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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 2018 Intern testimonials link below includes 28 written testimonies and the 2017 Intern testimonials link below includes 41 written testimonies.  These testimonials prove the quality of the experience you will receive as a DOZ Intern – – check it out!

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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

PatrickThe 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.

2017 Interns

Jalen – IUPUI – Audit Intern

jalenGoing into the internship, I was extremely nervous and did not know what to expect. However, I became comfortable and confident that I could perform the work after a very well thought out, involved first week of training. This internship was the perfect “test-drive” to see if I wanted to pursue a career in public accounting. I will be the first to admit, the internship is challenging. But, that is exactly what I loved about the internship. DOZ expects a lot out of interns, but that is because they believe that they are capable of doing the work. One thing that I really liked about the internship is the constant and honest feedback that I was given throughout the entire process. Everyone that I received feedback from was honest, and that is what helped me improve throughout my internship. As promised, I also received bi-weekly evaluations with Tim Doyle. Also, DOZ implements a “buddy” program, where you are essentially given a mentor throughout the internship. DOZ allows for hours throughout the internship to go out to lunch with your buddy. I really enjoyed the program and my buddy helped me meet others throughout the firm. Another aspect that I would not expect to see at internships with other firms is the extracurricular activities that accompany the internship. I had the opportunity to play basketball and ultimate frisbee with others throughout the firm, which provided another way to meet people within DOZ. One thing that I was worried about going into the internship was the “niche” market of low-income housing that DOZ is involved in. I thought that the work would become monotonous, and I would become bored with the process of the audit. Well, I was completely wrong. Each audit and engagement provided additional challenges, and I truly learned something new performing each audit. Overall, I believe that DOZ’s internship program is truly one of the best internships in the Indianapolis area (if not the best). I will recommend DOZ to any accounting student pursuing an internship or full-time position.

James – Purdue University – Tax Intern

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Coming into my internship at DOZ, I was extremely nervous. All I had to show for tax experience was the basic level class I had taken at Purdue. However, as soon as I arrived for my first day here, I knew I was in good hands. Everyone was very welcoming and willing to help. The training you receive is a little long, but it was some of the best training I had ever received, and made it super easy to transition into real tax returns.

The hours seem long at first, 55-58 hours, but they flew by. If anything, I enjoyed my 55-58 hour work week more than my 40 hour/week internship over the summer because time flew by so much quicker, and the experience I was getting was second to none. Not only that, but you really feel a part of the team; you never feel like “just an intern” at all. Actually, you really feel a part of the DOZ family. The people here really do care about you. During my internship, I unfortunately had a close family member pass away, and to my surprise, DOZ gave me a week off to be with family, sent flowers, and even showed up at the services to say their condolences. I can’t imagine many companies would do all that, especially for an intern during busy season. I will never regret my decision to take a spring internship at DOZ, and would highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to as well.

Nick – Indiana State University – Audit Intern

nickAccepting an internship at DOZ was an awesome decision that I made in my professional career. My internship was a bit prolonged due to not wanting to give up playing football just yet. DOZ was willing to wait for me and to intern after football was over. That, in itself, shows what type of people DOZ has to offer. They realize everyone has priorities in their lives, and DOZ is willing to work with you. DOZ ensures that the internship is mutually beneficial, and I feel like I greatly benefited from the experience. An internship at DOZ is a full time job experience in an internship time frame. The hours on paper look long, but actually doing the hours is nothing; the days fly by. I walked away from this internship knowing that I was counted on to complete full audits for DOZ, and that was very satisfying and motivating. I now have an understanding of public accounting that you cannot receive in the classroom. You can only experience it here at DOZ. My knowledge of auditing has grown more than I could have asked for in this past 3 months. My advice to anyone who receives the opportunity to intern at DOZ is to take it; you won’t regret that decision. I am very fortunate that I was able to complete this awesome internship.

Cody – Indiana University – Audit Intern

codyThe internship at DOZ was amazing. I wanted an experience that would allow me to learn and grow, not only as a young professional, but as a person. DOZ greatly exceeded my expectations in both. From the biweekly meetings with Tim and daily conversations with the audit seniors, managers, and staff, to being given the responsibility of a full-time employee, the internship allowed me to discover just how enjoyable a job can be. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity I was given to work as an intern at DOZ.

I was challenged to exceed the firm’s and my own expectations from the very beginning. The environment created by everyone at DOZ allowed me to do just that. Throughout the internship, I was able to work on or complete almost every type of audit that DOZ does. I was expected to complete 32 audits during my time at DOZ, and going into the final week, I was beginning work on my 48th full audit. On top of that, I had written over 40 reports, completed 20+ final report reviews, and did work on another 20+ audits. That goes to show not only the importance of an intern’s work, but also, if you push yourself, you can begin to really understand the reason behind the work you are doing, and excel past what you thought was possible going into the internship.

I do not think there is another internship like this anywhere, and my time at DOZ has been incredible.

