LSU’s Department of Accounting internship program provides course credit for a wide variety of student internship experiences. Each semester students apply academic knowledge to real-world situations through positions with local, regional, and national employers. These internships allow students to gain on-the-job experience in the field of accounting. Many result in full-time employment. Other benefits of the internship program include:
- Opportunities for travel
- Excellent pay
- Networking with students from universities across the country
- Relationships with potential employers
- Three hours of course credit
The program is available any semester to students who have been accounting majors for at least one complete semester prior to the internship.
Since 2001, several hundred students have participated in the accounting internship program. Some of the top employers of LSU accounting interns are listed below.
|Select Employers of LSU Accounting Interns|
|Armentor & Associates APAC||City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge||Deloitte|
|Halliburton||Hannis T. Bourgeois LLP||KPMG|
|Marathon Petroleum||Postlethwaite & Netterville||PricewaterhouseCoopers|
|Shane T. Bennett CPA, CVA||State of Louisiana|
Steps to Participate:
- Meet eligibility requirements
To participate in the accounting internship program, a student must:
- Be a declared accounting major for at least one complete semester prior to the internship experience;
- Have a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in accounting courses;
- Have completed ACCT 2001, 3001, and 3021 (Intermediate II) with a grade of “C-” or better; and
- Have received no internship credit for any other course at the current enrollment level (UG or Grad).
Students who plan to take time off from school to complete an internship in the fall or spring semester should consult Amy Caillouet in the LSU Olinde Career Center or call 225-578-5672. She can help answer questions about TOPS, university letters, other fee deferrals, and insurance matters.
- Secure employment
If a student meets the eligibility requirements for the internship program, the student must secure employment. To receive credit for the internship, the position must:
- Be new employment or increase responsibilities of an existing position (internship credit will not be awarded for previous experience or full-time employment);
- Have direct application to the accounting degree;
- Be directly supervised by a professional with accounting certification (e.g., CPA, CIA, CMA); and
- Require at least 20 hours of work per week.
On-campus student work positions require express prior approval of the employment
by the internship coordinator.
Stephanie Gandy, the college’s internship manager, can assist by reviewing résumés and cover letters, discussing what to expect during the interview process, or exploring other professional development topics. Appointments can be scheduling through a student’s Handshake account. To access the appointment scheduler, look for “Career Center” at the top of the page. Appointment options are available through this drop-down menu.
- Obtain permission from internship coordinator
To be approved for internship credit, a student must complete the “Request for Permission to Earn Academic Credit for Internship” form. Completed forms must be returned to Julie Chenier, accounting internship coordinator, in Business Education Complex 2832 before the last day to add courses for the semester. After reviewing the internship, she will email the student to indicates approval or denial.
- Complete internship survey
All students who secure internships, whether for credit or not, must complete the internship survey.
- Register for ACCT 4231 or 7231
Students must register for the appropriate internship class, ACCT 4231 (undergraduate) or 7231 (MAcc). Before the payment deadline, students must verify that ACCT 4231 or 7231 has been added to their course schedule and must follow instructions for fee payment. Students are responsible for enrolling and paying for the internship course. Students will not be added into an internship course after the last date on which to add courses.
Note: Credit can be awarded for both internal audit and accounting department internships. Degree-level can influence this department directive.
ACCT 4231: Internship in Accounting (3)
Prereq.: permission of instructor and department chair required. Grade of “C-” or above in ACCT 3021. Pass-fail grading. Credit will not be given for this course and ACCT 4333. At least 20 hours per week of learning experience in accounting under the general supervision of a faculty member and direct supervision of a professional in accounting. Grading based on the faculty member’s evaluation, a written report by the professional supervisor, and a written report by the student.
ACCT 7231: Internship in Accounting (3)
Prereq.: permission of instructor and department chair required. Pass-fail grading. Credit will not be given for this course and ACCT 7333. At least 20 hours per week of learning experience in accounting under the general supervision of a faculty member and direct supervision of a professional in accounting. Grading based on the faculty member’s evaluation, a written report by the professional supervisor and a written report by the student.
- Begin work
While at work, students represent LSU and will be responsible for their actions under the LSU Code of Student Conduct.
- Submit journal
Throughout the internship, students must keep a journal of the activities they perform, accounting principles they apply, and experience they gain. Journals are due in the internship coordinator's office by the last day of classes for the current semester even if employment has not ended. If mailing in, allow at least one week for journal to route through campus mail, even for FedEx, etc. Grading requirements demand that the information is submitted before the end of the semester. Review journal requirements.
Supervisor completes evaluation
Supervisors will be sent an evaluation document by the internship coordinator that must be completed and returned before the issuance of grades. The report is due in the internship coordinator's office by the last day of class of the current semester even if employment has not ended.
As a reminder, if you are taking time off from school to complete an internship in the fall or spring semester, consult Amy Caillouet in the LSU Olinde Career Center or call 225-578-5672. She can help answer questions about TOPS and other fee deferrals and insurance matters.
For other questions, please contact Julie Chenier.
Last updated: July 2018
NOTE: Internships in internal audit are handled through a separate process. If you are an internal auditing student interested in an internship, please visit Center for Internal Auditing Internship Program.