Sample co-op jobs in Public Accounting

Small personal tax preparation office

Job title: personal tax return preparer

A tax preparer is responsible for conducting complete interviews and preparing tax returns in such a way that the client pays the least possible amount of tax as prescribed by law. He/she is also responsible for implementing customer service and public relations programs, office procedures and reporting systems as prescribed by the regional manager. Tax preparers are responsible for working together as a team to provide the best possible service for the client.

Job requirements:

In order to qualify for the position, students must first take a training course which will run the first two weeks of January. They must achieve a grade of 80% or better in both the theory exam and the tax software exam. Dates and location offerings to be announced at a later date. Students will not be charged for this course nor will they receive remuneration. Paid P&P training will begin in the later part of January.

Any student who does not successfully pass the course may be offered other positions for the term such as customer service representative.

Global accounting firm

Job title: taxation analyst, co-op

Job description:

XXXX is one of Canada's leading professional services firms, providing audit, tax, consulting, financial advisory and enterprise risk services to a wide range of Canadian and international clients. We have more than XXXX talented people in XX offices dedicated to helping our clients excel.

As a staff accountant co-op, you will develop an understanding of the business and economic environment in which our clients operate. You will work with a great number of professionals, both inside and outside of XXXX, which will build your insight into prevalent business practices. You will focus on the substantiation of financial and control assertions made by our clients in the public and private domain and contribute to our clients' success through your involvement in procedures of a more consultative nature.

Our staff accountants are key team members from day one. Initial responsibilities would be:

  • Assist in the planning and execution of financial and audit statements;
  • Design and execute audit strategies;
  • Provide solutions to our clients considering current business and financial conditions;
  • Interact extensively with clients.


Successful candidates will have the following attributes:

  • Pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) or other degree, along with completion of the CPA Ontario accredited courses leading toward a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
  • Intention to obtain CPA designation.
  • Demonstrated academic excellence and leadership ability.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, that allow you to adapt to a variety of clients and industries.
  • Excellent interpersonal relations and demonstrated ability to work with others effectively in teams.
  • Ability to thrive in an environment of pressing deadlines and constantly changing conditions.
  • Proven creativity, the ability to develop and present new ideas and conceptualise new approaches and solutions
  • Ability to focus on client service and strive to exceed clients' needs while remaining committed to XXXX vision and objectives
  • Proven analytical skills with ability to tackle problems systematically to determine causes and produce effective solutions
  • Strong business acumen and knowledge of the current economic climate
  • The poise and bearing to represent XXXX with the maturity and professionalism that is the hallmark of being the number one professional services firm.

National accounting firm

Job title: student-in-accounts

Job description:

Co-op students at XXXX are exposed to a wide variety of work, due to the diversity and size of our client base and the breadth of our services. You will not spend time doing the same routine tasks month-after-month that you might in other firms. Our process of learning to prepare an entire file, including financial statements and related tax returns, under the guidance of a manager, makes the work more interesting and more relevant to developing your technical knowledge and skills.

In your first work-term with XXXX, you will focus on developing your accounting skills while working on non-assurance engagements, with support from your manager, so that you start your career with a strong foundation. You will also have opportunities to begin working directly with our clients.

In your second work-term, you will have more extensive opportunities to work directly with our clients and to develop your client relations skills. You will become more involved in review and audit engagements and you will develop and refine the skills required to complete these assignments while receiving continuing through the guidance and support from senior staff, managers and partners.

The work environment at XXXX truly is relaxed and friendly. Our partners and managers have their doors open and interact, continually, with staff at all levels. We have an attractive, modern work environment and each employee has a personal workspace. We also offer a business-casual dress policy when appropriate and many popular social activities.

In addition to competitive salaries, we also offer the opportunity to balance your work with your other interests in life. We offer flexible hours and we pay for overtime work when extra hours prove to be necessary. With paid overtime and free parking, our total compensation package is extremely competitive when compared to firms of any size.  If you are interested in getting your career off to the right start by working with a firm that is committed to your development as a Chartered Professional Accountant, we look forward to receiving your application. Candidates should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and work well as part of a team.

Regional accounting firm

Job title: accounting co-op

This is a Non-designated CPA Firm. There are no campus interviews for this position. Candidates who are selected for interviews will be asked to visit our XXXX offices.

Job description:

This is a small XXXX , non-designated, CPA firm seeking a junior/intermediate CPA student.  The successful candidate will be required to do personal tax returns, trust returns, T4s, T5s and, if capable, prepare working papers for financial statements and corporate tax returns.

