Thursday, February 12, 2015

Frequently asked Questions About Our Internship Program

Here are some frequently asked questions about our internship program and my replies.

Can you please place me in an internship?

We do not “place” students in internships.  But we do post every good opportunity that we learn of and students can compete for these positions.  We also support student pursuit of internships in a variety of ways and students can also apply for internships on their own.  You can get  assistance and advice regarding resumes and cover letters, interviewing techniques, the search etc. via our Career Development Center, which is located behind the Mass Pass Office in the campus center.  Alyssa Snizek, Associate Director of the CDC will be in attendance at the February 23rd workshop and can elaborate more on their services.  CDC will also host a job and internship fair in April and watch for networking events and other information sessions throughout the year.

Who's hiring for accounting internships?

Many different types of companies hire accounting interns.  There is a great demand for accounting interns at CPA firms in the spring semester as they gear up for tax season.  The big 4 accounting firms and the large regional firms also hire summer interns but the applications for those positions must usually be completed in late fall to early winter.  To learn who is hiring, you must learn some search strategies, network with family and friends, take advantage of networking opportunities at UMD etc.  If you are interested in public accounting, there are lists of firms you can work with such as the one that the Massachusetts Society of CPAs publishes.  You can also contact the human resources department of companies or agencies that interest you and inquire about doing an internship.  You may also want to meet with a career counselor at our UMD Career Development Center and discuss search strategies.  Keep in mind that possibilities for accounting internships do go beyond public accounting and you could find great opportunities as an internal auditor intern, staff accountant at a bank, inter in the business office of a school department, and so on.  You should also monitor Careerlink and our CCB internship blog to see what local opportunities appear during the next few months.

How can I get internships in Boston, MA?

We don’t have a lot of postings that come to us from the Boston area.  There are so many schools in Boston that the companies near Boston reach out to those programs.  However, many organizations in and around Boston recruit interns.  Many of them post the opportunities on their own employment portals and an aggregator portal like will pick these up.  So it is important to learn how to do great searches on and when you see a good yield on your searches, set up that search as a daily email alert.  Respond quickly to every posting that is of interest with a good solid resume and whatever else is required.  If you need help with your resume, please visit the Career Development Center.  Please know that landing an internship in Boston is not impossible but it will probably take a lot of hustle and persistence.  Your resume will be in with many others.  Knowing someone in the company always helps.

I am looking for internships for this summer are there any available that CCB might be aware of?

As soon as we know of anything, we post it on our Internship Blog which you can find at:

Sign up for the daily email alerts so that as soon as you see something of interest you can apply.

Will I be able to receive credit for my internship?

Yes but if it is something you land on your own, you will need to submit details to the Internship Director, Professor Griffin, to see if it can be approved for credit and then you will be required to complete the internship course (3 credits that cover a business elective) which is 100% online via myCourses and is offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. You must work at least 135 hours in an approved internship while successfully passing the course.

Is it possible to work in an internship over the Summer and use it for credit in the Fall semester?

The college policy is that to get credit you must complete the online internship course concurrent with the experience.  You can’t do the internship in the summer and take the course in the fall.  And if you do take the course in the summer, it carries the same tuition and fees as any other 3 credit summer course.  For information on summer internship courses, visit the enrollment center or read about the summer University Extension program on the UMD web site. I believe the cost is around $1,100 to $1,200 per course.

How to get an internship with the Celtics as an Accounting major with minor in Finance?

Send a resume to the human resources department at the Celtics and propose the internship.  Make sure you write a good cover letter and mention that your college will support this with a 3 credit course (if that’s something you want).  Keep in mind that the Celtics usually do not pay interns. We have had interns work for the Celtics in unpaid marketing and outreach positions.  Like any sports internships, the Celtics ones have required long hours, no pay, and some time lots of grunt work.  That doesn’t mean an accounting internship would be the same.

Do I need a certain GPA to be qualify for an internship program?

To get into the internship course you should have at least a 2.5 GPA and 60 credits earned.


List of specific things that I should do to succeed in an internship position?