Working for DOZ has been one the most beneficial experiences in my life. I have learned so much from working here for the past couple of months. I learned how to work under pressure and see how hard I could push myself each day. The learning curve is rather large, but if you just keep practicing, you will be able to do it. I never thought in late December that by March I would be doing returns I thought were impossible before.

Andrew – Indiana University – Tax Intern

andrewpoThe family at DOZ are some of the greatest co-workers you could ask for. My boss was the best I have ever had; she continued to give me harder work as I asked for it. This helped me to get to a place where I could feel very proud of by the end of busy season. This internship was a great decision, and I would recommend it to anyone else looking for a way to challenge themselves.

 

 

 

Courtney – IUPUI – Audit Intern

courtneyAfter receiving my offer from DOZ, I was very excited but nervous. I had no experience of auditing, nor did I truly know what it even entailed. I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to survive working 11-12 hours per day and 63 hours a week. I thought it would be nearly impossible to reach 63 hours a week, but I had an open mindset about the entire experience. I also was concerned about taking a semester off from college, and I often questioned myself: “Am I doing the right thing?” I knew I was introduced to DOZ for a reason at the job fair, and I was going to make the most of my internship no matter what. I soon answered my question that it was a wise decision to take a semester off from college, and I would do it again for sure. I have met so many people at DOZ that have definitely had an impact on my future, and have molded me more into the business woman that I hope to be one day.

DOZ has not only been a 12-week internship where I have come to work every single day, completed my work that was assigned to me, and went home, but instead, DOZ has become a second family to me. I have enjoyed coming to work every single day and working 12 hour days. I enjoy completing all different types of audits and seeing the impact that I have as an intern to represent DOZ. DOZ is a great place to work, and no one will ever be a stranger to you. Asking questions and learning as much as possible is essential, because it will develop you into a better worker and also a valuable asset to the firm. I enjoy the atmosphere that DOZ provides every single day, where even working long hours creates a sense of happiness in the firm. I can confidently say that DOZ has taught me the process to complete an entire audit, and has given me more knowledge about auditing than when I started. I am glad I chose DOZ, and I am grateful for the experiences that they provide to their interns. I would highly recommend that if given the opportunity at DOZ, to not hesitate but instead accept it in a heartbeat. I am glad that I chose DOZ for an internship.

Andrew – St. Joseph’s – Audit Intern

andrewplDOZ’s internship has been the most rewarding experience since I have been in college. The DOZ internship was a tremendous learning opportunity that challenged me each and every day. DOZ promised to provide the most challenging internship experience, and they were true to their word, as I completed 30+ audits and wrote the reports for these audits. The amount of responsibility given to an intern is something that you don’t see at other firms, and I believe this is what helps you grow, learn, and excel at the work. From working alongside staff, to getting reviews from managers, to asking questions to the principals, you truly are working with everyone.

It was easy to feel a little intimidated and nervous at first, as the work and the long hours seemed overwhelming, but DOZ provides you with the necessary tools to succeed. They surround you with staff members who are always willing to help and answer questions. You receive evaluations and feedback every two weeks to see how you’re doing and how you can keep improving. Being an intern during busy season at DOZ is more like being a new staff member than a stereotypical intern, as I was tasked with completing audits from start to finish within the first week. DOZ really trusts and empowers the interns to contribute a large amount of work to the firm’s busy season.

DOZ’s internship is one of the most valuable experiences you can have, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to gain actual experience as a public accountant.

Sean – Purdue University – Audit Intern

seanInterning at DOZ was an experience I will never forget. I was hesitant at first whether or not I wanted to accept the internship and forego my spring semester of my senior year at Purdue, but I could not be happier I did, as I walked away with invaluable audit experience. Throughout my internship, I was treated as if I was a full time staff. When I was offered the internship, DOZ told me I would be completing 30+ audits from start to finish, an opportunity no other firm was offering, and DOZ held true to their word. Although it was very challenging handling that much responsibility as an intern, every employee I worked with was more than willing to offer help when needed. I was able to receive biweekly performance evaluations that allowed me to continually improve my work. In addition, I was able to meet with a member of the firm every two weeks where I received valued advice both for my work as well as in life outside the office. There is no other firm that does anything like that. I am very thankful for the experience I had at DOZ.

 

Alyssa – Ball State University – Tax Intern

alyssabI was lucky to get this internship on a bit of a whim, and I am very grateful for it. What I had heard about internships is that you basically just do all the basic work and the prep work, which is the complete opposite of an internship from DOZ. I never thought that I would have my own cubicle space with my own computers to prepare real live tax returns for clients. Obviously the return goes through more of a reviewing process, but I actually have a part in preparing the returns. This internship by far exceeded my expectations, and I feel that I have learned a tremendous amount of information in the short busy season time.

Not only was the internship rewarding, but I love the environment that DOZ has. They care about their employees, and do things during busy season to help improve health and many other things. Even though the many hours that get put in puts stress on a person, the upbeat attitudes and activities that are a daily occurrence help get through the ‘taxing’ time of busy season :). Overall, this internship was both informative and rewarding.

