Internship Option with MAcc Degree
In an effort to prepare our students for the world of professional accounting, the Department of Accounting is offering its accounting majors the option of earning both a bachelor's and master's degree and completing a spring internship in a five-year period. Taking advantage of this opportunity requires some planning as follows:
- Complete the bachelor's degree in three-and-a-half years, graduating in December. This may require taking intersession or summer school courses.
- Interview for a spring internship one year in advance. For example, if you want to complete an internship in spring 2023, then you must interview during the spring 2022 semester. All interviews are conducted through LSU’s Olinde Career Center using Handshake.
- Apply for LSU’s Master of Accountancy program during the last semester of the bachelor's program. The deadline for spring admission to the program is around October 15.
- Register for the internship course, ACCT 7231, and complete the Internship Permission Form during the last semester of the bachelor's program. Submit this form to the internship coordinator, Laura Wiley.
- Complete the master's program in three semesters or one-and-a-half years.
The completion of both degrees will fulfill the 150-hour education requirement for the CPA license. Work experience through an internship will provide our students with real-world experience and networking opportunities with accounting professionals. For our students to maintain full-time status during the spring internship, the master’s level accounting courses will be offered as condensed seven-week courses. Therefore, part of the spring internship semester will be completing a 10-week internship, and the other part will be completing two seven-week master's accounting courses.
Undergraduate accounting majors who are currently enrolled have the opportunity to participate in this internship option.
Accounting majors are allowed to earn internship course credit at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Therefore, accounting majors can participate in the Internal Audit Program internships or another type of undergraduate internship and also participate in the spring graduate-level internship option.
For more information on getting started with this program, contact Laura Wiley.