Summer Leadership Programs (SLPs)
SLPs are an excellent way to build relationships with accounting firms and companies. The programs are typically two to three day retreats where students focus on learning about the culture of the profession including: team building, networking, professionalism, etiquette, and client service.
Recruiting for SLPs takes place during the spring Career Showcase and typically involves a campus interview. SLPs are recommended for students who have completed Financial Accounting and Reporting 1 (ACG3101) and Business Processes and Accounting Information Systems (ACG3401) prior to the spring semester in which they are recruiting for an SLP. The Course Sequencing Chart for the 3/2 program describes the correct tracking pattern.
Students currently enrolled in ACG 3101 and / or ACG 3401 during the spring SLP recruiting period are off track. It may be possible for these students to get back on track by taking Summer courses. If these students stay off-track, attend an SLP, and it ultimately results in an internship offer for the following spring or summer, their graduation will be delayed one year if the offer is accepted.
For students enrolled in class during the summer, SLPs, though only two or three days long, can conflict with class meetings, assignment deadlines, quizzes or exams. Class commitments should be a priority. Instructors are not required to make accommodations for students who are attending SLPs.
As long as it does not delay progress towards graduation, students are encouraged to complete an accounting internship one year before graduation. This would typically be the Spring/Summer at the end of the senior year, before the final year of the MAcc program. The internship experience provides students with the opportunity to apply the accounting concepts they have studied in the classroom. It helps develop practical skills that will be required of entry-level professionals. Finally, an internship exposes the student to the culture of the profession and reinforces the importance of communication and interpersonal skills. To be on-track for a spring or summer internship, students should complete TAX 5025, TAX 5027, ACG 5637 and ACG 5647 during the fall semester of their senior year. The Course Sequencing Chart for the 3/2 program describes the correct tracking pattern.
Although it varies by employer and city, there are typically more spring internships available than summer. Spring internships can often provide a richer professional experience, particularly in the audit area.