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Big 4 Internships [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2011, 21:30
I'm planning on applying for a Macc degree this coming fall. I graduated cum laude from Ole Miss with a degree in Political Science aspiring to attend law school after a year off. However, after lots of consideration I've decided to pursue a career in accounting instead. I minored in accounting, doing well and enjoying it surprisingly. I'm specifically looking to apply to schools in the southeastern U.S. because there are a few that do not require a huge amount of prerequisite business courses that I don't want to have to take before I start the Macc.

Wake Forest is the school I'm really focused on trying to get into right now because of their 3-semester program that provides for a 10-week "busy season" internship during the second semester of studies. I'm wondering about how location preference plays into the recruitment for Big 4 internships.

I don't particularly want to intern around North Carolina, because I don't want to live there after I graduate; and I've been led to believe that whichever city you intern at (especially at a Big 4 firm), that's where you are expected to start working if you are fortunate enough to be given an offer for full time employment at the end of the internship. I know several people at Ole Miss who did undergrad acct. and interned in cities all over the southeast including Charlotte, Atlanta, etc. If I were to request an office in another area of the country (with reason), would it matter to recruiters?
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Re: Big 4 Internships [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2011, 13:19
At most big accounting schools (where it is designated as target or key schools for recruiting), you will have the option of applying for a position in the regional office or national office (NYC for most Big 4 firms). You just have to make sure that you will be applying to the right internship/job posting for OCR when applying (hint - you will see same Staff Audit Posting but one will be titled National Office or something similar and another will be titled Regional; for example, in NYC, regional recruiting is labeled metro-something or northeast recruiting)

A former member of this forum went to Wake forest and he/she indicated that she had the option of recruiting for either NYC or regional office from Wake Forest.
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