. This made my decision easy. When I was offered an internship at DOZ, I knew I had to accept it. Accepting an internship at DOZ was the best decision I could have made. The amount of hands-on experience and feedback I received was far more than I expected. I came into the internship with no audit experience and lots of confusion, but I left feeling confident in the work I had done and in my abilities to be successful in the field.
Thomas – Ball State University – Audit Intern
If you’re looking for a firm that puts your skills to the test and challenges you each and every day, look no further than Dauby O’Connor and Zaleski. An internship here will challenge every part of you – but you will grow significantly as an individual. I have learned and grown so much as not only an accountant, but a business professional, during my internship at DOZ. As an audit intern, I had a faint idea of what “auditing” was before I started my internship. Now, after one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life, I feel confident with the knowledge and skills that I have developed at DOZ to begin my accounting career.
One of the most compelling features that DOZ offered is the company culture that it maintains. The people who you meet here are some of the most intelligent, kind, and interesting individuals. While the work may be something that draws you in, the people will be the reason you want to stay. They truly enhance the experience and make the long, 12-hour work days something to look forward to. Everyone here wants you to succeed. Being an intern at DOZ has been one of the best decisions of my life, and I fully encourage anyone to seek an internship at DOZ.
Tyler – IPFW – Audit Intern
My decision to intern at Dauby O’Connor and Zaleski, LLC was hands down one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life. DOZ excels at challenging their interns to the limits, so they can grow their professional skills in the accounting field immensely. DOZ promised all of the audit interns that they would get the opportunity to complete entire audits from start to finish, which they kept throughout the entire internship. This was extremely valuable because I was able to gain hands-on experience of the entire audit process, while many other firms only allow their interns to master an individual series such as cash, receivables, or payables.
Not only does DOZ provide the best professional growth of any internship in Indiana, but they also provide the most caring and welcoming atmosphere that I have ever experienced or seen in my entire life. From the first audit you complete to the last, the DOZ staff takes pride in helping the interns progress their skills by taking time out of their busy days to help explain any series that you may be struggling to understand. DOZ’s firm-wide willingness to help, provide feedback, and care for their interns turned “work” into a passion that made me excited for work, and I never wanted to leave.
If you are willing to accept and conquer the most challenging busy-season internship in Indianapolis, I guarantee that you will leave with professional growth, life-long friends, and confidence that will help best lead you to achieving your future career goals. I was willing to accept this challenge, and now cannot thank DOZ enough for this amazing internship opportunity, and for all the firm has done for me over the past three months of my internship.
Eric (“ELO”) – Indiana University – Audit Intern
During my internship with DOZ, I learned what accounting truly is. DOZ offered a real world experience that no classroom or summer internship could ever show me. From the start you are treated as staff, meaning you need to complete and write full audits yourself. While the task seems daunting, there are plenty of friendly faces who are more than willing to help you out. After completing your first audit on your own, you feel a true sense of accomplishment unlike anything you’ve ever felt from the classroom. But there is no time to waste since the next audit is right around the corner for you to begin.
Throughout the internship you are constantly learning new information. When first starting, I felt overwhelmed, but by the end of the 12 weeks I felt like a new person, and I was confident in my abilities to produce a quality audit. DOZ does a great job of continually teaching you new concepts, skills, and strategies to help you improve. Due to the countless review notes, evaluations, and one on one lessons with In Charges and Managers, I believe I was able to make great strides in my abilities as an accountant.
I believe DOZ offers the most challenging and rewarding internship out there. If you truly want to learn what auditing is and the skills needed to be an accountant, there is no better internship out there. While there will be difficulties along the way, you will learn more than any classroom can provide. If you want a true challenge and an incredible learning opportunity, then the DOZ internship is for you!
Andy – Olivet Nazarene – Audit Intern
The DOZ audit internship is a journey. You will find yourself constantly challenged by high expectations, occasionally overwhelmed with tough tasks, and frequently faced with making difficult decisions. The sheer amount of hours alone will be an adjustment. However, at the end of the 12 week period you will have grown and learned as both an auditor and a person. Why DOZ? Many would say the people. You are paired with a “buddy” who will help guide you and answer both general and tough questions as you maneuver your way through busy season. You will meet staff, in-charges, managers, and partners, who care about your growth and development within the walls of DOZ and outside them. You will be faced with difficult challenges and high expectations from day 1. You will feel like the work you are doing is essential to the success of the firm, because it is! You will receive consistent feedback from those who will identify your strengths and provide constructive criticism for your weaknesses– from employees who want to help improve both your technical and personal skills throughout the journey. Overall, the DOZ internship is a great experience. You will develop strong relationships with the DOZ family in a short amount of time. You will be thrown into difficult situations that will stretch you as a person. You will gain confidence in your abilities, and have made some $ and friends- like Stark, Slim Shadday, BJAG, Scooter “the resident razor” and many others- along the way.
Cody – Indiana Wesleyan – Audit Intern
When searching for an internship, my main focus was finding somewhere that would give me the opportunity to complete work that was challenging and beneficial to expanding my knowledge as an auditor. I found this at DOZ. While the DOZ internship can seem daunting at first (roughly 35 audits in 3 months), I quickly realized that with hard work and a positive attitude, it is attainable.
The reason it is attainable is because of the support that DOZ gives to their interns. There wasn’t a single time in my internship that I didn’t feel 100% comfortable walking up to anyone in the building and asking a question. Many people at DOZ started at the intern level, so they understand what it is like to be in your shoes and are always more than willing to help. If you’re looking for an internship that is challenging, rewarding, and a great learning opportunity, DOZ is the place for you.
Mike – Purdue University – Audit Intern
If you’re looking for an internship that truly does give you the true real-world experience of public accounting and allows you to do meaningful work as an intern, then DOZ is that place to go. I can honestly say that compared to other internships, the experience and knowledge that you gain during your time as an intern at DOZ is second to none. From the get-go you’re given full audits to complete by yourself (you’ll of course have help available to you when needed), and you’re immediately looked at as any other staff on DOZ’s team. The internship process as a whole has been one of the most frustrating, overwhelming, but rewarding experiences I’ve ever gone through, and I believe that’s how an internship should be. The amount of growth you see in yourself is truly surreal when you begin to look back at everything you’ve done during the twelve week period, and I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.
If you want to surround yourself with people who genuinely care about your well-being, perform meaningful tasks as an intern, truly test yourself and knowledge, and learn more than you ever will in any classroom, then Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski is the internship you want.
