Are you looking for an internship or employment in accountancy after graduation? If so, you’ll want to interview this fall semester for opportunities with CPA firms, government agencies, and companies. To best prepare, please take the following steps:
STEP I: Connect with an Accounting/Finance Student Organization
Connecting with a student organization provides the opportunity to develop academically, professionally, and get involved with the campus community. Organization membership allows for participation in the Meet the Firms events, connect with firms and hiring representatives in smaller group settings, and creates a shared community throughout the recruitment processes.
- Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting https://sdsualpfa.org/
- Beta Alpha Psi https://sdsubap.com/
- Student Accounting Society https://sas.sdsu.edu/
STEP II: Review Accounting Recruitment Timeline and Guidelines for the Academic Year 2021/22.
- Please see Accounting Recruitment Timeline and Guidelines.
STEP III: Verify the accuracy and professionalism of your application materials.
The accounting profession emphasizes accuracy and professionalism. Employers expect the same of candidates looking to join their firms. Typos, outdated information, and mistakes work against your candidacy. In this highly competitive field, be sure all of your application materials are accurate and professional. Examples of application materials include:
- Resume -- a resume guide (PDF) and templates (.docx) can be found in the Resouce section of Handshake
- Transcripts—upload transcripts by copying and pasting your unofficial transcript into a Word document, and saving it into the “Documents” section of your Aztec Career Connection profile.
Note: Incoming transfer students, please upload an unofficial transcript from your previous institution.
STEP IV: Apply online via Handshake.
All open positions are posted on Handshake. Please read each job description carefully for complete application instructions and interview information.
Be sure to note due dates, application requirements. Government agencies and other employers may hold an information session in Career Services prior to closing a recruitment. Be sure to attend to learn tips for applying for positions.
Fall 2021 Campus Interviewing:
The majority of on-campus interviewing for accounting will occur between September 27 - October 22. Government agencies and other employers recruit using other timelines be sure to monitor your account in Handshake for these opportunities.
Note: These jobs will have separate listings from the tours and require separate applications. Make sure you continually monitor job postings within Handshake.
- You must submit a resume to each posted job description in Handshake. If the firm offers both audit and tax positions, please sign up for one interview only.
- Some firms may provide a link in their job description for you to complete an application. Some firms may also request a transcript. Both the position descriptions and resume submission links are provided in the job listing within Career Services’ Handshake. Be sure to follow directions in the job listing for best candidacy.
If you need support with your application or with using Handshake, Career Services has a virtual front desk. Also, Career Services offers workshops throughout the semester to support your career development needs.