Kevin – Butler University – Audit Intern

kevinoMy DOZ internship experience was one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had during college. I had heard of the Big Four internships before my senior year, but I was lucky enough to find out about DOZ during my senior year. I first learned about DOZ’s internship during a career fair at Butler University. The representatives talked about the culture at DOZ and the knowledge that I would gain from the internship. I am glad I listened to them and applied for the internship, because I have learned more during my time at DOZ than I ever would have in a classroom. The staff at DOZ was willing to help with any question that I had. From a general accounting question, to a question about the firm or internship, the staff was happy to talk with me about the issues that I had. I never expected to learn so much in such a short amount of time. I felt like the firm gave me a large responsibility immediately after training. I was expected to perform an audit from start to finish, which seemed intimidating, but I quickly learned that this was the best way to get better at my job. I learned which things I did well, and which things I could improve on. The things that I needed to improve on could be applied to both my time at DOZ and as an accountant in general. The staff provided constant feedback with specific instructions to help me improve on future audits. I am very lucky that DOZ took a chance on me, because I was able to grow as a person and as an accountant during my internship. I highly recommend that other students learn about DOZ, because they offer as much as a Big Four firm, if not more. The biggest difference is that DOZ puts family first, and at DOZ, you are family.

Jake – Butler University – Audit Intern

jakehMy internship experience at DOZ exceeded that of all the others I had completed before, and has re-shaped my idea of what internships are supposed to be. It has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my college career.

The workload is everything that a college student looking for real-world experience could ask for. At Butler, the business school functions on one simple phrase: Real Life. Real Business. Throughout my time here, I have found that DOZ is no different. DOZ truly values its interns. DOZ has high expectations from day one. Interns are expected to learn quickly and adapt, but it’s all in pursuit of improving the individual and firm. All the work assigned to interns is challenging and meaningful; it is “Real Business”.

DOZ also exemplifies the “Real Life” aspect. The company culture at DOZ is unmatched. There was never a moment during my three months here that I felt I did not have the resources I needed to succeed. The employees at DOZ, everyone from first-year staff to the partners, truly care about your success, both as an auditor and person. At DOZ, you are given feedback on every audit you complete to help you pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, which helped my growth tremendously. My in-charge and managers were never hesitant to sit down and help me through items that I was struggling to comprehend. The culture outside the work aspect is also phenomenal. The people here at DOZ are welcoming, friendly, and eager to get to know you.

Connor – IUPUI – Audit Intern

connorWhen fall recruiting came around, and I began searching for an internship, I was unsure of where I wanted to work or if public accounting was even the right choice for me. What I did know was that I wanted to be challenged and find a firm that I share the same values with. The day before the career fair, after applying to nearly every firm in the Indianapolis area, I came across DOZ. I could tell from the beginning that DOZ was different than the other firms, and as I completed the interview process, I knew DOZ was the right fit for me.

Completing the DOZ internship is an extremely challenging experience, but so rewarding at the same time. DOZ promised me that I would complete 30 audits, and that they would take an active role in my growth as a professional. They delivered on that promise, and exceeded my expectations. By the end of my internship, I completed the fieldwork and wrote over 40 audits. This wouldn’t have been possible if not for the staff at DOZ. Your teams will expect you to work hard and be flexible, but in return will always be there for you and glad to help. You’re given honest but constructive feedback on nearly a daily basis, and you will notice your improvement on every audit.

This internship has by far been the best learning experience I have had in college. To really see what DOZ is all about, you’ll just have to see for yourself whether or not it’s a good fit. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone interested in public accounting!

Chloe – Ball State University – Tax Intern

chloeThe DOZ tax internship has been a really rewarding and challenging experience. At the start of the internship, I had zero tax experience, and didn’t really know what to expect. However, this was not an issue because I was not expected to know anything when I started. I learned a ton of new information during the training period, and continued to learn as I encountered different issues on returns. All of the people I have interacted with have been wonderful and supportive, which is important when you are spending 50-58 hours a week around them. Whenever I had a question, there was always someone to lend a hand. I have learned so much more than I had imagined throughout my time at DOZ, and I am definitely glad that I had this internship experience.

 

Aurora – Purdue University – Audit Intern

auroraTalking with DOZ at Purdue’s fall career fair and interviewing on-site at the DOZ office were both extremely fun and welcoming experiences. I remember walking out of the on-site interview thinking “wow, that was awesome!” I will admit, however, that I was hesitant afterward to take their spring internship offer. I wasn’t sure how everything was going to work with my financial aid, my graduation date, and where I would live in Indy for the semester. However, I believe it is vital as a student in accounting to graduate having some experience during a busy season, and after getting everything worked out, I figured there was no better place to gain this experience than at DOZ.

