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August 18, 2018
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General Spring Semester Registration Assistance

Mini-Term Courses for Interns

Finding Housing During Your Internship

Goldman Sachs Seeking AU Interns

Grooming Tips for Men

MAcc Student Spotlights

Upcoming Events

November 12 - Internship for Academic Credit Meeting (5:30 pm in Lowder 129)

December 1 - MAcc & GRA Applications Due

Colby Lakas
School of Accountancy
Assistant Director of Graduate Programs
Internship & Recruitment Coordinator

359 Lowder Hall
Phone: 334.844.6253
Fax: 334.844.5875
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General Spring Semester Registration Assistance
Registration has already begun for some of our high hour-earning students, and if not, your time ticket is just around the corner! I've gotten some emails from students asking if I can look at their schedule for spring semester in advance of registration, so I figured a "registration refresher" was a good add for this week's newsletter.

For anyone that entered the Harbert College in Fall 2014 or later, your curriculum model is HERE. I would advise that you follow this to a tee to make sure that you're staying on track. The ultimate goal for ACCT majors is to do an accounting internship during the spring semester of your senior year. If you move any of the courses shown in that semester to an earlier semester (unless you can graduate in December), you are getting off track! Outside of doing your internship for accounting elective credit and completing a final 3 hour free elective, your only internship semester course options are ACCT 5700 (Advanced Business Law) and ACCT 5610 (Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting). These are taught on a 5 week mini-term and will accommodate you being away for part of the semester.

Although I tend to advise accounting students about career topics, I AM NOT AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR. The advisor for ACCT majors is Mrs. Molly Hulsey, and you should see her in 147 Lowder if you haven't already!

Mini-Term Courses for Interns
IMPORTANT: The required internship course meeting (for ACCT 4920) will be on Thursday, November 12th at 5:30 pm (Lowder 129). Your attendance at this meeting will count towards your overall grade in ACCT 4920, so do not miss it!!

ACCT 5700 and ACCT 5610

These two classes are a) pre-reqs for the MAcc program, b) cover material tested on the CPA exam, and c) will meet every day for an hour and a half while the class is in session. There are two sections that will appeal to whichever internship timing you and your employer have determined is best. If you are NOT interning next semester but need one or both of these courses, you should register for section 001 for ACCT 5700 and 003 for 5610.

    • Mid-April (split mini-term) Option: Register for section 001 of both classes (local firm Tax folks generally)
    • Mid-March (starts after spring break) Option: Register for section 002 of both classes (Big 4 interns & auditors)

ACCT 4920 (Internship for Credit)

If you need another accounting elective to fulfill your degree requirements, this is your best option. This course does not physically meet, but has assignments due throughout the semester that relate to your internship. ACCT 4920 is a variable credit hour course and will show up on your schedule as 1 credit hour, but can be adjusted to up to 3 hours. After the required internship course meeting on Thursday, November 12th, I will update everyone's schedules to reflect your desired number of hours for this course. Do not worry that it says 1 hour when you register - we'll fix that soon!

Maintain consistency with the sections of all of your spring ACCT courses - i.e. if you are in Section 001 of the other accounting classes, that is the section of ACCT 4920 you should register for (and vice versa for 002).

Free electives

Since you'll be away from campus for about 8-10 weeks, it's imperative that your free elective (if you need one) be offered via Distance Learning. The Biggio Center has a complete list of classes that are traditionally offered online, but some of them may not be a great choice if they don't have flexibility. Here are some courses that have historically been selected by interns - you can finish the course at your pace, and are not kept to due dates throughout the full semester. It is in your best interest to make contact with your professor to ensure their syllabus will accommodate your internship timing.

  • KINE 1103 – Medical Terminology (3 hours)
  • KINE 3783 – Sport Supplements (3 hours)
  • KINE 3103 – Adaptive Sports (3 hours)
  • GEOG 1013 – Global Geography (3 hours)
  • ARTS 1513 – Looking at Art (3 hours -may be more involved than others)
  • KINE 1103 – Wellness (2 hours)
  • PHED 1393 – Weight Management (2 hours - no more than 4 PHED hours will count towards graduation)

NOTE: If you are on an Auburn University scholarship and are graduating in May 2016, you are not required to have 12 hours if you've already met the requirements for graduation. As long as you're enrolled in UNIV 4AAO (zero credit hour graduation course), you are only required to be enrolled in between 1 and 11 hours your last semester. Your academic advisor, Ms. Hulsey, will make sure you're enrolled in the graduation course after you see her for your graduation check. Insurance and private scholarships may require you to have 12 hours, so be sure to look into that just in case.

Finding Housing During Your Internship
The celebration of finding your internship has subsided, and now you're wondering where in the heck you're going to live for that 8-10 week period. Unless you're from the city that you'll be working in (home-cooked meals, here you come!) or your firm is located in the Auburn area (I assume you have a place to live here?), you have some searching to do. Here are a few tips for locating your temporary abode in your internship city.

