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A valuable resource to SEK, interns 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 helps students gain confidence, professional skills, and a better understanding of the business environment. Check out 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 with SEK has overall been very valuable and an excellent experience. The employees were all very friendly, patient, and always willing to answer any questions I had. This made learning how to do tax returns less intimidating, and even enjoyable. Their help not only came with the answer I was seeking, but also a smiling face that always made me feel welcomed and appreciated. The professional experience I was able to gain in the public accounting profession will be very valuable for my career and future. I would highly recommend doing an internship with SEK to anyone!"
Shelby Denlinger – Spring Intern
“My internship at SEK has been wonderful. Right away, I noticed the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. The skills and familiarity regarding tax returns that I have learned this tax season are ones that you cannot learn in the classroom. In addition to the new skills, my internship has also helped me develop as a professional. The staff goes out of their way to treat you as a true employee. My internship was a great way to learn real-world knowledge while continuing my education."
Michael McCartney – Spring Intern
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 SEK. 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.