Thursday, January 29, 2015

Accounting Majors: Meet the Firms

Accounting majors:

FYI. Below is an email that might be of interest to you that I received today from Wiley - one of the big publishers of accounting texts:
Are your students looking for accounting internships or entry-level accounting jobs?

Encourage them to attend National Meet the Firms Week - February 9-13, 2015.

Registration is free:

Wiley CPAexcel and WileyPlus are excited to host National Meet the Firms Week with Accountingfly.

Meet the Firms Week is a free virtual recruitment event. To participate, students create a free profile and upload their resume. Then with one click they can apply to jobs and internships. They'll also be included in our Resume Drop; once the event wraps we will literally drop their Accountingfly profile in the hands of all participating firms in your state!

Students who take part will be eligible to win a $500 scholarship and are invited to attend an entire virtual week of insightful webinars from industry pros to help them make the most of their accounting career.

Webinar Schedule: February 9-13, 2015

Daily webinars will be offered with essential advice for a career in accounting. Register for the free webinars below.

The Path to a Successful Career in Taxation

Monday, Monday February 9, 11:00am ET
Presenter: Professor Annette Nellen, CPA, CGMA, Esq., Director of the MST Program at San Jose State University

The CPA Exam

Monday, Monday February 9, 2:00pm ET
Presenter: Mike Duffy, Wiley CPAexcel

Communication & Interpersonal Skills for Advancing Your Career

Tuesday, February 10, 11:00am ET
Presenters: Jeremiah Nelson, Director of Admissions and Career Services at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and, from University of Maryland College Park, Angela Vaughn, Assistant Director of Accounting Department and Office of Career Services and Pasquale Quintero, Jr, Director of MS Admissions

Accounting Technology that Boosts Your Resume

Tuesday, February 10, 2:00pm ET
Presenter: Evan Hall, Education Specialist at Xero and Sabrina Covington, CPA, CFE; owner of Covington & Associates

Insights from a Big 4 Recruiter: Student Involvement and Leadership (How Getting Involved Makes Your Resume POP)
Wednesday, February 11, 11:00am ET
Presenters: Tia Edwards, M.Ed., Program Coordinator, Graduate Accounting Program and Mary Guan, CPA, Director, Graduate Accounting Program, The University of Texas at Dallase

How to Get Hired by Big 4 Accounting Firms
Wednesday, February 11, 2:00pm ET
Presenter: Andrew Argue, CPA

An Overview of Forensic Accounting
Thursday, February 12, 11:00am ET
Presenter: Dr. Cindy Durtschi, Associate Professor, DePaul University

Careers in Small Firms are for Creative Entrepreneurs!

Friday, February 13, 2:00pm ET
Presenters:  Jason Blumer, CPA of Blumer CPAs and founder of Thriveal Network

Note: Webinar registrations must take place on the event website.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Marketing Internship Spring 2015

Civitects PC is a full service architectural, planning and landscape design practice. Projects include renovation, restoration, new construction projects and landscape design.  Clients include Universities, K-12 schools, Non-profits, Housing Authorities.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
·         Preparation of proposals for projects that the firm is pursuing.
·         Creating and updating one-page marketing sheets on past and current projects.
·         Working with a web designer to update the firm’s website.
·         Creating PowerPoint presentations for interviews.
·         Possibly attending marketing committee meetings once a month at the Boston Society of Architects.

What will the student learn from this experience (list 4 or 5 learning objectives)?
·         Information necessary to create a successful marketing proposal
·         How important marketing is in certain professions, such as Architecture, to maintaining a successful business
·         How to present a business in different types of media- website, written proposal, board presentations
·         Working with other professional firms’ marketing departments.

Job Title: Marketing
Academic preparation of the student required (graduate, senior, junior, courses taken, GPA, etc.):
Junior or Senior

Skills required: Excellent Grammar and Writing Skills, Knowledge of Web Design, Adobe InDesign, Powerpoint, Microsoft Word
Hours of work: 15 hours per week, negotiable

Start and end dates: Immediate Start. Commitment of at least one semester with the possibility of continuing if mutually agreed. 