I felt very challenged and overwhelmed at first with long hours and my lack of auditing experience. However, all of the DOZ employees were more than willing to help and assist me whenever I needed it. I gradually became more comfortable with living in Indy, auditing, and working the long hours, and towards the end, I was sad to be leaving! I learned so much and met so many great people at DOZ, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

Alyssa – IUPUI – Audit Intern

alyssalWhat I enjoyed most about my internship at DOZ was the atmosphere. Everyone I met at DOZ was always willing to help. It didn’t matter if it was a staff or a manager. I received one on one help from all levels, and was never looked down on for not knowing something. They always used it as a learning opportunity and helped me think through the problem, instead of just doing it for me. That is just one trait of DOZ’s caring atmosphere that I love. Another aspect would be that everyone was welcoming. I never felt like an outsider. From day one, everyone took me in as a new member of the team without hesitation. And lastly, the employees at DOZ truly care about each other. Anytime I was having a tough day, my buddy would just sit and let me talk about my frustrations so I could get them out, even though she had work to do. One day halfway through busy season, we were able to leave work early just as a thank you for working so hard. I also had to attend a funeral during the internship, and my in-charge told me to go visit with my family and not worry about the work for a few days because family is more important. DOZ knows that people are the most important, and really do treat each other as such. Combining those traits with an internship where I completed nearly 40 full audits and learned more about auditing, real estate, and business in general than I could have ever imagined, is priceless. I could not have had a better internship with any other firm. DOZ is a special place to work, and I know I am leaving my internship stronger and smarter than ever.

Jake – Purdue University – Audit Intern

jakedWhen I spoke with Tim and Lauren about the internship at the career fair, I did not really believe them when they said that I would be completing 33 audits in 12 weeks. However, they kept their word. The experience that DOZ has given me is unparalleled. I hear from other students at Purdue about the tedious tasks they have to do at their internship, but I did not get that at DOZ at all. At DOZ, I was treated as a full time staff. Throughout the internship, I got to work for eight different clients, which gave me quite a variety of audits. I was lucky enough to do audits on properties still under construction, audits right off of development, and audits on properties that have been running for 15 years! This was great because I got to see properties in all stages of the “life cycle”.

But all in all, the absolute best part of the internship is the people. I do not know how they do it, but somehow DOZ manages to bring in the best people around. They make the 63 hour week feel more like a 40 hour week. And whenever you are stuck on a problem, there is always someone willing to help. I am grateful for the opportunity that DOZ has given me, and I would recommend this internship experience to any student interest in accounting.

Shannon – IUPUI – Audit Intern

shannonDOZ’s internship program is beyond compare. I feel grateful for the opportunity to have worked my first busy season at DOZ. My time here has been rewarding and challenging. It was hard work, but I’ve learned immeasurably in the process with people who were more than happy to help me succeed. DOZ was able to provide an experience with hands-on training, one-on-one meetings to discuss performance feedback, and exposure to numerous types of audits. These components made for a fulfilling, productive internship in which I could track my personal growth as an accountant and auditor.

From my first office visit, I knew that DOZ was a special place. The employees of DOZ take time to nurture the growth of new staff, which I very much appreciated. Each person here has been gracious and treated me like I was a valued member of the team. Over the course of these three months, I have become a more confident auditor with much greater skill than when I started. DOZ truly invests in their employees, and it shows in the quality of the work and culture of the company.

My time here has been tremendously positive, and I would recommend any student who is interested in public accounting to pursue an internship at DOZ. It is an experience that will pay dividends.

Rene – Ball State University – Audit Intern

reneWhen I first started hearing about accounting internships, I didn’t consider a busy season internship because I was planning on graduating in 3 years. However, after I heard about DOZ, met the people, and visited the office, there was no denying that I needed to experience the firm, so I pushed my graduation date back. As someone who often doubts whether public accounting is the right fit for me, I was extremely nervous to work 60-65 hours a week doing something that I didn’t know if I was passionate about. My attitude changed during my internship after I experienced the people at DOZ. The relationships I was able to build are what made the long hours, challenging audits, and deadlines worth it to me. My audit teams never failed to make me feel like a valuable member of the team, and cared about my life both inside and outside of accounting. The staff was relatable and always willing to help and encourage me.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to intern at DOZ. I learned an incredible amount about the accounting profession, auditing, financial statement preparation, etc. But overall, I am taking away much more. DOZ gave me invaluable opportunities to grow in independence, problem solving, and relationship building. There is no other firm where I would want to pursue public accounting!

Kelsey – IUPUI – Tax Intern

kelseyWhen I first started this internship I was nervous, but everyone here tries to make you feel welcome. The training helped tremendously, but I found the best help is when our returns get reviewed. The reviewers spent time going over our mistakes and showing us how to correct them.

There are stressful days, but those were even more rewarding because I was able to get through the return. The best part about my internship is working with the other employees. I got to work with great people and I could not have asked for a better boss. Everyone here is treated like family. All of the employees wanted to help me succeed and become better throughout the internship. They would answer questions, but they also pushed me to think through the problems, and think of the different ways to find the answer. I learned much more in my internship here than I have in a classroom, and it is such a great opportunity.

