Top 50 Accounting Internships & Apprenticeships for College Students 2018

If you want to hit the accounting job market running, you’re going to need an internship first. Ask your advisors, ask your mentors, ask us, and we’ll all tell you the same thing – just getting the accounting degree is not enough to get a rewarding, satisfying job in the field right out of school, even if you go to one of the best accounting schools. Job opportunities in accounting occupation are very competitive, and with all that competition, employers are going to hire applicants with real-world, hands-on experience.

Accounting Internships for College Students

How do you get experience? Internships. In fact, internships are the most likely way to get a job out of school; the Big 4, in particular, are highly likely to hire their interns to permanent positions, as many as 9 out of 10. Accounting internships and apprenticeships are the best way for aspiring accountants to gain knowledge, develop their accounting skills, and add that all-important work experience to their resume.

The Accounting Degree Review guide to Accounting Internships is a listing of 50 of the best opportunities specifically for accounting students. These internships may be open to undergraduates, graduate students, or both; they may be on-site or remote (and don’t overlook how important remote work is to modern-day accounting). Some are paid, some are not. Look carefully at the application requirements on the official site before making any rash decisions, and apply for as many internships as you possibly qualify for.

Internships are not ranked; they are simply presented in alphabetical order. You may also find valuable information about internships and apprenticeships from the best accounting blogs and podcasts.

1. 7Elements

7Elements is a service-learning organization‘ with chapters in colleges and universities across the US. Founded in 2008, 7Elements is dedicated to human security in the developing world, sending student groups to Peur, Haiti, Belize, and the Dominican Republic to do humanitarian work in sustainability. With a small but growing staff, 7Elements offers internship opportunities to members of college chapters and off-campus clubs. Internships are available only to current 7Elements chapter members; internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on experience level and position.

Organization: Non-Profit

2. AARP (Washington, DC) Ethics Intern I (Undergraduate) Summer, 2018

Everyone knows the AARP – it’s the club that gets people over 55 those sweet discounts on movie tickets and rental cars. Well, it’s that, and a lot more. The AARP advocates for the rights of senior citizens, from healthcare access to financial security, making sure that Americans are able to live their later years safely and with the respect they deserve. With such an important mission, the AARP is committed to the highest ethical standards, and the AARP Ethics Intern I (Undergraduate) internship gives college students the chance to see how a major national advocacy group works in Washington, DC. Students in business, accounting, or forensic accounting are encouraged to apply, especially those specializing in ethics.

Organization: Non-Profit

3. Armanino

California’s largest independent accounting and consulting firm, Armanino LLP offers audit, business management, consulting, and tax services for clients across the West and Midwest, and in more than 100 countries. Frequently named one of the most innovative accounting firms, and one of the best places to work, by publications like Accounting Today, Armanino offers internship opportunities for accounting college students. Applicants should be working on a bachelor’s in accounting and within 2 years of taking the CPA exam; opportunities include internships in tax and auditing in multiple locations.

Organization: Accounting Firm

4. Arris Group, INC.

A telecommunications giant founded in 1995, Arris Group is at the center of contemporary digital communications and entertainment. Arris’ innovations include the first wireless broadband gateway, the first MPEG digital ad insertion, and the first HD DVR. For its work, Arris has won 14 technical Emmy awards and a nearly $2 billion valuation. Accounting students looking for internships at high-powered corporations can’t get much more high-powered than Arris, and the company has numerous internships in areas including accounting, finance, financial planning and analysis, and more.

Organization: Corporate

5. ASR Group (American Sugar Refining)

The ASR Group (American Sugar Refining) is the world’s largest cane sugar refining and marketing company, representing most of America’s leading sugar brands. Founded in 1995 by the merger of two Florida-based cane sugar companies, ASR Group accounts for nearly two-thirds of all cane sugar in Florida, the US’s highest producing sugar state. A corporation that massive needs a lot of help, including interns, with positions such as Internal Audit Intern available to college students across the US. Applicants should be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related subject, and must we willing to travel.

Organization: Corporate

6. Baker Tilly

One of the top accounting firms in the US, Baker Tilly employs more than 2700 professionals, providing accounting and consulting services for nearly every industry. From agribusiness to energy and utilities, higher education to nonprofits, Baker Tilly works with a commitment to community leadership and global impact. Baker Tilly is a prime location for accounting and business interns, with opportunities in both accounting and consulting roles. Specializations include tax, auditing, growth strategies, and information systems. Baker Tilly interns have entre into one of the most innovative accounting firms in the nation, and a leg up on their competition.

