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The following material is provided for undergraduate Accounting students interested in the Baruch College internship program. These guidelines introduce the student to information about the value of internships, how to get an internship and the procedures students need to go through to obtain the appropriate College credit for the work.

Internships for Accounting Undergraduate Students

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN STUDENTS ON F-1 VISAS PERFORM ANY EMPLOYMENT PAID OR UNPAID RELATED TASKS WITHOUT CPT APPROVAL.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN ANY STUDENT PERFORM ANY UNPAID EMPLOYMENT TASK WITHOUT REGISTERING FOR AN INTERNSHIP.

FAILURE TO COMPY WILL RESULT IN AN IMMEDIATE DENIAL OF THE INTERNSHIP.

These guidelines introduce the student to information about the value of internships, how to get an internship and the procedures students need to go through to obtain the appropriate college credit for the work. Parts I and III below are to be followed by ALL students wishing to obtain college credit for their internship. International Students may also comply with the terms of Part II.

The Internship Program is the purview of the STARR Career Development Center. They are located in Room 2-150 in the Newman Vertical Campus. For more information about undergraduate internships, please visit Internships in the Career Development Center website. Michael Kalish is the Associate Director, Internship Manager in the Starr Career Development Center.


For more information about graduate internships, please visit Internships in the Graduate Career Management Center website.

Internships may start NO EARLIER THAN THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS for the term and must end NO LATER THAN THE LAST DAY OF EXAMINATIONS (as posted on the Baruch college academic calendar). http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/registrar/due_dates.htm

Part I: Internship for Credit Process for ALL Undergraduate Students:

Qualifications

    • Completed 45 credits
    • Accepted into the accounting program at Zicklin
    • Declared Accounting as a major
    • Taken or currently taking an Accounting 3000 level or above course at Zicklin
    • GPA of 2.5
    • Successfully completed ALL prior internships

Find the Internship

The Career Development Center web site is the place to start. Any job requests sent to the Accountancy Department Office are immediately forwarded to Career Development. NOTE: Only students who wish to receive and pay for college credit for their internship need to proceed further.

Pick the Course you seek to Enroll in

You need to register for a one credit course. The attached Word file provides extensive detail about the alternatives and course requirements. (see Course Description.) You can enroll in a maximum of 6 internship credits.

BUS 3001, BUS 3002, BUS 3003, BUS 3004, BUS 3005, BUS 3006 and ACC 5100 are 1 credit, pass / fail, courses.

Authorization to Work

A few employers want a letter from the School stating that you are eligible to work. Please download the Authorization to Work Form and bring it to the accounting internship coordinator. This is ONLY needed when an employer asks.

Obtain Employment Letter

Your offer letter must include the start and end dates of the internship, the required number of hours per week, the pay rate (if paid) and a description of the intern’s responsibilities at the employer.

Complete the Permit to Register

The Permit to Register Form (click to download) must be filled out by the student once the internship has been arranged. By signing this form, the student agrees to abide by the terms of the internship agreement.

Complete Internship Agreement Form

The Internship Agreement must be completed before registering at the registrar’s office. Without this completed form you will not be allowed to register for an internship. See Internship Agreement Form.

The Internship Agreement requires the following signatures:

    1. Your signature agreeing to the terms and conditions
    2. Employer’s signature
    3. Faculty’s signature (will sign only after the student and employer sign)

Course Registration:

You will receive the registration code for your selected course when you obtain the faculty signature. Then go to the Registrar's Office to register and then to the Bursar's Office to pay any additional fees if required. Once you register and payment is confirmed, you are officially done.

Obtain an “Offer of Employment” Letter

As part of his or her offer to you of an internship, your employer should provide you with a written “Offer of Employment” Letter. This should include:

    • Your supervisor’s name, title, and phone number
    • The firm’s name and mailing address
    • The start and end dates of the internship (International students, please see step II below.)
    • The number of hours per week
    • If paid, the rate of pay
    • A brief description of your responsibilities and duties as an intern. These duties shall not include any cold calling, and are not to be confined to administrative and clerical work.
    • An internship must include 150 hours of service.
    • Unpaid internships should not exceed 15 hours per week.

 

Since the internship is an academic course, we will ONLY approve internship for the dates of the Fall, Spring, and Summer term as defined by the office of the Baruch Registrar.

Part II: For Undergraduate International Students ONLY

International Student Service Center (ISSC)

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL YOU BE ABLE TO WORK WITHOUT CPT APPROVAL. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN AN IMMEDIATE DENIAL OF THE INTERNSHIP.

Internships may start NO EARLIER THAN THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS for the term and must end NO LATER THAN THE LAST DAY OF EXAMINATIONS (as posted on the Baruch college academic calendar).

Federal law requires that any internship during the Fall and Spring academic term CAN NOT EXCEED 40 HOURS PER WEEK. Summer internships can be up to 35 hours per week.

According to the Baruch ISSC website http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/studentaffairs/issc/FAQ.htm

Q. How long does it take for the ISSC to process my OPT application?
A. Presently it is taking 7 business days for the ISSC to process OPT applications

" Students in F-1 status must have been lawfully enrolled in school on a full-time basis for at least one full academic year before becoming eligible for practical training. CPT must be undertaken prior to the completion of a course of study."

Course Registration

Your offer letter must include the start and end dates of the internship, the required number of hours per week, the pay rate (if paid) and a description of the intern’s responsibilities at the employer.

You must 1) take the completed internship agreement form to the registrar's office to register, keep the receipt from registrar as proof of registration 2) Go to the bursar's office and pay for the course 3) Take the registration and bursar receipt, the approved CPT form and the offer letter from the employer to the International Students Office to get CPT.

ISSC will then process your CPT form and inform you if there are any problems.

(see: CPT Form)

Part III: Once the internship is completed

You will need to submit an internship report and fill out the following evaluation forms in order to successfully complete an internship.

Student Internship Report: Undergraduate students must write an internship report as described in the Course Description. You will not get a grade until you submit these completed evaluations and the report. The report must be at least 3 typed pages.

Employer Evaluation Form: This form needs to be completed and signed by your supervisor.
(see: Employee evaluation Form)

Student Evaluation Form: This form should be completed by you and is an evaluation of the firm and your experience there.
(see: Student evaluation Form)

Internship registration deadlines:

Please see Baruch College Academic Calendar for deadlines:

http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/registrar/due_dates.htm

No registration codes will be issued after these dates

Department of Accountancy Internship Coordinator

Joseph Weintrop
Room 13-249
Office Hours: Tuesday 1-3, Thursday 10-12
Phone: 646-312-3185
Fax: 646-312-3091
Email: Accounting.Internship@baruch.cuny.edu

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