Dylan – Ball State University – Tax Intern
The tax internship at DOZ has been one of the most challenging, but rewarding, experiences I’ve had. The amount of knowledge I’ve gained at DOZ in one busy season far surpasses what I would’ve learned in the classroom. Learning everything for tax was stressful in the beginning, but I was able to push through and feel I am far better off. Learning many of the different rules and situations in tax never seemed to end. There is always something to improve on personally, and DOZ did a great job in giving me work that provided a challenge. As time passed, the issues I encountered in the beginning of the internship didn’t seem nearly as bad as before, and that would be thanks to the staff that helped teach me how we handle all these different scenarios.
What I have enjoyed most about the internship is the other people in the office. When I had a question, there was always someone willing to help out and teach me what to do. I know I asked more questions than I care to count at the start, but the other employees are always willing to lend a hand. Being that we are in the office for about 58 hours a week, to have other people around you with great attitudes is one of the best traits of a Company, in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone who is looking to be challenged.
Kyle – IUPUI – Audit Intern
Participating in DOZ’s internship program was one of the most rewarding and challenging opportunities I have ever experienced. Having made a career change after five years of work experience in another field, DOZ provided the perfect opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience to make this important change in my life a reality. I was unsure earlier on in pursuing my accounting degree if it would be worth quitting my full-time career in order to work as an intern. However, after visiting the office, talking with other employees, and learning about DOZ culture, I was confident in leaving my career and starting an internship with the accounting firm. DOZ guaranteed a high quality experience that would provide great opportunity in future endeavors due to DOZ’s respectful reputation. They surpassed my expectations both personally and professionally. DOZ’s high expectations continually motivated a hard work ethic in me, and each day brought new challenges, which made coming to work exciting. DOZ’s positive atmosphere and encouraging coworkers, who openly communicate and are willing to aid interns in succeeding, helped in the completion of audits, report writing and final reviews. DOZ also provides interns with helpful feedback biweekly through evaluations, allowing interns to know how they can improve and succeed in meeting firm expectations. They assign a buddy to each intern with whom you can exchange personal experiences, and are also able to provide helpful advice throughout the internship. DOZ truly cares for and respects the wellbeing of their employees and encourages a positive work-life balance for them and their interns just as much. DOZ put an extensive amount of effort in making sure there was plenty of fun involved throughout the busy season by allowing interns to participate in interactive games, after-work social events and even the company holiday party. The internship experience at DOZ is not one to take for granted. It has not only enriched my career choice but has empowered me personally.
Justin – Ball State University – Audit Intern
Wow, what a positive experience my first busy season in public accounting has been. Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski’s audit internship is an inviting challenge that offers endless opportunities and steady growth. These characteristics are a huge part of why I decided to come to DOZ, and plan to stay with DOZ. Looking back, I have advanced in my confidence and abilities further than I would have ever imagined. This internship is more than challenging. I was flexed and pushed every week, on every client, but all for the betterment of my professional skills and personality. You are responsible for attending bi-weekly evaluation meetings, communicating with management about upcoming engagements, and knowing your schedule for client changes/expectations. These are just a few things that built my character for a promising career that I never experienced in the classroom. The capacity of knowledge I was able to retain from this internship is unbelievable. I was responsible for completing over 30 entire engagements from beginning to end. I worked on clients all over the United States. I learned more about capitalization policies and property, plant, and equipment than I ever actually comprehended while attending lectures, because I got to see it up close! You are doing REAL work, on REAL clients, with REAL numbers during this internship, and that experience is priceless. As a student, I came into DOZ having never worked on an engagement before, not to mention never taking a single audit class, but that is 100% okay! DOZ has a very well structured training program that gives you a taste, in the first week, of what you will encounter during your internship. The “Open Door Policy” at this firm is exactly as it sounds. You WILL have questions and there is ALWAYS someone around to assist you, from staff all the way to partners. You are not just a blip on the radar at DOZ. The work you perform as an audit intern is so important to the success of this firm; it is evident that they appreciate your work and constantly remind you. Not just verbally, although there are plenty of positive compliments, but with the “Work Hard, Play Hard” motto: happy hours, chair massages, cash rewards, Pacers tickets, intern games and more, all to show the employees that their work is not going unnoticed.
Payton- IUPUI – Audit Intern
Throughout my time as an intern at DOZ, it has been a constant learning experience. I can remember the utter cluelessness I felt during my first week on the job toward concepts which now feel like second nature. Paramount to the educational aspect of the internship program, I have been consistently challenged with more complex tasks as the internship has progressed. At no point, however, did I not have the necessary resources and people around me to guide me through it. While it certainly has not been a cake walk completing the workload I have had the past few months, I feel as though I have been given the tools I needed to succeed and reach my potential.
One of my favorite parts of the internship has been the degree of autonomy that flows from the top down. Most weeks, I would have a given workload, but when and how I want to get my work done has been largely up to me. At DOZ, they understand the inefficiency of micromanaging and allow you to take on more responsibility. Overall, I think this has allowed me to invest more heavily in my duties and produce quality work.
Something which sets DOZ’s audit internship apart from others is the nature of their audits. I have gotten to see the audit process essentially from start to finish. I feel like this has given me a deeper understanding of auditing. Coming into the internship, I had nearly zero exposure to the audit process. Working at DOZ has certainly changed this.
When I was looking at internships for this spring, I decided upon DOZ largely because of my interactions with the staff. This initial assessment couldn’t have been more spot on. Everyone has been more than willing to help and done so with positive attitudes. Above all else, the best part of my internship was establishing relationships with everyone here at DOZ.
Overall, I am glad that I took the semester off to work at DOZ and am thankful for the opportunity they gave me. It has helped me to develop as a professional, it has given me a deeper understanding of the practical applications of accounting concepts, and most importantly, I have established positive relationships with genuinely good people.
Matt H – Ball State University – Audit Intern
The main reason that I wanted an internship was for the experience. I would never know if accounting was truly for me without one. DOZ offered me that experience by trusting me with the same responsibilities as a staff member. Since this is a spring internship, I was hesitant to accept the offer at first. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to give up a semester of schooling to work, until I realized that the main reason I went to college was to get a job. DOZ gave me this opportunity. I didn’t know what to expect coming in, and that frightened me. After a week of training, all responsibilities of completing audits were on my shoulders. I was expected to learn and grasp concepts quickly, and complete audits from start to finish. However, there was always someone willing to drop whatever they were doing to come help. It was obvious to me how much DOZ truly values, appreciates, and respects the interns and work that they contribute. The goal is to give the interns room to grow independently as an accountant, but the staff will never let you fail.
During most of my internship experience, I worked in teams with DOZ staff and managers beside me. This was beneficial because I could easily ask for assistance when an audit became difficult, and they would coach me to understand the issue. I developed skills that I will carry on with me for the rest of my life. Outside of growing my accounting skills and knowledge, I developed better practical skills. DOZ offers biweekly one-on-one meetings to discuss how everything is going, and areas that I could improve on. The amount of feedback I received about my work continually improved my audits. I was able to keep review notes from managers, and look over them after completing each audit so I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.
My experience at DOZ has been the one of the most difficult and rewarding challenges in my life. I grew as an accountant, professional, and as a man. Interning at DOZ was the best decision I have made, and I am blessed for this opportunity.
Adam – Purdue University – Audit Intern
My internship at DOZ was one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life. The choice of prolonging one’s graduation and embarking on the journey of an accounting internship during busy season can be an intimidating choice to think about. After having the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge of what DOZ is really about, as well as meeting many of DOZ’s great employees through the interview process, the choice was not so daunting.
Through talking with fellow peers going through internships at other public accounting firms, the experience and feedback given to interns was incomparable. As an intern at DOZ, I was able to complete full audits from beginning to end. My first audits were very challenging, and I could at times be very frustrated. Through the great feedback process that DOZ provides, by the end of busy season, I was successfully completing difficult work that I never thought I would see as a student in college. The tasks given to me during my internship pushed my skills of critical thinking, communication, and problem solving to new levels.
Looking back on it now, I do not believe that there is a better internship program out there that better prepares an individual for any career in public accounting. The people, the environment, and the structure of the firm make it an amazing place to work. The amount of new people who I was able to meet, experience I gained, and skills I improved upon throughout my internship are things that I will value for the rest of my life.
Tom – Butler University – Audit Intern
My time at DOZ has been one of the most rewarding times of my college career. Over the three months of the internship, I was able to apply what I had been taught in the classroom and bring it to life in the real world. I also learned things while being an intern that I would have never had the opportunity to learn while in a classroom. The first weeks were intimidating, but I never had to go it alone. There was always someone next to me that I could ask questions of and get one on one help with my problems. This really helped put me at ease, especially when the work got tough. It was also helpful to know that just about every full time employee started as an intern, so they know exactly what I was going through. The experience and knowledge that I have gained at DOZ far exceeds any other internship I have gone through. Not only for the fact that I was completing real audits (I know, actual work…crazy), but also for the weekly critique and reviews of my work and the twice monthly meetings with a partner level member to help track my progress. If you are looking to get challenged and learn real world skills, DOZ is the place to go.
Ryan – Ball State University – Audit Intern
My internship with Dauby O’ Connor & Zaleski was the most challenging, overwhelming, and rewarding experience of my college career. I was able to get a great feel for my profession of auditing, and an amazing opportunity to see if this was even something I wanted to do after finishing school. I never thought that the 10 – 12 hour days would fly by as fast as they have, but when you enjoy what you are doing and have great people around you, it is possible. There were many instances where I found myself looking at the clock, and saying “It is already 5:30 P.M.?!”
The culture at DOZ also allows for the 60+ hours a week spent in the office to be a very enjoyable time. From the new-hire level all the way up to the Principal’s, someone is always there to help you. Most of the colleagues you are surrounded by have gone through the similar program and know what it is like. The amount of learning that takes place during the course of the internship is incomparable to that of the classroom. The DOZ evaluation process gives you the opportunity to receive feedback for each audit produced. Also, every two weeks you meet with your mentor, Tim Doyle, to discuss your overall progress inside and outside of the firm.
DOZ has not only given me an incredible opportunity to experience an auditing profession, but they have also helped me to enhance my communication skills, time-management skills, and work ethic. The firm promised me at the beginning of recruitment that they are not like any other firm, and that they do things a little different. After experiencing this internship, I can say that they have surpassed their promise by showing me I am cared about, trusted, and relied upon. If you are looking for an internship at a firm, where you are valued, challenged, and surrounded by an amazing group of people pushing you to achieve your professional goals, then DOZ is the right fit for you!
Quinn – Ball State University – Audit Full-time
My internship experience at DOZ was slightly different than the other interns. I started as a full time hire with no prior experience. With this being the case, in my mind, I had a lot more to prove since I was done with my schooling and had already passed two sections of the exam. After the first week, those thoughts had left my mind. This internship is a challenge! Performing an audit from start to finish, along with writing the report, on days 6, 7, and 8 of the internship is not an easy task, especially when I was around experienced staff doing the same task, plus more, in less than 12 hours. The great thing is, the slow starts, myriad of questions, and complete lack of knowing what I was doing is all expected. After a while, my confidence and efficiency increased, and I wanted to and was willing to tackle more difficult tasks. What I have learned in two and a half months should allow me to add another degree to my resume.
The best thing about the internship is the people. There are no egos at DOZ. From intern to manager to member, everyone is friendly and engaging. Whether it was the sports talk, movie talk, or the corny accounting jokes that nobody but accountants would understand, the culture at DOZ is great. Failure is not an option, and nobody at DOZ will let that happen. We are a team, and everybody’s actions show that. DOZ provides a great real world experience of public accounting, and I encourage anyone to try and be a part of this great internship program.
Cameron – Ball State University – Audit Intern
It can be a scary thing, walking into a big building, with tons of people who already know each other, and trying to do something you’ve only learned a little bit about in school. After day one, those were all things of the past. All of the interns quickly became a group of best friends. Granted, we did spend 12 hours a day together, but we also formed relationships with everyone in the firm. DOZ is full of welcoming people, who want the best for you and will go out of their way to help you. I never thought coming out of a week of training, I would be able to complete an audit from start to finish, but now I have completed 40, along with final foots, report writing and other tasks. I think the coolest thing about this internship is the value the firm puts on each year’s intern class. DOZ completes about 3,000 audits in 3 months (that’s a heck of a lot of work to do). We were expected to learn quickly and work efficiently. My in-charges were so great about helping me when I had questions, but also challenging me to figure out the answers without them giving me the answer. You can tell that everyone in this firm truly cares about one another. If you are looking for a challenging, as well as rewarding internship, hands down, DOZ is the place for you!
Linda – IUPUI – Tax Intern
My internship at Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski, LLC has been both a challenging and extremely rewarding experience. From the very beginning, I felt like I was part of a team striving to provide the highest level of professional service. Under the guidance of the highly skilled and knowledgeable staff at DOZ, in a very short time I have learned more than I ever thought possible. Most of all, I am so very grateful for having been given the opportunity to participate in this experience, and I will always recommend Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski to anyone seeking either accounting services or employment. Thank you DOZ!
