Our department prides itself on the abundance of internship opportunities for accounting majors, where students can gain valuable experience in the accounting profession while earning college credit. During the fall semester, Career Services and the Department of Accounting hosts a career fair for all Accounting and Finance majors. Our longstanding ties with major accounting firms and alumni opens the door for many of our students and alumni.
Below are a few of our students who have taken on an accounting internship (or two!):
As Alison Anderson progressed through the program, she realized accounting isn’t as much about the math as it about people. And she looks forward to working closely with talented people as part of a team that works to serve others – the clients.
She has especially appreciated opportunities to visit with accounting professionals and recruiters who visit campus. “National, regional, and local firms recruit on campus because of the outstanding reputation of the program,” she said. It’s fun to sit downs with them and have them ask about professors and classes.” She remembers last fall, when one firm organized an indoor kickball game. “One minute I was defending third base, ready to make a catch for the out. Before I knew it, I was stumbling to the left after being hip-checked off the base by Dr. Mary Lylans!”
Alison has taken advantage of the recruiting and networking opportunities, and will have completed three internships – with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Deloittem and Edgewood Management Group – when she graduates.
A UND Presidential Scholar who received a number of scholarships, Alison grew up in Valley City, ND. She chose accounting because she enjoys math and was impressed by the opportunities and tradition of excellence the program offers.
“This is not an easy program,” she said. “I think the general consensus among students is that you can get through any challenge in life if you can get through Intermediate Accounting. The faculty really do care about the success of their students.”
Alison is also in the Honors Program, and is involved in an after-school program for underprivileged children.
“I served for nearly two years as the UND Honors Program service project coordinator for the after-school program,” she said. She coordinated volunteers and has logged more than 80 hours of service.
After graduation, Alison plans to pursue a career in public accounting as a tax consultant in the Minneapolis metro area and to earn her CPA. She enjoys watching sports, especially college basketball and UND hockey, and spending time with friends and family.
As a triple major in Accountancy, Finance and Chinese who will graduate in four years with two internships, a study aboard experience, and who is active on campus, Andrew Leizens takes organization to a new level.
Andrew is a marathon and 5K runner who has severed as treasurer in Business Advisory Council, is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society, has served as president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, served as a student senator and the state president of Phi Beta Lambda, and is active with College Republicans.
“The first few years I was really organized and didn’t get sleep much,” he said. “I wanted to experience as much as possible. Now I choose what I like to do and get my sleep.”
He’s also served as chief financial officer of the Student Managed Investment Fund, was selected to go to New York City and ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and served as a conference coordinator for Phi Beta Lambda.
Andrew was born in Rome, NY, and grew up in Grand Forks, has completed internships at PricewaterhouseCoopers and with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
He said that majoring in Chinese actually made his Accountancy program easier.
“Learning Chinese symbols helped me to see patters,” he said, and credits Colleen Berry, associate professor of languages, as a great influence. “Colleen encouraged me to study aboard in China. I have never met someone filed with so much energy and optimism,” he said.
Andrew, who was admitted into Beta Gamma Sigma and selected to attend the 2012 Student Leadership Forum, has placed several times in national Phi Beta Lambda competitions.
In his spare time, Andrew is training to qualify for the Boston Marathon. He was active in UND’s Hip-Hop Club and served as a teacher’s assistant for ballroom dance. He also enjoys cooking.
He hopes to one day to run his own consulting or accounting firm.
Kaitlin Bezdicek originally chose UND because of its low tuition. She stayed because of the high-quality faculty and students.
“I has thought about a private school, : Kaitlin said. Then her dad, an accountant, gave her a balance sheet that listed how much debt she would take on. She chose UND and says the real decision came down to faculty and community.
“I really enjoy taking classes with a group of dedicated, highly motivated students,” she said. “I have been so blessed to meet so many genuine people and am grateful for how enjoyable college can be.” She especially appreciates the ways that students help each other learn, both in study groups and as tutors, and she is now helping underclassmen with Accounting 200 and 201.
“It feels good to give back when other students have helped you,” she said.
Kaitlin, who is originally from Minneapolis, had planned to study political science and journalism. Then she took an introductory accounting course, where she was impressed by faculty.
“The professors here are welcoming and love their jobs,” she said. “I stopped in for help one day and my professor was ready to leave the day, but stayed to talk, saying, “I’ll always have time for you.”
Kaitlin spent this summer interning in the audit department at PricewaterhouseCooper in Minneapolis. On campus, she works in the Financial Wellness office as a peer educator to help students understand money.
“It’s fun to apply what I’ve learned from accounting to help students,” she said. She explains loans, budgeting, and taxes, and does in-class presentations.
Active on campus and with her church, Kaitlin has been involved in the Honors Program, College Republicans, and the Dakota Student newspaper. Beta Alpha Psi, and UND Catholic Organizations. She has completed service projects with St. Joseph’s Food Pantry and the North Dakota Museum of Art, and served as an intern in Senator John Hoeven’s Grand Forks office.
She enjoys spending time with friends, playing cards, politics, and being outdoors.