  • Does your employer offer housing assistance? Some firms may pay for your housing, or have deals with local apartment complexes. They may also have professionals that are willing to rent out a room to interns. If it's not outlined in your offer letter, it doesn't hurt to ask your recruiter!
  • Using your network is a great way for you to find a place to live. For example, when I looked for Atlanta housing before my internship, a friend's older sister told me about some college friends with a basement apartment in Atlanta. All it took was for me to get the word out to my network about my short-term housing need, and I loved the end result! The house was in a great neighborhood, and my temporary roomies were super fun to be around. Similarly, some of your pals from your chosen city may have parents that would love to "adopt" you for the spring!
    • LADIES MOVING TO ATLANTA:  One of our recent SOA graduates, Caroline Wherley (, has a room for rent from January through March (her roommate comes in April).  She is willing to sub-lease to AU female interns in need and would be open to one or two roomies!  Please email her for more details if you're interested.
  • Is there an apartment finding service in that city? Most major cities have apartment finding websites or services, and you can search for short-term leases (since you'll only be there a little over 2 months). These leases will likely be more expensive than your rent in Auburn, but at least you'll be making money during your internship! The most important thing is to make sure that your apartment is in a safe location; size won't matter as much since you'll be at work for most of your days. Here are a few options that I know of, but a Google search is also worthwhile!
  • Craigslist is an option, but only if you do your diligence. Craigslist classifieds can be the source of some nice short-term options (e.g. people who own vacant condos and are just looking to pay their mortgage), but renter beware...some sketchy stuff is on there as well. If you find a place that looks good, GO SEE IT before you commit, and my recommendation is to take one of your parents with you. Ask a lot of questions of the landlord to make sure that you cover your bases and trust him/her. If your mom or dad feels good about it, then it's probably safe. They're the ones that will worry about you the whole time, so it's important to get their buy-in.

Goldman Sachs Seeking AU Interns

If you have considered the investment banking path and have a 3.5 (or higher) GPA, you're in luck!  Goldman Sachs is now reviewing Auburn student resumes for their summer 2016 investment banking intern program in New York City (yeah, we AU accountants are kind of a big deal!).  To apply, please follow the instructions on TRL job posting 46200 (expires on 10/21).  They will contact their top candidates to set up interviews later in October.

Grooming Tips for Men

I continue to see very intelligent gentlemen take some hair liberties in a professional setting, so I wanted to widely address it this semester.  Even if you are dressed properly, a lack of grooming of your facial hair or head of hair can be a CLM (Career Limiting Move).  In any recruiting situation, men's hair should be neatly trimmed (face or head) or non-existent (mainly, face).  The whole 5 o'clock shadow is not appropriate - it's all or nothing!  You either have a neatly trimmed beard or your face is smooth as a baby's bum.  CLICK HERE for a tutorial on shaving.

Of all places to find some good guidance, I found THIS INFORMATION on the Disney website (random, I know).  They have a very conservative approach to male grooming habits, and it's really not far off from the world of accounting.  Below are some good excerpts that I think will benefit the gentleman readership of this newsletter.

Facial Hair

  • Facial hair must be neatly trimmed and may not present an unkempt appearance.
  • All facial hair (beards, goatees and mustaches) must create an overall neat, polished and professional look.
  • All facial hair must be fully grown in, neatly groomed and well maintained at no longer than a quarter of an inch in length.
  • Men without a mustache, beard, or goatee are expected to be clean-shaven every day.


  • Hair must be neatly cut on the back and sides, forming a smooth, symmetrical appearance so that it does not extend beyond or cover any part of the ears or the shirt collar. The overall style must be neat, natural and balanced proportionally.
  • A shaved head is permitted, as well as a very short military-style cut.

MAcc Student Spotlights

Here, some of our current MAcc (Master of Accountancy) students tell you more about themselves and why they are excited to spend a 5th year in Auburn.  If you see them around Lowder, be sure to say hello! 

HovaterName: Bethany Hovater

Hometown:  Russellville, AL

Undergraduate Institution:  Auburn University

Firm:  Warren Averett - Fort Walton Beach, FL (internship)

Service Area:  Tax

Graduate Research Assistantship Position: Office of Innovation Advancement and Commercialization

Favorite Place to be in Auburn:  Jordan-Hare Stadium with my Auburn Family

How have the skills acquired from being an accounting major helped you in other aspects of your life?:  Accounting has given me the skills to succeed at just about anything in the business world.

Why you chose Auburn for your MAcc:  I think Auburn's accounting department has some of the best professors around and I wanted a change to continue my education with such learned professionals. 

Career/recruiting advice for younger accounting students:  Keep an open mind and be willing to learn from each new opportunity. 

davidsonName: Matt Davidson

Hometown: Hoover, AL

Undergraduate Institution:  Auburn University

Firm:  PwC - Birmingham, AL

Service Area:  Audit

Graduate Research Assistantship Position: School of Accountancy - Dr. Long

Favorite Place to be in Auburn:  Wellness Kitchen

How have the skills acquired from being an accounting major helped you in other aspects of your life?:  Going through the interview process for the internship really improved my interviewing skills. I'm also pretty terrible with tiny details and in accounting you have to be able to pay attention to the details, so I have improved on that.

Why you chose Auburn for your MAcc:  I chose to get my MAcc at Auburn because I love the campus, the people, and I love the tradition that is already here. I also already had connections with the faculty and other MAcc students from undergraduate studies and I wanted to maintain those relationships. Plus, it does not hurt that I get to enjoy one more football season.

Career/recruiting advice for younger accounting students:  Keep an open mind throughout the recruiting process because you never know what will happen. Also be yourself during the recruiting process because that is how you find out which firm you fit best with. As far as career advice goes, I would say take advantage of opportunities that can build your skill set and do not be afraid to stretch yourself.

Raymond J. Harbet College of Business