There are many internships for college students out there. Sure some are paid and others are just an opportunity for some experience, but there are some definite experience to be gained if you are a accounting major. Ideally, you want to be sure to get an internship with a public accounting firm. You should first start be seeking out a paid internship with one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms. I realize that this is not possible for everyone, but you need to at least put for the effort.
Next, you should look to the regional firms. There are many regional firms that would be great for you to gain an internship with them. The experience would look great on your resume. Lastly, pursue internship opportunities with smaller, local firms. Don’t misunderstand, there are some fabulous local firms that can give you some great experience. Getting a chance to observe and work in any public accounting firm can be great internships for college students. Here are three reasons why you should pursue an internship.
1. It builds up your resume.
This is really important because I have witnessed this first hand. When new accounting grads come see me, I always look to see if they did an internship. You would be surprised by the amount of grads that just have their book knowledge. In order to have a competitive advantage you need to get some experience under your belt. Even if you can find a part-time accounting position that does not require a degree while you are in school, you will be better off. Any relevant experience just builds your resume that much more.
2. It gives you some well-rounded experience.
What I like most about accounting firm internships is the fact that you get exposed to many different industries. While most accounting practices are the same, accounting is still treated uniquely in different industries.
3. It helps you to decide the right career path.
Gaining some exposure to public accounting will really help you in deciding if
that is how you want your career to get started. Do not be like some accounting students who fall into public accounting only to find out that it is not at all what they thought it would be. The bottom line is put forth some good effort at trying to get your foot in the door at a public accounting firm. They make great internships for college students.