 

Sam – Indiana University – Audit Intern

samMy internship at DOZ was the most rewarding experience I could imagine! Working over 60 hours a week and completing over 40 audits, I got the full busy season experience that I wanted.

Going into the internship, I hadn’t taken an audit class, so I was nervous about how I could complete the audits that were assigned to me. The first week of the internship consists of training which teaches you everything you need to know to be able to complete an audit. The staff were very helpful and answered any questions that I had about my audits. Being new to auditing, I had a lot of questions for my first few audits, and the staff happily answered every time. Getting feedback and a grade every two weeks was also a stand out for the internship. It allowed me to see if I was improving overall and it also showed me what I needed to improve to get a better grade.

Overall, this experience benefited me a lot in my professional life. I will use this experience throughout my career!

Lauren – Indiana University – Audit Intern

laurenLike most of the other interns, I was very nervous going into the internship, knowing that I would be working 63 hours/week doing something that would be very challenging. However, I quickly learned that DOZ is a very special place where people truly care about your growth and well-being. I felt welcomed on the very first day, and my fears were calmed because DOZ knew that almost all interns were coming into the internship with absolutely no knowledge of auditing. The goal is to learn and progress. I have learned so much during my time spent here because everyone is willing to take the time to help you if you have questions. The feedback after each audit and biweekly evaluation kept me up-to-date on my performance, which will undoubtedly improve as long as you apply yourself and stay focused. While it was very hard to leave IU my second semester senior year, I have no doubt that I made the right choice to come to DOZ, and I have greatly benefited from being here.

 

Matt – Ball State University – Audit Intern

mattfMy “internship” with DOZ was a little bit different than most. I started as a full-time hire in December of 2016 without any DOZ internship experience. The firm did a great job of maintaining the idea that I was on the same level as an intern, just without the end date of employment.

The training period was exciting. The excitement was building to finally be doing the audits that we spent so much time talking about in classrooms. DOZ did a great job of introducing the majority of items that would be seen during an audit during the training period. The first audit is difficult and scary. You almost forget that you just had training on what to do, and will get a list of review notes for items that were not done properly, could have been done better, or do not need to be done. The review notes are incredibly helpful going forward. By the third or fourth audit that you work on, you start to get into a rhythm. The most important thing for me was to stay calm and remember that I am not expected to have a perfect audit turned in. It was only the first week!

By the second month of the “internship”, you realize that you sound like all of the professors and guest speakers that you’ve heard before. You begin to fully understand the debits and credits of real world accounting. You’re no longer presented a problem from a textbook, but rather a real-world issue that involves critical thinking, and using resources including the General Ledger, audit package, and phone a friend (a.k.a ask a coworker). Each problem is different, and with each problem you feel as if you grow and become more knowledgeable about accounting, auditing, and yourself.

The third month is where it begins to get tough. Over 10 weeks of 60+ hours of work each week begins to test your mental toughness. You find yourself having a little less energy each day through the week. Until one day you realize that you are nearly 90% done with the internship and you can easily survive another two weeks. Looking back at when you first started, you understand that it is not nearly as tough now as it was then.

At the conclusion of the internship, you realize exactly how much you have learned, not only about your future career, but about yourself. The DOZ internship is a great experience that allows you to see different types of audits, and learn how a certain journal entry impacts more than the two accounts you enter the transaction into. DOZ’s internship allows you to understand the various aspects of an audit. You are not going to be testing cash for 13 weeks. You will be testing revenue, testing property, testing a company’s debt obligations, and several other items. I am glad that I accepted this opportunity. I feel more knowledgeable than other students who have only tested cash and few other areas of the financial statements.

Walt – Ball State University – Audit Intern

waltMy internship experience at DOZ was incredible! You go from walking into the building for the week of training not knowing anything, to walking into the building a week later on Monday feeling like you still don’t know anything! This is a pretty scary experience, but DOZ goes through this every year, and they expect questions while you are struggling through your first audits. A large majority of the staff surrounding you has been in your exact shoes at DOZ, as they went through the internship program to get to where they are today. It is a relief seeing the knowledge that these employees have, and knowing that by working hard and giving this internship your all, you can obtain that knowledge. If you are thinking about an internship but are a little hesitant because you think you don’t know enough about auditing, STOP! You will never feel like you are ready, and there is really nothing that can prepare you for the experience you receive at DOZ.

You know this company actually cares about its employees because they show it! They do this by giving every intern a “buddy”, who is a person that you can ask anything to, and by providing you an evaluation every 2 weeks, including evaluation discussions with a partner. In addition, you’re given meaningful and challenging work, and all the resources to help you excel. You always know what is expected of you because they are great at communicating and not leaving you in the dark. There are great people at DOZ! They have gone above and beyond meeting the expectations that I had set for a work environment and internship experience!

