Accounting Career Options

Guide to internships and full-time employment

Office of Career Planning and Placement

What is accounting?

Accounting is the process of analyzing and synthesizing financial data, interpreting and developing financial and investment strategies, as well as managing costs and assets.

Courses within the accounting major cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Preparation and interpretation of financial statements
  • Concepts and procedures for financial data to manage a business
  • Techniques for database design and information systems auditing
  • Concepts related to business and individual taxation

For more information on the accounting program at the Mike School of Business, visit:

What do accountants do?




Examine the financial statements of a company or organization and independently certify the statements are valid, accurate, and relevant. Provide tax services primarily create strategies to minimize tax liabilities for their clients. Additionally, they prepare tax returns, advise on tax laws, assure clients of tax law compliance, etc. Analyze key data issues, patterns, and trends to identify implications, and improve efficiency and effectiveness for clients.




Work directly for a company, government or non-profit organization. Manage financial data, preparing financial statements, and provides information to company management Work for a public accounting firm and provide accounting services to companies, the government, etc.


Traditional career titles

Entry-level accounting titles

Top industries

  • Auditor/internal auditor
  • Budget control analyst
  • Certified public accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Personal financial planning
  • Staff auditor
  • Staff corporate accountant
  • Staff internal auditor
  • Staff tax accountant
  • Auditor/internal auditor
  • Budget control analyst
  • Certified public accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Personal financial planning
  • Education
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Non-profit
  • Private/internal accounting
  • Public/external accounting

Public accounting career fair

  • Annual career fair held for students/alumni interested in public accounting
  • Engage with employers recruiting for co-op/internships and full-time positions in public or private industries
  • Check Handshake for details

Accounting summer program career night

  • Annual networking reception held in February that gives students interested in pursuing a career in public accounting a chance to engage with local CPA firms
  • Opportunity to learn more about accounting summer leadership and exploratory programs
  • Check Handshake for details

Business career fairs

  • Annual career fairs held for Ilitch School students and alumni to meet with employers in various functions for co-op/internship positions and full-time employment
  • Check Handshake for details

Quick prep tips

  • Apply for jobs, register for Career, Planning and Placement events, research employers on Handshake
  • Attend meet and greets, company presentations, career fair prep, and mock interviews
  • Attend Ilitch School career fairs
  • Submit your resume for review and get approval on Handshake or schedule an appointment with a Career, Planning and Placement advisor
  • Prepare for upcoming interviews:
    • Meet with a Career, Planning and Placement advisor for one-on-one guidance
    • Schedule a "Monday mock" Interviews through Handshake
  • Know your options! Research CPA firms and private employers
  • Purchase business professional attire or borrow attire from the Mary Ann Goldsberry Professional Dress Closet located in Career, Planning and Placement, Suite 299
  • Check Handshake for more details

Summer leadership and exploratory programs

  • Introductory exploration programs for freshman and sophomore students interested in public accounting
  • Held during the summer months from one day to several weeks at CPA firms along with other college students
  • Check Handshake for more details

Internships and full-time employment

  • Internships occur during the winter (busy tax season) and summer months
  • Full-time recruiting occurs during the first three months of the fall and winter semester
  • Check Handshake for more details

What can I do with this major?


Suggested employers

Public Accounting

  • Tax
  • Internal auditing
  • International accounting
  • Environmental accounting
  • Personal financial planning
  • Auditing/assurance services
  • Information technology services
  • Forensic/investigative accounting
  • EY
  • UHY
  • KPMG
  • Google
  • Schallman
  • Baker Tilly
  • BDO
  • Deloitte
  • Rehmann
  • Plante Moran
  • Doeren Mayhew
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

Corporate Accounting

  • Tax planning
  • Budget analysis
  • Cost accounting
  • Internal auditing
  • Financial management
  • Ally
  • DOW
  • Comerica Bank
  • Owens Corning
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Stellantis
  • RSM
  • Grant Thornton
  • CohnReznick
  • Crowe
  • Nexia


  • Auditing
  • Budget analysis
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial management
  • IRS
  • U.S. Army Audit Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

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