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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 2019 Intern testimonials link below includes 48 written testimonies and the 2018 Intern testimonials link below includes 28 written testimonies.  These testimonials prove the quality of the experience you will receive as a DOZ Intern – – check it out!

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Ashley – Ball State University – Tax Intern

AshleyI am so glad I decided to work for DOZ this busy season. I was so concerned that I wouldn’t know enough, because I had never ever taken a tax class; however, DOZ’s training was so good that it didn’t matter. I learned so much; I couldn’t have asked for a better first experience with public accounting. The hours were intimidating at first, but they aren’t as bad as they seem. Once you get into a routine, it just sort of flies by. Everyone was very friendly and made me feel like I was a part of the family even though I was just an intern. They always try to make everyone feel included and help with any questions you may have. I found the best way to learn how to prep a return is to do it and ask questions about why you did something a certain way. When you start getting better, they will give you more challenging returns so that you’re always learning and you get the most out of your internship.

When you’re looking for an internship, it just kind of feels like all the firms are trying to sell themselves to you and that can often feel like they’re stretching the truth, or only telling you the good things. I’m here to tell you that, at DOZ, that isn’t the case. Everything you hear about DOZ is true. They really are that great, and DOZ truly does have the best accounting internship in Indy.

Ellis – Indiana University – Audit Intern

EllisWhen DOZ touts its internship as the hardest in the business, it isn’t kidding. This internship challenged me in more ways than I can count; work ethic, communication, efficiency, and above all, time management. From the first day I stepped in the door, I knew I was in an atmosphere that I had never witnessed before. The close comradery between the staff was a shining example to the interns to work our hardest and set high yet attainable goals. The work was demanding both physically and mentally, but the staff allowed us to find our own ways to best complete the work, allowing us flexibility to put our individual talents to the best use.

Besides the work, this internship allowed me to meet some of the best people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Each person is hand selected to fit the culture at DOZ, and I think this point really shows. Although you are working for three hard months, you do it next to people who share the same attitude, commitment, and demand for excellence. Participating in this culture was the highlight of my early professional career, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a part of the best in the business.

Dakota – Purdue University – Audit Intern

DakotaDOZ’s audit internship is by far one the most challenging experiences I have ever encountered. I learned more about auditing in 12 weeks than in all my college classes combined. There were countless times I felt I could not possibly absorb anything else only to grasp a new workpaper or a new type of audit just hours later. Make no mistake. The hours are long, and there were times I wanted to throw in the towel, times I wanted to just be a college kid again. But thanks to my fellow interns and the individuals I worked for, I stuck it out. There is something special about being thrown into an extremely tiring season of life with other college students. I started out not knowing anyone, but I left with friends I want in my life forever. This internship has taught me mental grit and the importance of finding smiles in tough times. It has been a phenomenal learning experience and no doubt I have grown as an accountant, as a professional, and as a Boilermaker.

 

 

Saira – IUPUI – Audit Intern

SairaInterning at DOZ was by far the greatest decision I could have ever made. The internship itself was very challenging and at times exhausting, but it was both rewarding and worthwhile in the end. Coming in as a new intern and not knowing what to expect was very daunting; however, having the first two weeks dedicated towards training helped me become more prepared to overcome any obstacles. A lot of resources were made available to help me so I could do audits and final reviews efficiently and effectively.  

The company’s unique internship program allows interns to move from one client to another, ensuring I was able to gain as much experience as possible. During the three months spent at DOZ, I was able to work on four different kinds of audit reports and gain a more in-depth knowledge of the industry and all the clients I worked on – something I could never have imagined before this internship.

The internship enabled me to handle various challenges, become open-minded, and counter problems from various angles, all while simultaneously helping me grow as a person.  It was not about cranking out numbers and making sure everything balanced, but getting an understanding of what I was doing, why I was doing it, and how I was getting it done. I couldn’t be happier that I ended up interning at DOZ during the busy season and surrounded myself with an amazing group of people.

Shelby – University of Southern Indiana – Audit Intern

ShelbyDOZ’s internship opportunity has been the hardest and most challenging experience I have taken on, but it has also been one of the most rewarding.  Coming into the internship, I had doubts about my ability to keep up with the long hours and heavy workload. Some days were extremely difficult, but there was always someone by my side to help me through.  One of the greatest aspects about DOZ is its unique and inviting culture. I worked on several different teams where I continued to learn and meet new people who were all eager to help. It didn’t take long for my doubts about the hours or workload to fade away.  Meeting other interns from different schools was something I really enjoyed. If we weren’t working together, we were usually hanging out somewhere. Although the days were long, I was always surrounded by encouraging and fun people, and I don’t think I ever left the office in a bad mood.  Team leaders are great at taking short breaks where everyone gets the chance to know each other. I am extremely grateful for everyone who pushed me to do my best, the opportunity to meet new people, and all the new knowledge that I learned. I couldn’t be more pleased with the internship or DOZ!

Danny – University of Dayton – Audit Intern

DanielGoing into my internship at DOZ, I was very hesitant about what I was about to get myself into. The first week of training made me nervous at first, but now three months after starting, I feel much more confident in my abilities.  Everyone is very welcoming and wants to see you succeed. It can be difficult at first because the training goes by fast with a lot of information taught to you. I had never taken an auditing class, so everything was new to me. However, once I completed my first few audits, I felt comfortable and understood the process. The knowledge you get from completing over 30 audits from start to end cannot be done inside a classroom.

The work schedule can look intimidating, but the people at DOZ and other interns around you make each day go by fast. I thought I would never last three months of auditing away from school and my friends, but now that it is wrapping up, I wish it would not end. I have gained more experience than I would have from any other internship, and also gained so many friendships. I am very fortunate and thankful for the opportunity that DOZ has given me, and if you are given the chance to intern at DOZ, take it!

Brian – Ball State University – Tax Intern

BrianStarting this internship, I was definitely nervous. I never had any tax class before, and I couldn’t fathom the amount of returns that I was going to accomplish during this internship. At first, learning the process of a return was challenging, but everyone at DOZ was willing and happy to help me along the way. My favorite part about this internship was the people I worked with. No matter the questions I had, which were a lot, everyone went out of their way to help me, not only figure out the solution, but show me why the issue occurred, so I could apply it to future returns.

I found the work to be quite the learning process, because no return is the same.  I learned something new with every return. Working on returns is like solving a challenging puzzle, so I really enjoyed the process, which made me like going to work every day. Although there are a lot of hours during busy season, time seemed to go by a lot faster than I expected it would be, going into this internship. These past three and a half months have flown by.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this internship and was so glad to have this opportunity to experience public accounting first hand. I am excited to take the knowledge that I gained and the connections that I made at DOZ into my future accounting career.  

Kyle – Indiana State University – Audit Intern

KyleComing into the internship, I was extremely nervous. I knew nothing about auditing, and I was going into an internship where they expected me to work 60 – 65 hours a week and complete audits from start to finish. I had no idea what to truly expect until training week came around and although very helpful, I still felt like I had no idea what I was doing. Over the next several weeks while working on audits, I went from asking 1 or 2 questions per hour and guessing where to find information to being able to find what I needed quickly and asking 1 or 2 questions on the whole audit. Looking back through the process, I can see how the improvement comes from the review comments and how the DOZ employees truly want to help you learn the process.

As the internship is coming to a close, I can say that I feel more accomplished than I have in my entire life. I have worked nearly 700 hours in around 12 weeks, and I finally have experience in the field in which I have chosen my career. I would recommend this internship to any students looking into a career in public accounting, and I have learned more in these last few months than any class has taught me to date.

Tommy – Purdue University – Audit Intern

TommyPrior to beginning my internship at DOZ, I had never taken an audit class or completed an accounting internship.  Because of this, I entered training a little worried about my ability to complete the 65 hour weeks and the 35 audits that were expected of me.  Intern training was a carefully planned, weeklong event, led by DOZ staff, who introduced us to the audit fieldwork process. After walking through our training audit, we were sent off to our respective teams to begin client work.

I spent the majority of my 12 week internship working with one client.  Throughout my internship, my team was welcoming and supportive. In the first few weeks, the learning curve was definitely steep; however, staff and my in-charge were always available to answer my questions and to help me work through challenging problems.  One of the best aspects of the internship was knowing I was doing real work and contributing to the team. As the weeks flew by, the auditing fieldwork all started to make sense. The growth in my accounting skills and auditing experience over the course of my internship was truly invaluable.  

Throughout my internship, I received bi-weekly feedback from my in-charge and attended one on one evaluations with an experienced DOZ member.  This regular feedback allowed me to continue to improve my skills and to become a better intern/employee. As my internship comes to a close, I’m very thankful for this fantastic experience.  DOZ is full of kind, highly motivated people that I am lucky to have met. It’s very rewarding to look back and to see all the work I have accomplished. I know that I have grown as a person.

