Experiential learning is an important part of the accounting curriculum. Co-ops and internships provide opportunities for students to make connections between classroom learning and professional application and to develop a competitive edge by graduating with business experience. Students co-op or intern at Big 4, regional and small public accounting firms, corporate settings, and in governmental positions.
The Department encourages every student to complete at least one co-op or internship during the undergraduate program. An internship is typically a summer employment experience that provides students an opportunity to engage in professional activities and work alongside full-time employees. A co-op is a more intensive, full-time position, worked during a semester of the junior year or during the Master of Accountancy program. Many employers use the internship co-op program as a first step as a means to hire full-time employees.
Students who are interested in co-op and internship should discuss this with their academic advisor during their sophomore year. All internships must be approved by the internship director in advance.
For the academic year 2012-13, co-op and internship students worked at the following firms:
Bristol Myers Squibb
Ernst & Young
Field & Higgins
Hamilton Financial Group
Johnson & Johnson
State Auditors Office of New Jersey
Thomas Edison University
Wilken and Guttenplan
Withum, Smith and Brown
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the requirements to participate in co-op and internship programs?
To participate in the co-op or internship program, students must have:
- Junior status (60 credits completed) by the start of the program, or be enrolled in the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program
- an overall GPA of 3.0 at the beginning of the internship semester
- completed ACC 210, ACC 220 and ACC 310
2. Can I earn academic credit for an approved accounting internship or co-op?
Three credits (business or free elective) may be earned for successful completion of an approved internship. Interns work during the summer break and have the option to complete the related coursework during the fall semester. This allows students to register for the internship course credits during the regular semester and not incur additional tuition for a summer class. Students also have the option to arrange to work an internship during the semester but must meet with the Director of the Accounting Internship Program to plan for this. MAcc students can earn three academic credits for an approved internship.
Nine credits can be earned for successful completion of an approved co-op position—six credits (business or free electives) for the work experience and three credits for the companion course Professional Development Seminar IND-398 (Liberal Arts elective). The co-op is a structured program and all accounting majors must take the nine credit program. Co-op students also take six other credits to maintain full-time student status and be eligible to graduate within four years.
3. How do I participate in the co-op or internship Program?
There is an Information Meeting for co-ops and internships at the start of each semester. Information about the time and place of the meeting is emailed to all accounting majors and announced in accounting classes. Program requirements, job availability, resume and mock interview workshop dates are announced at the meeting. Click here for General Student Guidelines.
For academic year 2011-12, many firms have indicated they plan to do most of their hiring for co-op and internships during the fall 2011 semester!!
Dr. Marge O’Reilly-Allen
Director of Accounting Internship
Accounting Department Graduate Assistant