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Sikich LLP is a global company specializing in technology-enabled professional services. Now with more than 1,500 employees, Sikich draws on a diverse portfolio of technology solutions to deliver transformative digital strategies and ranks as one of the largest CPA firms in the United States. From corporations and not-for-profits to state and local governments and federal agencies, Sikich clients utilize a broad spectrum of services and products to help them improve performance and achieve long-term, strategic goals.

sikich scholars program

Sikich Scholars is the company’s established internship program. Sikich provides various opportunities for college students and recent graduates who are looking to learn and grow through real-life experiences in the workplace.

Scholars will be onboarded together during New Hire Orientation (NHO), taking place at the beginning of January and the middle of May each year. NHO will provide students the information necessary to effectively participate in their internships – sessions on time entry, Sikich firm overviews, IT information sessions and much more.

Scholars will remain engaged and involved through their entire duration with the firm, starting with NHO and moving into their engagement and project work at the firm. The goal is for the Scholars to feel connected to the firm and involved, whether in-office or virtual.

Throughout their internships, Scholars will be aware and focused on their performance within each engagement and project they are a part of. Managers will be actively involved, providing support, feedback, and guidance for Scholars on a regular basis.

Sikich’s internship program has always focused on personal and professional development in all facets. We focus on development by utilizing our Buddy Program for new interns (and new staff). Buddies will have the opportunity to connect with the Campus team to discuss ways to stay engaged, as well as ask questions throughout their buddy’s time at the firm. Scholars want to be provided more information and better development opportunities, so these programs are essential moving forward.

Scholars will hone into the firm’s ties to the community in which we serve. During NHO, they will be fully immersed in understanding the FORCE (Focus on Raising Community Engagement) program, our dedication to giving back, and be provided information about opportunities to engage within communities in the future. Students also participate in a Sikich Scholars Cares initiative during their duration at the firm.

Scholars will be provided several opportunities throughout their internship to be social and interact with their intern class at Sikich.


What our scholars say...
The group of interns we have this summer have been so helpful and fun to interact with; the Sikich Scholars program has done such a great job allowing us to get to know one another! 
I really feel like I fit in with the special culture that Sikich has created.”
Isabel S
Intern, Naperville
It has been a pleasure interning for the Sikich Title IV Audit Team. The hybrid workplace has allowed me to work comfortably while still being held to the highest quality standard of work. The entire Sikich community has been very welcoming and is always there if you need assistance!”
Ryan L
Intern, Naperville
I love being a Sikich Scholar. This was my first internship, and it has been an amazing opportunity! The major takeaway for me was how diverse Sikich is and how they show their appreciation to their employees! Here's one of my favorite quotes "Failure is the key to SUCCESS. Each mistake teaches us something."
Joneice B
Intern, milwaukee

our mission and vision

To inspire a group of our diverse, young professionals and equip them with knowledge, hands-on experience, and leadership characteristics, thus creating a workforce of innovative future leaders.

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Sikich offers a wide range of internships in Spring and Summer. Each opportunity allows students to experience real-life scenarios, work with different teams, and help build their personal brand.

Sikich recruits from a variety of schools for internships and entry-level opportunities. There are many ways to meet with our professionals on campus including career fairs and networking events. Check out the campus recruiting calendar to find out where we will be next!

Interviewing tips

Long before you land that crucial interview, take advantage of the resources available at your school. Most universities have a career center on campus that can help connect you with employers and internships in your primary field of study. Your campus might also provide career development courses, resume writing and review seminars, and networking opportunities that can help you find the ideal internship or job to suit your needs.

If you haven’t been to many interviews, ask a friend or classmate to help you get more comfortable with the process. Find a list of commonly asked interview questions online, including behavioral based interview questions, and think about how you would answer them.  You should also take advantage of any Mock Interviewing activities that your career center may offer.

Don’t memorize boilerplate answers. Instead focus on answering the questions honestly and in a relaxed manner.

Spend time reviewing available background information regarding the company or organization hosting the interview. Visit their website to learn about their challenges and accomplishments. Review any press releases that they may have recently posted, and look for any articles that may have been published about the business.

We also recommend reviewing available background information on the person or people who are interviewing you. This will help you feel more comfortable and prepared in the interview.

Carefully study the posted job description and be able to easily summarize why you would be a good fit for the position. Cite how previous experiences – academic, personal, and professional – have prepared you for the role.

Wear an outfit that would be appropriate for the work environment, erring on the too formal side. Show up early for the interview, 10-15 minutes at the most.  If you happen to arrive extremely early, find a nearby coffee shop or a place to wait until about 15 minutes before your scheduled time. If for some unforeseeable reason you need to delay or reschedule, such as illness or car problems, let the interviewer know as soon as possible.

If it is a virtual interview, arrive 15-20 minutes early to ensure connectivity is good and there are no issues. Ensure you have a strong internet connection and sit in an area free of distraction or interruption. It is recommended to use a blurred or virtual background.

During the interview, be polite and attentive. Ensure you keep good eye contact. Please turn off your phone – don’t just put it on silent. Constant vibrating can quickly become a distraction and derail the discussion.

Companies routinely evaluate hiring candidates on the level of enthusiasm and interest they show during interviews. Be prepared to ask questions about the position and the organization. The key is to ask questions that can help you determine if this is the right place/opportunity for you. You may want to ask the interviewer about the company’s culture and why they personally enjoy working there. A little curiosity can go a long way in communicating your interest in the available position.

Before you leave, make sure you have contact information for the interviewer. Then send them a follow-up email or letter, thanking them for the opportunity. Be sure to reference anything that was mentioned during the discussion that piqued your interest in the company and briefly reiterate why you think the job would be an excellent match for your skills.

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