The Intern Series: Robert Rasche, Accounting


This week the spotlight is on returning intern Robert Rasche, who is spending his summer with the Accounting department at DEFENDERS.

School: Butler University

Major: Accounting and MIS

Role at DEFENDERS: Accounting Intern

Favorite Sports Team: St. Louis Blues Hockey

If your life had a theme song, what would it be? “Life Keeps Moving On” by Ben Rector

If you could sit down to dinner with anyone, who would it be and why? I would say Jesus if it is anyone (past or present), but if it were only people alive today, I would choose Ben Rector. He is my favorite musician, and I would love to learn more about his worldviews, purpose and overall life.

Favorite TV Character: Schmidt from New Girl

Favorite place you’ve traveled: Italy. It is hard to pinpoint which city was my favorite but I loved the culture and beauty of the region.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a professional baseball player, but I quit baseball in 8th grade so it was a short-lived aspiration.

Best piece of advice you’ve heard: When my father dropped me off for college, he told me, “Make a mistake once and it is a fluke; make it twice and it is a reputation.” Always be aware of your actions and how they will affect others. By focusing on this, I know I will set the right example and show others the love and respect they deserve.

Types of projects you’ve been working on this summer: I have been working in three areas: tax, payables and month end reconciliation. In tax I have gotten experience in sales tax reporting, but also in tax planning. We recently purchased a program to help us manage the taxes of a unique asset. By having me work through the transition, my manager has allowed me to learn a lot. Additionally, I am building an automated report to track our book to tax differences. This will be useful if we ever sell assets and need to realize their taxable value. In month end reconciliation, I have the daily responsibility of managing an inventory account while also updating month end reporting for the CFO to review. My work in payables is as needed, and can vary by week. Generally, the tasks are well structured and time sensitive.

Why did you choose to spend the summer with DEFENDERS? I chose to work for a second summer at DEFENDERS because I love the environment, the people, and the emphasis on giving. I distinctly remember being sad after I finished my first summer in Finance because I was no longer going to see the people I had made deep and meaningful connections with. Whether it be through department outings, the well-developed internship program or the overall hospitality of DEFENDERS’ culture, I felt at home within my first week.

Luckily for me, not only did DEFENDERS welcome me back with open arms, but they have allowed me the opportunity to transfer to the Accounting department this summer. Knowing that I want to start my career in auditing post-graduation, DEFENDERS was more than willing to transfer me across departments and tailor my experience to allow for the most mutually beneficial summer.

Past the typical work week, DEFENDERS has set an incredible standard of corporate responsibility. Whether it be paid volunteer days, auctions to raise money for Make-A-Wish, or volunteer days in our own parking lot, DEFENDERS puts their time and money where their mouth is. Furthermore, I was given the opportunity to join DEFENDERS in building a house for a family experiencing homelessness in Rosarito, Mexico as a second-year intern. Through YWAM, a guest and I will go on a four-day trip in September courtesy of DEFENDERS.