More than two dozen minority accounting students from Illinois colleges and universities recently spent their winter break learning skills to help advance their future careers. Earlier this month they participated in the Illinois CPA Society’s highly competitive Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program, which provides three days of training, resources and mentorship for select applicants. The primary goal is to prepare students with the skills needed to obtain accounting internships.
During the program, the following organizations presented sessions and many interviewed students for a variety of paid accounting internships: Abbott, Crowe Horwath LLP, Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Grant Thornton LLP, KPMG LLP, PwC LLP, and Sikich LLP. Additionally, all participants received a $500 scholarship to help with educational expenses.
The Illinois CPA Society is proud to recognize the following students who completed the 2018 Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program:
Name School Hometown
Andrew Allen Judson University Milford
David Ascencio Aurora University Romeoville
Rosalia Avila Governors State University Blue Island
Guadalupe Belmonte Dominican University Wood Dale
Bresha Black Governors State University Chicago
Leslie Clottey University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Bolingbrook
Tito Cruz Northern Illinois University Chicago
Indira Escalante Trinity Christian College Hoffman Estates
Shazia Fatima Harper College Hanover Park
Daniela Griffin Governors State University Oak Forest
Maira Gutierrez Governors State University Calumet City
Samson Hailu Harold Washington College Chicago
Benjamin Hamgeri College of DuPage Bensenville
Chakya Kessouagni Triton College Broadview
George Matamoros Triton College Wood Dale
Robert Navarro Governors State University Bridgeview
Rudy Ochoa Bradley University Waukegan
Abisola Oladigbo University of Illinois, Chicago Chicago
Osama Osaghae Northern Illinois University DeKalb
Janae Reliford Western Illinois University Richton Park
Mia Shah Illinois State University Bolingbrook
Zaria Ward Southern Illinois University Hoffman Estates
Briana Williams Kishwaukee College Rochelle
Tyler Wong University of Illinois, Chicago Morton Grove
Briseida Yanez Western Illinois University Aurora
The Internship Preparation Program is funded by donations to the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois’ Mary T. Washington Wylie Opportunity Fund.
Mary T. Washington Wylie, the first African-American female CPA in the country, was a trailblazer for minorities in the accounting profession. This program bearing her name advances diversity within the profession by building skills and presenting new opportunities for minority accounting students to be successful.