Ali – Indiana State University – Audit Intern

AlisonFor me, DOZ was a place where I could confirm my confidence in my future career. I was able to ask questions in a safe and supportive environment to people who had been through the same situation at some point in time. DOZ has built a program that allows students to experience the reality of the audit profession in a way that allows us to build ourselves both personally and professionally. Despite the initial fear of working 65 hours a week and delaying graduation for a semester, the skills and knowledge you gain from the experience is 100 percent worth it, and the days are not as long as they seem. My internship at DOZ was the most fulfilling opportunity of my college career and has helped me become more confident in my last semesters before graduating.

 

 

Jack – Ball State University – Audit Intern

JackMy audit internship at DOZ was more than I could have ever asked for! My internship was one of the most challenging experiences of my life, but I learned so much in such a short amount of time. I came into this internship as someone who was a little shy and not very confident in my abilities to perform at a high level. After completing this internship, I have seen a complete change in myself when it comes to confidence, leadership, and taking pride in my work. An example of this would be having to ask questions. Throughout my academic career, I was always scared and nervous to raise my hand in class and to reach out for help from my teachers. At DOZ, it is crucial to ask for help, especially when you first start. Being able to have so many people who actually care about answering any question you have was so reassuring and allowed me to get over my fear of sounding inept if I didn’t understand what was going on. Another benefit of this internship was being able to ask anyone in the firm questions, no matter what his job title was. DOZ’s open door policy allowed me to connect with people at every level in the company. I found it easy to go up to a Member and ask a question just as I would with a fellow peer.

In complete honesty, this internship is difficult at times, but it has been the best decision I have made at this point in my life. The long hours can start to take its toll after a few weeks, and it can be a big transition from college life where students have all of the free time in the world. With that said, during busy season, you are actually busy. I never thought 11-12 hour days would go by fast, but they really do. The work that I performed was interesting and kept me engaged the whole time. Just like the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun! Another difficult thing is transitioning from being a great student to basically knowing nothing and having to face the fact that we’re not all perfect. This internship by far has shown me that we only grow by making mistakes.  I will go back to college with a new mindset that it’s okay to not be perfect on every single assignment. This was difficult to get over, but it may be one of the most beneficial lessons that I have learned in my life.

The last thing I can say is that working at DOZ is more than just a job. With all the friendly, kind, and caring people at DOZ, it truly feels like one big community of family. I have met so many great people during my internship and plan to continue those relationships for the rest of my life. The amount of connections you make here is unreal, and those connections have really helped me to learn how to be a professional in the real world. What makes a job enjoyable is the people you are around, and DOZ has done an exceptional job of making sure everyone has an amazing experience.

Nawwaf – Franklin College – Audit Intern

NawwafThe internship was without a doubt one of the harder internships that I have experienced. Starting out I was extremely nervous due to my lack of experience in auditing, but I went through the challenging training session and immediately started on my clients. The hours were long at first, and the work was tough.  There is so much work to be done that the hours fly by. If you truly do enjoy being challenged every single day at work, then this is the right internship for you. The staff here understands how difficult the internship is, and that is why they are always willing to help so often.

What stood out the most to me was that DOZ truly cared about their interns and developing their interns into better professionals! We had bi-weekly evaluations that informed us of our performance, and they treated us in the same manner as they would a first year staff! Overall, if you are looking for an internship with high expectations, challenging work, and a rewarding learning experience, then DOZ is the right place for you!

Luke – Indiana State University – Audit Intern

LukeWhen I was a freshman at Indiana State University, I attended a career fair and had the chance to talk to the representatives from Dauby, O’Connor & Zaleski. At first, I was hesitant to pursue the option of doing an internship with DOZ because I knew I would have to take a semester away from school. I did not know if I wanted to do this and risk being “behind” my peers. With that in mind, I still kept in contact with the recruiter, because I wanted to keep the option open. After talking with the recruiter and visiting the office, I knew I needed to take the semester away. However, until now, I did not know how great of a decision that was.

After completing the internship at DOZ, I know it was well worth taking the semester off. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had in my life. I learned many lessons from the internship. The first one that I learned is that you have to believe in yourself. This is a very challenging internship, and you will be challenged every day that you come to work. I also learned that accounting is the right place for me. I learned this because I truly enjoyed all the aspects of this internship. Finally, through the help of all the employees, especially Tim, I learned to have confidence in myself. At first, I doubted that I knew what I was doing, but Tim and others continued to tell me otherwise. They continued to believe in me even when I did not believe in myself.

This internship is going to be challenging, and the hours are long; it is well worth it! I would not trade this experience for anything. Working at DOZ was amazing, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work there. If you are considering interning at DOZ, just do it. Do not be hesitant.  Take the opportunity! You will see the benefits after completing the internship.

Cole – Ball State University – Tax Intern

ColeDOZ is a very unique accounting firm. I have worked at a large corporation as well as two smaller accounting firms, and none are able to compare to the internship experience at DOZ.

One thing that stands out for a tax intern at DOZ is the complexity of the tax returns being done. Most of the returns prepared are partnership returns that receive low income housing tax credits. These returns help create a stronger learning environment in an internship compared to another internship that has less complicated tax returns.

A second thing that makes the DOZ internship stand out, in my opinion, is the company culture. It is a culture that is instilled in most of the employees who work there.  They love their jobs and truly believe that they are making a difference. This culture seems to trickle down from the tone at the top and has created the power and resources of a large accounting firm, while at the same time have a family feel of a smaller accounting firm all in one. Overall, this culture is what makes DOZ standout among the rest.

Jay – Ball State University – Audit Intern

JayInterning with DOZ has been an extremely rewarding time from day one. And day one goes way back to the summer, before I had even received an offer! The firm is well-known to have a welcoming, friendly, and challenging environment, and this was noted during my first office visit where I was able to start networking and to gain an understanding of what the firm does and what working here would be like.

Fast forward to week one of the internship, and the nerves definitely hit me as I had no prior experience or classes related to auditing. We were given an entire week dedicated to reviewing the entire audit process and working through a case study which was more than enough preparation to get us started on the work. Looking back now on the past few months, I am so happy to have joined this company. I cannot say enough good things about the people and the constant learning experienced during my time here. Everyone is here to help you succeed and to help you grow personally and professionally – and you will definitely develop in both areas as a part of this team! I give a huge thank you to all of the staff, managers, seniors and Partners for investing their time in me, day in and day out. They all made the experience everything I could have hoped for here at DOZ!

Jack – Purdue University – Audit Intern

JackIf you are looking to get exposure to busy season at an accounting firm, DOZ is the best place to accomplish that. I accepted my internship offer for the spring of my senior year and haven’t looked back since. I have gained so much experience and knowledge since I started my internship, and it is all a credit to DOZ. Many of my friends who interned in the spring at other accounting firms didn’t receive the type of experience that I did at DOZ. The other accounting firms gave minimal training and didn’t assign them to meaningful projects. DOZ is different in the sense that they want you to be involved, and they want you to do meaningful work. At DOZ, there is also a feel that every employee here wants you to improve; they want you to ask questions, and they want you to succeed. During the internship, the people I worked with were relaxed and easy going, but they also worked very hard. The internship is hard work, but I felt that there was someone there every step of the way to help me if I needed it. I am very glad I interned at DOZ, and I would suggest it to other students who are willing to work hard and are eager to learn.

 

Maggie – IUPUI – Audit Intern

MaggieMy internship experience at DOZ was nothing short of exceptional. After the nerves leading up to the first week subsided, I knew that I could not have made a better choice. Each individual member of the community at DOZ, from the staff to the principals, cared about our growth, proven through their individualized support, willingness to help, and their gratitude for the hard work we put in preparing audit fieldwork during busy season. The work is immensely challenging, but the availability of work and the growth-attitude of the individuals that I was surrounded with made these three months pass in the blink of an eye. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity that I was provided with to spend my first busy season at DOZ.

 

 

Andrew – Indiana University – Audit Intern

AndrewInterning at DOZ was one of the best professional experiences I have had. Before interning, I was extremely nervous about the time aspect as well as the work aspect. I was worried that I would be doing trivial tasks and that the days would go by extremely slow. That could not have been further from the truth. You are consistently pushed to be the best auditor you can possibly be. When you are exceptional at a certain type of audit, you will be thrown something even more challenging. This made the time of 65 hours a week fly by and helps you to grow as an auditor.

I am sure that you will hear this at other firms, but the people truly make the difference at DOZ. You are consistently surrounded by people that not only want to help you succeed but also care about you outside of the firm as well. During the internship, Tim met with all the interns every two weeks and not only helps you out with different accounting lessons that you may be having trouble with, but additionally asks about how life is outside the firm.  I don’t think any other firm would have a member take the time out of his day to talk individually to 50+ interns. Overall, working at DOZ was truly a challenging and a rewarding experience that I was lucky to be a part of.

Eli – Purdue University – Audit Intern

EliMy internship at DOZ has been the most influential professional experience that I have had thus far in my short professional career. I have had the opportunity to intern at multiple separate companies/firms, and this internship has far exceeded the others in every category an intern should be seeking and looking for – potential for professional growth, learning and understanding the industry, truly enjoying what you do, and the tangible impact your work and efforts make in terms of contributing to the firm.

