Who is eligible?
You must be accepted into the MS in Accounting program by the time that you start your internship. However, you need not have completed any graduate courses at the time of the internship. Students must obtain an internship position that requires significant use of accounting or finance skills to qualify for the internship course. Internships may take place in public accounting, industry, and government. To receive academic credit, the internship position must be approved in advance by the Instructor who administers this course. The internship must consist of at least 320 hours of employment and the intern must complete a written paper on the internship experience. Typically, internships take place between January and March and then interns return to campus for the remainder of the semester. Students are paid for their work and receive 3 hours of graduate credit.
What is the timing of the internship program?
Typcially, we begin the internship program with a “Skills Seminar” in late-July or early-August, in preparation for the interview process. An MSA Social that includes representatives from public accounting firms, industry, and/or government agencies takes place late-August. On-campus interviews with participating firms take place during the first two weeks of September. Follow-up office interviews, offers, and acceptances are usually complete by early October. The actual internship is usually served from early January through mid-March. However, internships may take place at any time of the year as long as they are approved in advance by the Instructor who administers this course.
Is participation guaranteed?
NO. In order to participate in the internship program, you must interview and be offered an internship by one of the participating public accounting firms, industrial companies, or government agencies.
How many firms participate in the UNCG MS in Accounting internship program?
Usually there are more than 10 firms that participate in the accounting internship program. We also have some corporations that participate in the internship program.
Can I obtain my own internship?
Yes. In fact, we often have students that obtain internships through their own initiative. However, before participation is accepted as a basis for academic credit, you must consult with the Instructor of the course for prior to starting the internship.
How many credit hours are involved?
This is a three credit hour course graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Are there any other requirements to obtain academic credit?
Yes. You must prepare a paper summarizing your experience and participate in a closing discussion with the Instructor. It is also expected that your performance as appraised by your employer will be satisfactory.
Can I take other courses during my internship?
Yes, but it is discouraged since you will probably be working at least 40 hours per week. You may be able to take an elective during the spring semester, but please discuss this first with your advisor. In addition, the MS in Accounting program offers a seminar (ACC 630) which takes place the last half of the spring semester.
Is this a paid internship?
Yes. You are compensated by the firm at a rate negotiated between you and your employer.
What do I need to do to get involved?
Make sure that you have notified the Internship Coordinator of your interest in having an internship. Additionally, you must attend the Skills Seminar.