Leading Regional and National Firms Recruit Accounting Students

Photo of student shaking hands with potential employer. A student shakes hands with a potential employer at the Beacom's Meet the Firm event, April 20.

VERMILLION, S.D. – On Thursday, April 20, the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business hosted 16 employers promoting accounting positions at firms and corporations nationwide. More than 65 students attended and participated in networking conversations leading to internships and full-time employment.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that from 2014 to 2024 there will be approximately 290,000 new jobs in the accounting/finance field; a much faster growth rate than the national average for all other occupations.

“At the Beacom School of Business, we are prepared to meet growing employment demand and are committed to assisting our students make connections between their academic experience and future career path,” said Mandy Hanson, manager of the Beacom Career Success Center. “This event gives students an opportunity to get to know the culture of organizations and many of our students have made valuable connections at this event that have led to future employment.”

Firms attending:
Eide Bailly
Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
King Reinsch Prosser
Raven Industries
Tyson Fresh Meats
Union Pacific Railroad
Valley Queen Cheese
Westberg Eischens
Williams & Company
Woltman Group PC.


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