Internship Programs Work for PKF
While the summer season for some college students might turn to thoughts of the beach, lazy days and catching up on sleep, more students are taking the initiative to seek and secure quality summer internships that will no doubt help them with their future careers.
A recently published survey from
· Internships enable our firm to project future hiring goals and fill them in advance. For example, we anticipate that our spring 2004 interns will be full-time staff accountants in spring/summer of 2005.
· Our program gives us the opportunity to bring enthusiastic, hard-working students in for on-the-job training in the accounting profession, and, ideally, groom them for full-time employment down the road. It also gives the students “real world” accounting experience and helps them determine whether they’ll be a good fit for the profession (and for PKF Texas, specifically!).
· We are involved with participating universities to help determine accounting curriculum, and have developed relationships with professors who can later recommend top students for recruitment.
· Alumni who work with PKF Texas are able to support the firm and their alma maters through participation in recruiting and advisory councils.
Because of our location in
The recruiting program has many facets. For example, at UH, we attend campus career fairs, student organization events and campus interviews, and speak to accounting classes on campus about our firm and the profession in general. On the A&M campus, our firm participates in Middle Market Alliance events (including panel discussions with interns from PKF Texas and other middle market firms) for the Professional Program to help students learn about alternatives to Big Four public accounting firms.
We also have an executive presence on campus. For example,
In addition to the contributions of our time and expertise, we also give financially to the
For those seeking to establish internship programs, my advice is to get to know professors, heads of various programs and career center personnel on selected campuses. Become involved and get others from your firm involved, but don’t overextend yourself; it’s better to be heavily involved in an organized, sustainable fashion with a few colleges on an ongoing basis than to sporadically attend random events.
A summer internship can be a win-win situation for both the student and employer; not only will you reap valuable assistance, but you will help a student prepare for long-term success as well.
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