Eric – Purdue University – Audit Intern

ericWhen I was first offered an internship at DOZ, I was extremely nervous. Working 60+ hours a week and taking a whole semester off from school seemed intimidating. Also, coming in with no previous auditing experience made me feel that I would be at a disadvantage. However, during my interviews and talking with staff and managers, I realized they wanted me to succeed and would work with me. On the first day of training, I realized that was true, as I never felt on my own or lost. There was always somebody there to help me. During the internship, I learned a lot about both auditing and not. Bi-weekly feedback always kept me on track, and let me know where I needed to improve.

It is hard work and definitely requires commitment and dedication, but by the end you come out a much better individual. To anyone interested at an inside look at public accounting, I would extremely recommend an internship at DOZ. It has been one of the best decisions I have made, and I’m definitely grateful for the opportunity to intern here.

Mark – Purdue University – Audit Intern

markMy internship at DOZ has been a unique and valuable learning experience. Looking back on it, I can easily say that I have no regrets about taking a semester off of school for it. It may have pushed my graduation date back, but now that I’m through it, I can’t imagine having finished college without ever completing an audit start to finish, or working a day in busy season.

Working at DOZ was a great atmosphere. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff thrown at you during training, and there were definitely times on those early audits where I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. However, the staff knows this, as they’ve been through the exact same thing, and they are always willing to help you understand something new. DOZ grows through their internship, and as a result you feel valued as an intern. You can tell that your growth as an employee is always a priority of theirs.

I went into my internship expecting to learn as much as I could about accounting, and DOZ delivered. What I didn’t expect, but found that I value just as much, is the growth and experience I gained as a professional. Working over 60 hours a week is tough but taught me a lot about what life after college and working a full time job will be like. I value my time more than I did before, and feel that I came out as a more mature employee.

Landon – Ball State University – Audit Intern

landonBefore I met with DOZ, I had been selected for a study abroad program to Italy over the winter of 2016-17. Upon meeting with DOZ, I ended up receiving an offer for their internship program, the dates of which conflicted with my study abroad opportunity. As a junior, I was young to undergo an internship process in Accounting, but I knew that participating in the internship would benefit me more than traveling to Italy. I don’t regret the decision I made, as I enjoyed working for and with the people at DOZ. I was able to meet most of the firm’s auditing department, and work alongside them. Not only does DOZ want you to learn, they want you to succeed. As a junior, the internship was difficult for me, but I was able to learn the things I had trouble with by going over them during the weekend. To conclude, I would recommend this internship to any accounting major with the slightest interest in auditing.

 

 

Marisa – IUPUI – Audit Intern

marisaWhen I got the offer to do an internship with DOZ I was so excited! Then I was immediately nervous at the thought of 3 crazy months of 30+ audits and 60+ hours a week. Everyone tells you it goes fast and more often than not they were right. From looking down at the clock and hours just seeming to disappear to looking at the calendar and thinking the same thing about the weeks, the whole experience really flew by. I think this is completely attributable to the awesome people at DOZ. Most of the people had been in my shoes and remember feeling like they had no clue where to begin, and they laughed with me all the way through it.

The most exciting thing for me was seeing what we learn in class in action. Everything just clicks a little bit more when you are watching it happen and making it happen right in front of you! There is nothing like seeing that your hard work in class can translate into the workforce. DOZ has been an amazing place to learn and grow, and there is no place I would suggest more than DOZ for an internship.

Victoria – Ball State University – Audit Intern

victoriaInterning at DOZ was an overwhelming and challenging experience to say the least. I had no prior real-world accounting experience, and I had no idea what to expect. Having finished all of my classes prior to beginning this internship, I thought I knew a lot about accounting. I found out that I knew almost nothing about auditing. Twelve weeks later, I feel very knowledgeable on the auditing process, but there is still A LOT to learn. The environment is not totally conducive to learning as busy season is so fast paced, and it feels like the goal is to get the work completed, not spend time trying to understand. Now that I have a busy season under my belt and know the basics, it is time to really try and learn the concepts so I can be better prepared next busy season. Unlike my friends’ internships where they only learned to audit cash, I learned to audit every balance sheet and income statement account. Even though DOZ is focused on the low-income housing industry, I feel the skills I have acquired will be applicable anywhere I want to work in the future. Unlike any other job I have had, you don’t learn everything there is to know in a few weeks and become an expert. Working at DOZ would be a growing experience everyday, even if you spent the rest of your work-life there. Sometimes that feels frustrating, but it would definitely be better that way in the long run (you’ll never get bored!). DOZ feels like a family, and the relaxed atmosphere of the firm is definitely needed in the midst of the stress of busy season.

Katelynn – Ball State University – Audit Intern

katelynnDOZ prides themselves on the sense of community and the strong culture within the firm. After completing my internship with DOZ, I can confidently say that the company truly is unique. When I accepted my internship offer, I wasn’t sure what to expect from working 63 hour work weeks and performing audits I originally knew nothing about. However, after 12 weeks, I have learned so much and feel very confident in my decision to participate in the spring internship. It helped me grow as an individual and expand my knowledge beyond what you can learn in the classroom. An internship with DOZ truly was a great choice for my career, and I am fortunate to have been part of such a great internship program.

