USD summer accounting institute showcases career opportunities

High school sophomores and juniors interested in an accounting career or majoring in business can register now for the University of South Dakota 2012 Summer Accounting Institute.

Students from the region are encouraged to attend the five-day Institute, which is July 15-19. Under the direction of Erin Cornelsen, M.P.A., an accounting instructor at USD, the accounting institute will address educational, career exploration and professional opportunities in accounting, including a field trip to a nationally-recognized public accounting firm and various regional businesses.

 Additional activities include faculty presentations, educational videos and fun events such as Frisbee golf, swimming, movies and more.

Participants will also have an opportunity to meet national, regional and local employers who hire USD accounting graduates. Students attending the weeklong institute are also eligible for scholarships to attend the accounting program at the Beacom School of Business.

Past sponsors of the Summer Accounting Institute are Deloitte; Eide Bailly, KPMG, McGladrey & Pullen Certified Public Accountants, The South Dakota CPA Society, Ernst & Young, Daniel & Jennifer Meyer, Casey Peterson & Associates, Ltd., Dereck & Deidre Budahl, Jones, Kramer & Haber, LLP, Daktronics, Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, USD Beacom Opportunity Fund, Shull and Co., Ketel Thorstenson, LLP, and Williams and Company, PC.

For more information about the 2012 Summer Accounting Institute or to download a registration form, go to

Cost to register is $75; however, the registration fee is waived for students who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their class. These students need to include a letter from their high school principal or guidance counselor to verify their class ranking. Students can also earn one college credit upon successful completion of the Institute.

The deadline to register is May 18. 

For more, contact Erin Cornelsen,, (605) 677-5499 or Lynne Roach,, (605) 677-5559.

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