Corporate / Start-up Executive and Entrepreneur
Los Angeles, California
The secret to finding an internship, no matter what the field, is to put yourself out there. Here are a few ideas.
- Ask your friends and family ... do they know any accountants? Can they make an introduction?
- Mine your school's alumni network ... e-mail alumni and ask for 10 minutes of their time. Don't ask for an internship, ask for their insights and advice. Build a relationship before popping the question.
- Of the alumni, look at recent alumni ... perhaps those that have graduated in the last 1 - 3 years and ask them where they interned ... and perhaps ask for an introduction.
- Do a quick search for accounting firms near your school or home ... call them. Yes, call. Tell them you're interested in an internship and ask who you can speak with about that. If you've got moxie, show up at their offices. You have nothing to lose.
Getting an internship is tough ... you have to be scrappy and MEMORABLE. Make calls. Show up at offices. Write e-mails to leaders in the firm. Find a mentor among your school's alumni. And ... remember that there are many small accounting firms that you have a better chance of finding an internship with ... don't just focus on the big players ... it's more competitive. Don't follow the herd ... carve your own path.