by Anthony B Ross, Sr., CPA, CGMA, CFE, CIA, MAFM, MBA, CGMIS
Asst. Professor of Accounting, Concordia University Texas

This article is a plea to my Austin area B&I colleagues to consider hiring Concordia University Texas Accounting students for internships within your organizations.

The first thing business people want to know is, what’s in it for me and my business? Hiring Concordia means you will get motivated, enthusiastic, and ethical interns that are eager to apply accounting knowledge to your business challenges. Also, according the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), engaging an intern leads to your next productive associate hire more than 50% of the time.

Concordia University Texas’ BBA students are required to complete an internship in their concentration in their junior or senior year (e.g. Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, etc.). The University adheres to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy’s specific requirements for an accounting internship program, including requirements for the employing firm as well for the student (for example, 12 semester hours of upper-division Accounting coursework and maintenance of a diary).

Students and local companies both have reported satisfaction with their participation in the program with employers consistently evaluating above average the work of Concordia interns in areas such as verbal and written communication, intellectual curiosity, work ethic, and building rapport with others.

For more information about the program, click here or contact Randa Scott, Director of Vocation and Professional Development.

Alternatively, you can contact me. We will make sure that you get the information that you need to make an informed decision.

In fairness to my Central Texas academic colleagues, many area schools have similar programs, including Austin Community College, Huston-Tillotson University, St Edward’s University, Texas State University, the University of Texas, and others.