 

 

Matt – Ball State University – Audit Intern

mattnWhen narrowing down my options for an internship, I wanted to intern at a place that was known to have a good culture. During the interview process, everything I heard about DOZ was positive and that the people enjoyed working together. On my first day of my internship at DOZ, this was seen right away. All levels of management welcomed me and treated me with respect from the first day of my internship to the last day of my internship. The culture at DOZ is truly special, and the positivity everyone brings to work each day is hard to find, especially during busy season.

Reflecting back on my internship, I have seen myself improve tremendously, not only as an auditor, but as a person too. During my internship, I was challenged constantly with difficult tasks, but the staff was always willing to drop whatever they were doing and help me. At times, it was very difficult and frustrating, but interning at DOZ has been one of the most rewarding experiences I could ask for.

The way DOZ treated me as a staff and as a person, and the endless opportunities they offer for real world work experience, is truly unmatched. If you want to be challenged and see what public accounting during busy season is like, then I highly recommend the internship at DOZ!

Kendyl – Ball State University – Audit Intern

kendylMy internship experience at DOZ offered me a learning opportunity that far exceeded my expectations. The internship was challenging and put my skills to the test, while allowing me to grow as a professional and tremendously increase my confidence. The staff at DOZ are very welcoming and make it a point to make the interns feel like a member of the company. In addition, the culture of DOZ is one that is laid back and unlike many others in this profession. I saw the vision of DOZ “to provide a client experience that cannot be had with any other firm” come to life at my internship. Not only did this company strive to provide an unparalleled client experience, they go above and beyond to ensure an intern experience that sets you up for success in your future endeavors within this field. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone pursuing a degree in accounting.

 

Christina – Ball State University – Audit Intern

christinaGoing through the internship process at DOZ has been a great experience. The thought of completing over 30 audits in the span of just a few months is a daunting one, but quite the accomplishment when all said and done. Starting out in busy season is definitely a kick start to your career, and in all honesty pretty overwhelming at first. DOZ did a great job at making this a less stressful time. The harsh reality of the situation is: You have no idea what you’re doing at first. That’s okay! The experienced staff and seniors have done a great job of answering all of my (many, many) questions, and were completely expectant that I would have them. This is such a great way to learn, and I have learned more in three months than I think I could have learned in an entire school year.

This experience has been about more than just the learning experiences, though! This is also about finding a place that you can see yourself coming to day in and day out surrounded by others who want to succeed. That is something that I have certainly found at DOZ.

Austin – Ball State University – Audit Intern

austinI knew DOZ was where I wanted to intern once I heard about it from a friend who was an intern at DOZ. I was contacted directly by someone inside the firm because I was recommended by that friend, and right away I was blown away by the communication and how they said I could talk to them about anything and truly meant it. During the internship, the hours are long, and sometimes you can get frustrated or disappointed when you can’t figure something out, but the days fly by, and there is always someone there to talk to that will help you understand the problem. All of the people who work at DOZ are incredibly friendly, and it makes the days a lot better. Right away you are treated as a full-time staff and are respected by all. I have no hesitation talking to a senior manager or partner when I see them. There are evaluation meetings with a partner every two weeks, and I thought that was huge because no other firms do that. I learned a lot at DOZ, and it really helped me fully understand a lot of the concepts we had learned about in school. I highly recommend taking an internship at DOZ.

 

Danny – UIndy – Audit Intern

dannyMy internship with DOZ has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to date. I went into this internship completely blind, knowing only a couple of people and knowing very little about audit work. It was a struggle in the beginning learning all of the new concepts and techniques of audit. Now looking back, it’s amazing to see the growth in my work. My time at DOZ not only helped me improve as an accountant and business professional, but much more as a person.

I can go on about how rewarding and great of an experience this internship was, but I want to point out one thing specifically, and that is the people.

DOZ is a place that values each and every member of the firm. I’ve worked at many places, and only at DOZ do you see each employee looking out for you and wanting you to succeed. At DOZ not only are you working with the brightest people, but you are working also with the most genuine people. DOZ truly lives by its “Work hard, play hard” attitude. People here want to be successful, but also know you need to enjoy yourselves. I truly enjoyed coming into work each day and working with the people here at DOZ.

Looking back, I am extremely proud of my decision to intern at DOZ. I have learned so much more about the audit process and about the housing industry. I am extremely thankful to have been provided this opportunity. If you are looking to be challenged, work with great people, and be rewarded, DOZ is the place!