Primary supervisor and contact information:
Michael Keane, Principal

This is a paid internship

Interested students should send their resume and cover letter to:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What Accounting Majors can Learn from MLB: Accounting Manager Position with Boston Red Sox

I stumbled upon this position today and thought about all the students I meet who want to work in sports.  Professional sports management is a tough road.  Usually you have to have to work in a nonpaid internship and if that works out you might progress to a job with long hours and low pay.  You have to pay your dues to move up - almost like working your way up through the minors.  Check out this posting to see what the BoSox require for an accounting manager and read my comments below which are in red which coincide with highlights I have made in yellow:

The Accounting Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the month-end and year-end close cycle procedures. This individual will also be responsible for all revenue accounting and the related A/R process. In addition, this role will support the FP&A group by sharing detail analysis of monthly P&L variances.
YOU need to know the who accounting cycle!  You need to learn financial analysis!  Take those ratios seriously.  Take every opportunity to interpret and analyze financial statements.  Work a financial statement analysis course into your studies.

• Review, reconcile and record all revenue-related activities (e.g. tickets, concession, sponsorship, parking, and MLB related entities)  Here's a lesson for you - multiple streams of revenue make these entities successful!  Accountants need to understand how we make our money!!!!

• Monthly close:
o Ensure accuracy of all transactions and research large variances to budget and prior years
o Review all balance sheet accounts to validate amounts and presentation
o Prepare monthly financial statements (P&L, balance sheet, & cash flow) and consolidating information for parent company
o Review all non-standardize GL entries and adjustments
o Assist in recording of accruals
o Perform P&L variance analysis and communicate results to FP&A group
• Ensure proper accounting of all capital expenditures, including player acquisitions, while meeting with cost center managers to manage future spending forecasts
• Supervise all aspects of the A/R process and manage deferred revenue accounts
• Develop a detail understanding of cash inflows and outflows in order to forecast short and long-term cash needs
• Establish and maintain balance sheet and cash flow trend reports
• Prepare budgets and recognize net income for all special events (e.g. concerts.)  Here's some management accounting stuff.  Your ACT212 (basic management accounting, business finance, and Cost accounting will help you here!)
• Prepare and submit MLB, club, government and other questionnaires
• Assist with documenting and developing proper accounting policies and control procedures  I tell my students - please take any content or discussion of internal control procedures very seriously - IC is the domain of accountants.  Management institutes them, accountants and auditors must test them and rely on them!
• Manage and prepare all supporting documentation for GAAP audits and tax calculations  Don't tell me flow charts and other forms of system documentation aren't important!
• Provide support for special projects or other miscellaneous analysis as required. More management accounting stuff - "special projects" will really spice a job like this up.  How much net income can the Sox realize from a Paul McCartney or James Taylor Concert at Fenway?  What is the bottom line impact of raising ticket prices?  What-if analysis, break-even points for new Fenway and Sox ventures, etc. etc.  Good stuff!

Bachelor’s degree in accounting required.  - Get your degree!
• Minimum of four years of accounting experience with direct experience in monthly close cycles and financial audits.  As I tell my students - you will need about 10,000 hours of experience before you can seriously aspire to be an accounting manager of controller for a large organization.  That 10,000 hours is about 2,000 - 2,500 hours a year for 4 to 5 years!  When you get the interview question - where do you want to be in 5 years; "think" about the expert level you need to be at!
• Strong proficiency in MS Excel and various accounting software packages required.  Get that expertise in MS Excel now! If you aren't there yet - try the Atomic Learning that we have via myCourses.  it will bring you up to speed with Excel.  You need to be a crackerjack with Excel!
• Should be able to demonstrate a detail understanding of GAAP.  GAAP is not just something we study.  Knowledge of GAAP will payoff. GAAP will get you into the major leagues - not just with MLB but with all organizations that need to have financials in compliance with GAAP!
• Must demonstrate an ability to effectively manage multiple priorities under strict deadlines. Reliability and the ability to juggle/multi-task while meeting hard deadlines is so important.  You can develop those habits and skills now.
• Candidates must have strong verbal and written skillsWhat have I been telling you guys?  You need strong communication skills.  Not just communication skills but STRONG verbal and written skills. Take those class PPT/oral presentations seriously.  Speak up always - ask questions and make appropriate comments in class.  Take those homework and exam essays very seriously.  Learn how professional writing works and practice it in your emails, reports, papers, etc.  Strong communication skills are derived through practice. Practice, Practice, Practice. You need to be able to write and speak well as an accountant.  That too will launch you into the major leagues.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fraud Examination Course

