Weather Closure

University of Alaska Anchorage campus will be closed September 24, 2021 beginning at 6:40 AM, due to weather. Students and employees should check their email for more information. The university will remain closed for the weekend and reopen on Monday morning.

The Alaska Airlines Center will be open Saturday, September 25, for the home volleyball match that afternoon.

Student Guide for Accounting Recruitment Week

 

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Table of Contents

 

Introduction: What to Expect

The traditional name has stuck, but “Accounting Recruitment Week” is really a lot more than just one week!  These events are for everyone interested in a career in accounting, now or in the future. Most recruiters are looking for students on a public accounting track, but everyone involved is happy to talk with students who are discerning the path that’s best for them.

Whether you're applying for an internship or seeking a career after graduation, Accounting Recruitment Week is an integral step in the journey to a career in accounting.

Student Events & Deadlines

  • UAA Meet the Firms
    September 16, 11:00 am-1:00 pm in Rasmuson Hall Lobby
  • Application Deadline on Handshake
    September 21 at 5:00 pm
  • Deadline to Submit FERPA Reference Request Form to Your references
    September 21
  • Review Offers & Claim Interview Times on Handshake
    September 28-30; DEADLINE is September 30 at 5:00 pm 
  • Accounting Club Fall Social
    October 1, 6:00-9:00 pm, Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown, purchase tickets from UAA Accounting Club 
  • Accounting Recruitment Week Interviews
    October 4-8 
  • Firms Extend Offers 
    October 11-15
  • Deadline to Accept or Decline Offers
    October 29

Tasks, Tips & Tricks

  • Activate your free Handshake account & review positions posted on firms’ Handshake profiles.

  • Do a Resume & Cover Letter review with Career Services. Schedule appointment before September 16. 

  • Ask your faculty for feedback on your resume and cover letter.

  • Do a Mock Interview with Career Services. Schedule appointment before September 30. 

  • Practice interview answers.

  • Practice introducing yourself, your interests, and your curiosities in a networking atmosphere.

  • Craft several thoughtful questions to ask in networking and interview settings.

  • Assemble a professional outfit. Between October 1-31, text ALASKA to 67292 to receive your Extra 30% off coupon for JCPenney (online or in stores).

 

The Process

Prepare

  • Watch Professor Straley's Orientation session.
  • Research the recruiting accounting firms and the accounting profession in general.
  • Attend Meet the Firms on September 16.
  • Research and understand what makes each employer unique so you can decide what type of firm or organization you might want to work for, and what type of work you hope to do. 
  • Prepare a list of questions you can ask at Meet the Firms and the Fall Social.

Apply

  • Update your resume and cover letters.
  • Ask at least three professional references to be prepared to speak on your behalf. Give each reference a copy of your signed FERPA Reference Request Form.
  • Have your materials reviewed by more than one person. Consider making an appointment with Career Services to review your resume and cover letter and conduct a mock interview. 

Interview

  • If you are offered an interview, you will receive an email from Handshake or from the employer directly.
  • You’ll need to select your interview date and time before September 30 at 5:00 pm.
  • Check all of your email accounts for correspondence, and check them often!

Follow Up

Whether or not you get the job, send a thank you card or email to the firms. If you haven't heard back from a recruiter more than one week after your interview, send an email or call the firm.

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Employer Profiles

  • Aldrich CPAs + Advisors

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    Aldrich CPAs + Advisors

    About Us

    Aldrich is a west coast regional firm that offers a broad range of advisory and professional services to our clients. Our culture stems from our camaraderie, our community interests and our ongoing professional development. We take great pride in our integrity and our ability to listen closely to our clients’ needs, while also bringing fresh and innovative solutions to resolve issues and exceed their expectations.

    Aldrich brings independent CPAs, advisors and business consultants together to serve privately held companies, small businesses, high net worth individuals, and nationally recognized nonprofits. Our vision to be a long-lasting business with an entrepreneurial spirit and leaders in the markets we serve, encourages us to continually find new ways to challenge the status quo and improve.

    Accounting Today ranks Aldrich as one of the top 100 accounting firms in the country. We exist to improve the lives of our people, our clients and our communities, and welcome those with a pioneering mindset to partake in shaping the company’s future. Belong here and experience unlimited opportunities to grow, learn and lead. Aldrich is an equal opportunity employer.

