The award-winning Internship Preparation Program is an all-expenses paid opportunity held in Chicago in early January 2019. The program launches African American and other racial/ethnic minority college students into the accounting profession with access to training, resources, and mentors. At the end of the program, accounting firms interview the students for a variety of paid internships that could lead to full-time jobs.


  • Available to attend the program in Chicago in early January 2019
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident, an Illinois Resident, and a racial/ethnic minority currently underrepresented in the accounting profession (e.g. African American, Hispanic/Latino, etc.)
  • Enrolled in a college as a sophomore, junior, or senior with a 3.0/4.0 CPA or equivalent 
  • Currently or interested in majoring in accounting (completion of an introductory accounting course is preferred)
  • Have not already completed or committed to an accounting firm or an internship and have not already participated in this program
  • Application deadline will be announced in fall 2018

Take a look at last year's agenda to see the opportunities provided to our scholars!

Student Profiles

Meet a few of the many students whose lives the Accounting Internship Preparation Program has changed.
2018 MTWW

2018 Scholars (Back row from left to right) Tyler Wong, Janae Reliford, Mia Shah, Andrew Allen, David Ascencio, Leslie Clottey, Benjamin Hamgeri, Robert Navarro, Osama Osaghae, Abisola Oladigbo (Middle row from left to right) Maira Gutierrez, Rudy Ochoa, Shazia Fatima, George Matamoras, Daniela Griffin, Rosalia Avila, Guadalupe Belmonte, Briseida Yanez, Tito Cruz (Front row from left to right) Bresha Black, Zaria Ward, Briana Williams, Samson Hailu, Indira Escalante, Chakyah Kessouagni

Mary T. Washington Wylie

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.

Donations to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois’ Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund make this program possible. The Fund has received more than $720,000 in support from individual and corporate donors. Thank you to the following major donors for their generosity:
  • Abbot 
  • ComEd
  • Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Dempsey J. Travis Foundation  
  • Draper and Kramer, Inc.
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Loop Capital
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Scott Steffens and Family
  • Sikich LLP
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC


Questions, comments, feedback

Devin Payne
Student Engagement & Diversity Specialist | 312.517.7652