Illinois CPA Society seeks minority students for intern program

The Illinois CPA Society announced that it is once again seeking minority college accounting students, from sophomores to seniors, to apply for its annual Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program.

The all-expenses paid program will be held January 3-5, 2019 with a class of 25 diverse students. Candidates will train for entry-level positions and connect with potential employers, as well as participate in activities such as resume building and interview coaching.

Selected candidates will also receive a $500 scholarship, pro bono business cards, a professional headshot and a LinkedIn profile. At the program's conclusion, candidates will attend onsite interviews with firms including Abbott Laboratories, Crowe, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, KPMG, PwC and Sikich.

“When our scholars end up receiving internships and even full-time job offers, it’s highly rewarding to know that we’ve helped brighten their futures,” stated Kari Natale, director at the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois. “Not only do students leave motivated to succeed, but we see them become more confident and better prepared than they ever imagined.”

The Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program is funded by the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois’ Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund. Mrs. Washington Wylie was the first African-American woman CPA in the United States, and the internship program honors her legacy by boosting diversity in the accounting profession.

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The application deadline for this year's program is Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Interested students can apply on ICPAS' site here.

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