If you have successfully completed an internship you will be more attractive to an employer. Why? You used your education to apply what you learned. You may have been responsible for deadlines, projects, researching information, working as part of a team, learning how to use technology or setting goals. All these real work life experiences assist you in building your skills.
Internships are more common for college students than high school students. That is not to say internships aren’t available for high school juniors or seniors.
Employers that hire interns are interested in students who have strong GPAs, participate in school and extracurricular activities and volunteer in their community. If you don’t know what area of accounting you want to specialize in, an internship can help you narrow your focus.
Locating an Internship Program
As a student member of the Illinois CPA Society, you will be sent email alerts of new internships and job openings that are targeted towards students and new graduates. When employers send us opportunities or post them on our site, we organize them and send them directly to your inbox.
Also, check with your school career center, student clubs, faculty members and guidance counselors for leads. If there is a specific organization you would like to work for, go to their website for more information.