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:

Name                                                  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, Urbana-Champaign  Bolingbrook

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                                    Bensenville

Chakya Kessouagni                            Triton College                                             Broadview

George Matamoros                            Triton College                                             Wood Dale

Robert Navarro                                   Governors State University                       Bridgeview

Rudy Ochoa                                        Bradley University                                     Waukegan

Abisola Oladigbo                                 University of Illinois, Chicago                    Chicago

Osama Osaghae                                 Northern Illinois University                        DeKalb

Janae Reliford                                    Western Illinois University                         Richton Park

Mia Shah                                             Illinois State University                              Bolingbrook

Zaria Ward                                          Southern Illinois University                        Hoffman Estates

Briana Williams                                   Kishwaukee College                                  Rochelle

Tyler Wong                                         University of Illinois, Chicago                    Morton Grove

Briseida Yanez                                    Western Illinois University                         Aurora

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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