Ready for Bright Futures! Illinois CPA Society Prepares New Accounting Internship Prep Program Grads

CHICAGO, January 30, 2018 More than two dozen minority accounting students from Illinois colleges and universities recently spent their winter break learning skills to help advance their future careers. Earlier this month they participated in the Illinois CPA Society’s highly competitive Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program, which provides three days of training, resources and mentorship for select applicants. The primary goal is to prepare students with the skills needed to obtain accounting internships.

During the program, the following organizations presented sessions and many interviewed students for a variety of paid accounting internships: Abbott, Crowe Horwath LLPDeloitte LLPErnst & Young LLPGrant Thornton LLPKPMG LLPPwC LLP, and Sikich LLP. Additionally, all participants received a $500 scholarship to help with educational expenses.

The Illinois CPA Society is proud to recognize the following students who completed the 2018 Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program:

School Hometown  
Andrew Allen Judson University Milford
David Ascencio Aurora University Romeoville
Rosalia Avila 
Governors State University
Blue Island
Guadalupe Belmonte  Dominican University 
Wood Dale
Bresha Black
Governors State University Chicago
Leslie Clottey 
University of Illinois,
Tito Cruz
Northern Illinois University Chicago
Indira Escalante
Trinity Christian College Hoffman Estates
Shazia Fatima 
Harper College   
Hanover Park
Daniela Griffin
Governors State University
Oak Forest
Maira Gutierrez   
Governors State University Calumet City
Samson Hailu
Harold Washington College Chicago
Benjamin Hamgeri 
College of DuPage
Chakya Kessouagni     
Triton College
George Matamoros 
Triton College Wood Dale
Robert Navarro
Governors State University   
Rudy Ochoa
Bradley University Waukegan
Abisola Oladigbo University of Illinois, Chicago Chicago
Osama Osaghae
Northern Illinois University 
Janae Reliford    
Western Illinois University
Richton Park
Mia Shah     
Illinois State University
Zaria Ward
Southern Illinois University Hoffman Estates
Briana Williams
Kishwaukee College 
Tyler Wong
University of Illinois, Chicago Morton Grove
Briseida Yanez  
Western Illinois University

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


Mary T. Washington Wylie, the first African-American female CPA in the country, was a trailblazer for minorities in the accounting profession. This program bearing her name advances diversity within the profession by building skills and presenting new opportunities for minority accounting students to be successful.



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