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The Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the Eli Broad College of Business is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. We draw upon the resources of our award-winning faculty, our talented alumni, and our partners in industry to ensure that our graduates are prepared to compete in today’s global marketplace. The partnership pays dividends for our graduates and for the accounting profession, as evidenced by our many graduates who hold positions at top universities, nonprofits, and public and private sector businesses.

We encourage you to explore the many career services available at Michigan State University. The Graduate Career Management Center and Handshake are just two examples of the exceptional tools in place to assist our students, alumni, and employers. Whether you are interested in internships, writing a resume, interview preparation, hiring a graduate, or details about career fairs and online recruiting, we provide you with a comprehensive and cutting-edge advantage.

We provide multiple tools for successful accounting internship and job searches. During the program, students have access to a specialized career fair, as well as multiple career workshops and career advising sessions offered through the Russell Palmer Career Management Center. Participate in workshops and mock interviews to refine your job search skills.

Email the Russell Palmer Career Management Center when you accept a job offer. Include your graduation date, your future employer and location, job title or area of work (e.g. staff accountant-audit, controller, cost accountant, etc.), salary, and bonus (if any). All information is kept confidential.

Job Postings

Students view and submit their resume for internships and full-time job postings through Handshake.

In Handshake you will see listings for employment opportunities where the employer will be visiting campus to conduct job interviews, and you will also see postings called “resume drops.” In the latter case, the employer is merely collecting resumes. If, after reviewing your resume, the employer is interested in you, he/she will contact you directly to set up an interview. Interviews obtained through a resume drop are typically conducted at the employer’s place of business, although on occasion, the employer will arrange for an interview room in the Lear Center.

Career Fairs

There are a variety of career fairs open to accounting students throughout the year. Specifically for accounting students, the Accounting and Information Systems Career Exchange is held the second week of September each fall. The Career Gallery–Business Exchange is held in October and is for all business majors. In the winter there is the Diversity Career Fair and Summer Employment Fair, open to all students. Students may find career fair details on Handshake.

Internship Credit

Although not required, students may earn a credit for their accounting related work experience by signing up for ACC 493.

Instructions for Enrolling in ACC 493

Other Resources

Although hundreds of internship and full-time positions are listed each year, the process is competitive.

We encourage you to explore other avenues for finding internship and full-time employment, especially through the many resources available to you through the Graduate Career Management Center. Network with your family and friends to obtain potential job leads. Use professional associations, web resources, and the phone book to identify potential employers in the geographic region in which you want to work, and then call them to inquire about employment opportunities.

The accounting job market is good, but finding employment may require some extra work and initiative beyond the career services provided on campus.