Andrew – UIndy – Audit Intern

andrewbDOZ is an amazing place to work! If you are expecting an internship full of boring, menial tasks like getting coffee and donuts, this isn’t the place for you. You will be challenged each and every day to improve and grow. I learned more about auditing in 3 months at DOZ than I ever did in school. If you haven’t taken an auditing class yet, this internship will give you a great advantage when you do. The staff are friendly, patient, and exceptionally helpful. I was treated like a peer rather than just an intern. There will be times when you feel overwhelmed and you don’t think you can do it anymore. Then you will look to your left and to your right and see the people right there by you, working every bit as hard, and realize they are feeling the same thing. That person beside you is perfectly willing to drop their work and devote their full attention to helping you solve the problem. That is what makes DOZ so great. Everyone supports everyone else!

It is truly a team atmosphere of people with common interests and goals who are just as willing to help with a particularly hard audit as they are to chat about the game from last night. You will meet friends along the way who will grow and learn with you, and at the end you will look back and realize that you succeeded! You truly accomplished something that you never thought you would be able to do only 3 months earlier, and you will be better prepared to tackle any challenge that comes your way. It’s cliché, but DOZ really did change my perspective on my career and my life. I highly recommend an internship with DOZ to anyone looking for a great experience.

Tannor – University of Southern Indiana – Audit Intern

tannorThe DOZ experience is one I will never forget. It begins with a week of training, where loads of information was put in front of me, and my nerves began to tick. Week two, I dove straight into completing audits from start to finish. Stress was evident in the beginning, but quickly dissolved thanks to the support of my teammates. Throughout the entire internship, DOZ treated me just like staff, providing ample room for professional and academic growth. Although challenging, this was by far the best decision I have made during my college career. DOZ not only upheld all of their promises, but provided a home away from home that I could enjoy spending 63 hours per week at, thanks to the firm’s unparalleled recruiting efforts.

 

 

Greg – Butler University – Audit Intern

gregThe Audit Internship with DOZ has been an incredibly worthwhile experience. I was definitely intimidated at first, both by the amount of hours and the type of work, but from my first day working, I never felt overwhelmed, which really speaks to the culture at DOZ and everyone’s willingness to help when you need it. When I was searching for an internship, I wanted something that would show me what working in public accounting is really like, and that’s exactly what I got at DOZ. Audit interns prepare audits from start to finish, and get a chance to write reports, which really gives you a complete picture of the audit process. Taking accounting and auditing classes teaches you the terminology and the basics, but it’s incredible how much more I was able to learn by actually doing it in the field. If you are seriously considering a career in public accounting, and want to experience the entire audit process, I would highly recommend the DOZ busy season internship.

 

 

Galina – Indiana State University – Audit Intern

galinaDOZ’s internship program is by far a challenging and rewarding experience. Completing a whole audit from start to finish can be overwhelming at first, but the entire staff is dedicated to help the interns understand the process and the reasoning behind it. They are always giving feedback on what was done correctly, and how to improve in other areas. This is a huge confidence booster, because these review notes can be used on future audits. Getting biweekly evaluations was a great stress reliever, because I always knew where I stood and how I was doing. Working over 60 hours a week is tough, but the days go by quickly. I would recommend this internship to anyone who wants to learn and work hard.

 

Tylene – Ball State University – Audit Intern

tyAny internship opportunity will be a good learning experience, but my DOZ internship was more than a good learning experience. DOZ offered an experience which I believe no other firm can really compare to. My time at DOZ has really taught me a lot, not only about auditing and accounting, but also about myself. Thinking back to our first week of training, I never thought I would have gained so much knowledge and confidence in my work over the 12 weeks I’d spent here. Every other week we got to have a one-on-one meeting with Tim, a member of the firm, who truly wants you to strive in the environment that DOZ offers. The meetings allowed for you to really notice your progress and realize all you’ve learned, which is really unique to DOZ. DOZ is full of wonderful people who are here to see you succeed.\

 

 

Luke – University of Southern Indiana – Audit Intern

lukemThe internship program provided by DOZ is the most important step I have taken in furthering my education, bar none. At first the internship was a daunting task, and I didn’t know what to expect arriving in December. The first week was welcoming, and the staff in charge of training were informative and approachable. The training was thorough and provided a general overview of the auditing process, and over the following weeks interns were broken down into “war rooms” consisting of 5 interns and 2 staff on average. This is where I learned the most and really came to grips with the entire concept. At first the 63 hour weeks were a new obstacle, but after a few weeks it became easier. The DOZ internship is a tremendous benefit in building work ethic, learning the ins-and-outs of audits in the housing market, and creating a professional network.

 

Luke – Purdue University – Tax Intern

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The decision to take a spring internship and miss a semester of college can be difficult. I can confidently say that it is a rewarding experience. As a tax intern, I was mostly working independently. This was daunting at first, but the culture at DOZ is very inviting and welcoming of any questions when problems arise. I had little previous experience before the internship, and can say this internship taught me more than I have ever learned in a classroom. This internship has been very valuable professionally, and DOZ is a great firm to experience public accounting at. I would highly recommend DOZ to anyone looking to see if public accounting is for them.