Organization: Accounting Firm

7. BDO USA

BDO is a global accounting firm that traces its origins to Seidman & Seidman, founded in 1910 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. BDO has grown alongside the accounting industry – when Seidman & Seidman opened, they were part of just 2000 accountants in the entire US – and its growth across the US and worldwide includes more than 1400 offices. As the 5th-largest accounting organization in the world, BDO offers a wealth of internship opportunities, and BDO has been named one of the best organizations for accounting interns in the US. The opportunity a BDO internship provides is more just a college credit or a resume line – it’s access to an incredible wealth of connections.

Organization: Accounting Firm

8. Caterpillar Inc.

Caterpillar is a household name, the largest manufacturer of construction equipment and a Fortune 100 company with nearly a century of influence. From building US infrastructure to providing insurance and financial products, Caterpillar Yellow is seen the world over, with offices and factories in more than 180 countries. The Caterpillar Foundation is also known for charitable work all over the world, working to eliminate poverty, hunger, and water shortages. Caterpillar’s US Corporate Internship Program gives college students in a variety of fields, including accounting and business, the opportunity to get into business with a corporate giant.

Organization: Corporate

9. CBIZ and MHM

CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) are two of the leading financial services and accounting firms in the US, and together, they make up the 9th largest accounting services provider in the US. Their close association gives CBIZ and MHM more than 100 offices and more that 5100 employees across the US, and they provide services for more than 90,000 clients. CBIZ and MHM’s campus recruitment program gives college students the chance to interview for full-time or internship positions with the accounting giant throughout the fall, generally August-October. With more than 30 locations, interns can find themselves opportunities from Irvine, CA, to New York City.

Organization: Accounting Firm

10. CohnReznick

CohnReznick is one of the nation’s leading accounting firms, with more than 2400 employees in 26 cities across the globe. With nearly a century of experience (founded in 1919), CohnReznick is focused on leadership and service – leadership within and outside the firm, and service to clients and the community alike. CohnReznick is a diverse, inclusive, and innovative firm that uses its campus recruiting structure to find accounting and business students who exemplify that focus. From internships to the Summer Leadership Program, CohnReznick is on the lookout for the next generation of accounting innovators.

Organization: Accounting Firm

11. Compassion International

Compassion International is a Christian relief organization for children across Africa, Asia, South and Central America, and the Caribbean. Founded in 1952 by evangelist Everett Swanson to provide a home, education, and food for Korean War orphans, Compassion works with more than 6000 indigenous churches to to sponsor nearly 2 million children. Compassion is one of the largest nonprofits in the US, and college students can apply for a 10-week paid internship in a variety of roles, including accounting. Open to college juniors and seniors, the internship is located at Compassion’s Colorado Springs, CO, headquarters, and consists of full-time, 40-hour per week paid work, earning experience, connections, and service.

Organization: Non-Profit

12. CPS Energy

Serving nearly a million customers in metropolitan San Antonio, CPS Energy is the largest municipally-owned energy service in the US – a company generating nearly $3 billion for the city of San Antonio over its 70-year history. Already noted for one of the lowest energy costs of America’s 20 largest cities, CPS Energy is also committed to sustainability and renewable energy, with plans to cut energy usage and work directly with the city to reduce pollution. CPS Energy regularly recruits college students for internships in a variety of positions, from computer science to accounting, giving students in San Antonio and throughout Texas valuable experience and connections.

Organization: Corporate

13. Crowe Horwath

Crowe Horwath is one of the largest and most admired accounting, consulting, and technology firms in the US and worldwide. The top North American member of the Crowe Horwath International group, Crowe’s offices stretch across the US with more than 3000 professionals counted among its employees. And that’s just a portion of the 140 firms, in more than 400 cities worldwide, making up CHI. Ranked as one of the best companies in the US to work for by Fortune, Crowe Horwatch extends that opportunity to more than 100 college students every year with paid 10-week internships. Both Summer and Winter/Spring internships are available, and positions are paid.

Organization: Accounting Firm

14. Daszkal Bolton LLP

Daszkal Bolton LLP has an ambition to be Florida’s premier accounting and advisory firm, and since their founding in 1992 by Michael Daszkal and Jeff Bolton, the firm has grown impressively. With a staff of 130 and locations in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Jupiter, Daszkal Bolton are dedicated to helping clients in South Florida grow, evolve, and triumph – or, as their motto has it, “Conquer New Ground.” Clients include nonprofits, corporations, and families. Students hoping for internship opportunities at Daszkal Bolton should keep on the lookout, because they’ll be competitive.

