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E X P ER I E N C E Elliott Davis

Infographics ........................ Profile:

Steven Nash ........................ Invaluable

Advice from Experts ........................ A Day in the Life of an

Elliott Davis Intern ........................ The Recruiting

Roadmap ........................ Making a

Difference 2013

Meet the Recruiting Team

Megan Wright Recruiting Manager

Jessi Blake Recruiting Specialist

Megan joined Elliott Davis in 2011. She is based

Jessi joined Elliott Davis in the spring of 2013

out of the Charlotte, NC office and manages

and is based out of the Greenville, SC office. She

the overall recruiting strategy for the firm

travels all across the Southeast visiting the firm’s

including campus and experienced recruiting.

offices and some of the most beautiful col-

She completed the Master of Accountancy

lege campuses in the region and loves working

program at the University of North Carolina in

with amazing students at our ENCOMPASS

Chapel Hill and began her career as an auditor

summer leadership program and ENVISION

at a large national public accounting firm. After

summer internship program. She is a graduate

two great years on the audit side, she decided

of Furman University with degrees in Political

to make the switch to campus and experienced

Science and English. When she’s not focusing

recruiting and has enjoyed every minute. When

on the best and brightest students around, she

she’s not traveling to one of the firm’s eight

enjoys spending time with her new husband,

offices or visiting with students on campus, you’ll

hanging out with friends, singing at the top of

find Megan walking her dog Brinkley at Freedom

her lungs, and cleaning / organizing. Watch out

Park, taking a dance class, or enjoying a night

Niecy Nash!

out at one of Charlotte’s amazing restaurants. Contact Jessi at Contact Megan at

Here at Elliott Davis, campus recruiting is one of the most important

reduce our carbon footprint and to encourage

things we do during the year because our campus

more sustainable business practices. Elliott Davis

hires are the future leaders of our firm. The

has attained Green Plus Mover status from the

content of this magazine is designed not only

Institute for Sustainable Development and believes

to allow you to experience Elliott Davis and our

as business leaders we need to take the lead on

recruiting process, but also to allow you to meet

devising and implementing strategies that help

some of our interns and employees.

manage resources now and in the future.

The format of our recruiting magazine has

We hope you enjoy this, the premier issue of

changed to an online publication in an effort to

Experience, our first online recruiting magazine.

A Day in the Life of an Elliott Davis Intern

8:10 a.m.

Drop purse, phone, jacket, keys at

desk and make an immediate bee line to the Keurig. Possibly the most difficult and arguably the most important decision of the day; Jet Fuel, Colombian or Breakfast Blend?

8:20 a.m.

Caught up on water cooler chit

chat and adequately caffeinated, it is time to check in with my team to receive today’s schedule and projects. As an audit intern, days out at clients’ offices are the best. Since Elliott Davis is one of the largest accounting firms in the Southeast, I’ve had the opportunity to visit and work on projects for many different industries and companies. There is definitely no better way to learn than hands on training. My days in the office are spent reviewing projects and getting feedback on what I’ve done so far. The tax interns are filling their time helping with individual and corporate returns as well as prepping dummy returns to gain experience seeing a project through from start to finish.

6:30 a.m.

As a college student, the alarm

buzzing at this time of day seems slightly ridiculous. The snooze button works until 7, when finally, I can’t delay any longer. A quick run, shower and bagel then

It seems accountants live by

a strict inner time schedule that declares noon is the official lunch time. A sandwich at Firehouse Subs with some Staff and Seniors, gotta love the Coca Cola Freestyle machine. On rainy days or days low

off to work.

8:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

on cash (we are college students remember) brown Arrive at Elliott Davis. It’s very

exciting, since this is my first internship, to get dressed up and arrive at such a great corporate office. All of the Elliott Davis offices are centrally located with awesome office space.

bagging it from home is still fun with Elliott Davis team members in the break room.

E X P E R I E N C E | Opportunity

1:00 p.m.

Recruiting Advice from the Experts

Finish up my morning project

work. Then some scanning and administrative tasks for the team, lest I forget I am still an intern. Send a quick e-mail to the other interns in my office to work out the car pool arrangements for next week’s intern outing in Columbia. I’ve heard it’s a great time and an excellent opportunity to meet interns from other offices. Hoping it’s a pub crawl and scavenger hunt like last summer.

5:00 p.m.

It’s quitting time. Dinner with

my roommate, I’ve got a Groupon!

7:00 p.m.

“Spend me thinking about what you want in your career before you start interviewing. Talk with people about audit versus tax and make up your mind on what career path is a good fit for you. Consider the work/life balance opportunity of big four versus naonal versus regional in light of your personality and your family needs. View an internship opportunity as the start of a career with a firm you want to work with aer graduaon.” - Aaron Johnson, Audit Senior Manager, Augusta, GA

What’s an evening without a

little reality TV?

10:00 p.m.

Exhaustion; I’m off to catch

some z’s and looking forward to another excellent day at Elliott Davis.

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“Be yourself. We want to get to know you!” – Jeff Walker, Audit Senior Manager, Greenville, SC

“Be open to opportunies and locaons that may be different from the exact path you had previously envisioned for yourself – they may lead you to a be€er outcome!” – Cindy Brams, Audit Shareholder, Charleston, SC

Profile: Steven Nash Did you travel during your internship?

E X P E R I E N C E | Accomplishment

What sparked your interest in International Business and language?