Taylor – Manchester University – Audit Intern
When I first started at DOZ, I was nervous. I had never been through a busy season and had never done an audit. So I was worried that I wouldn’t be up to the task of completing 30+ audits in 3 months. DOZ’s staff were great in the way that they took the time to train you. They remember being an intern or a new hire, so they know what it is like to be in your shoes! Everyone here wants you to be successful, and they will do whatever they can to help you on the road to being successful. Staff will constantly challenge you to do more audits in a week or give you more difficult audits, all with the intention of making you a better auditor, and a better person.
One of the reasons I chose to work at DOZ was the people. When you start, you will hear many times that everyone at DOZ is nice, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. They aren’t kidding. Everyone that I have worked with or talked to in my time here are the nicest of people. Working a 12 or more hour day is much easier when you are able to sit around a table or in a war room and laugh and have fun. The personality of the people and the firm as a whole is great. It’s a very casual atmosphere, but at the same time everyone is here to get work done.
My advice to anyone that decides to intern at DOZ is if you work hard, put the time in, and listen to the people around you, you will be very successful and have an extremely rewarding experience.
Allie – Purdue University – Audit Intern
I had never taken an auditing course prior to starting the spring internship at DOZ. After the initial week of training, I wondered how I would ever get to the point of being able to complete 33 full audits over the course of the internship. But the help from experienced staff and first-hand experience of completing every portion of an audit, allowed me to eventually become comfortable enough to complete an audit with minimum questions. Even as an intern, I was given the responsibility of completing audits usually left for full-time staff. At DOZ, you’re not just an intern, you’re a true member of every team that you work on. As an intern, you’re given similar schedule flexibility as other staff members. As an early riser, I was able to come in earlier than my in-charge or sleep-in a little longer on days where I felt like I needed it. As long as you were meeting the hours and expectations of your in-charge for the week, you could be flexible with your daily hours.
The culture at DOZ is exactly as they say it is. Casual dress and a friendly environment made me enjoy coming to work every day. 65 hour weeks can be daunting at first, but when you’re surrounded by people who you can talk to and relate with, it makes it go by that much faster. I never felt like there was any level in the company that I couldn’t talk to, whether it was talking to a lead partner on a client at a team dinner or a fellow intern.
Erik – University of Southern Indiana – Audit Intern
DOZ’s internship program is one of the most challenging and rewarding internships you will find. At first, I was hesitant at the thought of having to take a semester off. I was also not thrilled with the idea of working 60+ hours a week. I definitely had some doubts coming in. However, once the internship started, all of this doubt faded away. I could not believe how easy it was to work the required hours. The days just seemed to fly. The culture of the office is a major reason for this. DOZ has an open environment where you can feel comfortable approaching anyone. From top to bottom, everyone is there to help. As for having to take a semester off, I could not be any happier with my decision. The amount of real world experience I have gained from this internship far outweighs the negatives of pushing graduation back just a little further. The classroom teaches you the principles, but actually getting to apply these concepts in the field makes a world of difference. I would recommend this internship to anyone who wants to get a true feel for what it is like to be a public accountant at the busiest time of the year.
Zach – Purdue University – Audit Intern
My internship at DOZ was one of the most difficult challenges I have experienced. Beginning the first day after training, we were expected to complete audits from start to finish. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. DOZ’s internship was exactly how I was told it was going to be, challenging. As an intern, I was challenged not simply to complete my work, but to improve everyday as a business person. I believe my time at DOZ not only helped me improve as an accountant, but more so as a person. I learned a great deal about myself during my internship because of the evaluations I received. The feedback I was given was always greatly detailed and well thought out. The staff at DOZ truly cared about the interns improving during their internship. Because of this feedback, I believe I was able to make great strides in my performance from week to week.
The internship DOZ offers is unmatched by other accounting firms because of the responsibility placed on you as an intern. As an intern, I was able to work on the entire audit process. During my internship, I was never treated as a “typical intern”, but as if I was a staff member. It was rewarding knowing the work I completed was not simply “busy work,” but that it had a real, meaningful impact on the Firm. This responsibility made me take more pride in the work I did and made me more eager to understand the process. I am truly thankful for the honesty during the recruiting process. Everything I was told about what my internship would entail was accurate.
When looking into internship programs, I had two things in mind; the culture of the company and the work I would be performing. DOZ’s internship program fit both of these needs. The culture at DOZ is incredible! The people I worked with made my time so enjoyable. The staff is always very willing to help, and the mood was always pleasant. Even though we were working long hours, I never felt that affected the people at DOZ. The energy was always positive, which made the time here fly by. If you are looking for an internship at a great Firm, with great people, and want to be challenged in the process, then DOZ is the right Firm for you!
Amber – St. Mary’s – Audit InternThe thing about any company is that, much like life, it can look so much sweeter from far away, and the truth is less appealing once you see it for what it is. I expected DOZ to be like this because every company has flaws. What I didn’t expect was to find that the reality was as shiny as the distant picture. I’m not going to lie, this internship was one of the most challenging experiences I’ve ever had, but the best things in life are the ones we really earn. We appreciate them so much more.
Sure, there were times I got frustrated because it was challenging and new, but at every turn I had someone to help me work through that frustration and grow. I am astounded at how much I’ve learned and grown as a person in the short time I’ve been here.
I’m not going to explain all the reasons that you can find in a brochure because that alone is reason enough to pick DOZ, but seriously, WHY DOZ?
That answer is simple, it’s the people. I have never worked anywhere that I have felt more genuinely cared about as a person than here. The people that make up this Firm aren’t just the best and brightest, they are the kindest and most amazing people I’ve ever met. You can learn to be a great auditor a lot of places, but I truly don’t think anywhere exists that has people like DOZ’s. They are what make this internship so much more than just auditing.
At DOZ every single person matters, from the founding members all the way to the interns. I didn’t meet a single person who wasn’t willing to help, take the time to teach, and offer advice and understanding, and honestly want to!
The time I’ve spent in this internship was more fun than I ever expected, more work than I ever thought I would enjoy doing, and one of the best experiences I’ve ever had … and it was priceless in every way.
Cal – Purdue University – Audit Intern
The internship process with DOZ was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever gone through. As an intern, I was promised to complete around 30+ audits, participate in firm events, final foot audit reports, receive constant feedback, and adhere to the same professionalism and responsibilities as full time audit staff. I am proud to say that all of those tasks that I was promised were definitely fulfilled throughout the course of my internship.