Organization: Accounting Firm

15. Deloitte

One of the Big 4 – the most prominent, influential accounting firms in the world – Deloitte has been leading the industry for more than 150 years. One of the ten largest privately-owned organizations in the US, Deloitte is also the largest financial services provider in the world, both in terms of employees (more than 260,000) and revenues (nearly $39 billion in 2017). An internship at Deloitte, then, is highly-sought, competitive, and career-making, especially as Deloitte typically hires 73% of interns for permanent positions. The Deloitte Global Internship Program is a 4-week summer internship taking select interns all over the world to build their network and learn about business on a global level.

Organization: Accounting Firm – Big 4

16. Disney (FL/CA)

The Walt Disney Company does not really need an introduction. After all, if there’s an entertainment company as influential, iconic, and dominant as Disney, Disney has probably already bought it. A century-old company worth well over $100 billion needs a lot of accountants, of course, making an internship at Disney a slam dunk for accounting students. Between Disney’s filmmaking, marketing, theme parks, and many other endeavors, there are job and internship opportunities around the world and in every possible sector, for students who have the gumption and drive of – well, Walt Disney.

Organization: Corporate

17. Dixon Hughes Goodman

Dixon Hughes Goodman is a Charlotte, NC-based accounting firm with locations in 13 states and more than 2000 employees. Ranked among the top 20 public accounting firms nationwide, DHG is in the right place, with Charlotte earning international attention as one of the biggest banking centers outside of New York – and one of the fastest-growing metropolitan cities in the nation. All that explosive growth makes DHG an attractive destination for accountants, and DHG makes outreach and recruitment to college students one of its priorities. With locations across the South and Northeast, as well as California and Texas, a DHG internship can really take accounting students places.

Organization: Accounting Firm

18. Eide Bailly

One of America’s top 25 accounting firms, Eide Bailly is one of the leading accountants for the West, Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and Rockies, with locations in 14 states and some of the best CPAs in the world – more than 2000 of them. Based in North Dakota, Eide Bailly has been working for businesses, families, and nonprofits for more than 100 years, since 1917. Today, Eide Bailly’s focus on auditing, information assurance, and cybersecurity has helped make them one of the best firms in the region, and its culture has made it one of the best to work for, according to Vault. An internship at Eide Bailly is an introduction to a new way of working – one that fits today’s accounting professional.

Organization: Accounting Firm

19. Elliott Davis

One of the largest accounting firms in the Southeast, Elliott Davis employs more than 700 people in locations across the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee. From corporate partnerships to community service, Elliott Davis has its roots deeply planted in the region, and has been ranked a top 40 CPA firm, one of the best places to work in Charlotte, and one of the top firms for interns. College students can attend Elliott Davis U, a 3-day summer program for rising junior and seniors interested in accounting careers, and apply for the 7-week Envision internship, which gives rising seniors valuable experience in public accounting. In 2017, more than 100 interns did more than 30,000 hours of client work, and 25,000 hours of community service.

Organization: Accounting Firm

20. Ernst & Young

As their motto says. Ernst & Young are committed to “building a better working world,” through innovation, service, and a focus on global entrepreneurism, cooperation, and discovery. One of the Big 4, Ernst & Young’s namesakes began their accounting firms in 1906 and 1903, respectively, but the oldest members of the EY network goes back to 1849. EY has long been ranked one of the best firms to work for, and is always recruiting the best and brightest young accounting graduates. EY’s Launch Internship Programs is one of the most desirable out there, not the least because EY hires around 90% of their interns to full-time positions.

Organization: Accounting Firm – Big 4

21. FBI

Accounting students may not automatically think of the FBI as a potential career path, but financial crimes are a major part of the FBI’s investigations. Today, in the era of cybercrime and cyberterrorism, economic attacks are one of the main ways of disrupting and damaging national security, and the FBI is a key investigator. Changes in technology and law have led the FBI to expand and re-envision its role in criminal justice, and college accounting students can get their foot in the door with the Honors Internship Program, a 10-week, paid summer internship for high-performing students.

