This unique internship experience is organized and operated as an actual accounting practice in which the Instructor serves as the Managing Partner, and students working in teams, serve as the professional staff. The client base consists of non-profit organizations that vary in size and complexity. This practice is committed to preparing an accurate, complete and thorough product for our clients.
Services allow students to perform sampling procedures, analyze internal control procedures, perform internal control and substantive testing, and make recommendations to our clients. Students also learn to navigate in Quickbooks accounting software systems and follow and complete required audit program procedures. All engagements are for educational purposes only and we do not express an opinion or offer any assurance on financial statements. We carefully conduct business to comply with accounting and financial reporting standards.
“ACCT 497 will give you the perfect experience towards your first step into public accounting by using actual auditing procedures on real companies and entities. You will be more familiar with the auditing process and procedures that will give you an edge over your future colleagues.” -Travis Koontz '14
Intern with CPA Firms, Private Companies or Government Agencies
It is highly recommended that students procure one of the many available internships offered by international, national, regional, and local CPA firms, as well as private companies and government agencies. Prospective employers often hire from their own pool of interns or students who have actual work experience. Students may take advantage of this opportunity by enrolling in the elective internship course, ACCT 490, to receive three credits for participating in this voluntary internship experience.
VITA Internship Program
Students who might be considering taxation as a primary or secondary work interest are strongly encouraged to participate in the elective ABLE - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This three-credit spring semester internship, ACCT 490, provides real-world experience for students as they assist taxpayers in the local community to complete and file their income tax returns. No classes are involved with the VITA internship; students arrange (and fulfill) their working hour commitments with the VITA coordinator.
Students enrolling in ACCT 490 for the VITA internship will:
Prerequisites for participation
To participate in the VITA internship program, ALL participating students:
In addition, those students enrolling in ACCT 342 (Federal Income Tax Accounting: Partnerships and Corporations) who additionally participate in the ACCT 490 VITA Internship program can elect to take ACCT 342 on a pass/fail basis, and such students will be permitted to count ACCT 342 as their required accounting elective.