Landing and keeping a career in accounting takes a substantial amount of planning, knowledge and experience. Reading books, articles of individual success stories can all discipline you into having the right mindset, however, an internship where you can gain first-hand experience with a reputable company will best aid in your path to success.

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Frank, Rimerman & Co. LLP’s Summer Program

The Frank, Rimerman & Co. LLP program offers students an eight week program in auditing, tax, consulting, and more. The program is located around the business headquarter in Palo Alto, as well as the company’s other locations in San Francisco and San Jose. The interns will work closely with the company and have the opportunity to learn from their clients. By the end of the program, all participants will be fully equipped to work for Frank, Rimerman & Co. LLP.

Elliot Davis Decosimo ENVISION Program

The ENVISION program is designed to give participants a real world experience in the industry. This program is held from January – April, they also host a shorter Summer program from June-July. During the program, interns will have the opportunity to work on current projects assigned to the company, become involved in the community and will grow as leaders during there time in the program. The ENVISION program is paid and participants will earn $15-$24 per hour depending on their level. Expenses for travel, meals, and outings will also be accommodated.

Plante Moran Program

Held in multiple locations such as Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio, the Plante Moran program will provide interns with a real world experience. The Plante Moran program allows students to choose the accounting field of their focus. Then, they expose the students to real world environments allowing in that practice, allowing them to get the most out of the program. Plante Moran brings in an element of fun by hosting a citywide scavenger hunt, and networking events. The organizers of the Plante Moran intern believe that students have worked hard enough in school, so interns are treated as full-time staff during the program.

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP Program

The Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP Internship allows interns to choose from the company’s Audit, Tax Division, or Risk Advisory departments depending on the needs of the firm. The interns will be exposed to the work environment experienced in the first year of full-time employees. Interns are consulted and mentored throughout the program to have a clear understanding of the student’s career opportunities and individual progress. Interns will be responsible for assisting with planning and performing audit engagements, preparing returns and will be involved in tax planning and consulting with the Firm’s personnel on current projects.

Moss Adams Internship Program

The Moss Adams Program is an eight-ten week program. This program held in the winter and summer. Throughout this program, interns will be provided training and mentoring across various disciplines that apply to bookkeeping, which include assurance, tax, and consulting.In the Tax portion of the program, interns will prepare returns. They may also have the opportunity to assist clients by providing planning, research, and compliance. During Assurance, interns will participate on the audit engagement team and will conduct various tasks. Upon the completion of the program, interns will be equipped with the tools to join the Moss Adams family.

These programs are a great way to get your foot in the door. Research programs in your area to have idea of when to apply. Choose more than one to give yourself more options if one becomes full to ensure you receive the training and connections you need to be successful.