    Industries We Serve

    • Agriculture
    • Architects + Engineers
    • Communications
    • Construction
    • Dental
    • Food + Beverage
    • Growth Companies
    • Healthcare
    • Manufacturing + Distribution
    • Nonprofit
    • Professional Services
    • Real Estate
    • Utilities
    • Veterinary

    Our Suite of Services

    • Audit + Assurance
    • Business Advisory
    • Employee Benefits
    • Private Client Services
    • Retirement Plan Services
    • Tax Planning
    • Technology
    • Wealth Management

    Positions Hiring For

    2022 Audit/Tax Summer Intern

    2022 Audit/Tax Associate

    How to Apply

    Apply using the external link provided on Handshake. 

    Application Materials

    Please be sure to upload all requested documents in PDF format.

    • Cover letter (Address to: Hayley Dolfay)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript(s) – If you have attended multiple colleges or universities, please be sure to include all transcripts. These can be uploaded as one PDF document.

    Additional Information

    After the application deadline, students will be notified in Handshake whether or not they were selected for a virtual "oncampus" interview. All interviews will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

  • Altman, Rogers & Co.

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    Altman, Rogers & Co.

    About Us

    Altman, Rogers & Co. is Alaska’s largest locally owned CPA firm and is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. Many of our staff come from the University of Alaska system, a fact we are proud of! We are proud to be the firm with the Big Firm Experience, Small Firm Approach. Learn more about why this is a great team!

    Mission Statement

    "We LEAD through our innovative yet traditional knowledge of accounting and dedication to our passions: colleagues, clients and community."

    Accolades

    • Best of Alaska Business Award—Best Accounting Services: 1st Place 2021, 2020
    • Best of Alaska Business Award—Best Place to Work, 1-250 Employees: 1st Place 2018 & 2019, 2nd Place 2021, 2020
    • Great Place to Work Certified ®: 2020-2021
    • Torch Award for Business Ethics: 2020

    Locations

    • Anchorage
    • Juneau
    • Soldotna

    Services

    • Audit
    • Tax Preparation & Planning
    • Business Consulting
    • Client Accounting
    • Election & Inspector of Election

    Positions Hiring For

    Staff Accountant (Audit)

    Intern (Audit)

    Intern (Tax)

    Staff Accountant (Tax)

    Client Accounting Specialist/Bookkeeper

    Application Materials

    • Cover letter (Address to: Brian Kupilik for Audit & Client Accounting, Ryan Johns for Tax)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript

    How to Apply

    Apply through Handshake.

    Additional Information

    We offer a generous compensation package including competitive wages, paid leave starting at 4 weeks provided up front to staff (it's not accrued), paid holidays, health insurance, dental insurance, pharmaceutical insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, supplemental insurance, 401(K) participation and employer Safe Harbor matching, CPE and CPA preparation assistance, Section 125 cafeteria plan, casual Fridays, half-day Fridays in the summer, mentorship program, merit-based advancement, Wellness Work Group program, community involvement and employee morale events.

  • BDO USA, LLP

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    BDO USA, LLP

    Get to Know BDO Anchorage

    At its core, our business is not about numbers or spreadsheets, dollars or pence, but about people working with, for, and in service of others. 

    • Community Involvement: Led by our BDO Counts committee we support Make A Wish Foundation, Alaska Food Drive, Red Nose Day and more.
    • Culture: Keeping our community thriving with virtual happy hour, trivia, picnics, Tuesdays at 5, and more.
    • Mentorship: All new hires (even Interns) get assigned a Career Advisor and Buddy! With strategic one-on-ones and an open-door policy BDO is the place for personal career development beyond your CPA licensure.
    • Diversity & Inclusion: Our firm is committed to a robust and sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and we encourage BIPOC students to apply.

