Date posted: 1/08/2019 3 min read

Internships with business and accounting organisations: applications open

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) has opened applications for the prestigious annual Achiever Programme.

Each year the Programme attracts the best up-and-coming students in business and accounting, offering university students invaluable industry experience through paid* internships. 

Achiever Programme placements last between 3-12 weeks over summer and unlike other internships, CA ANZ matches students with employers based on their suitability coupled with the employer’s specific requirements.

Last year CA ANZ placed 233 students with some of the most prestigious firms in the country.

More than 70 per cent of students who completed last year’s Achiever Programme continued with their employer in an ongoing position post their placement.

Lee Whitney, CA ANZ Group Executive Account Management, said industry experience is essential for any student who wants to progress their career.

"Accounting, commerce and business are some of the most competitive fields to get into, and while qualifications are absolutely essential, experience can give a candidate an edge,” said Mr Whitney.

“Students who attain relevant work experience are more likely to gain a foot in the door, and kick start a rewarding career with our member organisations, which are the most prestigious in the industry.”

Achiever Programme alumni, Annika Berana, spent a month working at an emerging accounting firm Fordham in their Sydney office whilst undertaking her university degree.

“This invaluable experience allowed me to apply my theoretical, university knowledge in a practical setting,” Ms Berana said.

“Through the Programme, my professional and personal confidence grew, and I got the opportunity to start making valuable networks across the industry.”

John O’Donnell, Managing Partner at Fordham, said the Achiever Programme is crucial for student’s professional development.

“The reality is that most students do not get the opportunity to test out their career choices before completing their degree. Through this programme, they do.”

CA ANZ has been working with a wide range of employers to host students, including corporates, the Big Four, small and mid-tier firms and not-for-profits.

*The salary for student placements is at the discretion of employers and does vary firm to firm.

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