Accountants have many options such as serving as a CPA examining financial statements, providing advice in internal control systems, assisting clients with tax laws and compliance and providing advice on technology services. In addition, many accountants serve in industry developing, producing and analyzing data useful for decision making and reporting to internal and external stakeholders. Some interpret results for management, forecast future financial results and capital requirements. Many work in education, government, consulting information technology services, forensic accounting, environmental accounting and international accounting.
MECOP accounting interns gain experience developing a combination of leadership, communication, analytical, and problem solving skills, in addition to business savvy and technology know-how. The profession requires integrity honesty and objectivity. In addition, accountants/CPA's are required to utilize financial information for making business decisions.
Key Course Highlights
- Transaction recording
- Financial reports - Gathering and summarizing data, analysis interpretation, and preparation
- Accounting theory and conceptual framework
- Fiduciary responsibilities of accountants and organization officers
- Ethical and legal responsibilities
- Current accounting issues
- Solutions to complex accounting problems
- Strategic role of IT
- Understanding of auditing, tax, corporate governance, internal controls, and external financial reporting
Internship Project Samples
- Development of a consolidated Accounts Receivables report for several business units
- Supplier Credit Risk analysis, reporting, and database updates
Active Company Participants
The following participating companies have taken Acct students in the recent past (within the last 5 years):
- Biamp Systems
- ENTEK Manufacturing Inc
- Oregon Department of Transportation
- PCC Structurals
MECOP currently accepts Accounting students from the following universities:
The following timeframes have been laid out by our participating universities for when an internship should be offered. These timeframes have been structured to allow students to participate in the program and not fall behind on their upper-division coursework schedule beyond the terms that internships overlap.
Oregon State University
- Junior Year: Summer-Fall Internship
- Senior Year: Summer-Fall Internship
- Spring-Summer Internship: Internship occurring during Spring and Summer school terms (March through September).
- Summer-Fall Internship: Internship occurring during Summer and Fall school terms (June through December).
Each participating university discipline has a set of required courses that must be taken to stay on schedule for program participation. Theses requirements are optimized to provide the necessary skills to participate in MECOP's internships while minimizing the amount of time added to receiving a degree. If you are a student and want to discuss your current academic qualifications please see our directory of advisors for a list of staff members familiar with MECOP.
- For a full listing of coursework requirements, please visit: https://www.mecopinc.org/students/course-requirements
- Need a spreadsheet to plan your coursework? For sample worksheets, please visit: https://www.mecopinc.org/students/curriculum-plans
- Need to talk to an advisor familiar with MECOP? For advisor contact info, please visit: https://www.mecopinc.org/universities/advisors