From the outside looking in, all of these expectations can be truly daunting, especially to a college student like myself, who has never taken an audit class before starting this internship. However, DOZ promotes a “Work hard, play hard” culture and team work environment, which truly supplemented my overall experience and helped me quickly adapt to the necessary day to day tasks. One of my main concerns was the amount of hours to be worked. However, I started looking forward to coming into work every day, and was shocked with how fast the days were going. It’s really easy to come into work every day when there is such a great and positive supporting cast around you. If you were ever struggling, there was always something going on to help out along the way, whether it be playing basketball once a week with the full time staff, going to a Pacers game and interacting with Principals and Partners, or simply enjoying the camaraderie and uplifting atmosphere at the Firm. It was the small things that really makes DOZ unlike any place else. One of the things I’m most proud of is looking back to where I started and seeing all the progress I made. I accredit this to the evaluation and feedback that DOZ provides. It helped me make great improvements during my internship and pushed me to always better myself.
Looking back, I am so proud of my decision to do an internship with DOZ. I have learned so much about the audit process but also about the housing industry in which DOZ specializes in. I would recommend this internship to anyone who has an interest in public accounting. The experience, opportunities, and the amount of knowledge you gain is unmatched by any other firm.
Caitlyn – Indiana Wesleyan – Audit Intern
DOZ’s audit internship has been one of the most challenging, and one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career. As a senior, I was excited to apply the knowledge I have gained in my accounting courses to this internship. The concepts I have learned in school finally made sense as I applied them to auditing. I can honestly say that I learned something new every day at DOZ. I left the office every night knowing more about auditing than I did when I came in that morning.
What surprised me the most about the internship is the value DOZ puts on its interns. We were expected to learn concepts quickly, and complete quality audits from start to finish. My in-charges quickly recognized my strengths and weaknesses, and worked with me to improve my efficiency and overall performance. I received helpful review notes after every audit, and as I applied these notes, each audit I turned in improved. I remember how overwhelmed I felt working through my first audit. The progress I have made in just a few short months has been substantial. Interns are genuinely appreciated at DOZ, and are given the necessary resources to succeed.
I truly value the friendships I have developed with my “buddy”, staff, and other interns at DOZ. Although I was required to work heavy hours every week and work through difficult tasks, I knew my team was experiencing the same thing and was there to support me. DOZ not only challenged me as an auditor, but as a person. I was expected to be professional, efficient, organized, and confident in my abilities every day. I learned the importance of productivity, and how to challenge and motivate myself to perform my best at all times. I am blessed to have experienced this internship.
Christina – Grace College – Tax Intern
It was truly a blessing to have been a part of the tax department internship team for the 2015 busy season. Throughout the course of my tenure at DOZ, I thoroughly enjoyed going into work every day. There was a constant aura of challenge balanced with gracious demeanors of understanding. I found it encouraging that interns, including myself, were viewed as staff and treated as such. The individuals whom I personally worked with daily were both knowledgeable and especially easy to enjoy long ‘busy season’ days with. I would highly suggest interning at DOZ to anyone, as it is an environment impossible to replicate! Any expectations I may have had prior to my internship were shattered and surpassed exponentially. DOZ is an exceptional place of employment from the top down because all individuals are challenged, encouraged, and valued on a daily basis.
Kyle – IUPUI – Audit Intern
I can think of no better way to prepare yourself for the world of public accounting than with a busy season internship at Dauby O’Connor and Zaleski. During recruiting, it is a scary thought to think of working 60+ hours a week, a daunting task for anyone. However, the wonderful people at DOZ make the time fly by, and I can truly say that despite working so many long days, it was all worth it for the experience I gained. Everyone is excited to get things moving and the Staff and In-Charges do their best to ensure you learn all you can while you are there. With the great group of people working at DOZ, it is easy to understand why they are consistently ranked as a top employer in Indiana. It is difficult to find an employer that will allow you, after one week of training, to prep an entire audit from start to finish, allowing you ample time to learn the ropes and build an understanding of the industry. The continuous feedback process is wonderful as it keeps you updated on what needs work and what you are excelling at when completing your audits. The experience received and the responsibilities handled show me that I made the right choice with this internship, a worthwhile experience that is worth the long hours, for the memories made, the knowledge gained, and the opportunities received.
Ryan – Indiana University – Audit Intern
I have always been a strong believer in the idea that being challenged is the best way to learn and to grow. Never have I been challenged more than during my internship with DOZ. By the end of my internship at DOZ, I had learned more and pushed myself harder than I had ever thought possible.
During the first few weeks of the internship, I often felt overwhelmed and frustrated in my inability to grasp everything that DOZ was throwing my way. However, I was remarkably impressed by the helpfulness and generosity of the DOZ staff. Even though everyone was overloaded with their own work and deadlines, the Staff was more than willing to help me and to answer my countless questions. This not only demonstrated how great the people are at DOZ, but also went a long way in helping me learn and grow as a future public accountant.
The evaluations we received every two weeks were very valuable to me. Because the In-Charges were so busy with their own responsibilities, it was often difficult to gauge how well I was performing. Receiving praise and advice from several different In-Charges helped me understand how to increase my level of quality and succeed.
Confirming DOZ’s “work hard, play hard” philosophy, we got the chance to attend Pacers and Notre Dame basketball games. If you want an incredible learning opportunity, want to be challenged on a daily basis, and want to work alongside people that constantly want to see you succeed, then look no further than the internship experience at DOZ.
Zane – Purdue University – Audit Intern
At first, I was very skeptical about the idea of being away from Purdue for an entire semester, but now that I have completed my internship with DOZ, I can truthfully say it has been a great decision. I would advise anyone who has an interest in public accounting to pursue a busy season internship, and DOZ is certainly the place to be for that opportunity. From day one, meeting DOZ on campus to now, the end of my internship, DOZ has been true to their word regarding the experiences I would have, the culture of the company, the challenging tasks, and the opportunity to complete over 30 audits from start to finish – on my own. A unique aspect that separates DOZ’s internship from other Firms in the area is the opportunity for interns to complete audits completely on their own. At first, this task seems daunting, but the challenge is completely worth it as I have learned more in my time here than I have in many of my accounting classes. DOZ places a lot of trust in their interns as we are tasked with submitting audits to be reviewed by Seniors, Managers, and even Partners. Being able to be a part of the whole audit process has allowed me to learn a lot more than if I were a part of a larger scale audit where I may only work on one area. The idea of working 60-70 hours a week can sound overwhelming, but knowing I am coming into work with an office full of passionate, intelligent and caring people makes each and every day exciting and something I really do look forward to.
The people here at DOZ are remarkable, and Staff members, Managers, and Partners treat interns like a full time Staff member rather than an intern, and are willing to go out of their way to help with any challenges. I would highly encourage any accounting student who has an interest in public accounting to consider a Spring internship with DOZ. The experience exposes interns to an industry that is growing at a rapid rate and surrounds them with people who want nothing but the best for them and their career.
