Meet Our Interns
Angela Zhong -2020/21 Business Advisory Services Intern, Auckland, University of Auckland
My summer Internship at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has been such a fulfilling and exciting experience, especially after this tumultuous year. While studying Accounting and Japanese at the University of Auckland, I always thought I would have to choose one or the other to focus my career on. When searching for summer opportunities in the accounting industry, I came across Baker Tilly Staples Rodway and in particular, Team Japan and the Business Advisory Services (BAS) team. I applied for the BAS role as I wanted to experience what it was like to work with clients and understanding how different each client work, and what the bridge between New Zealand and Japanese business is like.
I started my role as a BAS intern at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in November 2020 and right from the start I have felt the warm and welcoming culture from within the team. As this was my first professional role in the accounting industry, I wasn’t sure what it would be like to working in full time in a firm. However, I have had a lot of support from not only my buddy and manager, but I also felt free to ask anyone for help when needed. I have found that with the help and support of the team, I have been able to learn a lot about industry practice and how to apply the skills I learned in University to work for clients. So far I have been given the opportunity to do a range of in-depth work that has given me a better perspective of New Zealand and Japanese business. There is also a big emphasis on work-life balance which is really great to have within the firm as it feels less pressured and gives me more focus on learning and understanding my work.
The best part of the internship so far has definitely been the people and culture within the firm. Everyone has been open and friendly and really have made me feel as though I am part of the team from the start. There are also a range of events and activities where we can socialize such as summer touch and soccer, social club events, and annual events like the Christmas Party. I really enjoyed going to these events and playing soccer as it has given me the chance to know the rest of the team better.
Overall, I am very grateful for the experience I have had at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway and I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone who is looking to gain more knowledge and experience in a supportive and open work environment.
Boston-Kenzo Azuma - 2020/21 Business Advisory Services Intern in Auckland, Auckland University
My internship at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has given me an excellent insight into the world of accounting and professional services. As a university student who has never previously worked an office job, the prospect of starting a full time ‘real world’ job had me excited and slightly nervous.
My nervousness was quickly dispelled after I met the team I would be working with. Everyone was kind, welcoming and understanding. I liked that each of us interns were assigned a buddy who would be our first port of call if we had any questions. My buddy did an amazing job of teaching me everything I needed to know, making my introduction to work at Baker Tilly an enjoyable experience.
I found that the collaborative culture at Baker Tilly was a highlight of my internship. I found that I could ask anyone a question whether it be a new grad or a director, and everyone was always willing to help each other. There were also numerous events for everyone to get involved in. In the first few weeks of our internship, us interns joined multiple lunches, sports games and activities like Secret Santa.
As for the work itself, it was also enjoyable and interesting. I personally did work for a multitude of clients ranging from individuals to large complex organisations. I was frequently involved in preparing tax returns, financial statements and several other tasks.
To sum up my short time here, I can confidently say that it was a valuable and enjoyable experience that I cannot recommend enough for students wanting to take the first step towards a career in accounting.
Kate Anderson - 2020/21 Business Advisory Services Intern in Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington
During my internship application process, I was drawn to Baker Tilly Staples Rodway’s engaging people, warm culture and close-knit team environment. I chose the Business Advisory Services Team to experience working for clients, solving ‘real-world’ problems and to put my university skills to the test.
My time so far at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway has been invaluable. From day one we were buddied up with Senior team members, who showed us the ins-and-outs of life in the professional world. My buddy makes time to help whenever I need, and no question goes unanswered. The intern support network is outstanding.
At Baker Tilly Staples Rodway there is a great work / life balance. I was able to transition from university life to full-time work very quickly. I have had the opportunity to attend many extra trainings, social events and play for the Touch Rugby team.
Libby Ramsay - 2020 Intern & Graduate, Taranaki
I began my journey at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in June 2018, starting as a part-time intern, helping out in administration and reception; then progressed to the billing department. This gave me an all-round feel for the organisation. And in my opinion, it was the best way to ease into the full time working environment of an accounting firm which can be quite daunting for a fresh-faced student.
The firm supported me through my studies which included an industry project where I got the opportunity to home in on a set of procedures & recommend improvements for the firm. This involved working with people who challenged my way of thinking and getting a deeper insight into business decision making. This was a big commitment for the firm as I used their time & resources, but they were more than happy to support me.
I chose to apply at Baker Tilly not only because they are one of the leading firms in the industry but because they are community minded and are committed to helping out different organisations; from supporting the Life Education Trust to donating equipment & furniture to not-for-profit organisations. One thing I’ve loved about Baker Tilly is not only gaining key experiences in the field I wish to pursue, but also being able to be involved in community events with my colleagues. Recently I’ve participated in like the Food Bank Annual Appeal run, Round the Mountain relay & our local indoor netball team.
A varied team is also key for me; where I get the opportunity to discuss business from different perspectives – mixing marketing, HR, business advisory, information systems and accounting to see how these can work together to improve a business all round. As I majored in applied management accounting the full picture that this working environment provides fits perfectly for me. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities Baker Tilly has provided for me and how much they’ve allowed me to grow over the years I’ve been with them.
Starting in the business advisory team at the start of this year has been a bit of a learning curve and challenging at times but I couldn’t have a better team to support me. I look forward to my future with Baker Tilly and couldn’t recommend it more as an amazing place to work, grow and prosper - surrounded by supportive, passionate and business savvy people!