Organization: Government Agency

22. Frank, Rimerman + Co.

Frank, Rimerman + Co. have become one of the most sought-after accounting firms in the US thanks to their location and clientele. Located in Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, and St. Helena, Frank, Rimerman count some of Silicon Valley’s most influential pioneers, and newest entrepreneurs, among their clients. Frank, Rimerman provides tax preparation and financial consulting for many other fields as well, creating a wide variety of opportunities for accounting graduates. Frank, Rimerman’s accounting internships for college students, along with their active recruitment, shows accounting students why their motto is “Passion Works Here.”

Organization: Accounting Firm

23. Human Rights Campaign

The world’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign began in 1980 as the first queer political action committee ever formed. Originally intended to raise money for politicians supporting gay rights, the HRC expanded into a national movement with more than 3 million members. Today the HRC works all over the US to protect the civil rights of queer people, fight discrimination, and create a safe, fair environment for the LGBTQ community. Internships with the Human Rights Campaign include the Finance Internship, an unpaid accounting internship for college students to help the Campaign with bookkeeping, revenue processing, and other crucial, day-to-day accounting work.

Organization: Non-Profit

24. IRS Pathways Internship

Yes, the Internal Revenue Service. The tax accountant’s nemesis, but the IRS is also one of the largest employer of accountants in the US. While many accounting graduates will go on to work for one of the Big 4, or for a smaller regional public accounting firm, there’s a lot to be said for the benefits of working for the IRS. The security and benefits of a federal career, along with the opportunity to serve their country in a practical way, draws many accounting graduates to the IRS. The IRS Pathways Internship offers many opportunities for accounting internships for college students, many of which lead to a lifelong career.

Organization: Government Agency

25. Johnson&Johnson

One of the most recognizable names in healthcare worldwide, Johnson & Johnson has been inventing and manufacturing medical products for nearly a century and a half. From skincare to orthopedics, Johnson & Johnson is behind some of the most common and crucial products and brands in the world. A Fortune 500 corporation, J&J employs more than 170,000 people, and has annual revenues of well over $70 billion. Johnson & Johnson welcomes college students for a number of internships every year, including accounting internships for college students, giving young people an entry into a top-rated company.

Organization: Corporate

26. Jushi USA

Based in Irwindale, CA, Jushi USA is a subsidiary of Jushi Group, a Chinese producer of fiberglass reinforcement products for the plastics industry. If you’re not sure what that means, look around you – it’s everywhere, and Jushi USA is valued at over $1 billion. With centers in California, South Carolina, and Indiana, and thousands of employees, Jushi offers accounting internships for college students the South, Midwest, and West. Accounting students interested in getting a start in the plastics industry should take a look at Jushi.

Organization: Corporate

27. KeyBank

One of the largest banks in the US, the Cleveland, OH-based KeyBank has branches in more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Once the 10th-largest bank in America, KeyBank rates as a Fortune 500 company and employs more than 18,000 people. The oldest constituent part of KeyBank – the Commercial Bank of Albany, NY – gives Key a nearly 200-year history, making it one of the nation’s oldest banks. That’s a lot of reasons for accounting students to look to KeyBank for their future; KeyBank’s accounting internships for college students include positions in every region – South, North, Midwest, and West.

Organization: Banking/Finance

28. KPMG

One of the Big 4 auditing firms, KPMG is a Netherlands-based giant employing nearly 200,000 people worldwide; in the US alone, KPMG posted revenues of more than $26 billion in 2017. Dating back to 1818, KPMG specializes in financial audit, tax preparation, and financial advising. KPMG is known for offering some of the best accounting internships for college students, with in-depth training, mentorship, and global experience. What’s more, KPMG hires more than 90% of their interns for permanent positions, making an internship with KPMG a door to a rewarding, enviable career.

Organization: Accounting Firm – Big 4

29. Make-A-Wish

There’s no more reliably heart-warming story than a Make-A-Wish story – chronically and terminally ill children meeting their heroes, taking trips, and doing activities they’ve always wanted to do. Make-A-Wish began in 1980 as one of the most unique charities in the world, but it takes a lot of volunteers and staffers to make it happen. The national and international headquarters for Make-A-Wish are in Phoenix, AZ, but Make-A-Wish is made up of independent charities in numerous territories, all of which offer internship opportunities for students interested in non-profit work – accounting internships for college students included.

