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Premium Graduate Placements is a paid placement program. We are a specialist organisation dedicated to securing internships for international graduates and students in Australia and providing coaching in the skills required to find and succeed in a professional role.

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Australian Internships (AI), established in 1998, is a specialist organisation dedicated to arranging internships for young professionals in almost all academic fields. 

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Our student programs are designed for those who are looking to kick-start their career early. We have various programs available to students from any degree background in any university.

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Become a Chartered Accountant, and you can do all this and much more. As a globally respected designation, Chartered Accounting offers great rewards and diverse career paths, both at home and around the world.

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Our graduates and students are our future leaders, that's why we don't put parameters on qualifications or degree disciplines.

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INKOMPASS is an internship program which enables you to discover yourself through portable skills from real business projects, as well as giving you the chance to receive a job offer with us before you graduate!

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Go Abroad China is an organization devoted to fostering international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs in China.

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Our Internship Program have been awarded as most Innovative by Deloitte Asia Read more about our Double Mentoring Program. With over 3000 Interns placed, we cannot get it wrong.

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Being such a large and diverse business, we offer a huge variety of career paths. This means we need bright, talented graduates with a wealth of experience and knowledge.

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The Intern Group is the leading provider of internship programs in London, Madrid, Hong Kong and Latin America. Our internships span all sectors, from elite businesses to government and NGOs

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Woodside is the biggest operator of oil and gas production in Australia. Our Graduate Development Program is a key component of the company’s strategy to build a long term capability

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RB graduates have real responsibility from day one. You will make business critical decisions and be centre stage. Your mentor, buddy, managers and team will all make sure you get the support and experience you need to succeed.

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Ernst & Young have a large number of different graduate, intern and cadet entry level openings available

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Unilever graduate programmes give you the opportunity to: work in the worldwide home of brand excellence where you can make a real impact

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KordaMentha is a market leading boutique professional services firm.

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BHP Billiton provides an outstanding opportunity for you to learn from experts and be exposed to world-class development opportunities.

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Accounting Internship and Vacation Program Guide


Accounting Internship and Vacation Program Guide

For accounting students, securing an internship or a summer vacation program is an extremely important step in their career. Not only do employers look for evidence of practical experience when recruiting graduates (of which an internship or vacation work is a perfect example), these opportunities provide students with an insight into what it is like working in the professional world.

Vacation Programs

Vacation programs are more structured and challenging than average internships. They are run by large companies, as part of their HR strategy to attract the best young minds to work for them after graduation. Vacation programs are offered to students in their penultimate year, and typically run for 12 weeks, during the summer period between late November and March.

Companies go to great effort and cost to make vacation programs attractive to students. Vacation work will include plenty of hands-on experience and teamwork, contributing to real projects. Interns are given the chance to show leadership and demonstrate responsibility. They are usually partnered with “buddies” (graduates) and are mentored by experienced staff members. Sometimes the vacation program will involve travel. In addition, vacationers are paid well (around $12 230 for 12 weeks work), and will be invited to participate in many social events like drinks nights and parties, where they will have the chance to make connections among staff.

Most hotly contested in the accounting industry are the prestigiousvacation programs with the Big Four financial services firms (PwC, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and KPMG). These programs, which are vital recruitment tools for the Big Four, are the source of the majority of their full time graduate employees. Depending on the quality of each year’s interns, up to 98% of Big Four interns will receive offers of full time employment. Other large accounting firms that offer vacation programs include Pitcher Partners, KordaMentha, HK Group, William Buck and H&R Block, among others.

For more information on the differences between internships and vacation programs, and for tips on how to successfully apply to these programs, check out our general internships and vacation programs guide.

More information about graduate programs in accounting can be found here.

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