Internships and Career Opportunities
Bellarmine accounting students, freshmen through seniors, have the opportunity to obtain part-time internships with CPA firms, corporations, and government agencies. Full-time internships are often available to juniors and seniors. These paid internships provide students with professional accounting experience and employment opportunities upon graduation. Students should plan to interview each fall and spring semester for these positions.
Accounting employers now expect students to have accounting experience, through internships or other work experiences. Additional information can be found at Career Development.
The United States Department of Labor notes that employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020. There has been an increased focus on accounting in response to corporate scandals and recent financial crises. Stricter laws and regulations, particularly in the financial sector, will likely increase the demand for accounting services as organizations seek to comply with new standards. Additionally, tighter lending standards are expected to increase the importance of audits, as this is a key way for organizations to demonstrate their creditworthiness.
Entry level accounting jobs tend to see steady growth from year to year. According to the 2012 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, accounting students graduating in 2011 earned starting salaries that exceeded those in nearly every other field except engineering and computer sciences. Overall, the average salary for 2011 college graduates was $41,701, but accounting majors earned an average of $50,500, which is up 3.7 percent from the class of 2010.