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Yankow, Henry G.||File, Clinton M.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

College of Business


Accounting--Study and teaching; Universities and colleges--Curricula


The purpose of this investigation is two-fold: (1) To determine the adequacy of the internship programs in universities in meeting the needs of beginning public accountants in certain selected public accounting firms in the Chicago area. (2) To compare these results with the internship program at Northern Illinois University. The investigation was limited to interviews with beginning public accountants employed by selected certified public accounting firms in the Chicago area. The interviewees held bachelor degrees in business. The degree had been received no more than three years prior to the study. All interviewees had participated in an internship program sponsored by their college prior to employment as a beginning public accountant. There was no age requirement placed on the interviewees. In order to clarify the many facets of this investigation specific answers were sought to six major questions: 1. What specific courses can be identified aa having made a definite contribution to the internship program? 2. What specific points of the internship program made a definite contribution to the duties performed as a beginning public accountant? 3. What specific courses can be identified as being inadequate in meeting the needs of the internship program? 4. What specific phases of the internship program indicated inadequate preparation for the duties performed by a beginning public accountant? 5. What changes should be made in the internship program at Northern Illinois University and/or its pre-requisites through an analysis of the opinions expressed by the interviewees? 6. What recommendations can be made to schools who plan to participate in an internship program now or in the future? The method used for securing answers to these questions was the interview method. The firms were selected from those regularly co-operating with Northern Illinois University in its internship program.


Includes bibliographical references.


viii, 66 pages




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