Internships are an opportunity for accounting students to earn money and relate classroom study to real business experience. Since many employers use internships exclusively to hire full-time employees, students who intern have an edge to landing a job. Most employers require a 3.0 GPA, as well as strong oral and written skills. Students can maximize internship opportunities by participation in the accounting honor society, Beta Alpha Psi.
Interviews for most accounting internships take place in the Office of Professional and Career Development, Lowder 101. Depending on the timing established by the employer, these interviews could be in the spring or fall semester. This interview period covers internships for the following calendar year. Students should contact the OPCD to create a resume to post on Handshake, which is the site used to schedule interviews.
Course credit for an internship is available any semester and serves as fulfillment of an accounting elective on the ACCT curriculum model (i.e. interning for credit is not required for graduation). However, if a student interns during spring term, there are two specific electives offered on a mini-semester schedule which complements the internship timing (see below). These two courses combined with a distance education free elective and the internship class equals 12 credit hours, which allows students to be enrolled full-time.
- Traditional internship – Early January through mid-March; Mini-term classes typically begin after spring break and run through the end of the semester (five weeks).
- Tax internship - Early February through April 15th; Split mini-term classes run the first three weeks of spring semester and resume for the last two weeks of the semester.
Please consult the Auburn University Academic Calendar for specific spring semester dates.
Pre-Requisites to receive academic credit:
Students may enroll in ACCT 4920, the accounting internship for credit course, provided the following criteria are met:
- Completion of the following courses: ACCT 3110, ACCT 3120, ACCT 3530, ACCT 4310 and ACCT 4410.
- The internship employer is willing to provide a qualifying job and participate in the requirements of the program.
- The intern has the approval of the Internship Coordinator, Colby Lakas.