To prepare our students with the knowledge and skills required for success in business and to encourage the interaction of faculty and students with the business community, we promote internship opportunities that are designed to provide professional training in areas or topics that are not available through classroom instruction. Internships are out-of-the-classroom learning experiences to aid in developing skills, gaining relevant work experience, and becoming acquainted with business professionals.
The program matches qualified students with employers that can provide professional training. Once an employer provides us with a job description for an internship opportunity that we feel will be beneficial to the professional growth of our students, we will email this opportunity directly to our student base.
Why Hire an Intern?
Employers who provide UNLV students with internships gain energetic and well-educated employees who bring new ideas and enthusiasm for challenges. Employers often use the internship as an extended interview process to better assess how an intern handles work situations. Ultimately, this assists in making a more informed decision about offering an intern a permanent job. In addition, student interns can be very effective with seasonal projects like meeting tax return deadlines, internal audit projects, preparing schedules for the auditors, documentation of internal control processes and many other projects. Employing interns is an excellent way to efficiently manage busy work conditions in an accounting department. When internships are structured properly, they are truly a win-win scenario for both the employer and the student intern. If your company has not used accounting interns before and you are presently considering it, please email the Internship Coordinator, Danny Siciliano, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Internship Coordinator can send you a manual of best practices for using interns.
Internship Qualifications for Academic Credit
In order for a student to receive academic credit for an accounting internship, the student must meet certain prerequisites, such as a minimum grade point average and minimum number of completed upper division accounting credits. The employer must offer a position that is normally assigned to professional accountants holding an undergraduate degree in accounting. Clerical positions solely involving bookkeeping, accounts payable, payroll, etc. are not eligible for internship credit. While these positions provide a student with useful experience in the mechanics of an accounting information system, they do not provide the professional challenges and experiences necessary for internship credit.