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Interns are a valuable resource to SEK&Co. They are treated like first-year staff and have an opportunity to work on a variety of client engagements under the supervision of Firm management. Our internship program will help students become more confident, increase professional skills, and gain a better understanding of the business environment. Visit our Internship Testimonials below to learn what our interns are saying about their experience with the firm.
Paid internships are offered annually during tax season and on an as-needed basis for audit during the summer months.
Tax Season Internships
Begin late-January through mid-April. Minimum of 24 hours per week.
Audit Summer Internships
Begin in June through mid-August. Approximately 36 hours per week.
- Accounting Major
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Excellent communication skills
- Capable of excelling in individual and team projects
- Desire to pursue a career in public accounting
If you would like to apply for an internship or have questions regarding our internship program please email Laura Stover.
“My internship experience with Smith Elliott Kearns & Company has been awesome. Working in the accounting field is very different from the classroom. Being a student, working as an intern at SEK&Co has been a priceless experience. I learned so much about accounting that I would have never knew while being in school. Also, everyone in the office treated me like I was working with them full time and part of the staff. I felt like I was not “just an intern” and the jobs that I completed were valuable to the firm. They always had time to answer any questions I had and help me with whatever task I was working on. Most importantly, everybody working in this office are very nice, and they make the accounting job fun! Overall, I really enjoyed both years I have been interning with SEK&Co, and I would highly recommend it to any student who plans on taking on the accounting world when they graduate.” Kyle Bushong – Spring Intern
“My internship experience at Smith Elliott Kearns & Company has been great. I was encouraged to ask as many questions as I needed and the staff has made me feel like part of the team. Being at SEK has given me the opportunity to learn from friendly and knowledgeable professionals and has allowed me to develop skills that are not taught in the classroom. My SEK experience has reassured me that I want to pursue my CPA and has allowed me to get an inside look at Accounting in the real world. I highly recommended anyone interested in becoming a CPA to make SEK their first choice when applying for internships.” Alex Courtney-Spring Intern
“I had the best experience with my internship at Smith Elliott Kearns & Company. I enjoyed being able to put what I had learned in the classroom to use, while also learning so much more. During my time as an intern, the staff made me feel like I was more than just an intern, and they were also very eager to help me if I had questions. This internship has made it clear to me that I want to pursue a career in public accounting and become a CPA. I am very appreciative for my internship with SEK&Co, and I could not have asked for a better experience! I truly recommend an internship with Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company to a student that is looking to gain an experience in public accounting.” Victoria Ohm-Spring Intern
College Recruitment & Job Fairs
SEK&Co goes in search of new talent several times a year. Our firm actively recruits at college job fairs as well as participates in on-campus recruiting. We invite you to get to know us at one of our scheduled recruitment visits below:
- Mount St. Mary’s University- Accounting Evening
- Shippensburg University – Public Accounting Night
- Messiah College – Accounting Night
- York College – Accounting Night
- Stevenson University – Accounting Fair
- Shepherd University -Meet the Firms
- Penn State Harrisburg – Meet the Firms
- Mount St. Mary’s University
- Shippensburg University
- Messiah College
- Penn State Harrisburg
To learn more about a career or internship with SEK&Co, please email Laura Stover.
The Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC Scholarship at Shippensburg University
This scholarship is presented to Shippensburg University students majoring in accounting who have achieved sophomore status.
GPA Requirements: Recipients must have a cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Residency Requirements: Recipients must be residents of Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, or York County in Pennsylvania or Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, or Washington County in Maryland.
Additional Requirements: Recipients must complete a paid internship with Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC. The Scholarship may be retained for the junior and senior years provided the recipients complete a minimum of 12 credits per semester, remain enrolled as an accounting major and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. For additional information or to apply for this scholarship please contact your Accounting Department Chair.