It's Never too Early to Seek an Internship: Here's How
To intern or not intern; that is the question!
According to Andrew Denka, executive director of Accountemps, internships will open doors and demonstrates a continued commitment to the profession. This and other observations are offered in his latest "Ask Andy" column on the AICPA Web site.
One aspect of an internship is the longevity; the tenure does not necessarily end with the semester or summer. Interns are looked at by employers as potential long-term employees, especially if the relationship is a good fit for both parties. Along with this potential is better pay and increased responsibilities.
Having a plan for an internship is ideal. Consult professors or advisors for their feedback, and incorporate the internship into your school plan. Seek out internships early, and consult your school's career center for assistance.
Last, talk with others who have held intern positions to determine which areas you may want to pursue. For example, if you're more interested in tax, go for something in the tax area rather than audit.
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Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.