Our internal training program helps you get ready to be a beneficial member of the team within your first month! The first few weeks of the internship are focused on training to ensure that you feel comfortable with the KB policies and procedures, know how to use the software, and are ready to dive into client work. From there, you will spend your time working on billable client work and ongoing training that will increase the depth and breath of your tax knowledge.
In order to be eligible for our Tax Level II Internship, you must have completed a college course that focuses on Individual Taxation.
For our Audit internship, you must have taken a college course focused on Auditing and Assurance.
Our Level I Tax Internship is open to any college student regardless of major or program completion.
Please reach out to Alyssa England, , or Jared Dennis, , for additional information.
You can expect to learn, work on billable work, experience our culture, and grow during your internship.
KB provides training throughout the internship to ensure that you are growing and learning about the complex and rewarding work we do as a Firm.
Each team and role will be slightly different. The things that will remain the same are your ability to come in and provide value to the team and clients. We focus on providing an environment where you can learn, increase your technical proficiencies, and complete work that is valued by the firm and our clients.
Learn and apply KB’s audit approach for a variety of testing areas, such as legal expenses, cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and property and equipment
Prepare electronic audit work using a variety of applications, including Microsoft Office and innovative audit software
Responsible for sending and tracking of confirmations used to verify account balances, such as cash, accounts receivable, and notes payable.
Perform tests of internal controls
Learn about KB’s process to complete a return
Prepare assigned returns ex: individual, corporate, partnership, estate, trust, or gift returns
Prepare tax projections under different income and deduction variables
Research tax issues
KB offers employees the opportunity to pursue their accounting passions through our core practice areas of audit, business taxation, client accounting services, and individual taxation. We have niches within those core areas that some of our team members focus on, such as international, estate and trust, and health care. We believe that we are uniquely positioned as the largest independently owned firm in the Sarasota area, which allows us the strength in resources to support your dreams while being small enough to provide you with direct access to Firm leadership. You will work with respected and knowledgeable Shareholders and Managers who will work with you to improve your technical abilities and help you grow your career. Check out the Where You Go to Grow section to see our career progression timeline to learn more!
The Firm is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Firm’s employees are the most valuable asset the Firm has. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that the Firm’s employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only the Firm’s culture, but the Firm’s reputation and achievements. The Firm embraces and encourages employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make the Firm’s employees unique.
401(k) Plan – with company match
Flexible Spending Plan
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Employee referral bonus
New business incentive bonus
Years of service awards/bonus
Employee Volunteer Program
Flexible Work Schedules
Employee Assistance Program
The University of South Florida Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy in the Muma College of Business has named three accounting faculty members in the school as Kerkering Barberio Fellows, a prestigious honor that recognizes continued excellence in undergraduate teaching.
KB has partnered with USF to launch the Kerkering Barberio Fellows program in 2022; we have given a five-year gift to the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, which was announced in November 2021. The gift encompassed multiple components in the school, including scholarships to students and the fellow’s program.
The gift provides that the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy name one Kerkering Barberio Fellow on each of the three campuses. The 2022 Kerkering Barberio Fellows are Patricia Gaukel, from the St. Petersburg campus; Luke Richardson, from the Tampa campus; and Ildiko Toth, from the Sarasota-Manatee campus.
With our gift, five $2,000 accounting scholarships will be awarded in 2022 and similar amounts in 2023 – 2026.
You can apply on Canvas.
We will share when the application process opens!
The deadline for current applications was March 28, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. A second 2022 application will be available in the fall.
The spring scholarships were awarded by April 15, 2022, and presented at the Scholarship Banquet on April 29th, 2022, at the Tampa Palms Country Club.
The fellowship program recognizes faculty who have a history of excellence in delivering classroom instruction, and proficiency in their field, as well as extensive engagement with the professional community. Kerkering Barberio works directly with the USF Fellows to build upon our firm’s relationship with USF and provide insight on the needs of the accounting profession – continuing to create a mutually beneficial opportunity for the students, USF, and the accounting industry.
“We are very excited to introduce the inaugural Kerkering Barberio Fellows. These three individuals represent outstanding undergraduate accounting instruction,” said Mark H. Taylor, director of the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy, who holds the Dan and Tina Johnson Endowed Directorship in Accountancy. “Not only are these fellows deserving of the honor, but the distinction will further strengthen their strong ties to the professional accounting community.”
The fellowship program recognizes faculty who have a history of excellence in delivering classroom instruction, and proficiency in their field, as well as extensive engagement with the professional community.
“It’s always been a priority for our firm to support and mentor the next generation of accountants, and this gift offers a greater opportunity for us to make a difference,” said Rob Lane, Kerkering Barberio’s managing shareholder. “We look forward to engaging with these fellows to further support their efforts in the classroom and beyond over the next five years.”
The 2022 Kerkering Barberio Fellows include Patricia Gaukel, Luke Richardson and Ildiko Toth:
Patricia Gaukel is a Senior Instructor in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy on the St. Petersburg campus. She twice has received the Quality Matters designation and twice was recognized as a faculty advisor of the year. She also has served as the director of finance and manager of financial reporting and consolidations for Florida Progress Corporation and as an auditor for Arthur Andersen and Company. View Patricia Gaukel full bio here.
Luke Richardson is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy who teaches courses in taxation of individuals and business entities. He’s often featured as a tax expert in local media outlets. He is a past recipient of the Advisory Council’s Outstanding Teaching Award and serves as the faculty advisor for the accounting internship course. He is a licensed CPA in Florida and serves as a business consultant with the Florida Small Business Development Center. View Luke Richardson full bio here.
Ildiko Toth is an Associate Instructor in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy on the Sarasota-Manatee campus. She teaches intermediate accounting courses and accounting information systems. Toth is a licensed CPA and has experience as a tax advisor, business analyst, and revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service. View Ildiko Toth full bio here.