I am offering an online Fraud Examination course under the name: ACT 490 Special Topics: Fraud Examination.  You should have completed ACT211 before taking this course.  It is offered through the University Extension and UMASS Online therefore there is a charge for the course.  Please consult with UMASS Dartmouth's University Extension for more details.  Here's a link:

I would be happy to send you a copy of the syllabus.  The course starts on Jan 26th and will be accepting students until Jan. 30th, as long as there is space.  It is based on a model curriculum and textbook that has been adopted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  In speaking with students, I have always mentioned the value of the CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) designation.  It is very useful for accountants, auditors, white collar investigators, government agents, bank examiners etc. to either pursue the CFE or become familiar with fraud and white collar crime principles.  This course will next get you certified but it will provide an excellent background.  I have acquired some quality course materials from the ACFE for this course and I think all students will be happy with the structure and quality of this course.  It is a great way to fill a business major and this is the first time we have offered this course online. Personally, I hope it becomes a fixture in our program.

Even if you are not interested in this course, think about passing a link to this blog entry to friends or other contacts you might have.  Email me if you want a copy of the syllabus:

Here is a description of the course:

This is a course that introduces the student to the principles of Fraud Examination. The course will cover all of the major methods employees use to commit occupational fraud. Students will learn how and why occupational fraud is committed, how fraudulent conduct can be deterred, and how allegations of fraud should be investigated and resolved.  This course is 100% online via UMASS Dartmouth’s learning system called myCourses (Blackboard).  The course materials have been adopted from a model program developed by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The course will not fully prepare a student for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation but is a good first step in that preparation and should be of interest to accounting students, auditors, internal auditors, bank examiners or anyone with an interest in fraud examination and white collar crime.  For UMASS Dartmouth Charlton College of Business students, this course covers a business elective.  For students taking this course to apply towards graduation requirements at other schools, please consult with your advisor as the applicability of these credits. Course prerequisites: (ACT 211 Financial Accounting)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Internship News


With a week left till school starts, there is still time to submit your Spring 2015 internship for approval for credit.  I will need the details.  Please visit: to learn how the program works and the type of information that I need emailed to me for review and approval.  Think seriously about getting your internship approved and earn credit by completing one of our 399 courses.  A prereq.  For 399 is a solid internship so if you have one, why not “register it” with us, take the online course (which is getting great reviews) and place it permanently on your transcript?  Let me know what questions you have:

I continue to receive requests for interns from local companies.  Please check out our blog for the most recent postings:

As soon as I become aware of an opportunity, I post it on the blog and if you are interested, respond quickly with a resume and cover letter.  In the past couple of weeks we have received postings from Fastenal (sales), Wadell and Reed (marketing and financial services), Chartwells (on-campus Marketing inetrnshi), and others.  Visit the blog and signup for email alerts

INTERNSHIPS FALL 2014 – Did you do one?
Did you do any internship in Fall 2014?  If you haven’t done so already, please take our quick survey to report your internship Fall 2014.  It can be found at:

Your search for internships should also take you to other web portals.  I recommend you learn how to maximize the use of  Learn how to search for internships on that site using key word searches and set up your won email alerts.  Careerlink is another portal that you need to learn.  It is UMASS Dartmouth’s own job and internship portal run by our Career Development Center.  CDC will be working to populate that site in the next few months as they re-organize.  Stay tuned for news from CDC and how they can help you with all your career development needs.