This internship is challenging. Initially, I lacked confidence in my ability to perform at a high level with multiple responsibilities and conceptually challenging and rigorous work. However, DOZ showed a willingness to invest in me and to instill confidence in me as I began the internship. They had confidence in me before I had confidence in myself, and this proved to be incredibly influential in my growth as not only an auditor experiencing my first busy season but also as a person. DOZ truly cares about its people. The culture that I experienced here was unlike any company culture that I’ve experienced before. Accounting during busy season is stressful in nature; however, DOZ ensured that my experience here would go far beyond solely accounting and the stress it entails. DOZ treated me like a true professional and tasked me with work that will truly influence the firm in its intended goal of serving its clients wholeheartedly.

I would 100% recommend a DOZ internship to anyone looking for an experience that will impact his professional career and personal life exponentially.

Jacob – Indiana University – Tax Intern

JacobWhen I first arrived at DOZ for the office visit, the firm was like nothing I had ever experienced before. My interview was in shorts; the staff were incredibly familial, and I left hoping to return. After my interviews with the company, I was thrilled to see that they were offering me the opportunity to intern. Learning that I had to complete 200+ returns did intimidate me, at first, due to the most experience I had in accounting was through my classes. I never even touched a return before that. Those fears melted away once training began, and the staff members were so patient in their assistance and in answering questions. I realized that the next few months may be a challenge; I knew I was ready for it!

Once I was given my own cubicle, I was thrown into the deep end like a first year staff member. Return after return went by and not a single one was exactly the same. Going through these returns was exciting as each one presented its own unique obstacles that I could solve. If I could not solve a problem, the staff members around me were more than thrilled to assist me in my endeavors. I believe that is what makes DOZ so great! Everyone will go above and beyond for each other as we all shared a common goal. That goal was to be the best accountants we could be not only for our clients but also for each other.

Thanks to DOZ, I will know exactly what it takes to be an accountant as well as a true professional!

Alex – Ball State University – Audit Intern

AlexAfter graduating from Ball State as a double major in Finance and Accounting and having a Finance internship in the summer prior to my final semester, I knew that I wanted to gain more experience in Accounting before pursuing a full-time profession in either field.  This internship showed that I could see myself working full-time in Accounting and showed me the great people that I would interact with on a daily basis.

One of the best parts about the internship is the interactions that you have with not only other interns but with experienced staff members as well.  The staff members and mentors that we interacted with and worked for always showed us respect and took time out of their busy schedules to always make sure that if we had any questions that they would be answered in a timely manner and that the answers would be helpful to us.  Also, the training manuals which were given to us during training at the beginning of the internship were fantastic and really helped us for the entirety internship.

Lastly, being able to interact with other interns from colleges and universities from all across the Midwest set up great relationships.  We attended a Pacers game together, competed in intern games on several Saturdays during busy season, and took part in several other events together both inside and outside of the office.  I am very grateful for the relationships that I built during busy season and am grateful for the experience gained throughout the internship!

Brooke – Ball State University – Audit Intern

BrookeInterning at DOZ was one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had. This was the first opportunity for me to actually use the knowledge and skills that I had gained from my classes. When I first started training and they started using terms like materiality and trivial, I was a bit nervous because I had not taken an audit class yet. The recruiters would always be saying that an auditing class was not necessary, but I was still a bit apprehensive. After training, the staff was very understanding with all of my questions on my first audit. I was asking so many, and I felt like I had no idea what I was doing.  It was very humbling because in the classroom, I felt I had a decent grasp of what was going on. Doing my first audit was an entirely new task, and I had no prior experience. Surprisingly, my in-charge was pleased with the first audit that I completed. That gave me a huge boost of confidence for the remainder of the internship. Starting out knowing nothing and with only a week of actual client work, I was already meeting my standards.

The most intimidating part of the internship was the amount of hours I would have to work in a week. The first week was rough because I still wasn’t accustomed to it, but after that, the hours didn’t bother me. Also, everyone at DOZ is in the same boat, so you can talk to anyone about what you are struggling with. The best part of the staff is that everyone has been in your shoes not too long ago. They know exactly what you are going through, and their advice was always helpful.  

The internship taught me so much about the accounting field as a whole. Classroom knowledge is helpful and necessary, but experience is what helped me learn more than I ever would in any classroom. From a simple skill such as being familiar with Microsoft software (especially Excel), to more involved skills of talking with clients and coordinating schedules, I acquired so many new skills by interning at DOZ.  Now, that I have one busy season under my belt, I feel so much more prepared for my future in the accounting field.

Mike – Indiana University – Audit Intern

MikeFrom office visits to career fairs to interning at DOZ, I have seen that this firm represents what it means to be a family. The work is something that is completed as a team and is built on together. I was immediately welcomed in with open arms, and the friendliness and support motivated me to do some of my best work. The expected average of audits to be completed by each intern was around 38, and I was able to complete 45+ audits a few weeks before the end of busy season. I was seen as a crucial piece to audit success at DOZ, and this is something that you will not receive at any other accounting firm. I also developed strong relationships that I didn’t expect to make here, making this internship a more unforgettable experience. I would definitely recommend to anyone seeking a great audit experience to strongly consider DOZ as their first choice.

This internship consisted of many 65 hour work weeks, but when you look back at the achievements that you’ve completed and experienced, you see that it was all worth it in preparing you for your future accounting career.

Nicholas – Indiana University – Audit Intern

NicholasDOZ’s value proposition to a prospective intern is the opportunity to work extremely hard in order to gain a deeper understanding of financial statements/affordable housing. Throughout the process, DOZ makes an effort to surround interns with people who will invest in the success of those interns. If you are the type of person who is motivated by achievement, is looking for a job where you are challenged to new heights on a daily basis or are looking towards a greater understanding of affordable housing, then an internship at DOZ is a good fit.   

 

 

 

Sam – Indiana University – Audit Intern

SamSimply put, the DOZ internship is tough. It will challenge you in ways that you have never been challenged before. At IU, the iCore semester is really hyped up as being the toughest semester where you learn and grow. While that may be true, the DOZ internship dominates in comparison as far as intensity of the program and individual growth. I came into DOZ as someone who had never had an internship before, didn’t know much about auditing, and knew basically nothing about the low income real estate housing industry. With all that being said, I was blown away at how willing my first senior manager was in helping me through my first couple audits. He always had a positive attitude and never seemed bothered when I asked him multiple questions. He even took time one morning to go out of his way and to explain the entire low income housing industry to me. This immediately showed me that he saw me as much more than the reputation that surrounds an “intern.” This type of culture is something that is extremely special in a company.

If I had to compare this internship to something, it’s like climbing a mountain. When you’re at the bottom, you’re thinking, “How in the world am I going to climb to the top of this?” But you start climbing, day after day, week after week. Some days you feel like you could conquer the whole mountain; some days you have no energy and want to give up. As you approach the peak at the end, though, you stand at the top and feel a great sense of accomplishment as you admire the path that you fought to get to the top.

Maddie – Grace College – Tax Intern

MaddieI was immediately drawn to the DOZ intern program after speaking with the staff about the amount of responsibilities given to the interns. As a tax intern, I was able to do complete returns from start to finish knowing that I had full support of the staff and the managers around me. Training was two weeks long and seemed intimidating going into it; however, most of the staff had been through the same experience and knew what training was most important when starting off your career.  Even after training, I knew that the staff was there for me whenever I had a question. The ability of the Firm to hire interns who do not know much, to preparing roughly 200 returns each, was incredible! I am so glad to have this experience and would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

 

 

Taylor – Indiana State University – Audit Intern

TaylorDOZ offers each and every intern an experience that is unlike any other. DOZ puts every challenge your way and expects you to give it your all. My relationship with DOZ began at a school career fair during my freshman year. This was different than the other companies who would never glance towards a freshman; however, DOZ takes a chance and keeps in touch throughout our school careers.

I was very nervous walking into DOZ on the first day of training. Those nerves were quickly forgotten when I realized how much fun and how much I would learn throughout this internship. With working around 65 hours a week, you learn a lot about yourself and your working ability. DOZ puts each and every intern to the test, while helping us through the difficult steps. Every employee I got to know throughout this internship was someone who was willing to reach out and lend a helpful hand my way. I will be grateful for all the people that I met at DOZ and their willingness to help in any situation.

The internship that DOZ offers is one that is challenging and tiring but absolutely worth it. I have learned so much within these past two and a half months, especially being able to work with both Tax and Audit. Accepting this Internship was a choice that I am very glad that I made, and I am thankful that DOZ offered the opportunity to me.

Tim – University of Dayton – Audit Intern

TimDOZ’s internship program truly exceeded my expectations. I was excited and nervous to start my internship.  Knowing that I would be working 63+ hours a week, while as a college student who barely had enough time to take 18 credits, made me question my decision and what the outcome might be. By the end of my time at DOZ, 63 hours a week felt like nothing, and time flew by because I really enjoyed my assigned audits, the structure of the internship, and the people and atmosphere at DOZ. The experience, support, and people were all outstanding.