Brooks – Ball State University – Audit Intern
Accepting an internship offer with Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski was the best decision of my college career. It was definitely challenging and stressful at times, but in the end it was all worth it. I did not feel like an intern at DOZ as I was treated like a full time employee, and I really liked that. The people and atmosphere at DOZ is what sets them apart from any other firm. Everyone is so friendly at DOZ, and they are always willing to help you no matter how busy they may be. Along with the great culture, the biweekly evaluations and meetings you have with Tim and the In-Charge really make this internship worthwhile. You learn so much from these evaluations, and they really motivate you to do your best.
The DOZ internship is unlike any other and is beyond rewarding. I learned so much about myself during the internship and of course about the accounting profession. I developed skills during the internship that I will carry on with me for the rest of my life, and I could not believe what I accomplished in my 11 weeks at DOZ. I never thought I would say that I enjoyed working 65 hour weeks, but at DOZ I honestly enjoyed every minute of my internship experience. Overall, you will not find a better internship, and I encourage anyone reading this to get an internship with DOZ. It will be one of the best decisions you will ever make.
Sam – Miami University – Audit Intern
I remember the hesitation I had in taking a semester off of school to live in Indianapolis and work 65 hours a week in a field that I didn’t understand completely. If I knew that at the end of the ten weeks I would feel as confident and proud as I do now, it would have been a no brainer. Being an intern during busy season at DOZ is more like being a new staff member than a stereotypical “intern”. From the first days working on clients, I was completing audits from start to finish rather than doing mindless tasks. The firm really trusts interns and empowers us to contribute in a big way.
In my eyes, the most special aspect of DOZ’s internship program is its longevity. DOZ has had this internship program for many years. This creates a Firm in which most every person has been an intern during busy season at DOZ and knows what it’s like. Even my senior manager had an internship here! Since so many people were interns, they know how it feels to be in the position and genuinely want to see us succeed. If you’re looking for an internship experience that goes way beyond a line on your resume, I encourage you to look closely at DOZ.
Matt – IUPUI – Audit Intern
My time spent here at DOZ has been an eye-opening experience into the life of an accountant during Busy Season. I never imagined myself working 65 hours one week and still being excited to come in the next week. The amount of responsibility an intern is given is something that you don’t see at many other accounting firms, and I believe this pushed me to excel as an accountant and do my absolute best work. From day one in training, I was extremely lost and I had my doubts about being able to become a successful intern. With the help of the staff and managers around, there is no question that you will learn everything that you need to know and have the opportunity to develop into an audit staff.
The culture of DOZ is extremely helpful and relaxed – despite how hectic busy season can be. I felt very comfortable speaking to everyone at DOZ, whether they were an In-Charge or even a Principal. Everyone is here to help you, they want you to learn. They not only help guide you through difficult portions of an audit, but they take the time to help you understand the greater concept behind the audit. This was extremely important to me because I always want to understand the concepts behind what I’m actually doing. Every audit you are given is a chance to learn something new. Being able to apply the skills you learned in the classroom and to showcase your work-ethic was exactly what I needed. This internship at DOZ was, by far, one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life.
Ashleigh – Ball State University – Tax Intern
My internship at DOZ has been the best part of my college career. I was so nervous thinking about working 60 hours a week doing something I had never done before. I was sure I would be so lost and would lose all my interest in Accounting. I received the complete opposite result during my internship with DOZ. I was treated like family, and was able to affirm my interest in Accounting. The 60 hour weeks were not dreadful because I really enjoyed the work environment and my co-workers. At times, I did not feel like just an intern, I felt more like an actual staff. I was faced with challenging returns that I thought I would never be able to complete, but through hard work and help from my coworkers, I was able to exceed my expectations. The friendliness and helpfulness were two key factors that made my internship so successful with DOZ. I feel so much more prepared to finish my college education after interning with such a great firm. I have gained so many great qualities in a short three months that I would not be able to receive anywhere else. I would recommend interning at DOZ to any student looking to affirm their interest in accounting.
Noah – Indiana University – Audit Intern
Deciding to take a spring internship at DOZ was a difficult decision for me because it prohibited me from graduating in May 2015. However, choosing the internship at DOZ was easily the right choice. The culture was exemplified at the second round interview where the entire first floor of the building transformed into a Casino. The energy, concern, and care that top-level managers have for entry-level staff and interns is expressed through every interaction of management toward staff and interns.
Although intern expectations include an exponential learning curve for the first couple of weeks, the expectations at the end of the internship are appropriately adjusted as we gain experience.
While the work can be challenging, DOZ offers many benefits such as free lunch on Saturdays, quality feedback from managers and staff, and opportunities to grow at one-on-one meetings. Although my technical skills have grown immensely, my practical skills developed also in the one-on-one meetings – an opportunity to discuss areas of improvement and finite ways to track progress.
If I had to create a case for why DOZ is better than any Firm, I would point back to the people of DOZ. While almost every Firm adulates the people of the Firm, DOZ delivers.
Garrett – Purdue University – Audit Intern
Like many undergrads at any University, I had a major picked out, but I had no idea what I wanted to do with that. So, like we’re instructed to do, I began to apply for internships. After much prayer and countless interviews, I found myself accepting an offer for an internship at Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski. Going into it, the only expectations I had was what DOZ promised to give me, to challenge, teach, and most of all, to have fun while doing it. Sure enough, they delivered. The initial weeks were definitely difficult, having to learn an entirely new software package, while trying to apply knowledge previously learned somewhere along the lines of endless classes. But, the moment it clicks and you begin contributing to the team is definitely a gratifying one. As I just mentioned the “team” is referring to the entire workforce at DOZ. From working alongside staff, to getting reviews from managers, to asking questions to the principals, you truly are working with everyone. And the true game changer is every one of them is just as eager to help out as the next. My experience at DOZ has definitely been one of the most challenging and gratifying experiences of my life, and it has also allowed me to mature as a professional and student.
Olivia – Indiana State University – Audit Intern
The internship at DOZ is an excellent learning opportunity, and I am grateful to have been a part of the program this Spring. In the 3 months that I interned at DOZ, I grew substantially as a person. I was able to learn more than I could have expected to in this short amount of time. I came in to the internship with no experience and am walking away feeling confident in my ability as an auditor and as a business professional in general. I think that the office culture is something that makes DOZ stand out and definitely drew me to the internship. The employees are always willing to help and never seem bothered by intern questions. They are willing to give up their time to help the interns in any way necessary. The Firm is focused on teaching and building interns into business professionals.
