Unique Internship Program Completes Third Successful Year

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

The Accounting Intern Scholarship Program (AISP) finished its third year on July 24, 2014. To celebrate, the ten interns joined representatives from all six participating firms at Arlington International Racecourse for an afternoon of fun and networking.

AISP accepts eight to ten interns each summer. The interns spend time at each participating firm and meet dozens of professionals. Upon completion of the program, each intern receives a $2,500 scholarship paid directly to their university.

This unique program’s continued success is due to the collaboration of partners and staff at all participating firms. Everyone involved contributes a great deal of time and effort, which all of the interns greatly appreciate. Here are comments from several of the interns:

“Thank you so much for devoting a great deal of your time to the AISP Program. I really appreciate the effort put forth in teaching me many of the necessary skills needed to work in a CPA firm. I have so much knowledge to take away from the program that I would have never learned in school.” – Meghan Creed, Elmhurst College

“Getting the chance to participate in the AISP program was definitely a unique learning experience. I was exposed to so much of the accounting profession that I knew nothing about before. The opportunity to use the various software programs, meet accounting professionals, and interact with the other interns was great. I enjoyed the hands-on work and I feel that this internship is great at bridging the gap between the accounting theories we learn in school versus accounting in the real world. Every one of the professionals I worked with was helpful and genuinely answered any questions I had. I strongly recommend this program for any accounting major looking to apply classroom knowledge and gain real world experience.” – Sandra Ramirez, DePaul University

“AISP gave me a great idea of what it’s like to work in public accounting, and now I’m excited to do just that. I loved being able to work with six different firms in the program. All the participants were incredibly helpful and I know I will greatly benefit from what I learned as I start my career.” – Tim Martin, Roosevelt University

“AISP not only covers a great deal of accounting material, but also gives you a great idea of what the average day of an accountant is like. Everyone involved with the program was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to help. This program is a great medium between the classroom and the working world, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing a career in accounting.” – Sean Tews, Elmhurst College

“Being a part of AISP has been an amazing experience. I have learned so much and have been able to apply the book knowledge I learned in school to the practical accounting we were exposed to both during training and when there was shadowing. My favorite aspect was the large amount of practical knowledge I gained. I now know what it is like to be a CPA and the tasks that are done on a day-to-day basis. I also loved going to the six different firms and being able to experience the differences in cultures. Being a part of AISP has shown me what it is like to be a CPA and where I want my career to take me.” – Ashley Barak, Judson University

“The presenters in the Program have provided me with valuable experience with using different accounting software that I have had no prior exposure to. I have also learned other skills related to accounting that will be useful in my future career.” – Matt Wydra, Trinity Christian College

The firms also appreciate the effort shown by the interns and have started interviews for employment. At least three interns from 2014 have accepted offers, which makes nine interns so far from the past three years who have found employment with a participating firm.