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

CHICAGO, January 8, 2019 More than two dozen minority accounting students spent part of their winter break learning skills to help advance their future careers. Last week 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 selected applicants. The primary goal is to prepare students with the skills needed to obtain and to succeed in accounting internships.

During the program, the following organizations presented sessions and many interviewed students for a variety of paid accounting internships: Abbott, Crowe 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 2019 Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program:





Maram Abdullah

Robert Addo

Zeeshan Ahmed

Morayma Barron

Daisja Burns

Davonte Carson

Carmen Flores

Bernard Forson

Rabella Giyo

Manuel Gonzalez

Amari Hall

Emani James

Starletta Keene

Grant Losper

Stephanie Mbi

Noe Navarro

Jennile O'Connor

Raven Overton-Price

Samantha Perez

Michael Romero

Lucas Simon

Brittany Sims

Jeren Stewart

Cierra Walls

Lorenzo Watson-Lemarche

Western Illinois University

University of Illinois at Chicago

DePaul University

University of St. Francis

Purdue University Northwest

Ball State University

College of DuPage

University of Illinois at Chicago

Judson University

Harold Washington College

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Judson University

Bradley University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Governors State University

Loyola University Chicago

Western Illinois University

Triton College

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Augustana College

Governors State University

Monmouth College

Western Illinois University

Aurora University






South Holland

Glendale Heights


Hoffman Estates



Calumet City

Kenosha, WI


Hillsboro, OR

Chicago Heights



Elmwood Park



South Holland


Calumet City



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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