This is a good question and the answer can be a complex one.  The simple answer is to be a good worker and keep trying to learn new things.  Here are some more things you can do to increase your odds of success:

Knowing what is expected of you as an intern is important to the success of the experience.

·         Review of a written job description

o   Reveals duties, tasks, and knowledge, skills, abilities needed 

·         Agree on a work schedule

o   Meeting of the minds on schedule is a critical success factor from the start

·         Understand supervisor's expectations

o   Beyond the job description — what else do you need to know to carry out your responsibilities

o   Skills necessary (can differ depending on the type of internship)

§  Common basic skill requirements

·         Proficient in MS Office

o    Knowledgeable of Excel functions i.e. Pivot Tables, VLookups, and Sumif functions

·         Detail-oriented and organized

·         Resourceful, responsible, team player, high energy, and good communication skills

·         Analytical capabilities

·         Attention to detail

·         Must be able to handle multiple projects (multi-tasking)  and priorities concurrently

·         Be familiar with policies, procedures and  etiquette

o   Read the policy manual or company handbook

o   Understand etiquette and be observant of it in action on the job

o   Learn by watching other respected staff do their work and emulate good traits

o   No one expects the intern to know everything

o                   Ask questions and take advantage of the chance to learn something new everyday

·         Review of list of projects to be worked on during the course of the semester

o   Put the list in MS Excel

o   Put timelines on each project

·         Participate in technical training (formal and informal on the job work)

o   Take every opportunity to participate in formal sessions such as informational meetings, seminars, workshops

o   Get in on mini-training sessions such as a 15 minute meeting with a supervisor to review on targeted subject

·         Learn lessons in persistence, problem-solving, exhibit a positive-attitude, networking skills, planning, and prioritization

o   Being persistent is a learned trait and one that employers look want

o   Positive thinking is an appealing attribute in the business world it's the mind set of entrepreneurs

§  Positive thinking leads to confidence which reinforces positive thinking in a cycle of successful behaviors

o   Networking within the internship leads to good things in the future and many internship providers expect you will network

o   Plan each day; to-do lists and other time management techniques help assure results

o   Prioritize —company goals lead to initiatives —know the top goals and the top initiatives and attack the highest priorities first

I would like to know how best to find local internships. Also, it would be helpful to have pointers on who we should be trying to contact in organizations.

We receive requests for interns from local companies.  In the CCB we currently (for the last 6 or 7 years) post them on our blog:  More and more, the Career Development Center is posting opportunities on Careerlink.  Every UMD student has access to Careerllink (the same username and password you use to log onto your email).  You may also find local internships on by search within a 30 mile radius of North Dartmouth.  You can do that in the advanced search capabilities of  If you contact a company on your own (not from these other sources mentioned above), start by trying to get the name of a person in the company and its best to get the name of a manager in the area you are interested in.  Who is the head of accounting?  Who is the head auditor?  VP of Marketing?  Chief Technology Officer?  Etc. etc.  Or you can contact the head of the human resource function.  Write both a cover letter and a resume.  Follow up in a week or so to see if they have any questions.


Can any job that has to do with my major be considered as an internship if so where can I get it approved? 

Not any job can be an internship.  We look for certain attributes.  There needs to be evidence of excellent learning experiences facilitated by supervisors/mentors that plan the internship and support it with resources.  The main priority — provide the student with a professional learning experience – not selling shoes, pumping gas, painting houses, making cold calls all day, or working from your dorm room.  There should be formal training and on-the-job learning experiences.  We ask that you submit the following information if you are looking to have the internship approved for credit:

Description of the company including the mission, location, sales and market coverage. Please include your web URL (if you have it):

Primary duties and responsibilities:

What will the student learn from this experience (list 4 or 5 learning objectives)?

Job Title:

Academic preparation of the student required (graduate, senior, junior, courses taken, GPA, etc.):

Skills required:

Hours of work:

Start and end dates:

Primary supervisor and contact information:


For more details on how to get an internship approved and how our program works, please visit:

Also, you may find our document that explains best practices for internship provider which can be downloaded from: