Interviewing for Internships at "Accounting Night"

October 12, 2016

Students at Accounting NightALLIANCE, Ohio- Earlier this month, the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration and the Center for Student Success held their annual “Accounting Night”.

This event, a career fair for Mount Union’s accounting majors, allows the students the opportunity to interview with multiple accounting firms in the hopes of obtaining an internship for the spring semester. The firms who attended included: the 415 Group, Auditor of State, CBIZ MHM, Ciuni & Panichi, CliftonLarsonAllen, Cohen & Company, DT Moore & Co, Hill, Barth & King, Novogradac & Company and Rea & Associates.

A large group of junior and senior accounting students attended the event and appreciated the variety of firms there with interviewers ready to share their experiences in the accounting field.

Lindsey Lyons ’18, an accounting major from Chardon, Ohio commented, “Accounting Night has opened so many doors for me. It was such a great experience getting to talk to different firms and their representatives. It was also a great networking tool even for those not looking for internships. Since Accounting Night, I have accepted an internship position with one of the firms that was interviewing and I am beyond excited to take this next step in my career! I know this internship will have a lasting impact on me.”

Nine of the interviewers are Mount Union alumni, including 2015 graduate Ted Rosalva. Rosalva earned his degree in accounting and now works with Novogradac & Company as a Staff Accountant.

“My internship provided valuable audit and tax experience, which led to an opportunity for a full time position” said Rosalva. “I feel obligated to come back to Mount Union to provide support to students who are embarking on their internship and job searches within the accounting field.”

Ruth Pogacnik, associate professor of accounting, has been hosting Accounting Night for 10 years and knows this event is a highlight for students in Mount Union’s accounting program. “Participating in an accounting internship adds significant value to a student’s college experience.  The students work full-time and the work they are assigned to do is the same as the work assigned to a first year hire.  Not only does this experience help the students learn accounting through application, it also enhances their self-confidence.”

Pogacnik is very thankful for the great relationships Mount Union has with these firms and enjoys working with them every year. “Furthermore, many firms hire from their intern pool.  As a result, I have had students finish their internship junior year and have received an offer for permanent employment after they graduate. “

For information about Mount Union’s accounting degree, visit www.mountunion.edu/accounting.

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