Our extensive internship program provides students with the opportunity to “test run” an area within public accounting. Day one begins with in-depth software training, but the learning does not stop there. Our employees work alongside interns to offer guidance, support, mentorship, and additional training throughout the entire internship. Interns also receive multiple rounds of feedback so they are acutely aware of their performance. We offer internships in Assurance, Tax, CFO Advisory, Litigation Support, and Wealth Management. Oftentimes students return to intern once, twice, or even three times in different departments to truly experience all that Wiss has to offer! Our internship program also serves as a talent pipeline for our entry-level program.
About Our Entry-Level Program
Our entry-level program fosters team-building, networking, and learning. All entry-level staff are grouped together into a “New Hire Class” that begins annually in the fall. Their robust first week, dubbed “New Hire Orientation”, includes interdepartmental and intradepartmental trainings, Q&A sessions with all levels of the firm, icebreaker activities, and then some. It is a robust week dedicated to acclimating and assimilating the New Hire Class to life at Wiss. However, similar to our internship program, our entry-level staff continuously learn on-the-job. They also receive 360-feedback throughout the year via our performance management system and meet with their mentors to create goals that they want to achieve. Ultimately, our entry-level program sets new hires up for success in growing their careers.
The Wiss Open House
Are you a college student? Join us on September 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at our headquarters in Florham Park for a chance to see our new space! The evening will include an office tour, an opportunity to meet and network with various Wiss employees, and some light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments! This event is open to all college students who register, regardless of year and major. Please feel free to bring your resume and/or business card!
Explore Our Departments
Within our CFO Advisory department, our interns and entry-levels will have the opportunity to work in one of our fastest-growing departments. They are able to support the team on a variety of accounting system conversion projects. They also assist with month-end close which include year-end accruals, bank & payroll reconciliation, and much more! They aid the client and team in the preparation of 1099s and assist in the research of third party solutions for client pain points. One of the main goals in this department is to help the team stream-line our client’s accounting departments!
In our Tax department, our interns and entry-level associates are tasked with a variety of tasks such as preparing personal and business tax projections, extensions, and quarterly estimates. They also assist the team in the preparation of personal, partnership, business, and trust returns & extensions. Interns & entry-level associates help create and organize work paper files and perform other assorted projects on a need-be basis, as well as conduct basic research and sit-in on discussions about client tax situations. Our tax department also teaches our interns and entry-level staff how to respond to a variety of tax notices on behalf of the client. They have the opportunity to work on a variety of different clients, types of tax projects and industries!
In the Assurance department, our interns and entry-level staff are exposed to a variety of client businesses within a number of industries such as real estate, manufacturing, food and much, much more! We encourage proactive interaction with fellow staff and external client personnel to help gather information and resolve problems. Our Assurance team is comprised of highly motivated team players with excellent verbal and written communication skills. We assist our entry-levels and interns in harnessing their problem-solving, analytical and organizational skills to help them succeed!
In our law firm services team, our interns and entry-levels are challenged to think outside the box and adapt to change quickly. They discover how to organize and review historical tax information and financial statements of various businesses. They learn how to research valuation studies, economic projections, and industry trends as they apply to business valuations and damage calculations. Specifically, our law firm services team offers a unique, year-long internship program. Interns work with employees from all levels who will be mentoring them throughout their experience.
In our Wealth Management group, our interns are exposed to many aspects of the business, including financial planning, client services, operations, portfolio analytics, and compliance. As a one-stop shop, they provide highly-customized, sophisticated solutions for high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients. In joining a fast-growing, small team, interns learn the entire business lifecycle. As opposed to traditional Wealth Management firms, the opportunities to grow and develop as an intern and entry-level is limitless.
Frequently Asked Questions
We look for interns that could be future leaders of Wiss. While we understand that there will likely be a lack of job experience on an intern resume, there are plenty of other areas that are just as, if not more important! Here are some traits that stand out to us: resiliency, advocacy, an eagerness and willingness to learn, kindness, and positivity. Here are aspects of a resume that stand out to us: leadership and/or other worldly experiences, volunteer/extracurricular/job opportunities, individuality, and GPA/major.
