An internship can be an exciting part of your education that supplements your academic knowledge, promotes personal development, and provides professional preparation. While on an internship, you can learn more about your chosen profession, meet new people, and gain self-confidence. Having an internship will also aid your job search as many companies use an internship to pre-screen prospective employees.
An accounting/finance internship is a part-time or full-time work experience. Many full-time internships are completed during the summer, or during tax season the spring semester. Part-time internships are often completed while taking classes.
Most accounting and finance internships are paid experiences with salary and benefits determined by the employer.
You may take an internship for academic credit or elect to have it recorded on your university transcript as a non-credit learning experience. Internships taken for credit may be used to satisfy accounting or finance degree requirements.
Accounting and finance intern projects
- Participated in internal financial and operational audits for corporations, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations
- Assisted with preparing audit working papers and reports
- Prepared state and federal corporate and individual income tax returns
- Computed contingent liabilities, reserves, and long-term debt requirements
- Helped develop accounting and financial policies
- Accumulated accounts payable and receivable information
- Developed spreadsheets and other applications using a personal computer
- Helped develop an analysis of manufactured products
Recent placements of accounting and finance interns
- American Express
- American Family Insurance
- Baker Tilly
- Cascades Tissue Group
- Citizens Community Credit Union
- Clifton Larson Allen, LLP
- Deloitte and Touche
- Federated Insurance
- Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
- Marshfield Clinic
- MayoHealth Systems
- National Presto Industries, Inc.
- Northwestern Mutual
- Prudential Securities
- Securian Financial Group
- Sentry Insurance
- State Farm Insurance
- State of Wisconsin Audit Bureau
- SVA CPA
- U.S. Bancorp
- UW-Eau Claire Foundation
- Wells Fargo
How to Enroll in an Accounting or Finance Internship
The internship form takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Handshake does not have a “save” feature. You must complete the required questions on the form before submitting the experience. If you have any questions about submitting an internship experience on Handshake, please contact Alyssa Slaby, email@example.com. Note: Alyssa Slaby can only assist with the Handshake software.
Before you complete an internship experience request, you must have first set up an account on Handshake. You can do that at the start of the process using the link below:
- Go Handshake and login with your UW-Eau Claire credentials.
- Under “Career Center” at the top right of the screen, click “Experiences”.
- Click “Request an Experience” on the top right of the secondary blue menu bar.
- Under “Experience Type”, choose “College of Business-Accounting and Finance Internship”.
- Select the term in which you are completing the internship.
- Fill out the information in the reporting form and complete the departmental questions (some may be duplicative).
- When finished, click “Request Experience” at the bottom of the page.
- What will you need to complete the internship experience?
- You will be required to upload a copy of your degree audit.
- You will be required to upload a copy of your offer letter.
- Your offer letter should be a signed document on the company’s letterhead and should include the dates of your internship, anticipated hours, and rate of pay.
- You will need to be specific when documenting job responsibilities.
- You may want to copy and paste the job description into this box if it is still applicable.
- Otherwise, you MUST be very specific about the responsibilities related to your experience (accounting or finance).
- You will need to have the human resources contact information. This will include name, phone, and email. Be very careful when typing in this critical information. It is what triggers the next steps.
- You will need to have the company information documented accurately as well. This will include their website.
- Once complete properly, the experience will be routed to the Internship Coordinator in the accounting or finance department for approval. If you have missed anything in the application, it will NOT be forwarded to the internship coordinator. If you have submitted the application and it does not meet the department requirements, it will be returned to you and you will need to start over with a new application.
- Once approved, it will be sent to the human resources contact you indicated on the form. This individual will be required to approve your internship as well.
- You will be notified from Handshake, directed by the department ADA, and given permission to register for the course if completing the internship for credit.
Watch this video with Dr. Sottile and DeeAnne Peterson for help with the Handshake internship application