There are numerous internship opportunities for students. In some cases internships are established through a faculty member in the student's major. Oftentimes students find part-time jobs in an area related to their field of study. When this happens, students should discuss with their academic advisor the possibility of receiving college credit. Generally, three hours of general elective credit can be earned for a minimum of 200 hours of experience.
Each fall we hold an Accounting Career Day where WCU hosts employers for an interview day. Employers from business, government, and not-for-profit organizations come to campus to interview both undergraduate and graduate students for full-time, part-time, and internship positions. We also hold a "Meet the Firms" night in Asheville each year. These functions give students opportunities to meet local employers. Also in the accounting area, spring internships are available for qualified students who go through our on-campus fall interview process. These internships are competitive and offer excellent experiential opportunities. Accounting majors interested in applying for these internships must have an overall GPA of 3.0. A link that might be of interest to students interested in interning is: What is an accounting internship? Many local businesses have hired WCU students as accounting interns. Some of these include: Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club; Underwood, Dills & Associates; Crawley Lee & Company; Dixon Hughes; Gabler, Molis & Company; Reznick Group; General Dynamics Information Technology; Johnson, Price and Sprinkle; Ray Bumgarner Kingshill; Gould Killian; High Hampton Inn and WCU Internal Audit Department.
Finance majors in the banking concentration are expected to intern and those in the personal financial planning concentration are strongly encouraged to intern at some point in their college career. Annually, we hold a Financial Services Career Fair where area banks and other financial institutions meet with interested students. Local institutions where students have interned in the finance area (both banking and personal financial planning majors) include Macon Bank, Home Trust Bank, and the State Employees Credit Union.
- Three (possibly more) hours of course credit which counts as a general elective towards your degree
- Relevant entry-level experience
- Ability to make a more informed career decision and to be ahead of peers who do not have experience in the field
- Future contacts and references/networking opportunities
How to Apply and Prepare
- Visit WCU Career Services and obtain information about resumes, job searches, and interviewing
- Attend Career Services seminar on Resume Writing and schedule an appointment with Career Services for resume assistance
- Attend Interviewing Skills and Job Search Seminars
- Become involved in the appropriate student organization: The Accounting Club, Beta Alpha Psi, The Finance Club, the Association for Information Technology Professionals. Accounting majors are encouraged to attend the professional organization meetings of the North Carolina Association of CPA’s (NCACPA)
- Attend Career Fairs and Meet-the-Firms Night
- Accounting students can participate in our on-campus interviews in the fall semester
- Once you accept an internship offer, with permission from your academic advisor register for the internship course to obtain three hours of elective credit. All students must keep a work log, submit a written report and make a short presentation to faculty and students about their work experience.
Contact your advisor
Opportunities also exist in many national and international corporations for students to work as accounting interns. For more information, search Internshipfinder.com Google.com, Monster.com, Indeed.com, About.com, Business Week and/or find internship opportunities on the websites of companies in which you are interested. Also, consider joining Linked-In.
The links below are a sampling of corporate websites containing internship information: