Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy


Connect with the USF Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy

Employers want to become connected with students, faculty, staff, and student organizations in the USF Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy! Among its many advantages, building connections with USF and its region-wide accounting programs helps:

  • create relationships that lead to recruitment
  • increase brand presence
  • increase involvement in student projects
  • ensure participation at career events
  • promote hands-on research

Business engagement can be one or a combination of the following:

  • Sponsoring projects through the practice center and/or integrative seminar course (a master's level course)
  • Serving as a guest speaker in a course
  • Mentoring students through the Corporate Mentor Program
  • Sponsoring special events such as 25 under 25, the Elevator Competition, the Business Plan Competition or the Career Boot Camp
  • Volunteering for different events – Career Clinic, Corporate Connection, Accounting Preview Day


The Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy's internship course elective is a great way to identify interns. It enables employers to connect with trained students who will gain work experience in accounting for credit.


  1. Register on the university job board, Handshake
  2. Wait for follow-up confirmation that your business has been vetted (3-4 days)
  3. Log-on using the link above to post and manage listing of the internship or job
  4. Search student resumes

The internship course consists of two components: an academic component that focuses on professional development skills and an on-site learning experience component. Prior to the on-site learning experience, students work on professional development skills that can translate to the on-site experience and their careers. The on-site experience is expected to average 10 hours per week for a total of 120 hours over the course of the semester and provide students with valuable industry experience and the ability to apply their knowledge of business/industry practices.

Internship course schedule

The course is structured around the following time periods:

  • Fall semester: August - December
  • Spring semester: January - May
  • Summer semester: May - July

Internship course objectives

The expectation is that students will:

  • Grow and develop professionally
  • Develop a portfolio of experience needed to succeed in business/industry
  • Develop critical-thinking skills
  • Develop communication skills
  • Assess business situations using ethical knowledge and skills

Employer expectations

To participate in the internship course, an employer must:

  • Have a commercial place of business or clearly state that meetings will take place at a commercial place of business;
  • Have a business professional available to mentor the intern on a daily basis, and this professional must commit to developing at least three project experiences for the student and learning objectives related to each of them; and
  • Commit to the evaluation and feedback process being completed in a timely manner.

Unpaid internships will be accepted providing the company provides proof of liability coverage for the student. However, paid internships are common in accounting and will result in more student interest.