The Department of Accounting has a very active internship program which offers accounting majors the opportunity to earn college credit while gaining valuable experience in the accounting profession! The recruiting process for the internship program generally begins the fall semester of the students' senior year with the internship occurring during the spring semester.
Beginning in early January, most interns work either in audit (ten weeks) or tax (fifteen weeks) although sometimes students may work in other areas such as information systems. There are also opportunities for students to work in industry. Students receive six credit hours for 10-week internships or nine credit hours for 15-week internships.
Ten-week interns return to campus the Monday after Spring Break to take two accelerated courses, Intermediate Accounting III (ACC 4550) and another course to be determined. Fifteen-week interns return to campus after April 15 to take a "super-accelerated" accounting elective, to be determined, over the last two weeks of the semester.
What Is Required?
Internship candidates should have completed the following courses before leaving for the internship:
- Accounting Principles I & II (ACC 2100 & 2110)
- Intermediate Accounting I & II (ACC 3100 & 3110)
- Accounting Systems and Internal Control (ACC 3570)
- Individual Income Taxation (ACC 3580)
- Introduction to Auditing (ACC 4560)
Where Do I Begin?
Programs to prepare students for the internship begin in the Spring semester of the Junior Year, with a series of informational meetings called Junior Year Experience.
In early fall, recruiters from approximately 30 firms host a series of "Meet the Firms" nights for internship candidates at Plemmons Student Union. This event allows students and firms to meet in a relaxed setting and share information about one another. In late August or early September, a regional or national CPA firm conducts mock interviews for all internship candidates and provides suggestions for improvement.