The Illinois CPA Society announced on Tuesday that they're now accepting applications for theMary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program. The program looks to help minority students interested in the CPA profession prepare for entry-level accounting internships.

The program seeks to advance diversity within the profession by building skills and providing opportunities for success to minority students. The program will prepare and place students in internships at Illinois firms, and in the process expose students to the profession, access to practical training, resources, and mentors.

“It was a life-changing experience that not only helped me grow as a student, but also as a future accounting professional. I would not have had an internship opportunity without this program,” said Bryant Riley, Roosevelt University student, 2015 MTWW Scholar, in a statement.

The program is hosted January 4-6, 2016, with all expenses paid for selected students. At the end of the program, participating accounting firms including Crowe Horwath, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, KPMG, PwC, and Sikich will interview students for multiple paid internship opportunities. Additionally, all participants will receive a $500 scholarship to aid educational expenses.

The program is funded by donations to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois’ Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund.

Interested students can apply at the ICPA's site here. The deadline for applications is November 24, 2015.