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How to Land an Accounting Internship

Did you know that nearly 50% of students in our Master of Science in Accountancy program are Tommie undergrads? With a focus on personal professional development, students learn how to conduct themselves in a workplace setting and gain confidence interacting with other professionals. 

The MSA program helps students earn 150 credits toward CPA licensure while polishing soft skills and establishing a network. Undergraduates can begin the program as early as their junior year at St. Thomas. The program also offers spring, summer or winter internship opportunities for students. 

Mike Pohl ’12, a double Tommie, received his undergraduate accounting degree at St. Thomas. He credits the following career resources to helping him land a competitive internship:

Mock Interviews
Mock interviewing, also known as practice interviewing, is a simulation of an actual job interview. “You basically do a one-on-one 45 minute interview with a camera capturing every move,” Pohl laughed. "It's an eye-opening experience."

Students sit down with a St. Thomas faculty member to evaluate their performance. The feedback helps prepare them for the three required internship interviews at one of the big four Minneapolis firms: PWC, Deloitte, EY or Clifton Larson Allen (CLA).

Career Development Center
St. Thomas also offers resume writing workshops. Pohl utilized the Career Development Center to help in the early direction of his career. "Kristine DeVinck [program director and instructor] reviewed my resume and offered suggestions for specific accounting roles I was interested in at the time."

Academic Curriculum
Pohl credits the Professional Development Course as a highlight of his academic experience at St. Thomas. The course emphasizes spoken, listening, visual and nonverbal communication skills in a business environment, pushing him out of his comfort zone in a big (and good) way.

“On the very first day we had to stand in front of class and talk about any given topic for one minute,” he recalled. “By the end of the course we were much more comfortable being in front of people.”

Pohl was offered a full-time job at Clifton Larson Allen shortly after his internship ended. Most recently he’s been working in their Wealth Management division in downtown Minneapolis, helping small business owners with their financial planning.