Intern Spotlight- Austin Hurley

Intern Spotlight- Austin Hurley
Posted on 05/31/2018

For the internship program this month, we are featuring Austin Hurley.  Austin has been at his internship since mid-November.   Austin interned at Hamilton Associates Accounting firm in Council Bluffs.  Austin chose this internship because he really enjoyed his high school accounting classes and wanted to know more about the financial “real” world.

Austin works on anything from basic payroll functions to creating general journal entries.  He helped during tax season with basic tax preparation duties and general office duties.  Austin looked over bank statements, entered information into an Excel spreadsheet, and ensured accounts balanced. 

Learning how to use various accounting software in his work such as Excel, Quickbooks, Peachtree, Mass 90 and Pro-Series has been extremely helpful.  He also learned about and how to complete basic tax forms.  Finally, Austin learned how to capture important financial information and enter it into the computer.  Austin indicated that his most challenging work came during the rush of working on taxes in order to the meet the April 17th federal deadline.

This internship has helped Austin decide that he wants to pursue a career in accounting.  He is in the process of signing up for business and accounting classes at Iowa Western for next year.  Austin has also learned skills that he can apply to the operation of his family’s nutrition store, No Name Nutrition.  Austin would recommend the internship class because he feels that it really helps high school students “test the waters” as to what a future career would look like.


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