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How important is it in accounting to do internships during your senior year of college?

I am asking because I am going to major in accounting but do my prerequisites for medical school. I want to have a backup if for some reason I do not get into medical school; however when I am in the process of applying towards medical school it will be hard for me to find time to do job internships
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Shane’s Answer

I would say it's crucial; an internship during your junior/senior 99% of the time results in a full time offer after school. You may already know this, but most accounting firms require you to have 150 credits completed prior to starting full time, and the 150 must contain certain types of credits (3 in ethics, 3 in business law, 18-24 in accounting, etc etc). That is something to consider as well.
Thank you comment icon I agree an internship is a good idea. You will be able to experience first hand what the profession is about. I work with our interns on a regular basis. They always believe that it was very much worth it Guilaine Saroul
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Jim’s Answer

Any internship opportunity is a worthwhile endeavor for the experience outside of a classroom and for enhancing your skills. Frequently an internship can roll over into an actual job/career as you already have exposure and your foot in the door....I have hired many interns.
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Kevin’s Answer

I would agree that it is really important for two reasons: 1) Similar to the answer above many firms/companies recruit through their internships. If they hire interns that they like and give jobs to those interns, they may not be hiring more full time staff. 2) There are so many different accounting jobs. Internships allow you to get a free look at a place which will help you decide what you want to do while giving you relevant experience. Good luck!
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Lateefah’s Answer

Hello Blake,

As Shane mentioned, getting an internship during your senior year is a great way to get a foot in the door towards full time employment as most interns get a full time job offer.

I dont know how time consuming applying for med school is, but I dont see why you would not be able to balance the two. I also know that some firms offer part-time interships for some students that have to take summer classes and so they might work only 3 days a week. That could be an option for you if you want to have time for your med school applications.

Hope this helps.

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Ideki’s Answer

Internships help provide you with experience. What you learn on the job can help expand your skills and knowledge at the next job. This allows you to get a leg ahead of the competition once you graduate. An internship also give you first hand exposure to the opportunities this accounting path can provide. You might think you want to go into a certain field of accounting and discover you'd rather try a different path. You benefit the most from getting an internship!
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