I was told that I would be completing 38+ audits from start to finish and writing 38+ reports. This did not seem possible, but it happened. I was able to work on multiple types of audits and to expand my knowledge about them in general. I learned many specific auditing details too. We were encouraged to ask questions throughout the process, and I came away not only learning how and what to do but also why. The hands on experience and practical knowledge was so beneficial.

Throughout the internship, there was definitely an emphasis on consistent mentoring and evaluation. DOZ continuously provided helpful feedback, and I never felt as though I was on my own. Even though a lot was being ask of me, I always had guidance and supervision. I was assigned to several different teams over the internship, so there was a large network of friendly mentors and peers to work with.

Although I loved the internship and the knowledge I was obtaining, the part I enjoyed most was the culture and the people at DOZ. Everyone is so willing to help you, work with you, or even just talk to you. The environment is casual, but people and teams work really hard.  I have made a lot of new friends, contacts, and connections. DOZ is a really great place to work.

I am so thankful that I had an opportunity to work as an audit intern for DOZ. I was challenged to do hard work and learned so much in a short period of time. I came in as an uncertain student but left with a better understanding of accounting and auditing and confidence to finish my degree and pursue a career in the field. The internship and association with DOZ provided a really great experience, much better than I could have imagined.

Danielle – Purdue University – Audit Intern

DanielleGoing into the internship I was beyond nervous. I had little auditing experience and was fearful that I would be behind everyone else. After the first day of training, my nerves were quickly calmed. Throughout the whole internship, every person at DOZ that I worked with went out of his way to help guide me through the internship. One of the things that helped me the most throughout my time at DOZ was the evaluations that the staff gave for the biweekly meetings. These evaluations allowed me to see what I was doing well, as well as see specific parts that I needed to improve on, which afforded me the opportunity to improve my skills. I was constantly challenged with the tasks that I was given which allowed me to progressively learn more about different types of audits throughout the internship.

While this internship has been the hardest work that I have ever done, I have learned more in this internship than I have in all my accounting classes. I expected the 65 hour work weeks to be hard, but the staff that I worked with made the experience enjoyable to the point where the days were flying by. Along with the supportive staff, we were given a buddy prior to the start of the internship. I truly appreciated this, because it allowed me to have someone to turn to if I ever had a question. Throughout the whole internship, I was constantly amazed by the people at DOZ and how they made me feel like a part of the team.

I cannot express my gratitude for the amazing experience I had here at DOZ.   

Ashlin – IUPUI – Audit Intern

AshlinDOZ fulfilled its promise of providing a great internship. The program is structured to challenge interns in order to encourage growth. The hours and the work are very challenging but well worth it. My internship at DOZ left me feeling confident in my career choice to pursue public accounting. I gained valuable experience that will allow me to succeed in the remainder of my undergraduate classes and throughout the rest of my career.

Interns are treated as a vital part of business operations at DOZ. I completed over 30 audits during my time at DOZ, which allowed me to experience many different types of audits from start to finish. The treatment of interns at DOZ is incomparable to any other firm. The leaders at DOZ go above and beyond to help to develop us.

 

Katie – Ball State University – Audit Intern

KatieWhen I started looking for a public accounting internship, I knew I wanted a challenging but rewarding experience. This is exactly what I have experienced during my internship with DOZ.

Leaving training, I was nervous about starting real client work, because there was so much information to absorb. However, my in-charges were willing to help me when I encountered a problem and didn’t know how to proceed. I was also given a buddy for the course of the internship. She was always there for me when I had questions, whether that be related to DOZ in general or a specific engagement.

It’s not a secret that DOZ has high expectations of interns, but they are reasonable and upfront. During one-on-one meetings with Tim, you are able to go over evaluations from your in-charge and discuss your strengths, weaknesses, and how you can improve over the course of your internship.

The real aspect of DOZ that sets them apart from other public accounting firms is the people and it’s one of a kind culture. Everybody I’ve worked with over the past twelve weeks believed in my ability to succeed, which definitely helped to build my confidence! DOZ even sent me to the Ball State Career Fair to recruit. I am so thankful for a firm that believed in my abilities (as a current intern) to go back and recruit on campus by myself.

I couldn’t have asked for a better public accounting internship and would highly recommend it to any other accounting major.

Garrison – University of Southern Indiana – Audit Intern

GarrisonI began my internship with DOZ excited for a new challenge which would apply and grow my understanding of accounting. From the start, the internship proved as challenging, if not more than I expected. Thankfully, however, DOZ built a culture and organized the internship to have help ready at every turn! The firm gave me (and every intern) a “DOZ Buddy” and seated me next to an experienced staff following training. Each person I worked with willingly and patiently answered all of my questions. This continued up to the partner level, as Tim Doyle, who oversaw the internship, seemed to approach the bi-weekly evaluation meetings as a chance to help me improve both as an auditor and as a person.

The 65-hour work weeks proved exhausting, and at times I felt overwhelmed by stress. Even during the days and weeks when I felt I performed my worst, however, my colleagues and superiors did not hesitate to provide feedback regarding my work’s value to them, ways to improve and how to simply RELAX and learn. I believe my experience with DOZ’s encouraging atmosphere helped me to become more confident as a prospective businessperson, and I believe the firm is a great place for aspiring accountants to get a first glimpse of the industry’s busy season!

Ryan – Purdue University – Tax Intern

RyanWhen I first heard about the internship and the work that entailed I can’t help but say that I was a little bit intimidated.  Having mostly only heard horror stories about busy season I couldn’t have been anything but a little bit nervous. When I accepted my offer with DOZ, I felt excited but was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle a busy season. DOZ made the transition easy and seamless and erased all worries that I had within the first few weeks.  From the first day of training on, everyone has been warm and welcoming. Someone was always willing to help and to work with me to figure out whatever it was that I needed.

The amount that I have learned from this process is absolutely incredible.  While the learning curve was steep at first after completing my first few returns on my own, everything started to click, and I began to really understand what I was doing.  By the end of the internship, I felt that I could handle anything that popped up. I have worked on over 200 returns. Each return had something a little different which gave me great experience to see new problems and to use my newly learned skills to solve them.  Days have flown by as you’re constantly improving and learning as you go. If I ever came across something that I wasn’t sure how to handle, someone was always able and willing to help me solve the problem.

No matter where you go to work you’ll learn a lot, but the people are what makes DOZ different.  I cannot speak highly enough about the people that I have had the opportunity to work with. I felt like everyone wanted to get to know me as more than just as a co-worker.  Making the decision to do an internship at DOZ has been one of the best decisions that I have made in my college career. No matter where my career takes me I know that the experience here has made me prepared for whatever happens.

Luke – Indiana University – Audit Intern

LukeLike a majority of most incoming interns, I was nervous about numerous aspects of the internship prior to the start. Long weeks, tough work, and taking a semester off of school were all very daunting, and I was unsure if I had made the right decision. However, after just a few weeks of being at DOZ I knew that I had made the right choice and found the internship to be very fun. I would be lying if I said that the work and the hours were never overwhelming at times, but the people around you, including other interns, made it bearable and helped you each step of the way. The culture at DOZ made the internship stand out for me as there were company-wide lunches every Saturday, intern games, and opportunities to be active during busy season such as playing pick-up basketball after work with fellow employees. These events that I looked forward to every week made the weeks go by faster. Not only did I get used to the hours, but the work became enjoyable once I started to piece everything together. The managers and staff around you will answer all of your questions and really invest a lot of their time into helping you grow and learn. An aspect that I really liked about the work performed was that an intern would prepare an audit and would be able to see the finished product that he completed being sent to the client which made the work rewarding and motivating. Overall, the internship was very organized, and it’s clear that DOZ cares about developing each of its interns and employees into better business people altogether.

Claire – University of Dayton – Audit Intern

ClaireI didn’t know what to expect coming into training, and I felt very overwhelmed because you are given a lot of information in a very short amount of time. I remember being nervous to begin my first audit, and I was especially nervous about asking questions because I had a ton of them. However, the majority of DOZ’s staff did this internship before becoming full time employees, so they know what you are going through.  They are ready to help you through anything and everything. The environment is always welcoming, and everyone goes out of their way to help you learn and to be as successful as possible.

I wasn’t sure that doing a spring internship and taking a semester off would be worth it, but I can say after my time here at DOZ, it was the best decision I could have made. I have learned so much in my short time here, and I know I will be able to apply the skills I have learned to any job I get in the future. I had the opportunity to work with many different clients on many different audit types. There is truly no better internship experience.

Zach – Indiana University – Audit Intern

ZacharyComing into my internship at DOZ I was unsure of what to expect other than that I was going to work longer hours than I ever had.  While that was certainly true, the 65 hours a week encompassed so many other lessons and experiences. Being able to learn the audit process from start to finish rather than focusing on one part of an audit really distinguishes the DOZ internship from many of the others. I wanted a job that didn’t become repetitive and monotonous, and my time at DOZ certainly exemplified that.

In addition to the work I did, I found the people to be a big drawing point to the company. From my first day on a client, I felt like the staff and in charges treated me with respect. Not once was I asked to do typical intern jobs like getting everyone coffee or lunch. When they say that there is an open door policy for questions, they really mean it. No matter who the person was/how high level they were I felt comfortable asking questions, even if I knew they were “dumb” questions.

