Professional leadership development as a sophomore

If you are interested in studying accounting, Simpson should be your number one choice.  With opportunities to do individual research, internships,  participate in the Accounting Club, and perhaps most important of all, the ability to gain the credits needed to sit for the CPA exam in just four years, Simpson College offers the opportunities needed to find success in a career in accounting.

Sophomore Andria Harper is a shining example of this.  As just a sophomore, Andria has been invited to participate in the KPMG (one of the big 4 accounting firms) Summer Leadership Program.  Andria will spend two very busy days in downtown Des Moines this summer learning about the accounting profession, opportunities at KPMG and informally interviewing for Spring 2015 internships and post-graduation jobs!

Andria is originally from the Martensdale, IA community.  She is involved on campus in Accounting Club, the entrepreneurial student organization, Enactus and participates in intramurals (that’s Andria playing lacrosse).  Looking for professional development opportunities, she first learned about the summer leadership program from accounting professor Shane Cox, himself a former KPMG intern and employee.  After sitting in on presentations about the organization here on campus, Andria decided to pursue the opportunity.  About the work, she said,

“This is my dream job.  At big firms like KPMG, I can start broad in auditing and then specialize.  There are so many different ways to go in accounting and I know there are development and advancement options as well.”

Each year a few Simpson students are invited to participate in the KPMG summer leadership program and earn a spring internship and eventually land a full-time position at the firm after graduation.  We’ll feature a few students working in these internships in a few weeks!