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Accounting students net jobs internships with South Dakota firms

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business announced that 40 students accepted internships and full-time positions at several prestigious state and other Midwest accounting firms. Last fall, 14 accounting firms conducted interviews on campus, resulting in 25 student placements in internships and full-time positions. Additionally, 15 students were placed in internships or full-time positions through the Employment Services Office at the Beacom School of Business or through other means.

Students and their placements: Corey Backer of Sioux Falls, S.D., Victoria Goltz of Lincoln, Neb., Megan Maassen of Brandon, S.D., Heather Tjeerdsma of Springfield, S.D., Joshua VanLaecken of Watertown, S.D., and John Whalen of Hartford, S.D., at KPMG L.L.P.; Sara Blom of Sioux Falls and Laurie Siegel of Burbank, S.D., at King, Reinsch, Prosser & Co., L.L.P.; Ben Dangel of Sioux Falls, Alyssa Duerksen of Sioux Falls, Rebecca Duncan of Brandon, Kellen Garrison of Sioux Falls, Brent Impecoven of Larchwood, Iowa, Judon Mehlhaff of Eureka, S.D., Byron Storm of Corsica, S.D., Anna Rempe of Sioux Falls, Lynsey VonHoltum of Wilmont, Minn., and Jamie Worrall of Huron, S.D. at EideBailly, L.L.P.; Ian Bell of Rapid City, Evan Hegge of Dell Rapids, S.D., and Aaron Pomerenke of Sioux Center, Iowa, Black Hills Corporation; Patrick Dickes of Sioux Falls at CliftonLarsonAllen L.L.P.; Abby Doorn of Vermillion, Erin Hasenbank of Elk Point, S.D., Derrick Martin of Wagner, S.D., and Chad Regnier of Lynd, Minn., at Williams & Company, P.C.; Justin Ebsen of Madison, S.D., at Ketel Thorstenson, L.L.P.; Carly Hayes of Vermillion and Fares Khoury of Jacksonville, Fla., Deloitte; Jackie Hiebert of Maple Grove, Minn., and Caleb Lyle of Beresford, S.D., at Ernst & Young; Kelsey Huewe of Dell Rapids and Greg Schmidt of Avoca, Iowa, McGladrey & Pullen; Gregory Miner of Le Mars, Iowa, Randall Smith of Vermillion and Qing “Ken” Zhao of Irvine, Calif., at Shuck, Bennett & Weber, L.L.P.; and Jessica Thompson of Sioux Falls at Ness Tax and Bookkeeping Service.

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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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
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