At Minnesota School of Business in Rochester, Minn., Julian Currie, accounting chair, and Cristofer Gore and Rebecca Roe, career services, recently met with CliftonLarson Allen and Smith Schafer & Associates to learn about potential jobs and internships that our students and graduates could secure. Both of these prestigious organizations have experienced growth over recent years, leading to greater opportunities to partner with Minnesota School of Business.
Joseph Duda, CliftonLarsonAllen director of engagement, and Jennifer Chose, Smith Schafer human resources coordinator, learned about our programs, curriculum details and internship opportunities. Both were very pleased with the information provided, especially when we shared details about highly qualified accounting graduates that have expressed interest in working at both employers.
Joseph noted, “I’m pleasantly surprised at the breadth and knowledge accounting students acquire during their course of their studies. What is equally impressive is the student-instructor ratio that averages 7:1, which, without question, provides accounting students with the critical hands-on teaching that thoroughly prepares them for their chosen profession.”
Accounting programs that could benefit from these and other organizations’ increased hiring needs include bachelor of science in accounting, bachelor of science in forensic accounting, associate in applied science in accounting and tax specialist, and associate in applied science in management accounting.
Beyond hiring employees in the local community, these employers offer graduates job opportunities outside of Rochester, which would provide them with the added value of allowing them to grow professionally because of more locations.
Specifically, CliftonLarsonAllan, with 6,000 employees located across the United States, has several locations in Minnesota but recently established an office in Rochester. Furthermore, as tax season approaches, Smith Schafer will be reviewing its staffing needs in the coming year and they anticipate adding seasonal staff. These are encouraging signs for the industry in general and Minnesota School of Business accounting graduates in particular.
We hope to continue to strengthen these employer partnerships by preparing our accounting students to take advantage of future employment and internship opportunities with these exceptional organizations. We will also look forward to gathering feedback from these employers via the Accounting Program Advisory Council.