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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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Fordham is a leading specialist chartered accounting firm focusing exclusively on private businesses, their owners and their families.

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

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Performance Careers is the Internships division of Performance Education, a leading Australian provider of Professional Year Programs,Internship Placements and English Language Training.

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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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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

Woodside Australia's icon

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 Australia's icon

Reckitt Benckiser is a global consumer goods leader in health, hygiene and home.

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CRCC Asia Australia's icon

CRCC Asia specializes in connecting China and the global community, through consulting, intensive courses and internships.

Grant Thornton Australia's icon

Grant Thornton is one of the world's leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms.

Telstra Australia's icon

Are you looking to get a foot in the door to one of Australia's biggest and best known companies? Come and discover the world of opportunities that you didn't know existed at Telstra

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ANZ is an exciting place to be right now. With a great brand and a clear strategy, we are a vibrant and growing business.

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P&G is the world's largest consumer goods company, touching over 4 billion lives every day with our leading brands; from Pantene to Olay, Gillette to Oral-B. You will join a company acknowledged as one of the world’s best for building Leaders.

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RSM Bird Cameron Australia's icon

We are a full service national accounting firm delivering expert corporate financial and business advisory services to clients across diverse industry sectors.

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Unilever Australia's icon

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 Australia's icon

KordaMentha is a market leading boutique professional services firm.

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McGrathNicol Australia's icon

McGrathNicol is an independent boutique advisory firm specialising in Corporate Advisory, Forensic, Transaction Services and Corporate Recovery

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Standard Chartered Australia's icon

We believe banks can be a force for good. We are well placed to take advantage of the economic shift from West to East, with operations in 71 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Deloitte Australia's icon

Globally, Deloitte is a leading private professional services organisation with over 182,000 people, and generating revenue of more than $US28 billion in 153 countries.

University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales, founded in 1949, is a research-focused university based in Kensington, a suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

University of Newcastle

Ranked among Australia’s top 10, the University of Newcastle is world-renowned for its outstanding track record in teaching, learning and research. Based in the New South Wales city of Newcastle, it has more than 35,000 students, including 7,800 international students from more than 80 countries.

University of Technology Sydney

With an established reputation for delivering intellectually engaging, industry-relevant postgraduate programs, UTS: Law offers a range of internationally recognised courses to allow you to progress.

University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia was established by an Act of the Western Australian Parliament in February 1911, and began teaching students for the first time in 1913.

University of Wollongong

UOW is and always will be about academic excellence, but knows its impact extends beyond teaching and research. It's about making use of knowledge. Being open to new thinking. Making a tangible difference. About connecting like never before.

Institute of Chartered Accountants

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia is the professional accounting body representing Chartered Accountants in Australia. As a founding member of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA), the Institute offers Chartered Accountants automatic membership of the GAA.

Kaplan

Kaplan is one of the world's leading providers of lifelong education with over 1 million students in 30 countries.

The Institute of Internal Auditors

The Institute of Internal Auditors is the leading body representing internal auditors. Globally, the Institute represents more than 170,000 members in 165 countries.

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.

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