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USD students participate in nationwide accounting internships

VERMILLION, S.D. -- More than three dozen University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business accounting students are honing their skills and gaining valuable experience thanks to internship opportunities with several accounting firms in the United States.

Jamie Faddoul of Pierre, S.D., Bailey Fish of Brandon, S.D., Kayla Foreman of Miller, S.D., Natalie Gubbels of Norfolk, Neb., Shelby Hogue of Brookings, S.D., Andrew Johnson of Sioux Falls, S.D., Ngoc Le of Sioux City, Iowa, Seth Rombough of Miller, S.D., and Jared Weber of Parkston, S.D. are students with accounting internships at Eide Bailly, LLP, in Sioux Falls. Kayla Cuperus of Rock Rapids, Iowa, Brandon Gronseth of Mitchell, S.D., Stephen Lewis of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Ryan Nepodal of Platte, S.D., are interns at McGladrey LLP of Sioux Falls and Shane Vandeberg of Sioux Falls, Morgan Ellefson of Garretson, S.D., A.J. Meyer of Williams, Iowa, and Nick Monahan of Wayne, Neb. are at KPMG in Omaha, Neb. Olesia Martinez of Los Angeles, Calif. is interning at KPMG in Los Angeles.

Lenora Decker of Sioux Falls and Alyssa Giedd of Crooks, S.D. are interns at Buss Accounting and Consulting, PC, in Hartford, S.D.; Jeremy Jansen of Emery, S.D., is an intern at Deloitte in Minneapolis, Minn. and Reanna Bertram of Vermillion is interning at Deloitte in Omaha. Lucas Holden of Parkston, S.D. and Josh Newman of Rapid City, S.D. are at Jackson Hewitt Tax Services in Yankton, S.D., and Ryan Anderson of Yankton is at MRHenderson & Co., also out of Yankton. Wenquian Pan of Foshan, China is doing an internship for Garret Tenbroek, C.P.A. of Mobridge, S.D. Romaine Kocer of Sturgis, S.D. is an intern at Ketel Thorstenson of Rapid City, S.D., while Ashley Pickner of Pierre, S.D. is an intern with the South Dakota Department of Revenue at Pierre.

Interns at Ness Tax & Bookkeeping Service in Sioux Falls are Christy Hofer of Freeman, S.D. and Thuy Nguyen of Sioux City; Delana Bovero of Yankton, Sarah Pieper of Norfolk and Abigail Trieb of Yankton are student interns at Williams and Company of Yankton. Sam Pfeiffer of Aberdeen, S.D. is an intern at Schaap Sternhagen & Co. of Yankton; and Samantha Thuringer of Vermillion is at Quam & Berglin of Elk Point, S.D. Students with accounting internships at King, Reinsch, Prosser & Co., LLP, of Sioux City are Cody Conover of Anthon, Iowa, and Mercedees Ricke of Sioux City; and Saliesh Pant of Kathmandu, Nepal, is an intern with PwC in Phoenix, Ariz.

“Internships are an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience in their chosen fields and to learn the culture of a company by exposing them to day-to-day tasks of a particular job,” stated Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “It provides our students with an inside look into their prospective career and helps them develop the necessary skills they will need as accountants.”

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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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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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