blum FAQs

Do you have questions about what it’s like to work for blum? We’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions from our college recruits, to help answer some them for you here. If we haven’t answered your question here, please feel free to reach out to our human resources team.

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Do you have questions about what it’s like to work for blum? We’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions from our college recruits, to help answer some them for you here. If we haven’t answered your question here, please feel free to reach out to our human resources team.

Q&A

Can I intern in both audit and tax?

To maximize your experience, we have designed our internships to be focused in either audit or tax, not both. Please let us know if you are interested in gaining exposure in both departments and we can talk about options.

What’s the day to day routine of an intern? / What will I do as an intern?

We treat our interns like entry level staff – that means no coffee runs! If you are an audit intern, you can expect to be out in the field with our audit teams working on engagements for the majority of your internship. If you are a tax intern, you can expect to be working with a team in the office, handling client information and various types of tax returns.

Do I need 150 credits to start as a FT staff?

Nope! We have an education assistance program to help subsidize the cost of obtaining the 150 credits. On the other hand, if you do start with us and have your 150 credits, you can expect to receive a bonus upon hire!

Do you provide monetary assistance for the CPA exams?

We currently offer a CPA bank for employees pursuing their license/certification. This money can be applied towards costs associated with CPA study materials and/or exam fees.

What skills do you look for in an intern and staff?

We look for a variety of skills that include (but not limited to) a passion for accounting, great communication skills, motivated team player, and looking to grow his/her career with the blum family!

What’s the difference between regional vs. national?

One of the major differences is the variety of exposure to clients and industries. At blum, we encourage our staff to gain as much exposure as possible. As you progress in your career, we will begin to identify your preferences and you will specialize in your preferred industries.

How much travel is expected?

As an audit intern/staff you can expect around 75% travel, and as a tax intern/staff, you can expect minimal travel. However, due to the fact that we are a regional firm, the majority of our clients are located in New England, and most travel is within driving distance of our offices.

What’s the average number of hours of work per week? How about during busy seasons?

We expect everyone to work the hours needed to accomplish their job. For staff this usually translates to a 40-45 hours work week. During busy seasons our audit department works between 50-60 hours per week and our tax department works between 60-65 hours per week. For audit interns who are taking classes, we require at least 30 hours per week and for tax interns who are taking classes, we require at least 25-30 hours per week (40 hrs/wk is ideal to get the most out of your internship!).

Should I take the CPA exam first or should I pursue the 150 credits?

There’s no right or wrong answer here. From our experience, we would recommend that you pursue your CPA first but it’s really up to you. Whatever you decide, we want to support you and set you up for success.

Should I go for my Masters or just the 150 credits?

Would a Masters benefit my career at blum? All that is currently required for both audit and tax is the 150 credits but we highly encourage tax staff to pursue their MST as it will benefit their career path.

Do I need an internship to be considered for a staff position at blum?

While it is preferred, it is not required.

Do I need to submit a cover letter?

Although it is not required it is highly recommended.

Do I have to be an accounting major to be considered?

An accounting major is preferred but as long as you have the accounting credits needed and are taking steps to become a CPA we will consider you for a position with us.

Do you hire sophomore college students for internships?

No but we do host a Sophomore Leadership program every summer! The majority of our interns are hired through this program. If you’re interested in receiving more information, please contact HR@blumshapiro.com.

I’m a freshman, do you have any opportunities I could take advantage of?

Yes! Every summer we host a Freshman Leadership Program. If you’re interested in receiving more information, please contact HR@blumshapiro.com.

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