Organization: Non-Profit

30. Marks Paneth

The 10th-largest accounting firm in the Mid-Atlantic, and one of the 35 largest in the US, Marks Paneth has been providing accounting and consulting for over a century. Founded in 1907 in New York City, Marks Paneth has expanded into New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and even as far as Florida. With nearly 700 professionals on staff, and services for industries ranging from real estate to theater to manufacturing, Marks Paneth has a place for every kind of accounting specialist. Marks Paneth offers numerous accounting internships for college students, and valuable recruiting and professional development opportunities for graduates.

Organization: Accounting Firm

31. Moss Adams

The Seattle-based Moss Adams is simultaneously one of the oldest and most innovative accounting firms in the West. Founded in 1913 – the year Congress made the federal income tax legal – Moss Adams has grown from Seattle to more than 25 locations and more than 2600 employees in their very productive century. With their location in the Pacific Northwest, the hotbed of entrepreneurship and tech startups, Moss Adams works with business clients at all levels. Moss Adams interns in auditing and tax get to see the accounting business up close and personal. Accounting internships for college students run 8-10 weeks in winter and summer.

Organization: Accounting Firm

32. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)is a national organization representing more than 900 independent, non-profit electric utility cooperatives in the US. The NRECA has a major role to play in advocating for non-profit utilities, lobbying the US government, performing independent research, providing health and retirement benefits for members, and more. The NRECA Summer Internship Program provides college juniors and seniors with a 12-week paid internship opportunities in a variety of fields, including accounting internships for college students. Students bring fresh perspectives; the NRECA brings job experience and potential employment.

Organization: Non-Profit

33. Nickelodeon

There’s a good chance you grew up with Nickelodeon, whether it was Rugrats, Hey Arnold, or Spongebob Squarepants (shudder). Well, the fun never needs to stop if you work for the company that literally started cable programming for children. Nickelodeon offers numerous internship opportunities focused on professional development, mentorship, and networking. For those looking for an accounting scholarship for college students, Nick’s financial department has a place for you where you’ll be treated like a real person – not a lowly intern, but a NICKtern, the envy of all your accounting classmates.

Organization: Corporate

34. NFL

Want a career in the NFL, but you’re more into number-crunching math than bone-crunching action? The NFL is a massive business, and there are many corporate positions within the NFL (as well as the 32 teams in the league). In 2017, the NFL brought in an estimated $14 billion, with nearly $8 billion split equally between all teams, and that’s a big pot to work from. An accounting internship for college students could be a perfect way for young professionals to get their own piece of that pie. The NFL Summer Internship for Production Accounting has students working on the day to day bookkeeping of NFL productions, seeing the real-world work it takes to keep Monday Night Football going strong.

Organization: Corporate

35. PBMares LLP

Based in Newport News, VA, PBMares LLP is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most trusted accounting firms, with 9 locations throughout Virginia and Maryland. From tax planning to assurance, with clients ranging from startups to government contractors to individuals and families, PBMares has built a reputation as a top accounting firm, and a great place to work. With PBMares accounting internships for college students, young accountants can learn the ropes from some of the best in the business. PB Mares is on the lookout for creative accounting students who can lead the future of the field.

Organization: Accounting Firm

36. Peace Corps / Arabella Advisors

The Peace Corps is one of the best-known nonprofit organizations in the world, a service opportunity that sends college students, graduates, and other young people around the world to immerse themselves in relief work. However, the Peace Corps is also active in helping returned volunteers find a career that helps them continue to serve. The Peace Corps/Arabella Advisors Internship pairs returning Peace Corps volunteers with Arabella Advisors, a B Corp organization focused on nonprofit investing and financial advising. Arabella’s accounting internships for college students helps future accountants find their way into a meaningful, impactful career.

Organization: Non-Profit/Corporate (B Corp)

37. PKF O’Connor Davies

With roots as far back as 1891, PKF O’Connor Davies is one of the largest accounting firms in the Mid-Atlantic region, and an Accounting Today top 30 agency. Today, PKFOD has more than 700 employees and nine locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland, and stands as the largest American representative of PKF International. PKF O’Connor Davies offers several accounting internships for college students, including the Summer Audit Internship, the Winter Tax Internship, and the Leaders of Tomorrow Program.

Organization: Accounting Firm

38. Plante Moran

With more than nine decades of service under its belt, Plante Moran is one of the largest and most trusted accounting firms in the Midwest, with offices in Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. More importantly, for accounting students, Plante Moran has long been ranked by Fortune as one of the best firms to work for, and their “relatively jerk-free” office culture is designed for cooperation and community. Plante Moran offers numerous accounting internships for college students, often more than 100 a year, and recruits actively on campuses all over the Midwest.