    Industries & Niche Markets

    • Alaska Native Corporations
    • Government Contracting
    • Healthcare
    • Natural Resources
    • Nonprofit & Education
    • Construction

    Fast Facts

    • U.S. Offices: 70+
    • Ranked #5 Globally
    • Countries: 167
    • 80+ professionals across Assurance, Tax and Advisory services
    • 6:1 Staff to Senior Management ratio

    Contact Information

    Application Materials

    • Cover letter (Address to: Joy Merriner for audit and Chad Estes for tax)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript

    Additional Information

    If students have any questions or concerns, please contact Kayte Stochmal directly at (907) 646-7314 or kstochmal@bdo.com.

  • The Brandon Skinner Group P.C.

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    The Brandon Skinner Group P.C.

    About Us

    The Brandon Skinner Group, P.C., formerly F.M Strand & Associates is made up of a team of professionals dedicated to excellence in growth and success of both our clients and employees. We are a local public accounting firm located in Anchorage, Alaska that has been providing exceptional client service for over 40 years to many of the largest privately held general and specialty contractors throughout the state. Our team enjoys training and developing staff, researching and solving complex accounting and reporting matters, and taking ownership in our Firm’s continuing success. We strive to provide our clients with superior service and provide our employees with opportunities to grow in their careers while keeping in mind the necessity for a strong work/life balance. To learn more about our Firm and our team, please visit our website at www.brandonskinnercpas.com.

    Location

    Anchorage, AK

     

    Our Suite of Services

    Financial statement audits, reviews, compilations, and accounting support services with an industry focus in construction. Preparation of corporate, business, and individual tax returns, and other accounting services primarily for construction and commercial fishing clients.

    Contact Information

    Positions Hiring For

    Tax Associate

    Assurance Associate

    How to Apply

    Apply using the external link provided on Handshake. 

    Application Materials

    • Cover letter
    • Resume

    Additional Information

    Applicant Requirements
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
    • 150 Credit hours (or working towards)
    • Attention to detail
    • Effective written and oral communication skills
    • “Go-getter” attitude
    • Strong work ethic
    • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite with fluency in Excel
  • ConocoPhillips

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    ConocoPhillips: Finance and Accounting

    About Us

    We are one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies, based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With operations and activities in 15 countries, we explore for, develop, and produce crude oil and natural gas globally. We are challenged with an important job to safely find and deliver energy to the world. Our employees are critical to our success, and with them we power civilization.

    We’re grounded by our SPIRIT Values – safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation, and teamwork. These values position us to deliver strong performance in a dynamic business – but not at all costs. We believe it’s not just what we do – it’s how we do it – that sets us apart.

    We strive to make a significant difference in the communities where we live and operate. We create an inclusive environment that values all voices and opinions. Together, the different backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and perspectives of our employees drive our success.

    ConocoPhillips Who We Are

    Operations and Activities in 15 countries; 10,100 employees worldwide

    Contact Information

    • careers.conocophillips.com

    • Anchorage Office: 700 G. Street | Anchorage, AK 99501

      Headquarters: 925 N. Eldridge Parkway | Houston, TX 77079

    • (907) 276-1215

     

    How to Apply

    Apply using the external link provided on Handshake and complete an application on careers.conocophillips.com:

    Application Materials

    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript
  • KPMG LLP

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    KPMG LLP

    Global Role

    KPMG member firms operate in 147 countries, collectively employing more than 219,000 people, serving the needs of business, governments, public-sector agencies, not-for-profits and the capital markets. KPMG is committed to quality and service excellence in all that we do, bringing our best to clients and earning the public's trust through our actions and behaviors both professionally and personally.

    We lead with a commitment to quality and consistency across our global network, bringing a passion for client success and a purpose to serve and improve the communities in which member firms operate. In a world where rapid change and unprecedented disruption are the new normal, we inspire confidence and empower change in all we do.

    It's not just what we do at KPMG that matters: we also pay attention to how we do it. Our Values are our core beliefs, guiding and unifying our actions and behaviors: Integrity means that we do what is right; Excellence means that we never stop learning and improving; Courage means that we think and act boldly; Together means we respect each other and draw strength from our differences; and For Better means that we do what matters. Shared across every level and in every country, jurisdiction and territory in which we operate, they are the foundation of our unique culture.

