ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University students learned what it’s like to be a certified public accountant at this fall’s 2012 South Dakota CPA Showcase.
The event, sponsored by the South Dakota CPA Society, was held Sept. 20 in the Missouri River Room at NSU. About 30 students listened in small groups to professionals from area businesses such as Eide Bailly LLP, Dacotah Bank, Hopfinger & Merriman LTD, Rivett Group and Student Loan Finance Corp. talk about their jobs. Laura Coome, executive director of the CPA Society, said the goal was to let students know how many different opportunities exist in the profession.
NSU student Curry Kuehl, a senior from Pierre, said the showcase provided an opportunity to talk to local CPAs and get their point of view on the career.
Jennifer Michlitsch, a sophomore from Webster, said events such as the CPA showcase provide students a different view from what they get in the classroom.
Michlitsch, who is majoring in political science and banking and financial services, said she plans to go to law school and become a lawyer for banks and businesses. She chose to attend NSU because it’s close to family and has a really good banking program.
Kuehl, who is majoring in professional accountancy and banking and financial services, will start an internship this spring with Eide Bailly. Though he said he didn’t have a particular reason for choosing Northern, he chose to stay because of the small classes and personal relationships with professors.
Along with presenting CPA showcases at NSU and other universities, the nonprofit South Dakota CPA Society also awards student scholarships every year, Coome said. The society awarded $13,800 in scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year, according to its website. For more information on the organization, scholarships or the profession, visit www.sdcpa.org
Right Photo: Northern State University student Curry Kuehl, left, is among a group of students listening to an area professional discuss what it’s like to be a certified public accountant at this fall’s 2012 South Dakota CPA Showcase at NSU.
Left Photo: Northern State University student Jennifer Michlitsch, center, is among a group of students listening to an area professional discuss what it’s like to be a certified public accountant at this fall’s 2012 South Dakota CPA Showcase at NSU.