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Friday, July 11, 2008

Accounting Internships

In today’s world of global business and technology, accountants are in demand more than ever. Changing tax laws, international business, and escalating litigation make it a job in high-demand with a good outlook for the future. Beginning a job as an accountant is more productive when it starts early with an accounting internship.

Internships are a great way to gain real-life experiences in the business world and still have the safety net of a mentor as you learn and expand your knowledge. Accounting internships are particularly popular since there are varying levels of responsibility within an accounting organization. Depending on the level of training and education, an intern will be assigned varying responsibilities.

The “Big 4 Accounting Firms” routinely hire accounting interns and provide them with work experiences related to both small and large clients – including Fortune 500 and international clients. Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers are the biggest four accounting firms in the United States. Small to mid-sized firms also offer internship opportunities to high achieving students.

Accounting internships offer on the job training for students from colleges and universities who have strong academic credentials. Not only do you get training in the area of accounting, you expand your knowledge of business practices and management. Interns serve in various areas of accounting including tax services, assurance, enterprise risk services, financial planning, and many other aspects of the profession.

Another important aspect of an accounting internship is the opportunity to learn about the technology and accounting software that is used by the major accounting firms. Accounting interns have a unique opportunity to enhance their educational training and future employment opportunities. Most accounting firms consider interns for full-time employment once their educational requirements are completed and it’s a great way to start a career.

Whether you’re considering an internship with one of the “Big 4” or looking at a smaller accounting firm, it’s time well-spent towards a lucrative future career. And it’s a great way to land a job even before your complete your education.

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