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Since AISP’s beginning in 2012, 51 interns have participated in the program. Of those, 25 have accepted job offers from participating firms.

 

Accounting Intern Scholarship Program Enters Fifth Year

2016 AISP interns "speed meet" partners and staff from participating firms.

At the June 7th orientation day, the 2016 AISP interns enjoyed “speed meeting” partners and staff from participating firms.

Posted June 8, 2016
June 7 marked the start of the fifth year of this unique program with an Orientation Day at Ravinia Green Country Club. As part of the orientation, the interns were able to meet with staff and partners from each of the firms during “speed meeting” sessions.

AISP, which started as the brainchild of Allen Bolnick, CPA and Weltman Bernfield member, is a collaborative effort among six Chicago-area, small to midsize CPA firms. Eight to twelve interns have participated each year. Of the 40 interns who have been through the program, 19 accepted job offers from participating firms.

This year, the program includes eleven interns from the following schools:

  • Augustana College (1)
  • DePaul University (2)
  • Elmhurst College (2)
  • Illinois State University (1)
  • Indiana University (1)
  • Illinois Wesleyan University (1)
  • Loyola University (1)
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1)
  • Waubonsee Community College (1)

    2016 AISP interns

    (l-r, back row) Samantha Dalzell, Dana Goggin, Lauren Allen, Baylee Walters, Elisbeta “Becky” Broscatan, Emily Hadler, Rosanna Ingraffia, (front) Brandon Christopherson, Jack Kegermann, Chris Kincheloe and Jared Arbus

The interns will spend the next several weeks traveling to each firm to learn about various accounting topics, such as sales tax, payroll tax, QuickBooks, S-corp tax, audit and valuations through presentations and exercises. At the end of the program, the interns experience a couple of weeks of hands-on/shadowing work to better understand what happens on a day-to-day basis at the firms.

For more information on  AISP, visit accountingisp.com.

Seven Out of Twelve Interns Hired by Participating Firms

We are pleased to announce that, so far, seven of the twelve interns from the 2015 AISP session have accepted job offers from the participating firms.

That means that over the four years, 19 out of 40 interns have found employment with a participating firm. Plus, a few other interns have been able to connect with other CPA firms due to their participation in the program.

Interested in being part of this program? Application information will be posted later this fall.

Welcome to the AISP 2015 Interns!

Meet the 12 interns selected for the 2015 AISP session…

2015 AISP Interns

(back, l-r) Stilian Pironkov (Triton College), Daniel Austin (University of Illinois), Liam Mundt (Indiana University), Aaron Feld (University of Illinois), Thomas Dubinki (Loyola University), Michael Pawlicki (Iowa State University) and Dylan Creger (Olivet Nazarene University). (front, l-r) Tara Cloonan (Elmhurst College), Patricia Greenfeld (Roosevelt University), Caroline Cunningham (University of Illinois), Emily Mortimer (Elmhurst College) and Julie Cukla (Elmhurst College)

Tuesday, June 2 was orientation day. After a brief overview of how the eight-week session would work, the interns had a chance to meet individually with representatives from each of the six firms in 15-minute speed meeting sessions. The interns will spend the next six days getting an “inside look” at each firm, along with training on various accounting topics.

2015 AISP orientation day speed meeting

The interns will continue to learn about various accounting topics, such as sales tax, payroll tax, QuickBooks, S-corp tax, audit and valuations, throughout the eight-week program. At the end of the program, the interns experience a couple of weeks of hands-on/shadowing work to better understand what happens on a day-to-day basis at the firms.

Summer 2015 AISP Session Starts June 2nd

We’re just a few weeks away from the start of our 2015 Accounting Intern Scholarship Program (AISP). Twelve interns were selected from the more than 60 applications and inquiries we received.

Schools represented this year are:

  • Elmhurst College (3)
  • Indiana University (1)
  • Iowa State University (1)
  • Loyola University (1)
  • Olivet Nazarene University (1)
  • Roosevelt University (1)
  • Triton College (1)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (3)

Watch for more information as we near our start date. Information on our Summer 2016 session will be available this fall.

Meet the 2014 Interns

The 2014 AISP session started on June 3, 2014, with an orientation session at Ravinia Green Country Club. After an informal meet and greet over breakfast, the interns received a general overview of the eight-week program. Throughout the program, the interns will spend time at each of the six participating firms learning the ins and outs of life at small to midsize CPA firms.

2014 AISP meet and greet

An informal meet and greet preceded the program overview at the 2014 AISP orientation day.

Following the overview, the interns took part in “speed meeting” where they moved from table to table to talk with staff members and partners from the six participating firms. This allowed for both the firms and the interns to get to know each other in a more intimate setting. As an added plus, some of the staff from the different firms were alumni from previous AISP sessions who could answer additional questions about the program.

Samiyah Siddiqui, a 2013 AISP alum, represented The Hechtman Group during the "speed meeting" sessions.

Samiyah Siddiqui (center), a 2013 AISP alum, represented The Hechtman Group during the “speed meeting” sessions. Also pictured are 2014 intern Matt Wydra (left) and Steve Kunz from The Hechtman Group.

“This is the second year that we’ve used the speed meeting format,” says Lisa Chester, AISP coordinator and marketing manager for Weltman Bernfield. “Many of the interns have said that they like this format because it gives them individual time with each firm and gives them a chance to meet people before going to the actual firm.”

speed-meeting2

During the “speed meeting” sessions, interns were able to talk individually with partners and staff from the six participating firms.

The 2014 AISP interns: (front row, l-r) Sandra Ramirez, Gergana Tsvetkova, Ashley Barak, Meghan Creed, (backrow, l-r) Corey Lettieri, Tim Reichert, Tim Martin, Michael Bolnick, Sean Tews and Matt Wydra.

The 2014 AISP interns: (front row, l-r) Sandra Ramirez, Gergana Tsvetkova, Ashley Barak, Meghan Creed, (back row, l-r) Corey Lettieri, Tim Reichert, Tim Martin, Michael Bolnick, Sean Tews and Matt Wydra.

This year’s interns are:

  • Ashley Barak, Judson University
  • Michael Bolnick, Bradley University
  • Meghan Creed, Elmhurst College
  • Corey Lettieri, Illinois State University
  • Tim Martin, Roosevelt University
  • Sandra Ramirez, DePaul University
  • Tim Reichert, Roosevelt University
  • Sean Tews, Elmhurst College
  • Gergana Tsvetkova, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Matt Wydra, Trinity Christian College

Summer 2014 AISP Session Starts June 3rd

We’re about a month away from the start of our 2014 Accounting Intern Scholarship Program (AISP). Ten interns were selected from the more than 60 applications and inquiries we received.  Schools represented are:

  • Bradley University (1)
  • DePaul University (1)
  • Elmhurst College (2
  • Illinois State University (1)
  • Judson University (1)
  • Roosevelt University (2)
  • Trinity Christian College (1)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (1)

Watch for more information as we near our start date.