I had the opportunity to attend an international business conference in Charlotte with other

When I was growing up, my dad worked for a

Elliott Davis team members, including two

German company, so I was exposed to it at an

shareholders. Presenters included the CEO from

early age. I got the opportunity in high school

Chiquita Brands, the Chief Financial Analyst for JP

to travel to Europe for a two week tour of Spain,

Morgan and Eric Schmid, a shareholder at Elliott

Germany, France, and Switzerland. I decided

Davis. I sat at a table

to minor in German in

with the Canadian

college and spent the

Consulate and was

summer after my junior

introduced on stage

year living with a host

by Eric who made it a

family and teaching

point to mention that

English in Germany for

I was the youngest

a month. I also studied

person in the room.




Austria fall semester of my senior year.

What are some highlights of your internship?

What do you do for fun?

Because of my German language skills, I traveled

I play tennis and ultimate Frisbee. I also love

with Eric Schmid on several business development

to go to music festivals. I went to several when

calls to German businesses in the Greenville

I was in Europe and recently returned from

area. I also had the opportunity to help one of

Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL.

our international tax specialists translate an audit report from Chinese to English. In the office, I spent time helping with a tax alert that was published on the firm’s newsfeed and sent to our tax clients.

Elliott Davis Infographics


Elliott Davis - Named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for the past six years.

450 – Number of Elliott Davis employees.

Augusta, GA Charlotte, NC Charleston, SC Columbia, SC Greenwood, SC Greenville, SC Raleigh, NC Richmond, VA

51% of Elliott Davis employees who are “focus school” alumni and percent of German citizens who believe Germany would be better off without the euro.

88% of Elliott Davis professionals who hold their CPA license and percent of people who admit to stalking their ex on social networking sites. Yikes! Don’t forget to use those privacy settings.


“40 – The number of employees who speak more than one language.

8 8 - The optimum number of hours of sleep for humans and the number of Elliott Davis offices in the Southeast.

Green - can improve reading ability. Some students may find that laying a transparent sheet of green paper over reading material increases reading speed and comprehension. It is also what we call the Elliott Davis Columbia office which was awarded the LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Making a Difference E X P E R I E N C E | Impact

United Way - The United Way improves lives by mobilizing


the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. Elliott Davis supports this mission and has adopted the United Way as our firm wide philanthropy. Annually, each of our offices holds a fundraising campaign with themed events, presentations, and field trips to local United Way sponsored charities. Educating our employees about the needs in our communities results


in achieving an incredibly high percentage of employee participation in our offices. Annually, our Elliott Davis offices contribute in excess of $150,000 to our local chapters. Our offices support a number of other local charitable organizations as well. Our employees are not only encouraged to participate in office sponsored events and drives, but also to get involved at the individual level. In addition to


volunteering service hours and monetary donations, many of our employees are board members of local charities.


Charlotte fights hunger – The Charlotte office donated and sorted food for the local Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.


Wish I may, Wish I might – The Greenville office supports the Make a Wish Foundation by sponsoring a patient’s wish.


“Stuff the Bus” – The Greenwood office donates school supplies for local elementary school students each year.


Pretty in Pink – The Charlotte office supports and participates annually in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.


Interns lead the “Way” – Greenville summer interns help plan and decorate for the annual United Way Campaign.



| Campus Recruiting Experiences

ENCOMPASS is a three day program designed to help you discover and expand your leadership potential and sharpen your career focus. Alongside students from various universities, you will gain an edge in the recruiting process, network with Elliott Davis professionals, and learn from dynamic and engaging presenters. You will take with you a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader and how to positively influence others in your community, and in your future career. Students are invited to apply for ENCOMPASS in the spring semester of their sophomore or junior year.

ENVISION is a seven week summer internship designed to give you an opportunity to explore potential career paths within Elliott Davis and obtain valuable work experience in the public accounting field. You will begin your internship with orientation and training at our corporate headquarters in Greenville, SC. Throughout the summer you will work alongside Elliott Davis employees, complete an intern project, volunteer in your community, and travel to Folly Beach, SC for an end of summer celebration. Students typically complete internships during the summer following their junior and/or senior year of undergraduate education.

ENGAGE is firm wide onboarding experience for first year staff. The first week of the program, held at our corporate headquarters in Greenville, SC, will provide you with the tools needed to begin fulltime employment with Elliott Davis. Throughout the year, there will be opportunities to identify and begin to fulfill goals for your career, develop personal and professional skills, and engage with Elliott Davis.

360째Experience. Focused on You.

Elliott Davis: Some final thoughts

“Be yourself and don’t be afraid to let the real you shine.” – Brittany Owen, Tax Manager, Columbia, SC

“Be sure to find a firm that you like the people you meet. Whom you work with is just as important as where you work.” – Mike McGuigan, Office Managing Shareholder, Greenville, SC

“Pass the CPA exam before you start working full-time.” – Danielle Lawson, Audit Senior, Charlotte, NC

“Research the company before attending its recruiting event!!” – Ashley Young, Tax Manager, Greenville, SC

“Be confident in what you are looking for in a firm and make sure to always be yourself.” – Kristen Fabian, Tax Staff, Charlotte, NC

“Pay attention to the people and culture of the firms and accept the position where you feel the values align with yours.” – Jessica Cain, Tax Senior Manager, August, GA

“First impressions are key – take an extra minute to make sure your best foot is forward throughout the recruiting process.” – Nicole Duggins, Audit Senior, Charleston, SC








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