That experience paid off exponentially as it laid the foundation for my next major professional step; working as an auditor with a regional CPA firm this summer. This auditing internship started much like the first. I had to ask for it. After being told I wasn’t in the right year and that I should be focused on two-day leadership programs instead of full-time internships, I went out on a limb and asked for the opportunity anyway. Despite having never been one to buy into the “Ask and ye shall receive” mantras, as my own experiences have come to be shaped by it, I understand and appreciate the truth in it; if you don’t ask, the answer is always no.