The 2.5 months I spent at DOZ was the most challenging job that I’ve ever had both mentally and physically. There are times when you feel clueless and helpless, and times when all you want to do is go home and take a nap. But at the end of the internship, I look back and see how much I’ve learned and it makes all the hours seem worth it.

Scott – Butler University – Tax Intern

ScottComing into busy season, I wasn’t really sure what to expect and was definitely a little nervous that my prior experience would not be enough. However, that perspective quickly changed as DOZ makes sure that you receive plenty of proper training. At the beginning of the internship, all of the interns are trained together in the same room. Hearing your peers ask questions was helpful as well as made you understand that everyone was in it together. As an intern, you are also assigned a buddy. Your buddy is the go to person to help answer any questions that you may have as you complete your work, but everyone at DOZ is nice enough to help you without hesitation.  Throughout my internship, I learned more than any classroom experience could have. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone that has the chance, as the technical and professional skills I learned during my time at DOZ will stay with me no matter what the next step in my career is.

 

Jameson – Indiana University – Audit Intern

JamesonIn a perfect world, anyone seriously considering a career in public accounting would have the opportunity to experience this internship. You will be exposed to a genuine workload unlike any that you have previously encountered. You will feel pressure, and you will, at times, wonder whether you are qualified to complete the tasks demanded of you. Most importantly, you will fail and you will learn about the technical nature of the work, about your personal strengths and weaknesses, and at the end of the day, about what you want out of your future career and life beyond it.

My time here has not reached a conclusion, but I already consider this internship the best decision of my life and more than likely, the most transformative to date. DOZ is as they advertise, and the only surprises that I encountered were moments in which the company exceeded my expectations. The job is demanding, but you are surrounded by a system and staff dedicated to your development. With the right mindset, anyone fortunate enough to receive and to accept an offer from DOZ will emerge from their time here with an enhanced understanding of the company, the industry, and of themselves.

Noah – Indiana University – Audit Intern

NoahDuring my 12 week internship at DOZ, I worked more hours than I ever thought I would, but I did learn a lot.  Prior to starting, I did not believe that I would be able to do full, real audits, as I had only had four accounting classes. During training, that feeling went away slightly, but as I went through my first audit, I realized it wasn’t too bad. Overall, the actual audits themselves were enjoyable to finish and felt similar to finding the last piece in a large, complicated puzzle.  

The work itself isn’t what made the internship to me.  Audits, for the most part, are roughly the same thing, but the people I worked with made the days go by. For a few weeks of the internship, I was on different clients and meeting the people I worked with made the experience a thousand times better. When you get past January and are working such long weeks, having people you can get along with and laugh with makes all the difference.

Kayleigh – Indiana Wesleyan University – Audit Intern

KayleighDOZ has provided an amazing environment to learn and to grow as a professional in public accounting. The leaders here push you to new levels by letting you completely take charge of an audit and then when you have given your best attempt at every step, they walk you through anything that you may have missed or anything that you may have questions on at the end. Not only is this efficient in the grand scheme, but it pushes you to self-discover the answers to your questions.

DOZ gives opportunities to their interns that no other company would be brave enough to give. They trust that we our competent enough to work through an audit start to finish. They even trusted that I was capable of representing them at a recruiting event on my own. Even as an intern, I felt like what I accomplished here made a difference.

Interning here was challenging at times, but it is so rewarding; everyone around you is cheering you on. The employees here encourage one another, and everyone truly works together as a big team. They want to see you succeed just as much as you want to see them succeed. It is not a competition on how to climb the corporate ladder, there is room for everyone and I felt just as valued as everyone around me.

Stephanie – Purdue University  – Tax Intern

StephanieBefore I started this internship, I was terrified. I knew nothing about tax and had not taken a course in it yet. However, after this internship, I feel well prepared to handle just about any return thrown at me. I have learned so much more at DOZ in a few months than I ever had in years at school. I have never been more challenged or respected. I have never felt more accomplished than I do now; there is nothing more rewarding than tackling a tough return and making sense of it all.

DOZ is unique.  Everyone knows each other and is willing to help. This was not a stereotypical internship where you go on coffee runs or get busy work; this was real work that gave me a glimpse of what my future career will be like.

I didn’t know what to expect coming into this internship, but now I could not imagine a better experience.

Brandt – Purdue University – Audit Intern

BrandtChoosing to do a spring internship is a big decision.  It is a time commitment; it delays your degree progress, and it might require you to relocate.  I was definitely scared to commit to a spring internship because of these reasons. I was interested in coming to DOZ because of the promised experience and the way everyone treated me during the career fairs and during my visits to the office.  My parents told me to weigh my options carefully because recruiters at career fairs are supposed to be nice and speak highly of their company. Ultimately, I made the decision to trust my gut and to do the internship. As a result, I feel more confident and knowledgeable in the field and know that I have gained worthwhile professional experience.

Everyone at DOZ creates a welcoming environment that makes it easy to learn and to grow.  In my three months as an intern, I never had a negative interaction with a coworker, and I never felt like I was being treated differently because I was an intern.  You work on the same projects as staff employees and get to work on all facets of the audit from audit planning to final reviews. There truly is a wealth of knowledge to gain at DOZ.  There is also variety in the type of projects, so you aren’t stuck doing the same cyclical work every week. I even got to move to the tax department for the last couple weeks of my internship.  It was beneficial to have different experiences throughout the internship, because I was constantly learning.

Overall, I absolutely recommend an internship with DOZ.  I learned so much and met many amazing people. I grew more professionally in my three months here than I did in my first two years of college.  Regardless of what the future holds for me, I will always be grateful for my internship at DOZ.

Trevor – Indiana University – Audit Intern

TrevorThis internship was definitely one of the most difficult things I have ever done. Working 65 hours a week is brutal, and the work can sometimes feel like you’re looking at something written in another language. While it was difficult, this internship has also been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Looking back to just three months ago, it’s amazing to see how much I’ve grown as not just someone in the business world but as a person in general. The amount I learned in the past three months is amazing and much more than I would’ve learned if I spent the semester in class.

The best part of the internship has been the culture at DOZ. Everyone knows that working 65 hours a week is tough, so they make it as enjoyable as possible and are always there to help when you need it. Even when I made mistakes, someone was always there to help me to learn from them and to get better. In three months, I did not meet a single person that I didn’t like.

This internship has been the most challenging experience that I have ever done, but I will also look back on it as one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Seeing my own personal growth and meeting the people I have has made this a great three months. While the hours and the work could get hard at times, I knew that I was actually contributing to something and was never just doing busy work. The internship really flies by, but the time is something I’ll never forget.

Steven – IUPUI – Tax Intern

StevenWithin the first few days of my internship, I had a realization that I’m sure many first-time interns have in any public accounting firm. I thought to myself, “Wow, what I have been learning in school applies so much differently in the real world.”

At times, I felt like I was starting from the beginning. Fortunately, I chose the right company to intern with!  Staff members were always willing to answer any questions that I had, and they went above and beyond to help me.

There was plenty of work for us tax interns to do, and I was able to gain a ton of experience from it. Time flew by, and I learned so much. I highly recommend DOZ to anyone wanting to do an accounting internship!

Mike – Ball State University – Audit Intern

MikeMy internship at DOZ was very challenging yet very rewarding at the same time. After the initial first week of training, it’s safe to say that most of the interns were not confident in their ability to complete an entire audit. This does not mean that the training provided was not good, but more so that the amount of information we needed to know in only one week was so large. Once assigned to my first client, I quickly realized that all of the staff are more than willing to help the interns learn and grow. The culture and dedicated staff at DOZ is really what sets the firm apart from the rest of the industry. Everyone truly wants you to succeed not only to make their jobs easier but for you to grow as an auditor as well. I was able to easily build relationships with other interns and staff, making my internship experience that much better. It’s important to stay positive throughout the internship because there will be times that you will be working on something that you hadn’t learned about before or something that seems way over your head and times that you don’t want to go to work. Eventually, everything will click and you will start to enjoy the work more and more. Having completed a busy season internship not only enhanced my knowledge of auditing and accounting but also taught me important life lessons that will help me to finish school and to start my career on the right path.

Aaron – Indiana University – Audit Intern

AaronI did not know what to expect coming into the internship at DOZ, I never had an internship before and never worked more than 40 hours in a week.  I felt very thankful to have been given the opportunity to complete the internship at the end of it all. DOZ offers a challenging experience where you are given the opportunity to grow and to succeed. The 65 hour work week appears intimidating at first, but the hours fly by. DOZ understands that interns have no knowledge of auditing starting out, so a week of training is provided.  Most importantly, when you begin auditing, you will have an in charge and staff available to answer any of your questions. The people who work at DOZ are very friendly and make you feel a part of their family. Completing an audit from start to finish is a rewarding experience as you get to take complete ownership of the work. For anyone interested in a career in public accounting this is a great internship for you.  

