Matthew Hanson, BSU’s Accounting Club President from 2016-2017
I recently had the privilege of participating in a summer accounting internship at RSM US LLP located in Duluth, Minnesota. As with any high quality internship program, RSM provided me with a wealth of information, exposure to senior executives, and an operational overview that has and will prove to be invaluable to me as I progress my accounting career upon graduating from Bemidji State University in December 2017.
I am extremely grateful to the RSM organization, the RSM executives, and the relationship RSM has with Bemidji State University that has allowed an internship such as this to exist.
I believe this internship and my willingness to serve as the Bemidji State University Accounting Club President has strengthened my opportunities in the job search environment and I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing an accounting degree to apply for an internship with RSM US LLP or with any other reputable CPA firm.
Pursuing an internship in Accounting is an excellent tool for laying a foundation to your professional career:
- Allows you start building your business network
- Gives you real world experience and confirmation that you have chosen the right career
- Looks great on your resume
- Exposes you to a potential employer – we call this the “test drive” – both for you and for them
- Allows you to get feedback in a learning environment
BSU’s Career Services maintains a database of potential internship opportunities. Employers routinely come to campus looking for interns and you can network with others via the Accounting Club.
Internships in Accounting require you to be paid a reasonable wage and that you will be performing tasks typical to a starting staff accountant. Once you have found an internship you complete the Internship Agreement (see link below) and register for the agreed upon number of credits.
You will maintain a weekly log of your activities to be turned in at the end of the internship to the Internship Coordinator. You will also complete an evaluation of your employer and they will complete one on your performance (see forms below).
- BSU Internship Agreement Form
- Student Internship Evaluation Form
- Employer Internship Evaluation Form
Click on the company logos below to learn more about the places our Accounting students have had recent internships: