It’s hard to believe May is already upon us. Where has the time gone? Last month’s April showers are bringing more than May flowers. May brings us college students who are finishing up the last of their finals and looking to embark into the world of internships.
Internships are a win-win for both the student and the firm. For the firm, it establishes early contact and extended exposure to students. Internships often occur in the junior/senior years, although sometimes in earlier years. For the student, it’s a great stepping stone, as the exposure they gain working in a firm is invaluable.
Internships provide a nurturing environment for students to enhance their accounting ability and knowledge. It gives them an introduction into the workplace and culture. They can appreciate the importance of teamwork, professionalism, commitment etc. None of these are lost on the Y generation as this is the environment in which they thrive.
Mentoring these up and comers in the profession is also important. Everyone has been in their shoes at one point. Providing them with the guidance and experience is something they can take back with them. That will start the basis for a solid foundation and work ethic.
Future CPA’s experience the accounting world first hand, and that can’t be taught in a classroom.