 

 

Katie – Ball State University – Audit Intern

KatieGoing into my internship at DOZ, I was extremely nervous and didn’t know exactly what to expect. From the first day, everyone at DOZ was available to help you transition into your new working experience. I was extremely worried that I wouldn’t receive enough training and wouldn’t know what to do when I got my first audit. This is not the case at DOZ.  You have a week of training and an amazing staff to help you along the way.

DOZ’s work culture was not what I expected it to be. During my internship, I had many medical situations with my family that I had to take care of. Everyone at DOZ was supportive and helped me through those difficult times. DOZ is truly a family environment, and I don’t think I could have found the same work atmosphere anywhere else.

I came here with little auditing knowledge, and by the end of the internship, I learned so much. I met so many new people and built relationships that will last a lifetime. Overall, I had a great experience at DOZ, and I strongly recommend choosing DOZ for an internship.

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Ciara – Indiana University – Audit Intern

CiaraMy internship at DOZ was a challenging and rewarding experience. I remember leaving training thinking that there was no way that I could possibly come in the next week and complete an entire audit by myself. However, as I finish my internship having completed about 45 audits, I feel like I have gained more knowledge about auditing than I thought was possible in such a short amount of time. I wouldn’t feel this way without the constant support of staff and managers who were always ready to answer my questions and to provide me the guidance that I needed.

In some ways, busy season was exactly what I thought it would be—busy. What I didn’t expect was the help of each and every person I worked with. If I had a question, I never felt like they didn’t have time to help me, and they always took the time to make sure that I understood the process rather than just giving me an answer so that they could get back to their own work. The people and culture of DOZ are what set it apart from other accounting firms. At the end of the day, an audit is an audit. I believe what really matters is the people you surround yourself with, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than the one I received during my DOZ internship.

Austin – Ball State University – Tax Intern

AustinThe DOZ tax internship was everything I wanted and more. In my hunt for an internship, I wanted to find a place that was known to have a good culture; DOZ was just that place. The culture of caring is truly present. My first time meeting with Tim I knew DOZ was the right place for my first public accounting experience.

I was very excited to start but also extremely nervous. The amount of hours of work expected each week was intimidating, but time flies by when you stay constantly busy. The fear I had going into it went away immediately in the first week. Everyone who is associated with DOZ makes you feel welcomed from the start. There are times of stress and feeling overwhelmed during busy season, but the reward is all worth it. The training was effective, but I also thought it was a little too extensive. I learned the most from preparing a return and sitting down with the reviewer to see what aspects I could improve on. I remember during training that I was thinking to myself that I will never pick up on how to complete a tax return, but practice makes perfect. I would say that it wasn’t until about a month in when things started clicking. All the credit should go to the full time staff for taking the time out of their busy days to help me and the other interns with our struggles. DOZ really puts an emphasis on getting to know your co-workers and doing activities outside of work to get your mind off of work. It was definitely the people and the culture that made this internship so enjoyable. This was a life changing experience for my personal life as much as it was for my professional life.

Alec – Indiana State University – Audit Intern

AlecGoing into college, I never thought I would have been given such a great opportunity to intern at such a successful company as DOZ. Coming out of college, many people in the accounting field have big expectations of joining one of the Big Four accounting companies but forget about all the other competitors within the world of accounting. For me, I have been blessed with the opportunity to intern at a company whose internship program is one of, if not the best, the most competitive internship programs around. The way the company structures its program is truly amazing and extremely beneficial. DOZ trains for future success.

As an intern, you can actually see the impact and value your work brings to the company. Our work contributes largely to the success of the company as a whole, which is why the internship is so competitive. If we fail, the company fails, but when we succeed, we all reap those benefits. No other accounting firm puts that much reliance on its interns and still remains so successful.

On the other hand, the company culture and environment are like no other. Busy season is set up to where interns, staff, and managers are placed in war rooms and given the task of completing audits for their assigned clients. This not only allows the interns to ask questions and receive feedback, but it helps us become comfortable with our surroundings, along with building relationships with DOZ employees of all levels throughout the company.

In addition to building relationships, DOZ gives each intern a buddy that he or she utilizes to ask questions, to become more acquainted with the company, and to feel more welcomed. DOZ gives interns all the resources one could need to be successful and pushes interns to use every last one of them.

Though the hours are long, time flies when there is much needed work to be done and deadlines to meet. Also, having such a close-knit group of interns enhances the experience because we are all going through the same process, struggles, and have similar questions.

Overall, DOZ is a great company that offers a one-of-a-kind internship program. It allows interns to grow out of our comfort zones, to build relationships, and to gain hands-on experience. The value of the internship is truly special where interns are a part of its success. Anybody who gets the opportunity to go through DOZ’s program should not think twice. It is a growing company with great people, who each bring his or her own unique attributes making it one of the best companies to work for in the state and possibly the country.

Megan – Purdue University – Audit Intern

MeganDOZ’s internship program exceeded my expectations. I am so grateful that I was able to complete my first busy season with this company. I was both nervous and excited to start my internship with DOZ. I admit the first week of training is overwhelming with information, but DOZ’s staff members were great and answered any questions that I had. This was the case throughout the entire internship, making the work environment a comfortable place to learn.

When I was offered an internship with DOZ, I was told that I would be completing 33+ audits from start to finish. At the end of my internship, I completed over 33 audits and wrote reports for three different types of audits. DOZ gives its interns more responsibilities than most firms, which is challenging at times, but it allowed me to push myself and to surpass my own goals. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue a career in public accounting because of the demanding hours, but the people at DOZ made the hours, challenging audits, and deadlines worth it. I felt like a valuable member to the teams I worked with, which made me want to work even harder.

This internship is both challenging and rewarding, but because of it, I am a more confident auditor and business women. I cannot thank DOZ enough for giving me this amazing opportunity.

Matt – Indiana University – Audit Intern

MattAfter graduating from school in December, I knew I wanted to start gaining experience immediately. I selected DOZ over other offers because, from the beginning of the recruiting process, I could tell that the people at DOZ really cared about developing me as a businessman and as an individual. In other internships I had in the past, many times I would find myself doing tasks unrelated to accounting. As an intern at DOZ, it is the complete opposite; you are immediately made part of the team and an immediate contributor. At DOZ, I could truly say that I applied what I learned from school by being immersed into the role of an auditor.

The best part of the internship is the supportive environment that DOZ provides. The people I have met at DOZ, from staff to partner, were always willing to help with problems and be supportive inside and outside of the workplace. I was constantly receiving feedback from my supervisors, which helped me adapt and improve how I performed. Along with auditing skills, I will take many improved professional skills such as improved organizational skills, exposure to a variety of accounting software, and communication skills. I am very grateful to have had this experience as I go forth into a rewarding career as a certified public accountant.

Kailey – Ball State University – Audit Intern

KaileyWorking at DOZ is more than just working with a team. It’s working with a family. I can attest to the great professional and interpersonal skills that I gained through working with many different teams and completing around 40 audits from start to finish, but what really stands out to me about DOZ is the incredible people that work here. They truly care about you and how you are doing in your work life and in your personal life. Even in the middle of busy season, they were more than willing to be flexible and supportive when I had family circumstances arise. To me, that is what sets this firm apart. The hours may be long; the work is challenging; most days you may feel like you have so much more to learn, but there is always a supportive team behind you at DOZ at all levels from intern to member.

 

Max – Indiana State University – Audit Intern

MaxThe experience I had during my internship at DOZ was like nothing I had ever done before. DOZ was able to help me to work from the first day of training, where I was more confused after the first day than I was before I walked into the building, all the way to completing over 30 audits from beginning to end in just two and a half months. I will be the first to admit that this internship was challenging, and there were times that I was frustrated with myself for not being able to solve an issue. DOZ provides the best support system for all of the interns and staff I have ever experienced. I was always able to ask questions and was even encouraged to do so if I was ever stuck. Everyone was willing and happy to help each other succeed and improve in the process.

The overall culture at DOZ is one that fosters friendships, encourages questions, and welcomes everyone as soon as they walk in the door on their first day. If anyone is thinking about accepting an internship with DOZ, don’t hesitate. Accept it, and you will be so glad you did! Working 63-65 hours a week and leaving school for a semester may seem like a sacrifice now, but once you come to DOZ, you will understand why everyone speaks so highly of getting the opportunity to work there. You are surrounded by some of the greatest individuals you will ever meet that make you look down at your calendar and think, “Where did the time go?”

DOZ gave me one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life, and I could not be happier with my decision to accept this internship. I was able to learn far more than I ever expected and to take on new challenges every week. DOZ did everything it could to aid in my development and made sure that I was given all of the resources I needed to grow and to improve week to week. Ultimately, I was able to grow and to learn far beyond my wildest expectation. I made some amazing friendships with the staff and with the other interns here at DOZ. The internship program at DOZ is unparalleled to anything you will get in the state of Indiana and probably the rest of the country. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in public accounting.

Aaron – Purdue University – Tax Intern

AaronWhen I received my offer from DOZ, I was beyond excited but also just as nervous. When I decided to accept my offer, I remembered what I was told at the Purdue career fair – that I would complete 200+ tax returns during my internship at DOZ. This number was very daunting as the most prior experience I had prior to this internship was a class in tax; I just couldn’t believe at the time that I would come close to a number that high. Once I arrived at DOZ, however, my viewpoint changed drastically. Once I started training and completing returns, things just began to make sense, and I understood more and more. DOZ’s tax internship is definitely a challenge, but it is extremely rewarding. I learned so much more than I ever thought I would!