I have produced three new internship informational, narrated PPTs up on the blog for your viewing pleasure.  These will never win a Golden Globe but they will provide you with good information about internships. 

What are you searching for? 
8 minute video on what to think about before conducting your search for an internship.

The Search
11 minute video on some ideas to help you conduct an effective search.  Its all about using a variety of methods to generate some solid leads!

Best Practices
This 10 minute video tells you about what to look for in an internship so you can maximize your learning experience.  It might also be helpful to companies looking to establish a quality program.
A document that helps supplement this video is our Best Practices document which you can download from:

I have published a laminated Quick Reference Guide to Internships.  It will be released soon by Bar Charts, a Florida based publisher.  It is similar to the Accounting 1, 2, and Cost Accounting guides that I produced and that some students buy on our bookstore.  I don’t believe that our bookstore is carrying these yet but the Quick Study Internship guide should be available soon in bookstores everywhere and online via Amazon and other portals.

Good luck with the start of the Spring 2015 semester.


Fastenal Internships Spring 2015

Fastenal in New Bedford is looking for strong candidates for part-time positions, that qualify as internships for the Spring 2015.  Fastenal has a long-standing track record of hiring UMD students and promoting from within. These are paid positions and involve sales. Interested candidates should send a resume and a cover letter ASAP to Michael Hitchins at:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Three new insutrctional videos added today

Here's a link to three new instructional internship videos added today to the blog.  Each is 11 minutes or less in length.  They are simply narrated PPTs recorded and put up on Youtube so don't expect a polished production but I thought they may trigger some ideas on your part and I recorded them in an attempt to answer common questions I get from students about how to search for a quality internship.

Link to videos is below:

I hope these help.

Professor Griffin

Marketing internship - Rhode Island - Financial Advisors

Waddell & Reed, Inc
Financial Advisors™

 Company Profile:
Waddell & Reed, Inc., formed in 1937, is one of the most enduring broker/dealers in the United States. We offer advisors an environment which seeks to combine the philosophical and practice flexibility of an independent model with the support and resource infrastructure of a full-service firm. Our Classic advisors emphasize comprehensive financial planning and work in a direct-to-fund environment. Our Choice Advisors, utilizing the brokerage platform of Pershing, LLC, work in an open-architecture environment providing a comprehensive array of products and fee-based structures. Advisors from both operating environments can qualify for stock of our public company and enjoy highly competitive compensation structures within the practice model that they select, with payouts ranging from 60% to 90%. In a commoditized broker/dealer world, we believe we offer a uniquely flexible and supportive structure that provides advisors, and their clients, the opportunity to optimize their success.

The position of the intern will act as a key support person for a Financial Advisor and the individual Waddell & Reed practice. This allows an intern the unique ability shadow the experience and see firsthand what it is like to run a Financial Planning practice while helping a Financial Advisor manage their practice.

Junior/Senior Marketing or Business related majors.
Availability Monday-Friday. Varied hours, yet flexible for student’s schedule.


  • Detail-oriented with demonstrated organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication, time-management and interpersonal skills; tact and confidentiality
  • Proficient computer skills; including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Ability to handle varied work flow, deadlines and time constraints
  • Self-motivated and coachable with a desire to grow and learn.
  • Outgoing personality; sales ability/experience a plus


·         Learn about the financial services industry and related marketing efforts.

·         Learn about our Customer Relationship Management database program to retrieve key information, facilitate client contact plan and to create marketing related client lists.

·         Observe and participate in Social Media/Networking Web site activities and promotions using LinkedIn etc.

·         Participate in ongoing enhancements and updates to our Web site

·         Participate in and observe ongoing development of our Internet and Search Marketing initiatives.

·         Practice coordinating and developing sample marketing / recruiting plans.

·         Learn how to research potential new marketing services.

·         Observe and assist with development and preparation of marketing letters and materials for prospective clients.

·         Provide feedback in the maintenance of our marketing materials.

·         Learn how to perform a limited number of general office duties.             

To apply Please send Resume to email address below.
Internship Supervisor Contact Information:  
Todd Vroman, District Branch Manager

Monday, January 12, 2015

Did you do an internship in Fall 2014?