    At the same time, we value our diversity and the many different perspectives our people bring to complex issues. That's why we are focused on creating an inclusive environment where our people can flourish, both as professionals and as individuals. This includes investment in their skills and knowledge to further expand, deepen and evolve our expertise.

    This is what it means to work with and for KPMG. 

     

    At Home in Alaska

    KPMG has served its Alaska clients since 1954, longer than any other professional services firm. Services provided by our 60+ professionals include financial and compliance audits, tax compliance, planning and consulting for a diverse group of the largest organizations in Alaska.

    Fast Facts

    • U.S. staff, including partners: 34,000+
    • U.S. offices: 100+ in all 50 states
    • More than 50% of Anchorage office leadership are University of Alaska graduates
    • Anchorage office contributes about $40,000 annually to the local community

    Contact Information

     

    Positions Hiring For

    KPMG Early Diversity Internship Opportunities (KPMG Embark)

    KPMG Internship Opportunities

    KPMG Associate Opportunities

    Application Materials

    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Unofficial transcript

    Additional Information

    KPMG is looking for inspired professionals who want to become the best at what they do, effect change, drive for results, stay passionately committed to excellence, and take a global view of both the profession and their role in creating the future. This is the place to write your own story and demonstrate inspiration in action.

    Candidates selected for interviews will be notified via email and given the opportunity to select their preferred interview time slot. Once all interviews have been scheduled, candidates will be provided with a Microsoft Teams virtual interview link and information about their interviewer. 

    Disclaimer: Each candidate may only apply to a single KPMG position. If you applied earlier this year and are unable to apply again now, please reach out to Samantha Daly for assistance. If you wish to be considered for two or more positions, please discuss your interest with your interviewer.

    How to Apply

    Apply using the external link provided on Handshake: www.kpmgcampus.com.

    Please note, any applications not submitted using the external link will not be considered.

     

  • Newhouse & Vogler, CPAs

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    Newhouse & Vogler, CPAs

    About Us

    We are a small CPA firm in Anchorage. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success. We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients.


    Positions Hiring For

    Auditor/Accountant

    Application Materials

    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript

    How to Apply

    Apply through Handshake.

    Additional Information

    Contact James R. Newhouse, CPA for more information [(907) 258-7555 or jim@newvog.com].

    Location

    237 E. Fireweed Lane, Ste. 200
    Anchorage, AK 99503

    Services

    We perform compilations, reviews, audits, 1040s, 1065s, 1120s, 990s, and assist with accounting services.

    Contact Information

  • Porter & Allison, Inc.

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    Porter & Allison, Inc.

    About Us

    Porter & Allison, Inc.’s inception was based on the premise that the current Alaska market demands more personal and timely attention to Alaska businesses from qualified and skilled audit, tax and accounting professionals without the high overhead, administrative, and time barriers typical of larger firms. The firm’s owners, David Porter and Ben Allison, with combined public accounting experience of over 25 years throughout Alaska, come from both local and national firm environments. They have chosen to get back to that “Alaska feel” from a professional working standpoint, which they have embraced in their own personal lives.

     

    Services

    • Audits for banking and bonding requirements
    • Compilations and Reviews
    • Audits of tribal governments
    • Audits of not-for-profit tribal, health, and social service organizations
    • Audits in accordance with State of Alaska Single Audit Requirements
    • Audits in accordance with OMB Uniform Guidance and OMB A-133 Single Audit
    • Audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards (yellowbook)
    • Audits of employee benefit plans
    • Tax referral services for corporate, S-corp, partnership and individual tax returns
    • Not-for-profit 990 informational returns
    • Contract accounting and bookkeeping services

    Contact Information

     

    Positions Hiring For

    Summer Audit Intern

    Winter Audit Intern

    Application Materials

    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript

    Additional Information

    Seeking college students who will have successfully completed intermediate accounting at the end of the semester, with at least junior status, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    After the application deadline, students will be notified in Handshake whether or not they were selected for a virtual interview. All interviews will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

    If students have any questions or concerns, please contact Kevin Overholt directly at (907) 770-2727 or koverholt@porterallison.com.

    How to Apply

    Apply through Handshake.