The greatest part about my time with DOZ is the people I worked with. Any question or issue I had, which there were more than I could count, there was always someone willing to help me. I didn’t feel like an intern; I felt like I was part of a team at DOZ. My full-time peers were very welcoming from the first day until the very end. My time at DOZ was invaluable, and I would recommend to anyone to never pass up an opportunity to intern at DOZ.

Grant – Ball State University – Audit Intern

GrantI was in contact with DOZ several months before I received my offer to be an audit intern. I went to several summer office visits, and I was able to build some great connections throughout those events. Fast forward to the week before my internship, and I was extremely excited and nervous. It was overwhelming because I had just taken finals and finished up the fall semester at Ball State; next thing I know, I am headed to Carmel to begin my audit internship. I was nervous because I never took an audit class before the beginning of the internship, and I was scared this would set me back from everyone else. DOZ set aside a week long training period for all the interns where we went through an entire audit from start to finish. This was extremely beneficial and overwhelming. I was nervous I would not be able to pick it up and be able to complete the 35 audits they were expecting from me. As I began working on my first client, there was a staff by my side throughout the whole audit, ready to answer any question I had, regardless of how simple it was to them. Week after week, I advanced my skills and really started to understand the conceptual side of accounting.

Every intern was assigned a buddy before the busy season started. This was someone who had previously done an internship with DOZ and would be there to answer any of your questions and guide you through the entire internship process. You may be thinking, “Wow I would never be able to work 63+ hours every week,” but trust me, I was in the same position. I was nervous that these crazy hours would be difficult. Once you are working through the fieldwork of an audit, time couldn’t move any faster. The days flew by, and I can’t believe the internship is already over.

This internship was an incredible experience because I was able to take what I have learned in the classroom and apply real-life audits! Now, at the end of my internship, I am able to look back on the 40+ audits that I completed and feel a sense of accomplishment. I have never learned as much in my life as I did throughout this three month internship. I would recommend this internship without a doubt to any accounting student.

Jordon – Butler University – Audit Intern

JordonBefore starting my internship with DOZ, I was extremely nervous. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and thinking about working 63 hours a week doing extremely difficult work stressed me out. However, from my first day until my last, I realized that there was nothing to be nervous about. All the employees at DOZ knew that as an intern I would struggle and would need help. The atmosphere at DOZ focuses on learning and on progressing. You can see that throughout the internship. From receiving review notes, evaluations, and bi-weekly meetings, I was able to focus on improving with every audit completed. As an intern, you are tasked with completing full audits (30+ throughout the internship) just like a staff member. This responsibility is no doubt a lot of pressure and extremely challenging, but it allowed me to feel like a part of the DOZ family and not just an intern. The internship with DOZ has been one of the hardest things I have had to do, but it was completely worth it. I am walking away from the internship with so much more knowledge about the audit process than I ever thought I would. I can confidently say that an internship with DOZ has been one of the best decisions I have made and would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to challenge himself.

Jonathan – IUPUI – Audit Intern

JonathanThis internship with DOZ has been one of the biggest challenges that I have ever faced. After my first full week, I had no idea how I was going to survive. As I near the end of this internship, I am amazed at how much I have been able to do. DOZ not only gave me the confidence to complete audits, write reports, or complete final reviews but also gave me the confidence to take something that I have never done and work hard to become good at it.

During this internship, I have been able to complete over 20 audits, reports, and final reviews. I was also able to go on a client trip to North Carolina. I still can’t believe that they brought an intern on the trip. DOZ is a place that truly cares about its interns. I would never take back my time here, because I have grown as a professional and as an individual.

 

Jesse – Ball State University – Audit Intern

JesseLike almost everyone starting the internship, I was nervous. I didn’t fully know what to expect nor had I taken any audit classes. All of my worries were washed away shortly after the internship began. The staff all the way through the partners were there to help and to guide me through the each week of the internship. Their support allowed me to become more independent with my work because this gave me the confidence that I wouldn’t have had before. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t challenge me or push me. They wanted me to understand exactly what I was doing in the work and why. This process allowed me to feel even more accomplished and satisfied with the work I was presenting. The hours and scheduling looked overwhelming to me when I first started, but I quickly adjusted to the 63-65 hour weeks; it made me feel comfortable knowing that I could do this in the future.

Overall, I am thankful for the opportunity to intern with DOZ. Not only have I learned a substantial amount of information about the profession, auditing, and the industry, but I have made great friends and relationships that will help me to be successful in the future.

Madelyn – Grace College – Audit Intern

MadelynAccepting the offer from DOZ has proven to be one of the best decisions that I have made. Going into the internship, I was extremely nervous as I had no auditing experience; I hadn’t even taken an auditing class. I had no idea what auditing even entailed. The communication in the months leading up to the internship, as well as the training during the first week, helped to prepare me for the work that was to come.

Working the long amount of hours was intimidating to me first coming in, but DOZ did a fantastic job easing the interns into the work and giving them the necessary resources to succeed. The staff and managers were all very understanding of what the interns were experiencing, as many of them had done the internships when they were students. This support system, as well as the evaluation program, helped me to track my progress and to understand what I was going through. I always felt open to ask any questions, and I felt like the staff was there to help at any point.

This experience at DOZ was one of the most valuable experiences that anyone can have. Not only is the work experience great, but the staff and managers are amazing as well. I would highly recommend this internship if you are considering a public accounting career.

Cameron – Purdue University – Audit Intern

CameronInterning at DOZ has been one of the most rewarding yet challenging experiences of my life. From day one, the staff, as well as other interns, challenges you to perform to the best of your ability every single day. The knowledge you will gain from this internship will surpass any knowledge you will learn in the classroom. You will be given the opportunity to complete 30+ audits, have bi-weekly evaluations, and will not be expected to go on coffee runs or other stereotypical intern jobs. DOZ truly invests in you as an auditor from the minute you walk in the door with excellent training, review notes on your completed audits, and bi-weekly evaluations.

During the first week or two, I couldn’t wait for the internship to be over, so I could get back to my friends and normal life at school. As I am currently on my last week, I don’t want it to end. The people I was fortunate to be around during my internship make an 11+ hour day fly by. I have gained so many friendships and memories during my internship, and it is due to the internship and work life experience that DOZ creates. I am very fortunate and thankful I took the offer and would recommend DOZ to anyone.

Nicole – University of Southern Indiana – Audit Intern

NicoleFor me, working somewhere with a great culture and with fun people is the most important aspect. On the first day I visited the office, I had a feeling this was the place for me. Spending three months here definitely confirmed my first impression. It is evident that employees here really do care about each other and their work. On a daily basis, I would meet someone new and think to myself, “Wow, what an awesome person. I’m so lucky to have met them.” Then I realized I was not getting lucky, and it wasn’t just a coincidence that I kept running into great people. Everyone at DOZ is kind and welcoming, and I could not imagine being surrounded by a better group of co-workers every day.

The people here were not the only part that I loved about the internship. I loved the fact that I was challenged with something new every day. Every time I felt like I finally understood something, a new scenario would come up for me to learn about. I have learned so much more in the last few months than I ever imagined, and I am thankful to have had this opportunity.

Accepting an internship at DOZ was by far the best decision of my young, professional life. I didn’t think it would be easy or fun to leave all of my friends at school for months, but I have made so many new friends. I have also significantly expanded my knowledge on accounting. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to intern here!

Emma – IUPUI – Audit Intern

EmmaGoing into my internship at DOZ, I was extremely nervous about what was to come for the next few months, but I was also very excited to learn and to grow professionally. The first week of training was a little overwhelming, but after a few weeks, I felt more confident in my abilities and was able to ask better questions when I did not understand something. This internship is difficult and stressful at times, but it is rewarding; I have grown not just professionally, but also as a person. I am more comfortable with being in situations where I don’t know what is going on. This internship has taught me to be comfortable with not knowing all the answers, and believe me I did not.

DOZ has the best of both worlds in that it offers a challenging internship and has supportive people all around you. As a night owl, the flexible hours were great and gave me the freedom to decide when I came in to work all while making the weekly hour requirements. The hours are long, but I got used to them and developed a routine that allowed me to be as productive as I could. I also meet some pretty amazing people at DOZ. One thing that I could not say enough is that the people at DOZ are wonderful. The other interns became some of my best friends; my buddy was there whenever I needed her, and the other staff members were great. It was a really interesting experience getting to learn and work with so many different people while I was at DOZ. I can honestly say that I have grown immensely within the last few months and I have DOZ to thank for that. If you are given the opportunity to intern with DOZ I would highly recommend it. At times, it will feel like your head is spinning, but you will gain much more than you could ever imagine.