Organization: Accounting Firm

39. PriceWaterhouseCoopers

The second-largest accounting firm in the world, PriceWaterhouseCoopers is probably the best-known of all the Big 4, simply because of their prominence as the accounting firm of the Motion Picture Academy – the guys who bring out the briefcase of winners at the Oscars. With more than 230,000 employees in almost 750 locations in nearly 160 countries, PwC is one of the biggest employers of accountants, and a much-in-demand internship. After all, PwC hires as many as 92% of their interns to full-time position, so getting one of their accounting internships for college students is almost a sure shot to a career.

Organization: Accounting Firm – Big 4

40. Raffa

A Certified B Corporation, Raffa is a women-driven, socially responsible, highly engaged accounting firm dedicated to social justice and responsibility. Founded in 1984, Raffa is now the 3rd-largest accounting firm in the Washington, DC, area, and has long been praised as one of the best-managed firms in the nation. Raffa focuses on the needs of nonprofits, from auditing and bookkeeping to human resources, and their outreach to diverse young people makes their accounting internship for college students one of the best. Networking, mentoring, and professional development are just a part of a Raffa internship – the rest is doing good.

Organization: Accounting Firm (B Corp)

41. Red Cross

The Red Cross is known the world over as one of the most important relief organizations, supplying disaster relief, aid to military families, nursing and health, and, of course, blood donation. From its founding in 1881, the Red Cross has been on the front lines, literally, all over the world, and still works to prepare for and prevent disasters of all kinds. The Red Cross offers accounting internships for college students in all seasons, not only at their Washington, DC, headquarters, but in regional sites around the US. The 10-week programs may be paid full-time or unpaid part-time, depending on the position and responsibilities.

Organization: Non-Profit

42. Red Hen Press

Red Hen Press is a respected nonprofit literary publisher based in Los Angeles, CA, dedicated to publishing diverse poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Founded in 1994, Red Hen Press operates as a nonprofit to promote literary writing without the pressure of the marketplace, as well as working for greater literacy in schools and the community. Young people interested in literature or publishing, and looking for an accounting internship for college students, will find the Red Hen Press internship an excellent opportunity to learn the ins and outs of keeping a nonprofit publishing house going strong for more than 20 years.

Organization: Non-Profit

43. Rehmann

Rehmann is one of the largest accounting firms in the Midwest; founded in 1941 in Saginaw, MI, Rehmann is now home to more than 800 professionals and includes 19 offices in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. The Rehmann Experience has won Rehmann awards for service and workplace excellence. Services include accounting, auditing, financial advising, and investigation and security. Rehmann recruits in top universities across the Midwest, offering some of the best accounting internships for college students, including auditing and tax internships throughout the year.

Organization: Accounting Firm

44. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

For many Americans, there’s no more luxurious and romantic vacation than a cruise, but make no mistake – it takes a lot of work behind the scenes to make that magic happen. We don’t just mean rehearsals for the stage show, or the housekeepers who keep the rooms clean; we mean all of the work that goes on at the corporate level. Royal Caribbean’s Summer Internship Program gives students from across the US the chance to see how a major international corporation does business, first-hand. Royal Caribbean’s accounting internships for college students are 10-week, full-time, paid summer positions.

Organization: Corporate

45. SAS

SAS is one of the most important corporations of today, an international leader in data analytics that pioneered and continues to dominate the field. Growing from a North Carolina State University experiment in computerized data collection in the 1960s, SAS today has more than 14,000 employees, annual revenue of more than $3 billion, and customers that include 96 of the Fortune 100 companies. It’s one of the most sought-after companies to work for, named one of the best places to work by publications like Fortune and Vault. SAS’s accounting internships for college students may be one of the best ways to build professional skills and break into the business end of the tech business.

Organization: Corporate

46. Schenck

Ranked as one of the top 50 full-service CPA firms in the US, Schenck is a leader in the Midwest, with 8 locations in Wisconsin and more than 600 employees. Schenck is dedicated to hands-on service for their clients, from agriculture and corporate to families, from taxes to financial consulting, and they bring that same spirit to their employees. Schenck’s accounting internships for college students shows young people what an engaged community of professionals looks like, focusing on professional development and personal growth along with service.

