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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. At 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 five years since the program's inception, 125 students, representing 37 schools, have participated. To date, more than 80 students have received an internship or other offer. In addition, all students walked away with a $500 scholarship to help with educational expenses.


  • Available to attend the program in Chicago from January 3-5, 2018
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident, and a racial/ethnic minority currently underrepresented in the accounting profession (e.g. African American, Hispanic/Latino, etc.)
  • Enrolled in an Illinois 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 committed to an accounting firm or an internship and have not already participated in this program


Student Profiles

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


2017 MTWW Scholars
2017 Scholars (Back row from left to right) Victor Velazquez, Kendall Benton, Aaron Sanchez, Erick Tapia, Maria Magana, Allison Luna, Tricia Parham-Barney, Jemilyia Johnson, Malcom Brooks, Jeaneice Payne, Marquis Cherry, John Williams, Eloy Nunez, Dominique Matlock, Daniel Flores, Chad Young. (Front row from left to right) Maria Roa, Sherice Daughrity, Alexis Wright, Andrew Leavell, Roman Barnes, Airaseem Perdomo, Gabriela Zavala, Shakema Spigner, Isabela Valentin.

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:

  • 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, & Makena Steffens
  • Sikich LLP
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC


Questions, comments, feedback

Devin Payne
Student Marketing & Outreach Coordinator | 312.517.7652