Student Apprenticeship

At RLR, LLP we believe you - the students - are our best opportunity for future team members. We are very involved on CSU, UNC and UW campuses and are always interested in meeting the next wave of accounting professionals.

Career, Education, Goals, Skills, Values, Interests

The transition from student life to a professional career can be a challenging step. There is so much more to learn about "real life" accounting and tax work that school education just cannot teach.

We don't believe that traditional summer months only internships can provide a meaningful experience.  Instead we have designed a year round program for students to enable you to start learning what a practice of public accounting truly is like.

About Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship is intended to be a year round, part time position. The best opportunity to learn about public accounting is in the first half of the year as all CPAs are busy with tax and audit season. Our workload typically drops off in the summer months and picks up again in the fall.

During the apprenticeship, you will be exposed to many areas of day to day work in small public accounting firm. You will gradually receive training on all major software and processes in various parts of the practice. You will work under supervision of experienced staff and perform entry level tasks in the following areas:

General & office tasks

  • Training on our document management software
  • Scan, archive, and other work with various documents
  • Assist with mail
  • Assist with project management and file tracking
  • Restore client Quickbooks and other data

Tax

  • 1099 preparation
  • Payroll tax return preparation
  • Source document scanning
  • Organizing source documents in electronic binders
  • Income tax data entry
  • Tax return preparation

Audit

  • Assist with setting up electronic audit project binders
  • Send out and follow up on bank confirmations
  • Importing/ Set up Trial Balance for audits
  • Audit fieldwork

Candidate Requirements

  • Major in Accounting
  • Junior or Senior year
  • A high level of integrity, accuracy, dependability, enthusiasm, and confidentiality
  • Time commitment is flexible and is negotiated based on school workload and calendar.
    • At least 8-16 hrs per week during January through May/June.
      (More hours per week is preferable and encouraged)
    • Fewer hours in summer and fall
As an apprentice with RLR, I was given opportunities to explore every department within the firm, including bookkeeping, audit, and tax. The structure of the firm allows for more control over the amount and difficulty of my workload, while allowing the flexibility to take courses and be present for my family. RLR is full of motivating, empowering, and truly genuine individuals that strive to make everyone feel valued. 

Rachel Richards

I started the Apprenticeship in December of 2017. Before I started working here, I chose RLR because they didn’t force me to choose between tax and audit. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to see and experience all aspects of a working public accounting firm: tax, audit, and payroll. I have been responsible for 1099 projects, Individual Tax Returns, Audit projects, and Payroll Tax Returns, in addition to some administrative duties. As a full-time student, RLR has provided me with complete flexibility, and I have control over my schedule. The people here really value work-life balance. I believe they have provided me with a strong start to my accounting career.

Kelsey Morrison

Days until April 14

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