Thank you to all of the participants, employers, and volunteers who made the 2022 Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program a success! Our next program will be held in January 2023.

This award-winning 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 internships that could lead to full-time jobs.

For more information, check out the Flyer, Participant Testimonials, and the 2022 Program Agenda.

2022 MTWW Group Photo

2022 Mary T. Washington Wylie Scholars

Key Benefits

  • $500 scholarship 
  • Resume advice and interview coaching
  • Develop your LinkedIn profile
  • Virtual interviews with well-known accounting employers 
  • Gain access to mentors
  • Network with other diverse students
  • Become a leader on your campus


  • 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
  • Have not already completed or committed to an internship with a participating employer*
*Participating employers include: Abbott, BKD CPAs and Advisors, Crowe LLP, Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Grant Thornton LLP, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, KPMG LLP, Northern Trust, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Sikich LLP, and Wipfli LLP

Who is Mary T. Washington Wylie, CPA

A native of Chicago, Mrs. Washington Wylie (1906-2005) 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 accounting practice in a basement on the South Side of Chicago. She became the first African American female CPA in the U.S. in 1943 and was a trailblazer who 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, was one of the largest black CPA firms in the country, and has since combined forces with Mitchell Titus, carrying on her legacy.  

Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund

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 Internship Preparation Program possible. The Fund has received more than $1 million in support from individual and corporate donors. Thank you to the following major donors for their generosity:
  • Abbott 
  • BKD CPAs and Advisors
  • ComEd
  • Crowe LLP
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Dempsey J. Travis Foundation  
  • Draper and Kramer, Inc.
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Loop Capital
  • Northern Trust
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Sikich LLP
  • Scott Steffens and Family
  • Washington, Pittman & McKeever LLC
  • Wipfli LLP