IDeA (Internship in Department of Accountancy)


Internship Program Overview

The Department of Accoutnacy, University of Kelaniya offers an active, well established Internship program to its undergraduates. Students successfully complete over 1000 hours of experiences each year in large and small businesses, nonprofit, and government agencies. Successful internships provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to apply their classroom learning to the workplace. Internships also provide host organizations with high achieving workers who bring a fresh perspective and ideas.

Objectives of Internship in Accounting

An internship is a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to a student’s field of study or career interest. Internships allow students to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. Through an internship, students are provided an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as an opportunity to learn new skills. Accordingly, Internship in Accountancy programme provides an opportunity to develop following areas of the intern.

a)     Application of technical knowledge

Ability to relate the knowledge gained from accounting, taxation, auditing, regulatory requirements and financial management to business functions and activities.

b)     Application of professional values, ethics and attitudes

Developing appropriate professional values, ethics and attitudes in practical, real life situations

c)     Inculcate professional responsibility

Opportunity to work at different levels of management tiers, understand authority delegation and responsibilities of the position

d)     Business awareness

Acquainted with the environment in which services are provided

e)     Professional skills

To enhance intellectual, interpersonal, communication and business management skills

f)      Information technology (IT)

to apply information and technology to evolve an integrated structure to achieve learning outcome.

Characteristics of an Internship include:

  • Time period: one year to one an half year
  • Generally at one employer site at a time
  • Usually part-time; may be paid or unpaid
  • Learning activities common to most internships include learning objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment

Benefits of Internship Programs

For Employers

  • A cost effective opportunity to evaluate and identify potential future employee.
  • Access to students with necessary skills and/or knowledge.
  • A way to gain short term talent to assist current employees.
  • Enthusiastic, innovative workers who can contribute new ideas based on their academic learning.
  • Fulfilling the corporate social responsibility.
  • Enhanced visibility for your organization within the University structure.

For Students

  • Provides a full and realistic view of the world-of-work.
  • Integrates academic preparation with practical application and skill development in the workplace.
  • Acquire hands-on work experience.
  • An opportunity to network with professionals in one’s field of interest.
  • A chance to explore career options and develop transferable skills.
  • Develop professional contacts
  • Learn directly from experienced professionals
  • Gain experience in a real world situation, including interviewing, working with others, communication skills and culture of various work environments


If you have any further clarificaitons, please do not hesitate to contact Internship Coordinator,


Mrs.Dilini Aruppala

e-mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tel : 0112-903572/566

Postal Address:

Internship in Accounting Center,

Department of Accountancy,

Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies,

University of Kelaniya,


Telephone (Office):   0112- 903566



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