Paige Wiese

  • Office: Nashville, TN
  • Practice: Audit
  • School: Wake Forest University

Paige's Journal

PART 1

Three weeks in and I already love Nashville! At first, I was a little nervous about moving to a new city for my internship, but I have already decided that this is where I want to live post-graduation. Intern training in Atlanta prepared me for my first few weeks on the job. I finally understand how everything we learn in Audit 101 is applied on an actual engagement. At training, most of our nights were free to socialize with other interns from across the Southeast. One evening, every intern nationwide participated in a bowling event that benefitted KPMG's Family for Literacy, a program that provides children from low-income families with new books. The bowling event was not only a lot of fun, but also a great introduction to corporate citizenship at KPMG.

I started on a new client this week and, luckily, the office is only two miles from my apartment, so I get to sleep in a little later than usual. I spent my first morning at the new client building an understanding of their operations, touring the office, and introducing myself to the CFO and anyone else with whom I might be interacting as a member of the audit team. I was afraid that I might only be asked to make copies or pick up lunch, as that was my experience on previous internships outside of KPMG, but fortunately I was treated the same as any other first-year associate. On this particular client, I am responsible for performing substantive procedures on portions of Cash, Fixed Assets, and Prepaids. My senior explained to me the specifics of what I would be doing and he was readily available to answer all of my questions — of which there were plenty!

It is now my fourth day at this client. I arrive at 8:30am and immediately begin working on my assigned portion of the audit. After looking at Fixed Assets for a few hours, I head out to lunch with my engagement team. I enjoy getting out of the office for an hour and getting to know the other members of my team. It is the perfect environment to get all of my general questions about KPMG answered from an honest source. Most of the first-year associates are anxious to tell you everything they wish they knew before starting at KPMG — everything from specifics of the local office dress code to the best areas to live around town.

I took a break from performing substantive procedures on Fixed Assets to chat about one of my favorite musicians with the client's SEC Reporting Manager, a fellow country music fan. Building client relationships is a big part of the auditing profession, so I am fortunate that I have been given the opportunity to interact with so many people at such an early stage in my career.

My day is winding down as I complete my assigned test work and leave the office at 5:30pm to meet a fellow intern for dinner. After dinner, I catch up on my favorite TV shows and make sure I go to bed at a decent hour so I am well rested for another challenging day tomorrow.

PART 2

Today is my second day on a new engagement. I have been assigned portions of Cash, so today I am working on Accounts Payable and Payroll. I am well into my 2nd month with KPMG and I am starting to become familiar with this account as it is commonly assigned to interns and new hires. To test for completeness, existence, and accuracy, I trace checks using the client's December and January bank statements. I have quickly built relationships with the client as I am frequently requesting support from the accounting department as part of my test work.

After working on Accounts Payable for a few hours, two new hires, another intern and I grab lunch at a burger joint a few miles from the office. I enjoy spending time with new hires away from the office as they are a great resource to answer questions you might feel uncomfortable asking your senior. Although they may only be a few years older, new hires can be great mentors to help you through the early stages of your career.

My team heads back to the client site after lunch to continue working on our assigned sections of the audit. The audit committee meeting is only a week away, so we'll stay a little later tonight to make sure everything we need is completed by that date. Around 6:00pm, my team orders in dinner to the office and then I continue to work on Payroll until 7:30pm when I head home just in time to squeeze in a quick workout and catch one of my favorite TV shows.

PART 3

It is now my second week on my current engagement. My day begins at 8:30am with a review of my pending list, a short list of items that I have left to complete. I pick up right where I left off the day before — vouching operating expenses to their respective invoices. I continue testing the existence and accuracy of operating expenses throughout the day and speak with various members of the accounting department whenever I need clarification on an issue.

Around 11:30am, I grab lunch with my engagement team where we feud over whether or not Tim Tebow should be included in a list of the greatest college football players of all time. This is an ongoing argument in our office that remains unsettled.

I return to the office to finish up on operating expense test work. After vouching invoices and verifying check payment for a few more hours, my senior allows me to leave work a little early since I have tickets to a country benefit concert tonight featuring a few of my favorite musicians! Fortunately, KPMG understands the importance of work/life balance, so I have had the opportunity to attend several shows around town and have been able to maintain a social life during my internship in Nashville.

Fun Facts

  • Are you involved in any on-campus clubs or activities?

    I was the President of SPURS, the Men's Basketball support group at Oklahoma State University.

    What are your favorite TV shows?

    Chelsea Lately, House, The Office

    What advice would you offer to a student just beginning the recruiting/application process?

    Interview with as many firms as possible. Go into the recruiting process with an open mind and once you have spoken with representatives from each firm, choose the place where you would feel the most comfortable.
  • What are the top 3 reasons you chose KPMG for your internship?

    1. The people I met throughout the recruiting process.
    2. The size and culture of the Nashville office - here I have the resources of a Big 4 firm mixed with the personal feel of a smaller office.
    3. The many global opportunities available at KPMG.

    Have you traveled outside of the US? For school or personal? Where?

    I lived in Waterloo, Belgium when I was in middle school, so I have visited nearly every country in Western Europe either either while I was living there or during my summer studying abroad in Dijon, France. I have also traveled to Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas.
  • What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

    Don't sit on upon the shorline/And say you're satisfied/Choose to chance the rapids/ And dare to dance the tide...I'll never reach my destination/If I never try So I will sail my vessel/ "Til the river runs dry"
    "The River" by Garth Brooks

    What are the 5 things that your friends may not know about you (and that would be appropriate to share!)?

    1. Ia am nearly fluent in French
    2. I moved 8 times before I was in the 7th grade
    3. I am obsessed with Peyton and Eli Manning
    4. I once owned a horse named E.T. Phone Home
    5. I was voted "Most Likely to Sing Off-Key" in high school.