The ideal candidate will have some previous experience working for a CPA firm. Applicants must be PC literate with a good solid accounting knowledge.

I am looking to hire a bright, energetic individual who possess initiative, good communication skills and a desire to learn and contribute to the firm.

In return, I am offering a competitive salary and a pleasant small office environment.

National accounting firm

Job title: staff accountant

Job description:

XXXX is currently recruiting staff accountants to join our team of client service professionals.


Staff accountants are responsible for completing assigned sections on larger audit or review engagement files. The staff accountant is also responsible for completing entire files on small review engagement or notice to reader, files. Please note that having access to a vehicle is mandatory.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Assist seniors with completing audit forms on Caseware/Caseview including ensuring it incorporates the latest templates and preparing letters in draft form
  • Inquire of the senior about any tests or procedures that may be unclear throughout the audit
  • Report to the senior any matters encountered that may adversely affect the outcome of the audit. In addition, discuss issues with the senior that may require modification to the audit plan
  • Gather all pertinent information for the notes to the financial statements, drafting the notes that are relevant to your sections of the file, and gathering management letter points
  • Summarize agreements/documents; identify all relevant points
  • Complete the tax matters schedule where it relates to your section of the file
  • Follow up on all outstanding confirmations
  • Initiate discussions with the senior to make him/her aware of the status of your sections
  • Monitor the time spent on any individual section of the file by recording actual time incurred
  • Accumulate questions for the client and discuss them with the senior
  • Clear all review notes on a timely basis and ensure they are complete
  • Prepare a list of outstanding issues for each of your sections of the file and indicate a follow up plan
  • Perform tests of transactions to verify audit assertions
Post fieldwork
  • Follow up on any outstanding issues and assist the senior in the completion of the file
  • Update Caseware/Caseview for any additional adjusting entries as provided by the sr/mgr/partner
Skill set and behavioural competencies
  • Working towards completion of the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation
  • Strong accounting and auditing skills
  • Knowledge of Caseware/Caseview an asset
  • Results oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure and multi-task

Global accounting firm

Job title: tax staff - corporate tax

Job description:

As a university co-op student interested in a work-term in personal tax, you will work in both tax and assurance (to begin fulfilling the practical experience requirement for your CPA), with a view to gaining exposure to personal taxes.  You'll pool your talents, knowledge and skills in a team-oriented environment, working with people like you and with people whose backgrounds and skill levels are very different from your own. By matching your needs with ours, we create an environment that encourages professional excellence while remaining responsive to your need to balance the demands of work and life. Through learning, teaming and leadership, at XXXX you can achieve so much more.

  • Preparing corporate tax returns
  • Developing working relationships with clients
  • Interacting with tax authorities regarding tax discrepancies and client statements of accounts
  • Arranging and presenting data on schedules, spreadsheets, returns or other work reports
  • Applying knowledge of tax forms, basic tax concepts, computer applications and other source material to prepare tax returns, projections and other data

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Tax Staff for the January to April work-terms in our Corporate Tax Practice  in our XXXX office.  For more information about exciting career opportunities with XXXX, please visit our website XXXX, pick up a copy of our recruiting brochure, or speak with your campus career counsellor. 

Global accounting firm

Job title: audit co-op associate

Job description:

At XXXX, we can help you build the knowledge, skills and long-term relationships needed to succeed. Join a distinctive professional services firm that offers you a challenging and rewarding career, and enables you to develop to your potential, both personally and professionally.

As a XXXX working towards your CPA designation, you can:

  • Be a part of a dynamic, inclusive workplace environment that is committed to putting their people first.
  • Participate in our world-class training program as you work towards achieving your CPA designation.
  • Diversify your client experience by working directly with leading-edge public and private clients in over 15 different industries.
  • Work alongside audit teams to deliver outstanding client service.
  • Contribute to team success, while developing your leadership abilities through coaching and mentoring.
  • Combine formal education and on-the-job experience at our local, national and international client sites. Build and sustain long-term relationships with clients and leaders within the firm.
  • Develop a holistic view of business and take part in community and sustainability initiatives.
  • Take advantage of our comprehensive benefits and programs, including flexible fitness allowances, wellness programs and team volunteering opportunities, and achieve better flexibility in work and other parts of your life.

Full-time and co-op positions are available for campus recruits in our XXXX offices starting September for full-time and January XXXX for co-op. Co-op positions are also available in our soon to open XXXX offices starting January XXXX . To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume and transcript (unofficial version is acceptable).

