Accounting & Business Law Internships

Accounting and Business Law internships facilitate meaningful career progression for graduates. An internship provides the student with an opportunity to extend what they have learned in the classroom and helps them determine which career path in accounting they want to pursue. Performance in an internship can transition into a job offer or it can serve as reference for a full time job application. Many firms will not hire an accounting graduate without an internship.

Accounting internships are available at public accounting firms, large and small private businesses and select governmental agencies. Most internships at public accounting firms are available in spring semester. There are also a limited number of opportunities during the summer. A student who has a part-time job doing accounting-related work may earn internship credits.

If you need help finding an internship please email cobinternships@mnsu.edu or schedule an appointment by calling 507-389-2963.

Internship Qualifications:

1. 120 hours of work is equivalent to three credit hours of internship.

2. The job duties in the position must primarily be accounting/business law or accounting/business law-related (80% or more).

3. The person you report to, or your company mentor, should be in an accounting/business law, or accounting/business law-related field.

Unsure If Your Internship Qualifies?  Email the job description to cobinternships@mnsu.edu.

INTERN COMPLETES

1. Letter of Introduction

This one-page letter briefly summarizing your background and your internship goals. This letter should be written in a similar format to that of a standard cover letter and be addressed to the Accounting & Business Law Program Chair

2. Goals Statement

One-page paper including one paragraph for each goal type below:

  • Personal goals - short-term (within one year) and long-term (five years or more).
  • Career goals - short-term (within one year) and long-term (five years or more).
  • Internship goals: detailed list of objectives for the internship that identify what you are trying to accomplish by doing an internship.

3. DARS Report

Access your DARS. Copy and paste this document into Word before attaching to your application.

INTERN GATHERS FROM EMPLOYER

4. Job Description (From Employer)

This document lists your duties and the projects you'll work on during your internship.

5. Internship Offer Letter (From Employer)

Letter should be written on company letterhead and include your start date, end date, and number of hours you'll work each week.

IF REGISTERING FOR CO-OP STATUS, INTERN COMPLETES

6. Co-Op Eligibility Process Form & Agreement

Complete Co-Op Eligibility Process Form and Agreement - Only required if pursuing co-op status.

[PDF] Click here to learn more about what Co-Op entails. (119 KiB)

Please schedule an appointment by calling 507-389-2963 or email cobinternships@mnsu.edu if you have additional questions about Co-Op status.

Steps for Completing the Co-Op Eligibility Process Form and Agreement

  1. Student needs to print, sign name, and list techID and date
  2. List the start and end date for your internship and the academic term
  3. List the company name and your position
  4. Company supervisor needs to sign and date
  5. Department chair signs as both department chair and instructor
  6. Once all of these signatures have been provided, please upload this document to your online profile (Click “Add Attachment” at the bottom of the application to upload) - You do not need the registrar's signiture to upload this document to your online profile
  7. The final step is to bring this document to the Registrar's Office and give it directly to Donna Marzolf.

The Registrar's office will keep this document and will make sure you have permission to register for the co-op course.

  1. Log in to your COB Internships account using your StarID and password.
  2. Click “Experiential Learning” from the menu on the left side of the page.
  3. Click the purple “Add New” button.
  4. Complete all required fields.
  5. Click “Add Attachment” at the bottom of the application to upload the required documents.
  6. Choose “Save as Draft” if you wish to come back and make changes to the application before submitting it.
  7. Click “Submit” once your application is complete.
  8. Email your department chair to notify them that you submitted your application.

Important Note:  If you haven’t received confirmation of your application within one week of submitting your application, please reach out to your department chair

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1. Register

Once you have gotten permission from your Department Chair, register for the course in eServices.

ACCT 497 (Up to 6 credits) — Accounting Internship Credit
Satisfies one of the elective courses required by an Accounting major or minor. You will have to pay for these credits like any other class.

ACCT 398 — Accounting Co-Op Status
Zero credit full-time student status. [PDF] Click here to learn more about what Co-Op entails. (119 KiB)

BLAW 497 – Business Law Internship Credit

If you have questions about which course to register for please email cobinternships@mnsu.edu

 

Completion of Internship

Before your internship ends and you are able to receive a passing grade, you must complete the following. 

1. Stangler Internship Initiative Modules

  • Complete the Stangler Internship Initiative modules on D2L.
  • It is highly encouraged to complete them before your internship starts to be prepared for the professional workplace from day one!
  • You must complete the modules before you can receive a final grade.

2. Final Employer Evaluation

  • Your employer will receive an email with a link to the evaluation.
  • This email will go out 3 weeks before the end of the semester and must be completed before the end of your internship.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to remind their supervisor to complete this evaluation. If your supervisor needs a new copy of the evaluation link, email cobinternships@mnsu.edu. Please suggest to your supervisor to check their spam folders.

3. Final Self Evaluation, Program Evaluation, and Semester Report Surveys

  • Access the surveys from the Experiential Learning page of your account.
  • You can access these surveys as early as 3 weeks before the end of the semester. They must be completed before the semester ends, regardless of when your specific internship ends.
  • You must complete all of the surveys before you can receive a final grade.

4. Final Written Paper or ACCT 200 Class Presentation 

Important Note: If the semester ends before the end of your internship, you will receive an IP (In Progress) grade until you have completed all of the requirements. 

If you have any questions, email your Department Chair or cobinternships@mnsu.edu