Internships and Job Placement
A number of our students complete one or more internships during their time at Stetson. In fact, internships are highly recommended. Internships may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid, and taken during the academic year or the summer. Academic credit can be earned for internships meeting certain requirements. In recent years, our students have interned with "Big 4" and local accounting firms, corporations (such as Siemens, Masco, International Speedway Corporation, Brown & Brown, and Disney), and governmental entities (such as the County of Volusia).
Graduates of our accounting program are expected to continue to be in high demand by employers at attractive salaries. In fact, accounting jobs are expected to increase by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). With an undergraduate degree in accounting, employment opportunities exist in accounting and related fields (many employers like to hire accounting majors for positions in finance and management) with corporations, consulting firms, governments, and not-for-profit entities. Some of our graduates choose instead to pursue a master of accountancy, an MBA, or a law degree (the accounting major provides a solid foundation for law school, particularly for students who are interested in tax, business, or securities law). Graduates who complete 150 hours of coursework and qualify to take the CPA examination (usually by completing our master of accountancy program) typically accept employment with a local, regional, national, or international CPA firm, primarily in the audit/assurance area. More recently, we have also had students begin careers with other organizations such as the Internal Revenue Service. Through the University Career Services office, we continue to host recruiting visits from some of the Big 4 firms and strong regional CPA firms as well as from corporations and government agencies. Historically, the Institute's students have achieved 100 percent placement within three months of graduation.