If you did an internship in Fall 2014, I need you to complete a quick survey.  It's only 7 questions and your replies will help me a great deal.  Please go to:

Thanks so much.

Professor Mike Griffin

Searching for an internship

There is still time to find a quality internship and to get it approved for credit for the Spring 2015 semester but time is running so start now.  I recommend that you become familiar with the process by reviewing our web page at:

Also, on this blog there is a report on how to land an excellent internship (see the tabs near the top) and you should read that.  If you come upon a great internship and want it approved, I will need details so please read about that at

If you want to watch a video (screen cast) of a PPT that I did to help students come up with a  search plan, here is the link:  It is about a 10 minute video.  I hope it helps.  Also keep in mind that the Career Development Center has a new Associate Director who will be able to assist you with your search and provide career development advice starting with our Spring semester.  Alyssa Snizek will be joining us on January 20 as our new Associate Director for the Career Development and will be located in the Campus center - behind the UMASS PASS office. 

Finally, with about 2 weeks to go before the semester starts, students are finalizing plans to start a spring internship.  If you have something in the works, your goal should be to get it approved by me by the end of the add/drop period so I can get you into one of our 399 sections.  I may also be able to get you into the course up to a week beyond the add/drop period but it will be imperative that you keep me informed as to what is happening.  We have a bit less flexibility on late enrollments into the internship class than we have had in the past so it is critical that you plan and execute your plan with a goal of starting within a week or so of the start of the semester and please communicate your plans with me.  I have to examine the internship proposal (email) and see if I can approve.  If anyone is unfamiliar with what I look for in a good internship, think about reading my best practices document at:

You should also collect this type of information, as best you can, before sending me an email asking for an approval:

Description of the company including the mission, location, sales and market coverage. Please include your web URL (if you have it):
Primary duties and responsibilities:
What will the student learn from this experience (list 4 or 5 learning objectives)?
Job Title:
Academic preparation of the student required (graduate, senior, junior, courses taken, GPA, etc.):
Skills required:
Hours of work:
Start and end dates:
Primary supervisor and contact information:

Finally, it is not too soon to start generating some leads for a summer internship.  And you can get credit for a summer internship by getting your internship approved, working at least 135 hours this summer, and completing the 399 online internship course.

Good luck and enjoy the remainder of the break.

Professor Griffin

Friday, January 9, 2015

Marketing Intern for Marketing Director

Chartwells Higher Education: UMass Dartmouth Dining Services

Marketing Intern for Marketing Director
Assist the location management team through development, production and implementation of tactical marketing initiatives aimed at increasing customer retention, improving image, improving margins and increasing market share for Dining Services. Emphasis on customer satisfaction and growing base business.


1. Work with Marketing Director to develop marketing collateral to assist in driving sales at all locations and meal plan sales.

2. Responsible for designing and developing ad campaigns for University Publications, radio, etc.

3. Collaborate Marketing Director to develop an inclusive communication strategy that includes direct mail, social media, focus groups, customer surveys, and advisory committee, to all of the specific university customer segments.

4. Develop and maintain account specific websites, promoting both retail and board dining programs.

5. Help in the coordination of all on campus events.

6. Work with other UMass Dining Student Employees in overseeing all Market Research Projects.

7. Collaborating with other interns in projects.

8. Responsible for putting together spreadsheets for all data involving various marketing projects including Meal Plan Sales and Budgeting.

9. Any other duties assigned by Dining Service Managers.

Must be at least a sophomore business major.  Marketing Major is preferred.

Demonstrate the ability to prioritize and complete assignments involving multiple functions in a timely manner. Excellent technical, written and oral communication skills are required. Individual must be a self-starter and very detailed oriented. This is a paid position.  Internship credit is also available through the Charlton School of Business.

10 – 15 hours/week.

Please submit your resume via email to Caitlin Cooney, Marketing Director of UMass Dartmouth Dining Services by January 28th.  If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Accounting Internship: Fall 2015 CPA Firm


Firm:                                      Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd.


