Rev 8/11


CIP CODE AREA: 52.0302 (Accounting Technician)


COURSE NUMBER: ACNT 2386 (Common Course)

COURSE TITLE: Internship – Accounting Technician

CREDIT HOURS: 3; LECTURE HOURS: 12 hours weekly work-based experience. 


METHOD OF PRESENTATION: One hour discussion each week and 12 hours work-based experience.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: ACNT 2386 An experience external to the college for an advanced student in a specialized field involving a written agreement between the educational institution and a business or industry. Monitored and supervised by a workplace employee, the student achieves objectives that are developed and documented by the college and that are directly related to specific occupational outcomes. This may be a paid or unpaid experience. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. A student will work a minimum of 12 hours per week at an accounting job approved by the Accounting Internship Advisor. Additionally students will meet with an Accounting Instructor for one hour per week to review the students progress and discuss related issues. Prerequisites: Student muast be in last semester of course work required for tha associates degree or certificate. Instructor approval required. (ACC 2453).

TEXTBOOKS: No textbooks required. Student must maintain journal of work experience.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: See specific Instructor's First Day Class Handout.

OTHER: The accounting internship program at ACC is designed to provide an external capstone experience for accounting students, regardless of the degree plan they are completing. You should be in your last semester of coursework for your degree unless you have received special permission to register for this course.

Interns are expected to work a minimum of 192 hours during the semester (e.g. 12 hours per week for 16 weeks). The scheduling of work hours and compensation arrangements are best done by the interns and sponsoring company. The sponsoring company should designate a supervisor who will be asked to complete an evaluation of the student intern’s performance as well as meet with the faculty coordinator on-site, at the convenience of the supervisor.

Each intern should keep an on going journal summarizing significant problems and/or accomplishments experienced during their internship. This journal will form the foundation for a report, approximately 2-3 pages in length, which will be turned in at the last class meeting. You will also be asked to orally present a summary of your report to the rest of the class.

Course Objectives and Core Competencies:

Course Rationale:

The goals and objectives of this course prepare students for (1) obtaining or improving job skills, (2) qualifying for a business or accounting job, (3) achieving job advancement, completing the courses required for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam (a minimum of an undergraduate (4 year) degree is required for the CPA exam), (4) preparing for accounting or business certification exams (CMA, CFA, CGFM, CIA, etc), (5) preparing for a master’s program, (6) working as an entrepreneur, (7) completing degree requirements and/or (8) fulfilling personal goals.

Scans Competencies:

Required Texts/Materials:

For required texts/materials, go to Click on Textbooks and First Day Assignments.

Instructional Methodology:

The objectives of this course will be met by incorporating a variety of instructional methods. These include lecture, case studies, group activities, student presentations, research papers, and/or online accounting and tax database research, periodical research.

Scholastic Dishonesty:

The following statement on scholastic dishonesty must be included: Acts prohibited by the college for which discipline may be administered include scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating n an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside work. Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their thought, research or self-expression. Academic work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether taken electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom presentations, and homework.

Students with Disabilities:

 The following statement on students with disabilities must also be included: Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester.

Course Evaluation/Grading System

Course Grade
Monthly reports and communication with instructor
Supervisor evaluation
End of semester report

How to Reach the Instructor, and Course Outline/Calendar:

Refer to the Instructor’s syllabus for this course.