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Mary T. Washington Wylie
Internship Preparation Program

Now Accepting Applications for the January 4-6, 2016 Program! 
Applications due November 24, 2015.



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The award-winning Internship Preparation Program is a three-day, all expenses paid program held every January in Chicago. The program is available for up to 25 African American and other underrepresented minority college sophomores, juniors, or seniors interested in accounting. The goal of the program is to prepare students for the CPA profession through practical training, resources and mentors. As the end of the program, participating firms interview the students for a variety of paid internships.

The program was held for the first time in January 2013. We are pleased to report that in the three years since the program's inception, 75 students, representing 32 schools, have participated. To date, more than 40 students have received an internship or other offer. In addition, all students walked away with a $500 scholarship to help with educational expenses. 

Empower the Future – INSIGHT magazine article 2013



  • Be an underrepresented racial/ethnic minority in the accounting profession (e.g. African American, Hispanic/Latino,etc.).
  • Be enrolled in an Illinois college at the equivalent of a sophomore, junior, or senior level for the 2015-2016 academic year. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Currently or intending to major in accounting and ultimately become a CPA.
  • Completion of an introductory accounting course is preferred.
  • Have a 3.0/4.0 GPA or equivalent.
  • Not currently committed to a particular accounting firm for an internship.
  • Not already participated in the Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program. 
  • Submit completed application, transcript and recommendation letter from a current or past accounting professor, academic advisor, employer, mentor, volunteer manager, etc.
  • Available to attend the program January 4-6, 2016 in Chicago. 


Meet a few of the many students whose lives the Accounting Internship Preparation
Program has changed.


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Kierra Smith
Deon Taylor
Brandi Jackson


2015 Scholars
2015 Scholars (Back row from left to right) Brandi Jackson, Susan Chun, Justin Sumait, John Satkas, Ellis Dudley, Jaareshiah Quarles, William Hernandez, David Salgado, Adrian Moreno, Jairo Flores, Deon Taylor, Justin Santiago, Bryant Riley, Praveen Prasad Madathil, Seyma On.  (Front row from left to right) Naomi Sorunke, Paulline Velasco, Jocelyn Depaz, Carina Ramirez, Montserret Sanchez-Garcia, Artaysia Clark, Olicia Wynter, Tamara Tillman, Jessica Zulfekar, Laura Rodriguez.


Mary T. Washington Wylie was the first female African-American CPA in the United States. In 1939, she founded her own firm, known today as Washington, Pittman & McKeever. At a time when most firms would not hire minorities, Ms. Washington recruited young African-Americans from around the country, enabling them to fulfill the apprenticeships needed to earn their CPA licenses. She was a groundbreaker and mentor who fostered the development of a generation of African-American CPAs. 

As a tribute to her legacy, the Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund was established in collaboration with the Illinois CPA Society and the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois to offer opportunities that promote diversify and strengthen the accounting profession.

Remembering Ms. Washington – INSIGHT magazine article 2005


Donations to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois’ Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund make this program possible. The Fund has received more than $535,000 in support from individual and corporate donors. Thank you to the following major donors for their generosity:

  • ComEd
  • Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Draper and Kramer, Inc.
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Loop Capital
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Scott & Kelly Steffens
  • Sikich LLP
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC

For questions or more information, please contact student@icpas.org or 312.517.7652.

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