National accounting firm

Job title: student in accounts

Job description:

XXXX is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. Together with the XXXX, XXXX has more than XXXX people in XX offices across the country and annual revenues of more than $XXX million. XXXX is a Canadian member of XXXX, whose member and correspondent firms operate in over XXX countries worldwide. Recognized as one of Canada's Best Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute, XXXX focuses on being a bold and positive leader in our chosen markets and within the professional services industry. XXXX holds a strong commitment to our values of collaboration, leadership, excellence, agility, respect and responsibility.
Looking for an opportunity where you can...

Be somebody?

Your strong academic achievement is a given, but it's not the only thing that sets you apart. We're interested in who you are, what you're passionate about - all that is uniquely you.

Test your limits?

Our smaller teams mean you do more, earlier in your career, with exposure to senior people and clients across a vast range of industries. We're a national, full-service firm with international presence - we have what it takes to help you learn, grow, and stretch your abilities.

Make the biggest difference?

We're as pleased to see a small business thrive as a result of our advice as we are partnering with a multi-national organization. And, we'll do what it takes - from coaching little league to volunteering at tax clinics - to make our communities stronger.

Just some of the reasons we've been recognized as one of Canada's Best Workplaces, two years in a row. But, there is a whole lot more to be proud of.

We're looking for accounting students who are interested in pursuing a CPA Accounting designation. XXXX currently has great opportunities, not only in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), but across Canada. If you're a results-driven, team player that learns quickly and is eager to apply your knowledge and skills, then we need to talk!

Regional accounting firm

Job title: student in accounts

Job description:

The incumbent's prime purpose is to assume responsibility to:

  • Develop a high level of competency
  • Ensuring and maintaining the highest standard of professional integrity and competence
  • Possess a working knowledge of the firm's systems, research materials and quality control procedures
  • Preparing working papers in accordance with the firm's standards
  • Keep the senior informed as the engagement progresses and pose questions in a timely manner
  • Attempt to identify issues within assigned sections and to obtain assistance from Senior as needed
  • Respond to queries in a timely basis
  • Access to vehicle with valid driver's license
  • Position available for our XXXX office

Work experience requirements:

  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality client service, quality of work, compliance with firm's policies and procedures, professional ethics and integrity
  • Demonstrates an ability to work in a team environment
  • Perform assigned tasks to the best of ability
  • Has gained the respect and acknowledgement of partners, clients and co-workers
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate with the partner(s), manager(s) and peers
  • Demonstrates the ability to work well under pressure
  • Take studies and articling commitments seriously
  • Prepare for examinations and course assignments


  • Continuous learning to improve one’s technical skills to ensure the highest professional standards
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Exceptional people skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and analytical skills
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines and prioritize functions

Education requirements:

  • Working towards a University degree
  • Working towards the CPA designation

Regional accounting firm

Job title: co-op student

Job description:

 XXXX is a growing, medium sized firm of Accountants located in XXXX. We provide assurance and advisory services, including the complete range of audit and accounting services and the preparation of personal and corporate tax returns. Our clients, generally small to medium sized entrepreneurial businesses, are diverse and are engaged in a wide spectrum of activities.


We are seeking highly motivated individuals for four and eight-month work terms who are eager to assume responsibility and to be involved with a variety of audit and accounting clients.  Responsibilities will also include preparation of personal and corporate income tax returns. 

Strong verbal and written communication skills, an excellent command of the English language and the ability to work autonomously as well as with other professionals are required along with previous experience.

Regional accounting firm

Job title: student in accounts

Job description:

As a public accounting firm, XXXX is committed to going beyond tax returns and financial statements. We provide exceptional professional services designed to meet the special and on-going needs of our clients. Today, we are ranked as one of the premier chartered accounting firms in Canada. XXXX has exciting opportunities for high performing co-op (work-term 2+) in our Advisory and Assurance Department. Reporting directly to the Partner or Manager, the successful candidate's responsibilities are as follows:


Assist in the conduct of client assignments by:
  • Preparing working papers and account analysis;
  • Performing appropriate audit and other tests as directed by audit senior, including confirmation of accounts, inventory observation, reconciliation of balances and vouching to source documents;
  • Completing corporation and personal tax returns;
  • Performing some bookkeeping services as required.
Required skills and qualifications:
  • Previous work experience in a CPA firm preferred
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Exceptional customer service skills
Computer skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office, Caseware, Caseview, CCH Taxprep. Experience is an asset.

We offer a competitive compensation package, professional development and company incentives to make your career choice rewarding.