The internship hours were difficult at first, but honestly it isn’t as bad as it seems. With that being said, it isn’t for everyone, and you have to be up for the challenge in order to be successful. Had this internship been less challenging or fewer hours, I would not have learned so much so quickly. DOZ’s internship is set up so that the only way to meet your goals is to challenge yourself. In this atmosphere, learning is impossible to avoid.
To those who are willing to work hard, I highly recommend this internship.
Taylor – Ball State University – Audit Intern
When I was looking for an internship, I was looking for one that would challenge me, test my skills, and make me a better accountant. Dauby O’Connor and Zaleski did just that. They set high standards for their interns and gave us work that is typically meant for a first year staff. During my ten weeks at DOZ, I completed 37 audits start to finish and wrote 27 audit reports, something I was not expecting to do at an internship. Interns are valued at DOZ and are given tasks with high priority. DOZ also has a great atmosphere to work in. All of the staff, seniors and managers genuinely care about helping the interns understand the audits and reports. I was also surprised by how often I was able to work directly with managers and even a few senior managers. That is definitely something that I didn’t think an intern would get to experience. I can honestly say that I enjoyed the company of every single person that I met at DOZ. Although we were working 60 hours a week, I had barely noticed it. The time spent at work seemed to fly by as every day I was faced with a new audit and new challenges to overcome. DOZ isn’t just about work either; they also plan activities throughout busy season such as intern bonding games, a firm wide outing to a Pacers game, and an end of busy season party. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my internship, and I am so thankful for the experiences I received during my time at DOZ.
Will – Indiana State University – Audit Intern
Going through the Accounting Program at Indiana State University, you do not hear much about internships. Professors do not push them as much as they should. Taking an internship is very important to start your career as a public accountant. DOZ has a great presence on campus at Indiana State. They are always present at the Career Fairs actively searching for accounting students to recruit for internships.
My experience during my internship in the spring of 2015 has been very valuable to me. I learned more than I thought I could and I was pushed further than I ever have been before. The work was not easy by any means. This was the first time I have struggled. You are brought in to do something you have never done before and expected to produce work at the same quality as Staff. This is possible to do with the training provided and all the help available to you. The best thing at DOZ is how willing the staff is to help anyone in need.
I cannot stress how valuable of an experience this was for me. I feel like I gained a year of experience in less than 3 months. I believe this is the best internship if you are looking to gain actual experience as a public accountant.
Nick – Butler University – Tax Intern
To me, the three biggest takeaways from the DOZ tax internship were: feedback, work life balance, and a fun and positive work environment. Preparing over 150 tax returns provides a great learning experience as every return is different, and with that, feedback is provided to assist in learning the subject matter. Work life balance may be difficult working almost sixty hours a week, but at DOZ the hours are flexible and allow you to take care of personal matters if necessary. Not to mention there are fun events planned throughout the busy season to get a break from work every once in a while. Lastly, the fun and positive work environment was the biggest surprise of the internship. I am very thankful to have met such great people who will drop whatever they are doing to help answer a question. These three reasons are why I am extremely happy I chose DOZ as an internship. If the opportunity presents itself, I would strongly encourage taking this fantastic internship.
Tim – Ball State University – Audit Intern
DOZ’s internship offers everything you would ever want in an internship – a chance to grow as an accountant, a great work environment and a chance to grow personally every day. Starting from your first week, you will hit the ground running and work on actual client audits start to finish. Many places don’t let interns do as much as DOZ does, which is one of the things that makes this opportunity so great. At first, it can be very intimidating, but it is this intimidation that drives you to work hard and grow as an accountant. You really have to humble yourself during the internship because you will struggle during different parts, but there is always someone there who is willing to answer your questions. The work environment is something that was great to experience. From the first day, you get to see that DOZ isn’t just a place that only talks about helping you. They really want to help you learn and grow. They offer you several tools to assess your strengths and weaknesses during the internship – from your review notes, evaluations, and meetings with Tim every two weeks, you always get to know how you are doing. Some weeks will go better than others, but it will always make you better in the end. During your time at DOZ, you will learn about how far you can push yourself, and it is really great to see how far you have grown. I can honestly say doing this internship was one of the best decisions I have made in my academic career. The experience is unmatched by any other internship offered. During my time at DOZ, I feel that I made connections with the employees and my fellow interns. I feel more confident in my knowledge as an accountant than I did when I started, and strongly encourage anyone who wants to challenge themselves to be a better accountant and person, to look at DOZ.
James – University of Dayton – Audit Intern
My internship at DOZ was every bit as rewarding as it was challenging. Working 60-65 hours a week was definitely an adjustment for me as a college student, but being engaged in completing and writing entire audits makes that adjustment much more manageable. For me, the most rewarding and helpful part of the internship was how much DOZ stressed feedback. We had evaluation meetings every two weeks, and I was receiving tips and notes for improvement from those I worked with on a daily basis. It helped tremendously to know how I was doing and what aspects of my work needed to be improved upon. Lastly, the willingness of everyone around me to answer any and every question that I had throughout my internship was extremely comforting. There was always someone willing to help me through any problems I was having. Overall, my internship at DOZ proved to be every bit of the rewarding and challenging professional experience I sought out, and I would recommend the internship to anyone looking for the same.
Chelsea – Ball State University – Audit Intern
Interning at Dauby O’Conner & Zaleski has been a wonderful internship experience. I was able to gain on-the-job experience by completing full audits, reports, and final reviews. I have been challenged both professionally and personally and have been taught a more realistic, practical knowledge base of accounting. Being at DOZ has many perks, and interacting with intelligent, professional, and friendly staff is definitely among them. I am so thankful for my time at DOZ. It has broadened my understanding of accounting and professionalism in ways I never expected. If you are looking for an internship where you receive real world experience and have the opportunity to work with experienced, helpful staff, I would recommend DOZ!
Jacque – Ball State University – Audit Intern
My experience at DOZ has been unforgettable. I have learned so much about accounting, the business world, and myself. The most difficult part of the internship was the number of hours. This is going to be true for any internship. Although the long hours were rough at times, I always looked forward to coming into work. Everyday there were tasks that challenged me, which made my days interesting. I loved working in the “war room” with all types of DOZ staff: new hires, senior staff, managers, and senior managers. Each and every one of them was willing to help me understand the tasks that I was completing, even if it would take time away from what they were completing. I couldn’t have worked with better people or in a better environment. I am sad that it had to end, but there is always a chance for a full-time position in the future!
