Business Department Announces
a New Accounting Internship
Starting Spring 2015
Pilot Program Declared a Success.
Posted October 7, 2014
Pilot Program Interns Were Honored at
The Business Administration & Accounting Department at Passaic County Community College (PCCC) announces a new internship program in accounting that will enable students to acquire on-the-job experience in local accounting firms while completing their degree program at PCCC.
Starting formally in Spring 2015, the internship will be a requirement for students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Accounting and may be available as an elective to students in other accounting degree programs.
Professor Marshall Saunders, coordinator of PCCC’s accounting internship program said the new internships were created “to provide work experience and offer professional networking opportunities for students in the A.A.S. degree program,” a two-year program designed for students who plan to enter the workforce rather than transfer to four-year college.
Student interns will work for a semester at a partner firm performing accounting and/or taxation duties. At the conclusion of the internship, the firm provides an evaluation of the student’s performance to the student and to PCCC.
|Ismael Faraj (left) with Dikesh Patel
of Sankhya, LLC
In a pilot program launched last spring, three PCCC student interns worked for a semester in three separate accounting firms: Rosa Perez at Smith & Smith in Wayne, Dawn Wang at Lembo & Gray in Wanaque, and Ismael Faraj at Sankhya in Parsippany.
Professor Saunders said the program was a success for all. “The companies all commended the interns for their work ethic and thoroughness and enthusiastically reported that they were eager to participate in the program in the future.
The interns were equally satisfied. Dawn, who has continued to work at Lembo & Gray, commented, "I appreciate that PCCC could provide this internship opportunity for me. I learned how to solve problems on the job which I never can learn from a text book.”
|Dawn Wang with Ronald Gray
of Lembo & Gray.
Ismael remarked that being “expected to learn some aspects of the business on my own,” helped build his confidence that he can meet the challenges of the workplace.
Rosa said she came to realize “the importance of working independently and producing accurate result.”
All three, who have since received their A.A.S. degrees, were recognized at a special reception last June where they received a certificate for completing the internship.
“Internships offer an advantage for these students when seeking employment,” said Professor Saunders, a CPA and former corporate executive who spent the past year promoting the internship program to accounting firms in the Passaic County chapter of the New Jersey Society of CPAs.
He expects more partnering companies will be added in the future. “They understand the benefit to their firm as well as to the student.”
The Business Administration Department at PCCC also offers internships in the Hospitality Management degree program.