High School Students Explore Business Careers at USD Accounting Institute

Image 2016 USD Summer Accounting Institute Participants in the 2016 USD Summer Accounting Institute.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business hosted 25 high school students from four states at the 2016 Summer Accounting Institute this summer.

The weeklong training event is open to high school sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing careers in accounting or business. Each student earned one college credit and was placed in the running for one of three USD scholarships presented at the conclusion. The accounting institute allows high school students to learn, network and explore a field that’s in high demand. This year’s institute included field trips to a national public accounting firm and various regional businesses.

“The institute offers a wonderful chance for students gain firsthand knowledge of the many opportunities available through an accounting career,” said Erin Cornelsen, accounting instructor at USD.

Students who completed the five-day institute:

  • Iowa: Ander Tebbutt, Ames; Emma De Jong, Orange City; and Mark VanderVeen, Spirit Lake.
  • Nebraska: Kimberly Bargen and Mason Roth, Deshler; Heidi Saner, Dunning; Shaelynn Goodall, Hardy.
  • South Dakota: Luke Freebern, Dakota Dunes; Derek Bierschbach, Madison; Justin Schweer, Milbank; Hannah Gates, Davis Anderson, Mary Howard, Ruth Howard and Abby Gunderson, Pierre; Eric Fajgl, Jake Berzina and Grant Casey, Rapid City; Lexus MacDannald, Andrew Tiede, Anthony Haan and Kadesia Jones, Sioux Falls; Daxten Diede, St. Lawrence; Jared Storms, Summit.
  • Texas: Andrew Morrison, Katy.

Emma DeJong, Mark VanderVeen and Jared Storms were awarded the three USD scholarships.

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USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News