Contact:                                 Steven Loffredo, HR Manager

Location # 1:                          951 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904
(Main Office)

Location # 2:                          97 John Clarke Road, Middletown, RI 02842

Location # 3:                          800 South Street, Ste. 300, Waltham, MA 02453

Position Title:                        Accounting Intern

Dress Code:                           Business Professional/Business Casual

Compensation:                      $15.00 per hour (subject to future market adjustment)

Semester:                                Fall 2014 (September)

Minimum GPA:                    3.3

Hours Worked:                     12-16 hrs per week

Supervisor:                            Claire Iacobucci, CPA, Partner

Director of Accounting and Audit

Firm Overview:                    
Founded in 1975, KLR is one of New England’s premier accounting and business consulting firms.  With over 200 team members and offices in Boston, Cambridge, Newport, Providence, Waltham and Shanghai, China, KLR provides a wide range of services to both individuals and businesses.

Ranked one of the largest firms in New England, KLR’s growth and commitment to client service is unparalleled in the industry.  We offer a wide array of corporate and individual financial advisory services that will help you gain real business experience as you grow within the accounting profession.  Communication, Cost Saving Strategies, Relationships and Excellence are the core of our commitment to our clients.

KLR has been awarded three Practice Innovation Awards and named one of the Best Places to Work (9 years in a row).  Our award-winning firm helps ensure our ability to retain the most talented professionals to support your business.

Largest Accounting firm in RI

• One of the Largest Firms in New England

• Largest Accounting Firm in RI

• Six Offices

• 200 Team Members

• Best Place to Work both locally and nationally

• Best Accounting Firm to Work for in US

• Top 100 Accounting Firms in US

• Award winning training program

• Excellence in Workplace - Sloan Award

Internship Description:

During the accounting internship assignment, the intern works for a period of up to four (4) months and participates in various accounting and auditing engagements and tax assignments under the supervision and guidance of highly experienced firm personnel.  The intern receives an intensive, fast paced introduction to our firm’s audit and tax compliance services and develops a basic understanding of public accounting and the firm. 

Personal and Professional Responsibilities:

Participate in audit assignments under the supervision and guidance of firm personnel. 

  • Primary Duties / Responsibilities: Audit

Ø  Fieldwork – important to understand how to properly reference workpapers   (envelope method)

Ø  Inventory field work

Ø  Foot and tie financial statements

Ø  Link financial statements 

Ø  Trial Balance import – converting the files for TB import, especially QuickBooks files that need text-to-column

Ø  Depreciation schedules for small business; input into ProFX

Ø  Enter liabilities

Ø  Scan workpapers

Ø  Confirmations

Ø  Create / prepare engagement letters

Ø  Work in Accounting Groups

Ø  Trial Balance Inputting

Ø  Field work at client sites

Ø  Assist professional staff with gathering information for reports

Ø  Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors

Ø  Become more familiar with the firm’s computer technology, with actual hands-on experience

Ø  Develop a greater understanding of public accounting and the firm

Ø  Participate in monthly firm meetings

Ø  Work effectively with all others in the firm

Participate in tax assignments under the supervision and guidance of firm personnel. 

  • Primary Duties / Responsibilities: Tax

Ø  Enter 1040’s

Ø  New client set-ups; set up binder and enter fixed assets

Ø  Preparation of tax organizers for submission and review by firm staff

Ø  Preparation of basic individual tax returns

Ø   Preparation of individual, corporate and partnership tax extensions

Ø  Prepare 1099’s

Ø  Enter fixed assets

Ø  Organize documents

Ø  Research

Ø  Create spreadsheets

Ø      Assist professional staff with gathering information for reports and tax returns

Ø      Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors
Education Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in a degree program with major field of study in accounting
  • Junior or Senior level standing in the fall 2015 semester.  Graduate students are also eligible to apply
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of accounting theory and principles with practical application
  • Basic knowledge of work paper format
  • Proficient in Excel and Word
  • Work effectively with all others in the firm

Please submit a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format, and your most recent course transcript to Steven Loffredo at