Organization: Accounting Firm

47. The Sterling Organization

The Sterling Organization is one of the largest private equity real estate investment firms in the US, with more than 9 million square feet of retail real estate. Sterling started in 2007 with a $280 million buyout of a Canadian company, and with locations in Miami, Palm Beach, Charlotte, NC, and elsewhere, Sterling set out to conquer the retail real estate market, with a focus on grocery-anchored shopping centers. Sterling’s accounting internships for college students bring young professionals into the fast-paced, high-intensity environment of one of the fastest-growing investment firms of its kind.

Organization: Corporate

48. Tesla

If all you know of Tesla is electric cars, please try to keep up. Tesla makes cars, yes, but it’s also one of the world’s most innovative companies, dedicated to finding scientific solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, especially sustainable, renewable energy. Solar panels, batteries, and more are just the start. For young professionals looking for a place in the future, an accounting internship from Tesla is pretty much it. Interns will work full-time and live in the Bay Area, taking on a real decision-making role. And, if you get to meet Elon Musk, don’t call him “Old Musky.” He will not like that.

Organization: Corporate

49. Wipfli

One of the top 20 accounting and consulting firms in the nation, Wipfli was founded in 1930 as a small family business in Wisconsin. Today, Wipfli has nearly 50 locations stretching from across the West and Midwest from California to Illinois, and more than 1900 employees. Wipfli even has two offices in India. Wipfli offers accounting internships for college students spring, summer, winter, and fall, including tax, accounting, and specialized internships in cybersecurity, accounting information technology, and talent & culture development.

Organization: Accounting Firm

50. Withum

Withum is one of the largest CPA firms in the US, a leader in the field with office up and down the East Coast, from Florida to Massachusetts. Founded in 1974, Withum has shown positive growth every year, and in 2017 had the highest growth in revenue of all the top 100 accounting firms. With that kind of development, Withum is always on the hunt for the most promising new professionals, making Withum’s accounting internships for college students an excellent opportunity for young accountants to make their way, build their network, and leap into a rewarding position.

Organization: Accounting Firm

The Ins and Outs of Accounting Internships

During an accounting internship, accounting students have an opportunity to get familiar with the work environment and the culture of the field. This access helps interns develop an understanding of working in a professional atmosphere, as well as develop working relationships with other accounting professionals. With those connections made, internship opportunities may lead to full-time employment in many organizations. On the other hand, students pursuing degrees in accounting can use practical skills obtained during internships and apply these skills to their academic studies in school. In addition to obtaining experience, many colleges and universities give academic credit for students who complete internships.

Most companies begin recruiting to hire interns for accounting positions one to two years in advance of the scheduled hiring date. Some companies hire internships through career service offices in colleges and universities, while other companies seek to recruit new interns using job boards, which often attract current accounting students and recent college graduates. Many accounting internships enable interns to acquire experience in auditing and taxation. Accounting interns typically work under the guidance and supervision of accounting managers and Certified Public Accountants. A typical work day for accounting interns may consist of analyzing audit figures, posting checks, preparing invoices, verifying daily revenue, preparing balance sheets and more accounting duties.

What About Accounting Apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship program enables students to gain practical experience while practicing the day to day skills of the job. Individuals who complete accounting apprenticeship programs receive a certification that qualifies them for many accounting occupations. Apprenticeship programs typically last from 1 to 2 years. Individuals interested in gaining experience through an accounting apprenticeship should research national organizations, employers, and vocational schools. Some employers and national organizations sponsor apprenticeship programs, and vocational schools may offer similar services allowing students to acquire a technical certification after completing a program.

Many accounting apprentices are paid hourly wages or salaries while working under the direction of accounting supervisors. There are various levels of apprentices. For instance, there are beginning level apprenticeship programs and advanced-level programs. Accounting apprentices perform similar services and interns. Individuals who complete accounting apprenticeship programs qualify for many positions, such as accounting assistants, clerks, bookkeepers, finance assistants and other administrative roles. Individuals who have completed advanced-level apprenticeship programs generally qualify for higher-level accounting positions.

Tips for Getting an Accounting Internship or Apprenticeship

Being accepted into an accounting internship or apprenticeship programs is an important accomplishment for aspiring accountants. It helps pave the pathway for aspiring accountants to enter the accounting profession. Individuals seeking to obtain accounting internships should maintain high-grade point averages and perform extensive research in the accounting industry. In regards to both accounting internship and apprenticeship programs, many employers hire applicants with exceptional mathematical skills, effective communication skills, and computer skills.