It is very challenging to describe a typical day for an intern at Wiss because every single day is different. From working on tasks provided to the intern by their team to dealing with client situations as they arise, it is extremely dynamic and interesting. Interns learn both technical and soft skills during their internship at Wiss. Interns may be at a client site or in the office, which provides a wonderful, well-rounded experience to bond with the team, co-workers, fellow interns, and even clients.
While some tasks may be more glamorous than others, each task worked on/completed is extremely valuable to the team. We understand that to propel ourselves forward, we must invest in our interns. We take the time to guide our interns in their assigned tasks while also allowing them the ability to manage their own workloads. At Wiss, we believe in structured flexibility, and we understand life happens.
To help facilitate training, all interns start on the same day and go through department-specific training that afternoon. However, we feel the best way to learn is through hands-on experience. We encourage interns to ask questions and seek additional training throughout the entire duration of their internship. We offer multiple feedback sessions throughout the internship experience as an opportunity to learn and assist the interns in meeting their goals while at Wiss!
Our entry-level employees, or new hire “class,” start the same week in early December. Their first week is called “New Hire Orientation”. It is a chance to bond together as a class and partake in tons of team-building opportunities, Q&A sessions with Wiss leadership, interdepartmental and intradepartmental trainings, and fun activities. We are strong proponents of continuous learning and use this first week as the foundation to jump-start careers at Wiss!
There are many ways to describe the Wiss culture. We seek out individuals that are empathetic, understanding, kind, and driven. From random firm summer kickball games and tailgates to our renowned annual holiday party, Wiss knows how to not only work hard, but play hard too! Our culture is also embodied by the Four Core Ways—qualities that we live by. The Four Core Ways are Advocate, Impact, Care and Collaborate. Here is some more information about our values at Wiss.
Wiss has two internship cycles—winter/spring (Jan-April) and summer (June-Aug). Our annual fall recruiting season begins in September and concludes in November. During this time, we recruit winter/spring interns, as well as entry-level new hires for the following year. In January we recruit for our summer intern class. We post our opportunities on our careers page, as well as university career portals.
The typical career path of a Wiss employee looks like the following:
Intern > Staff > Senior > Manager > Senior Manager > Director > Partner
However, not all career paths are the same! We care about our employees’ aspirations and work to ensure each individual is actively moving toward his/her goals. Some mechanisms we have in place to help aid growth at Wiss are goal-setting with mentors, developing technical and soft skills via our specifically-designed CPE learning-paths, and receiving 360 real-time feedback. Wiss employees are encouraged to own their careers!
We truly feel that at the intern level, learning and retaining are facilitated by hands-on opportunities. We are very happy to share that our interns are back in-person! We are actively following CDC and state guidelines. We encourage everyone to do what they are comfortable with.
This fall we are taking a hybrid approach to our campus recruiting efforts. We are registered for a combination of in-person and virtual events. Here is the list of events we are attending. We are hoping to capture as many students as possible. We look forward to seeing you all this fall!
Since we are a public accounting firm, we typically meet with Accounting majors for internships and full-time positions. However, we are still very much interested in and consider the following majors/minors for some of our opportunities as well:
Our College Recruiting Team
Hey there! My name is Kelsey and I am a People Operations Senior Specialist at Wiss. I graduated from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2018 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management. I worked as an HR intern at Wiss in 2016 and began my full-time career here upon graduation in 2018. My favorite part of my job is offering students their first internship or full-time job opportunity! My hobbies include working out with my Peloton, playing with my puppy Riley, going to the beach, and watching more than my fair share of reality TV.
Hi! My name is Ashley and I am a People Operations Senior Specialist at Wiss & Company, LLP. I am a Rutgers University-Newark Alumni. I also have a Master’s in Financial Accountancy from Rutgers University. I began my career at Wiss & Company in the Assurance Department upon graduation. Prior to joining Wiss & Company full-time, I was an intern in our Assurance Department. After working five years in the Assurance Department, I have recently transitioned over to our People Operations Team. My favorite part of the job is connecting with my colleagues and getting to know them. They always bring a smile to my face! I also really enjoy meeting dynamic candidates and students at various networking events and career fairs. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and two dogs. I also enjoy any activity that involves the ocean, sand and some sunshine!