Jake – University of Dayton – Audit Intern

JakeThe internship experience at DOZ has been a very rewarding time. I have not had any other accounting internships, but I can confidently say that this internship is head and shoulders above the rest. The number one aspect about DOZ is the people. The people here are caring and actually look out for one another. This feeling was evident on day one as I had no idea what to expect and was quickly brought up to speed by co-workers that wanted to see me succeed. That is a special feature about DOZ that I don’t think many other firms can replicate.

I had never taken an auditing course before my internship, but I feel now that I have a good grasp on the process and subject overall. I started out by just pulling numbers and plugging them, and by the end, I ended up understanding every portion of every audit. I have learned so much in my time here by completing audits from beginning to end. Not many other places can offer that experience like DOZ does. I would recommend any accounting student take part in this internship if he is looking for a valuable experience.

Grace – Purdue University – Tax Intern

GraceI was drawn to DOZ because of the amount of responsibility they gave to interns. The opportunity to complete returns from start to finish isn’t offered in many other internships. DOZ was my first internship, and I went from not knowing how to log-in to the software to completing over 200 tax returns. My growth and success is completely owed to the community at DOZ. There is a steep learning curve, and I went home from training wondering how I would survive busy season. But the managers and staff walked me through training, and answered every question that I had. But even after I moved to my cubicle, I never felt alone preparing a return. I felt comfortable asking anyone a question, even a senior manager or a partner. I am so grateful for the professional experience DOZ gave me, and I would recommend it for any student!

 

Kylie – Ball State University – Audit Intern

KylieThe internship at DOZ far exceeded my expectations of a public accounting internship. Going into the internship I had no idea what to expect and coming out I have learned so much and gained so many new friends. Even before the first day, DOZ made contact for a few weeks and made me feel welcomed.

After learning about the 63 hour work weeks, I did not think I would be able to sit still and focus for the long days, but time flew by. The work was challenging, but everyone was helpful and answered all of my questions. Even though we are supposed to ask our questions to the staff and seniors, there were times when the manager would take the time to explain a topic to me that I did not understand.

The biggest thing that sets DOZ apart from other firms is the life-work balance. During the internship, Tim met with us bi-weekly to check in and make sure that we were all healthy and understanding what we were doing. I do not know any other firm that would have a Member sit down with interns to check on their lives. Other than the meetings, everyone I worked with was constantly checking in. Overall, I could not have asked for a better spring internship, and I am lucky to have had this opportunity.

Harry – IUPUI – Audit Intern

HarryThis internship is challenging, and the work does not stop. I was humbled by my own lack of experience very quickly by realizing how little I really knew. If you are willing to learn and enjoy being challenged every day, this is the best opportunity available. The amount of experience I gained over 3 months is invaluable. DOZ puts emphasis on improving its training policies and is constantly looking for ways to improve. Even as an intern, you are thought of as a person, not just an employee. At DOZ, your opinions and ideas will be valued.

People are an important aspect to busy season. An extensive amount of time is spent with your co-workers in these three months. DOZ cultivates a friendly environment and a sense of community and family. The people make coming to work even more enjoyable.

If I had to make the decision to intern with DOZ again, I would do it again without a doubt.

Romie – Butler University – Tax Intern

RomieWhen I started my internship, I had only taken basic intermediate accounting classes in college. I was very nervous that I wasn’t going to be prepared enough for this internship. I was completely mistaken; DOZ teaches you everything you need to know. DOZ has several weeks set aside at the beginning of the internship specifically designated for training. It was so helpful being in a room with other interns. You get to hear all of the questions that your peers are asking, which helps you to realize that they are in the same boat as you are. You are also assigned a buddy when you start your internship. That was the most helpful thing for me. When you have questions, you don’t have to struggle to find someone to ask. However, everyone at DOZ is super friendly. Even without the buddy system, you will never have a hard time finding someone available and willing to help you.

 

Emily – Indiana State University – Audit Intern

EmilyThe internship experience at DOZ has been a very rewarding time. I have not had any other accounting internships, but I can confidently say that this internship is head and shoulders above the rest. The number one aspect about DOZ is the people. The people here are caring and actually look out for one another. This feeling was evident on day one as I had no idea what to expect and was quickly brought up to speed by co-workers that wanted to see me succeed. That is a special feature about DOZ that I don’t think many other firms can replicate.

I had never taken an auditing course before my internship, but I feel now that I have a good grasp on the process and subject overall. I started out by just pulling numbers and plugging them, and by the end, I ended up understanding every portion of every audit. I have learned so much in my time here by completing audits from beginning to end. Not many other places can offer that experience like DOZ does. I would recommend any accounting student take part in this internship if he is looking for a valuable experience.

Kendrick – Ball State University – Audit Intern

KendrickMy DOZ internship experience was great! Coming into it I didn’t really know what to expect and was a little worried about if I would like it or not. However, during the internship, I learned a lot, and everyone was willing to help me in any way that he could. The internship is very well organized. The bi-weekly evaluations helped me to continue to improve throughout the internship. They expect a lot of the interns and will push you to reach goals.

What I liked most about the internship is that interns are treated the same as first-year staff. I also enjoyed the people I worked with as they made the 63-65 hour work weeks fell like a lot less. We worked hard but also had a lot of fun. By the end of the internship, I learned a lot more than I expected that I would. Overall, it was a great experience, and I am glad that I decided to take time off from school to do the internship.

 

Rachel – IUPUI – Audit Intern

RachelWhat drew me to DOZ was the attitude of the individuals I met and the company overall. My story is a little different. I had graduated with a finance degree and worked in corporate accounting for a few years before returning to school. I hadn’t considered public accounting, and even had the thought that it was “too late”. CPA firms only took undergrads, right? Once disabused of that notion, I had a new question to ask myself; did I want to do public accounting? I knew I could do the work and hack the long hours, but I wasn’t sure I’d like it. 60+ hours a week is a long time to spend being miserable.

DOZ was very different from the other companies I considered. Tim stressed that he wanted me to find the opportunity that was right for me. Maybe that was with DOZ; maybe it wasn’t, but DOZ would give you as much information as it possibly could to help make that decision easier. I chose DOZ because, whether I ultimately enjoyed public accounting work or not, I wanted to work for a company that believed in transparency and in the idea that helping your employees excel individually also helps your company to achieve as a whole. In my experience, DOZ is just as they advertise themselves to be. You truly do audit entire entities and gain an invaluable understanding of how every piece flows into the final product. The industry is niche, but the skills that you gain are not. I highly recommend this internship.

Lucia – IUPUI – Audit Intern

LuciaThe internship at DOZ is definitely not the regular internship that you imagine. From the very first day you jump into training for the audits, you are working. This is definitely not the place where you make coffee all day as an intern. DOZ treats you like a staff, but at the same time, DOZ is patient with you and very understandable; they know that everything is new for you. Throughout the internship, you run into challenges every single day, if not a couple of times a day. Those challenges make you improve in your job. Completing almost 40 audits in my first busy season, next to all the other work as well, wasn’t always easy but was totally worth it.

DOZ’s workplace feels like a family environment. Everyone works as a team, and even though most of the time everyone is tired from the long hours, we still managed to have fun. I had an amazing experience and very thankful for the people I have met and everything I learned from each one of them. I would highly recommend DOZ’s internship to everyone; it is a hands on experience and is an amazing pace to work!

Omar – IUPUI – Audit Intern

OmarThe internship program at DOZ is not like any other that you will get to experience as a young professional. This program has provided me a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to be an auditor in today’s world in addition to an education beyond what I learned in the classroom. The exposure to the complete audit process is not something that many interns get to experience at other firms. The challenge that came from this exposure has given me knowledge and experience that I need to succeed throughout my career.

 

 

Connor – Indiana University – Tax Intern

ConnorThese last four months have truly flown by. At the start of it all, I had no prior knowledge of what was involved in the world of a tax accountant. The friendly and helpful nature of every individual I encountered at DOZ allowed me to learn at a speed that I did not believe possible. I remember thinking at the beginning of training that there was no conceivable way that I would remember all of the steps to prepare a return of any real difficulty. Thankfully, the staff at DOZ did not have that mindset and were empathetic towards the large learning curve.

As a whole, I was very surprised and thankful that I had been chosen for an internship that allowed me to be tasked with applicable, real and first-year level experience work. This made the internship both challenging and rewarding, but even when it got challenging, there was always an employee willing to answer questions. One of the most unique things that I have found from the internship was how uncompetitive it was between all of the interns. This was my first internship, but from what my friends had told me from their experiences, this is not the case at many firms. I am certain that the friends I have made at DOZ will continue outside of the walls of this building.

 

Patrick – Indiana University – Tax Intern

Patrick

The DOZ internship is everything that they say it is; it is truly the best internship program in Indiana for accountants. From the very first day, you feel part of the DOZ family. Everyone is eager to help and to ensure that you succeed at DOZ. Their culture of caring is not simply a mission statement on the wall, but it is a firm wide culture that is embedded in each employee.

The internship can be challenging at times, but DOZ makes sure to prepare and to train you so that you are ready for the challenge. Overall, the DOZ internship has been extremely rewarding, and I have learned much more than I could have ever thought. I would recommend the DOZ internship to anyone who is up for a challenge and wants a hand on experience of public accounting.