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Dr. John Delaney, associate professor of accounting, earned recognition as one of three recipients of the Illinois CPA Society's Outstanding Educator Award in 2014. He was nominated for the award by students (left to right) Kierra Smith, Tressa Czysz and Jennifer Evans. (more)

  • 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."

Brittney Cox '15: expanding horizons

Brittney Cox is a graphic design and asian studies major whose college career took an unexpected turn when she got involved with EDGE and Web Guild. "I am kind of where I thought I would be. I did not expect to be doing or learning the amount of web coding and marketing. I am really enjoying it, too."

Jamie Conroy '15: taking care of business

Jamie Conroy is a business major who prides herself in her leadership skills as well as her skills as a professional walking into the business world. Jamie says she is exactly where she wanted to be and that "a lot goes on in four years, but [she is] very grateful to be where [she] wanted to be four years ago!

Dahl '92 named vice president at Brunswick

Brent Dahl '92 has been named vice president-audit at Brunswick Corporation. Before joining Brunswick in 2004, he worked for 10 years in public accounting at Arthur Andersen LLP, and is a CPA. The Brunswick Corporation has been involved in manufacturing a wide variety of products since 1845. Brunswick's global headquarters is in Lake Forest, Ill. At Augustana, Dahl majored in accounting, business and Asian studies.
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