Kyle – Grace College – Audit Intern
While searching for a spring internship, I was looked for a firm which could provide great opportunities and a great culture. I found both of these qualities in DOZ. First, DOZ maintained an easygoing environment with a focus on getting work done. All the employees kept a great attitude even while working over 60 hours a week. Even during stressful time with deadlines looming, DOZ’s staff was able to make me feel welcome and answer any question with a good attitude. Secondly, the opportunity for real-life experience at DOZ is far beyond what any other firm can offer. As an intern, I was able to complete over 35 audits in the span of a couple of months. This experience far surpasses anything that can be learned from the classroom. Overall, my internship experience was excellent!
Sammi – Indiana State University – Audit Intern
Time seemed to slow down waiting for my internship to start, but once it started, it was over. I’ve never had an 11 week period of time go by as fast as my time at DOZ, working 65 to 70 hours a week! I understand it isn’t appealing to anyone, but my days never felt as if I was working that long. The environment was always upbeat and welcoming, making work not feel like work. There were many times my in-charge and I would start talking about something unrelated to work and just have a normal conversation without any intimidation – – and you just feel like you’re a part of the team and so much more than an intern. DOZ sold me at the summer office visit and has continued to impress me every day since.
Jamie – Purdue University – Audit Intern
Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski is a great place to choose for an internship! Although it may be intimidating hearing 60 hours a week, the time will fly by faster than you can believe. DOZ works hard to reward each intern for their hard work by providing lunches every Saturday and intern game breaks every other Saturday. I also enjoyed the bi-weekly evaluation meetings as it gave me a chance to talk about how I am doing with the internship. These evaluations are a huge help because you learn what you are doing well, along with areas of improvement. DOZ is a very challenging internship, but if you keep a good attitude throughout, you will learn so much.
Liz – Ball State University – Tax Intern
Being an intern at DOZ has been a wonderful experience and one I will always remember. From day one of training, I felt like part of the team. Everyone I worked with throughout my internship was friendly as could be and very helpful when I had questions. I would recommend DOZ’s internship program to anyone who gets the opportunity! Working 58+ hours a week is not necessarily a thrilling idea for anyone, but working with the staff at DOZ hardly feels like work at all, and most definitely does not feel like 60 hours a week. During my internship, I have made some life long mentors and friends as well as learned more than I ever could in a classroom.
James – Purdue University – Audit Intern
My experience with DOZ all started with my junior year at Krannert. While I was at the Career Fair, I was looking at how the people interacted with their co-workers during the Fair and at the Company presentations. I found DOZ really had good friendships among their co-workers, as I saw the fun they were having and could see that they genuinely enjoyed the Firm. I was looking for an internship in public accounting and wanted to find the best place that would fit my personality. I am hard working, I enjoy good friendships, and I like to have a lot of fun while I work. Well, DOZ definitely was the place for me. Their motto “work hard, play hard” is not just some clever catch phrase, but it really describes what you can expect from DOZ. The experience gained has been invaluable, and I have been thrilled to have such a great place to work. If you are looking for a place where you can have an impact from the start, DOZ really does well in that area. DOZ trusts interns with a lot of responsibility. Responsibilities range from writing reports, completing the year end field work on audits, reviewing reports before they go out the door, and so much more. This is the perfect opportunity to help you learn and better understand the field of public accounting and Busy Season, all the while being surrounded by great people!
Sam – Indiana State University – Audit Intern
I began speaking with full-time staff from DOZ about an internship my freshman year at the Career Fair. I wasn’t sure if the firm would remember who I was by my Junior year, but they did a great job of keeping in contact with me! The summer office visit was great and I was so happy to get an internship position! Going into training, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was a little scared that things would be too difficult to comprehend, given that I had only taken one upper level accounting course. Training was long, and the client I was placed on had different types of audits than what we had gone through in training, so the first week felt like training all over again. Overall, the internship was the most challenging thing I have done, but working long hours didn’t even feel like work! Everyone I worked with made the days go by quickly, and I learned so much more about accounting during this internship than I did in the classroom.
I would recommend a DOZ internship to every accounting student who is willing to work hard, put in the hours, and get great results, feeling like you truly matter to a Firm! The people of DOZ are simply great. Even during stressful times, people were in great moods and made jokes all throughout the day. We had games between the “war rooms” and selected Saturday intern games lightened things up as well. The culture is great, the experience is unbeatable, and DOZ is like no other CPA firm!
Brock – Purdue University – Audit InternWhen I first came to DOZ, I was actually very nervous to begin working. I came to DOZ having still 2 and 1/2 years of school left to finish at Purdue University, so I had all of these thoughts of, “Am I going to be able to complete the work they are giving me?” “Have I learned enough at Purdue to even work here (I had only been through Intermediate accounting 350)?” It was intimidating working somewhere new and having no idea if you can even complete the work.
The first couple of weeks I struggled with learning the software and the work papers, but the managers and staff all understood. They didn’t expect us to understand everything in the first week and were always willing to help. I think the most surprising part of DOZ, which I believe makes it stand out against other firms, is that I was able to go to the senior managers for questions at any point. While they are busy with their own work that is completely over my head, they are willing to help an intern with the most basic problem – – which is unbelievable!
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at DOZ, and looking back, would not choose anywhere else. I learned more in the 11 week internship than I had at all of my Purdue classes combined (I just wish Purdue students earned more than one credit hour for taking the internship class!).
Mike – IUPUI – Audit Intern
What DOZ promises is an internship where you will complete audits, through all of the audit phases, and they certainly delivered on this. Coupled with completing audits is continuous feedback that ensures you always know how you are doing, and where you need to focus on for improvement. After having been through an internship with DOZ, I know that I am capable of taking on anything in the field of accounting, and look forward to staying in touch with all of the people I worked with at DOZ. One of the most memorable things for me about this internship is the sincerity of the people you will work with, which is something I don’t think would be easy to come by in a larger firm where you might not know everyone working in your building. Furthermore, DOZ is a smaller firm, but it certainly feels pretty big with over 150 employees and growing, so you really get the best of both worlds. And finally, no one wants to talk about pay, but the pay is very competitive for an Accounting internship. My advice – save every penny and take a small vacation after busy season! Also, enjoy all of the free meals! The Holiday party is very ritzy, certainly memorable and something you would not expect as an intern. You get included in everything the staff and management does, so you never feel left out or “below” the people you work with – you’re always treated as a peer.
McKenzie – Ball State – Tax Intern
DOZ has been a great place to gain real world experience within the accounting industry. The people who work here are warm, inviting, knowledgeable, and helpful. They are always willing to lend a hand and teach you about anything that might come across your desk. Although I was an intern, I was treated as an equal. The learning curve may have been steep; however, the experience was rewarding.