An empirical examination of the effect of previous internship experience on interviewing success

William R. Pasewark, Jerry R. Strawser, Jack E. Wilkerson

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A commonly cited advantage of previous internship experience is that it provides the student intern with a comparative advantage over his or her peers in the interviewing process for an accounting-related position after graduation. This research examines the effect of previous internship experience on the students' interviewing success by comparing the interviewing success of student interns and non-interns. After controlling for differences between the characteristics of the two groups of students, previous internship experience has a significant effect only on the probability of receiving an off-campus office visit with a "Big Eight" accounting firm. Therefore, the assertion that previous internship experience enhances the student's chances of achieving success in the interviewing process is not confirmed in all areas of accounting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-39
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Accounting Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


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