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Accounting

Kimberly Olson and Kevin Waibel work with Team Augie in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants case competition.

  • Careers/internships
  • About the program
  • What students say

Students receive academic credit for participation in a full internship. Senior accounting majors may work for a term on the staff of a major public accounting firm. The department also arranges accounting internships ranging from internal auditing and budgeting to government contract bidding.

Recent internships include such firms as Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, McGladrey & Pullen, Grant Thornton, Deere & Company, Caterpillar, State Farm Insurance, and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.

Many students choose to double-major in accounting and another field such as computer science, business administration, English or a foreign language. Agreements with universities assure acceptance of Augustana courses toward graduate degree prerequisites.

2013 graduates

Here's a sampling of what 2013 accounting graduates are doing:

Greg Patton interned with the Associated Colleges of Illinois and Yellowstone National Park. He's going on the World Race, an 11-month mission trip to 11 countries.

Kimberly Olson is working as an auditor at Selden Fox, LTD, in Oak Brook, Ill., while pursuing CPA and CFE designations.

Kevin Waibel is an intern at Deloitte & Touche. He plans to come back for Augustana's CPA Certificate Program.

Augustana offers a major and minor in accounting, and an accounting certificate program. Graduates work as accountants in public, private, government and non-profit jobs.

Accounting majors study a core group of courses in accounting, and then each student shapes his or her curriculum depending on career goals. Most students double-major in other disciplines, such as Spanish for Professional Use or Business Administration, to complement their accounting skills.

Augustana focuses on strengthening accounting students' skills in communication. It also stresses business ethics and teaches the subject in a format tailored for accounting professionals.

Facts and distinctions

The Quad Cities is home to more than 30,000 businesses, including Deere & Company World Headquarters, 3M, Alcoa, and the Rock Island Arsenal, a major military installation.

Accounting students get experience through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a federally approved program designed to help people who cannot afford professional tax preparation.

The college offers a post-baccalaureate program for students to complete the 150-hour requirement to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam. About one-fourth of accounting majors participate; most of them already have full-time offers from accounting firms. Students who have paid for four years of tuition at Augustana are entitled to a 50 percent tuition discount for the Accounting Certificate Program.

Matt Pelton ‘10, accounting and business (international business and finance) majors, Spanish and economics minors

Previously was postgraduate technical assistant, Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Currently senior associate, Accounting Advisory Services, KPMG, San Francisco.

“My experiences in the Augustana Accounting Department positioned me well to transition to challenging roles with the GASB and KPMG, where I’ve worked with graduates from some of the top accounting programs in the country. Our professors have done an excellent job reshaping the accounting curriculum to prepare students for the CPA exam and for valuable internship and postgraduate opportunities. With small class sizes, the students receive personalized instruction, while the liberal arts curriculum provides a unique perspective that differentiates Augustana candidates from their peers."

Ly Pham ‘12, accounting and business administration (finance and international business) majors

Earning a master of accounting degree at The Ohio State University

“The accounting program at Augustana has truly prepared me for the real world. I enjoy taking classes with professors who care about me and use interesting real-life examples to explain complicated accounting concepts. By offering a wide range of classes from auditing to accounting ethics, the curriculum provides knowledge needed for internships and other work experience. Most importantly, the department has given me plenty of accounting-related opportunities, from internships to graduate study. I successfully launched an internship with a Big 4 accounting firm and a fellowship from my dream graduate school."

More Than I Imagined: Austin Zarbuck

Austin Zarbuck '14 is at The Ohio State University on a fellowship to earn a master's in accounting. "I thought I knew two things — that I did not want to be an accountant and that I wanted to be done with school in four years. Now I’m starting a career in accounting with plans to continue schooling. Both are things that I’m passionate and excited about."

More Than I Imagined: Hiba Ansari

After accounting internships that included Deere & Co., Hiba Ansari '14 is beginning as a business analyst for a management consulting practice in Des Moines. In the future, she’d like to pursue an MBA and start her own business.

Marinko '83 named executive at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation has appointed Mark Marinko senior vice president and CFO. Marinko worked for TransUnion, LLC through August 2013. He most recently was president of the Consumer Services division at TransUnion after various roles in accounting and finances there since 1996. He graduated from Augustana in 1983, majoring in accounting and business administration.
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