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The award-winning Internship Preparation Program is an all-expenses paid opportunity held in Chicago in early January. 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, employers interview the students for a variety of paid accounting internships that could lead to full-time jobs.


  • Available to attend the program in Chicago in early January 3-5, 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 available 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, CPA (1906-2005)

A native of Chicago, Mrs. Washington Wylie earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. In 1939, when virtually no firms would hire African-Americans or females, let alone an African-American female, she began her own firm in a basement on the South Side of Chicago where she opened doors for future generations of African-American accountants to follow in her historic footsteps. 

Her accounting practice, known today as the Chicago firm of Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC, one of the largest black CPA firms in the country, is now combining forces with Mitchell Titus, carrying on her legacy.  

As a tribute to her legacy, on what would have been her 100th birthday in 2006, Lester H. Mckeever Jr., along with the Illinois CPA Society and the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois established the Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund. Donations to the fund support programs and opportunities that promote diversity and strengthen the accounting profession. 

Donations to the Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund make this program possible. The Fund has received more than $800,000 in support from individual and corporate donors. Thank you to the following major donors for their generosity:
  • Abbott 
  • 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
  • Sikich LLP
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC
Questions, comments, feedback contact:

Kari Natale, Director, Planning & Governance, (312)517-7626