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.

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

Abisola Oladigbo
"This program and scholarship lowered my education costs, helped me grow as a person, and helped me get my first accounting internship offer. I now have the confidence and skills I need to be a successful professional." 
Abisola Oladigbo
University of Illinois at Chicago 
2018 MTWW Scholar 

Key Benefits:

  • $500 Scholarship and Program Expenses
  • Obtain resume advice and interview coaching from friendly recruiters and volunteer experts
  • Participate in onsite interviews with well-known accounting firms (more than 75% of past participants ultimately accepted leadership, internship, or full-time positions)
  • Exclusive opportunity to interview for a full tuition waiver and $10,000 stipend to the University of Illinois' Master of Accounting Science Program
  • Gain access to mentors: both young professionals and more experienced leaders who have likely been in your shoes and want to help you succeed
  • Meet and interact with other diverse students interested in accounting
  • List on your resume that you are a Mary T. Washington Wylie Scholar
  • Become a leader on your campus and share your knowledge with others


  • Available to attend the program January 3-5, 2019 in Chicago
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident
  • Illinois Resident or non-Illinois Resident who is enrolled in a college in Illinois
  • 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 GPA 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
For more information, please review the 2019  flyer and FAQ brochure

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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 LLP
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Dempsey J. Travis Foundation  
  • Draper and Kramer, Inc.
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Loop Capital
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Sikich LLP
  • Scott Steffens
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC
Questions, comments, feedback contact:

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