Information for Intern Employers
Basic Requirements of an Academic Internship
We prefer that students have TEN weeks of full-time Accounting work, such as external audit, internal audit, tax preparation, cost management, general accounting or Accounting Information System analysis and design. Internships may be performed during the summer, fall or spring semesters. Students may receive three credit hours for an academic internship; students must be academically eligible to receive credit. Interns are compensated by the employer. Academic credit is not available for internships of less than ten weeks, for part-time work or for permanent employment.
• Spring internships generally occur January 3 - March 20
• Summer internships generally occur mid-May through mid-August
• Fall internship (yes, we have these!) occur late August - late November
The Accountancy Department at NIU conduct two "Accountancy Career Fairs" each year. Dates for the 2013 -2014 school year are:
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Barsema Alumni & Visitors Center
Both events are opportunities for employers to meet candidates for both internships and full-time positions. Prior to each career fair, employers post internship and full-time job opportunities on NIU's electronic placement system: "Huskies Get Hired." This software provides a tool for posting jobs, collating resumes, scheduling interviews and interview candidate selection. Following each career fair, students apply to these positions; employers schedule and conduct on-campus interviews for a few weeks following the career fairs. On-campus interview periods for the 2013 - 2014 school year are:
2013 Fall Semester On-Campus Interview Period: Sept. 27 - Oct. 21
2014 Spring Semester On-campus Interview Period: Jan. 30 - Feb. 17
Employer Obligations post-Internship
Once an internship is competed, there is no further employment obligation by firm or interns: Internship employers are not obligated to the intern beyond the term of the internship nor is the intern obligated to the firm subsequent to the period of internship with one exception: the internship offer is considered to be an offer of permanent employment only for those students graduating in their fifth year and achieving 150 credit hours in that Spring. Thus, the "year 4" students' internship is not considered to be an offer of permanent employment. Spring interns are not permitted to participate in the normal fall interview process in the Fall semester preceding their Spring internship. The firms agree they will not, during Fall interviewing, interview any students who have previously obtained a spring internship.
General questions about internships should be directed to Tamara Phelan, Director of Accountancy Internship Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-6208.