School of Business Administration
- Quick Center
- tel: 610-499-4300
- fax: 610-499-4614
Joseph M. Hargadon
- Professor of Accounting
- Quick Center, Room 240
- tel: 610-499-4280
Co-ops & Internships, Accounting
In today’s highly competitive job market, students who obtain real-world, career-related experience greatly enhance their employment opportunities upon graduation. That’s why we encourage our students to connect with our alumni and industry partners to establish co-ops and internships.
Many accounting students receive full-time job offers from their co-op or internship employers. In addition, students see and learn first-hand what accountants do in practice. This allows them to make more informed decisions concerning the career path they wish to pursue.
Hear from some of our recent Widener accounting students about their experiences in a co-op or internship.
I interned in Washington, D.C. at both the Secret Service and Alvarez & Marsal with its Global Forensic and Disputes Department. While at the Secret Service, I was able to explore occupations within the federal government in the field of forensic accounting. I was able to see the dual mission of the Secret Service: one being protection of the president and two the prosecution of counterfeiting and white collar crimes. I helped with the second.
An FBI agent I connected with introduced me to an employee at Alvarez & Marsal, which helped me land a second internship with the company. I was able to review and analyze an array of financial documents that were associated with current litigation for which the firm had been retained as experts. In my two years of interning, I learned a great deal regarding public and private forensic accounting that has helped me continue my learning outside of the classroom, especially with regards to my forensic accounting minor.
In my senior year, I had the opportunity to intern during tax season at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia. I benefitted greatly from this internship by receiving hands-on experience in the Wealth Management Tax Service group. Throughout my internship, I learned how to prepare different types of returns, expanded my professional network, and even landed a job as a tax associate.
Widener is a great resource for students who are looking for internships and co-ops. Widener also allows credits for internships, which is especially helpful for accounting majors who need 150 credits.
Gianna A. Bojazi
Widener University has afforded me many amazing opportunities and experiences—personally, socially, and educationally. The two opportunities of which I am most proud are obtaining an internship as a freshman with PricewaterhouseCoopers and being selected to participate in the Grant Thornton Summer Leadership Program in Manhattan.
Widener has a wonderful support system of deans, professors, advisors, and faculty who truly have their students’ best interests in mind.
KPMG, colloquially part of the Big Four accounting companies, was my second co-op at Widener and ultimately offered me a full-time position almost a year and a half before graduation. My co-op allowed me to travel across the country for training, research, and preparation of various tax items. There is an unbelievable amount of detail behind the scenes of a tax return, and my teams did an outstanding job making sure I understood the material inside and out.
The bottom line is when you work for the Big Four, you work alongside the top talent in the industry. The work is challenging, but I could not recommend the experience more.