  • State of Alaska Division of Legislative Audit

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    State of Alaska Division of Legislative Audit

    About Us

    The Division of Legislative Audit serves as one of the Legislature’s most significant checks in the balance of powers with the executive and judicial branches of government. The Division’s primary responsibilities are to provide transparency and hold state agencies accountable to state and federal laws. Audits are performed in accordance with governmental auditing standards to inform the Legislature and the public about government operations. The Division has offices in Juneau and Anchorage staffed by dedicated professionals, most of whom are licensed CPAs.

    Employment Opportunities

    We are looking for energetic and talented professionals to join our team. We hire candidates qualified to sit for the CPA exam for our Auditor Positions throughout the year as positions become available. We also welcome juniors and seniors majoring in accounting or related fields to apply for summer Auditor Intern Positions.

     

    Check Us Out

    If you are interested in working with a team of professionals that enjoy their work and are dedicated to increasing transparency and accountability within the State of Alaska, the Division of Legislative Audit is a great choice. We support your efforts to become a licensed CPA, and provide ongoing continuing education to further your professional development and maintain your CPA license.

    We offer a structured training program that introduces new employees to the basics of auditing and builds the skills necessary for a career in this exciting field.

    Contact Information

     

    Positions Hiring For

    Staff Auditor

    Auditor Intern

    Application Materials

    • Cover letter (Address to: Kim Garnero, Operations Manager)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript

    Additional Information

    Permanent full-time positions:  College graduates with minimum GPA of 3.25 and eligible to sit for CPA exam by June 2022.

    Auditor Intern positions for summer 2022:  College students who have successfully completed intermediate accounting, with at least junior status, and a minimum GPA of 3.25.

    How to Apply

    Apply through Handshake.

  • Swalling & Associates, PC

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    Swalling & Associates, PC

    Our Firm

    Swalling & Associates, P.C. is a full service certified public accounting firm, serving closely held Alaskan businesses and their executives, owners and families. We’re proud to be consistently recognized as one of the premier accounting firms in Alaska, with a depth of experience and level of expertise not typically found in a local firm.

    People Focus

    What truly sets our firm apart is our personal involvement and genuine interest in seeing our clients succeed. We believe our active, hands-on approach to client service and building personal relationships are essential to our mutual success. Having a solid, trusted relationship with our clients allows us to provide straightforward thinking, helpful insights, and practical advice to resolve even the most complex accounting matters.

    DFK/USA

    Our firm is an independent member of DFK/USA, an association of approximately 30 full-service accounting firms serving major markets throughout the United States. DFK/USA is affiliated with DFK International, headquartered in London, with member offices worldwide. Our membership allows us to share firm management best practices, opportunities for business referral, and offer our clients an exceptional level of technical expertise with the resources it takes to serve clients on a national and international scale.

     

    Client Services

    • Financial Reporting - Attest Services
    • Income Tax Planning & Compliance
    • Specialized Services
    • Management Consulting
    • Other Accounting Services

    Contact Information

     

    Positions Hiring For

    Staff Accountant

    Tax Manager

    Application Materials

    • Cover letter (Address to: Tracy Hartung, CPA)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript

    Additional Information

    Swalling & Associates is a full-service public accounting firm in Anchorage, Alaska. Working at Swalling & Associates affords excellent opportunities for professional development and personal fulfillment. We offer a chance to:

    • Serve interesting clients generating challenging and rewarding work
    • Interact with clients early in your career
    • Work as a team, paired with the firm's directors and managers
    • Take advantage of training programs to foster your technical expertise and business advisory skills
    • Enjoy an informal supportive culture that values good work and recognizes the importance of personal and family time

    We also offer our professionals a competitive salary, a flexible schedule with very little or no out-of-town travel, as well as a comprehensive benefit package.

    How to Apply

    Apply through Handshake and email to t.hartung@swallingcpas.com.

     

  • Thomas, Head & Greisen, PC

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    Thomas, Head & Greisen, PC

    About

    Thomas, Head & Greisen, an Alaskan owned and operated CPA firm, has been helping Alaskan businesses and individuals since 1969. We offer a full range of financial services from audits and litigation support to business valuation and taxation services. Our clients range in size from large complex corporate entities to individual tax return preparation engagements. Since 1969 we have been building trust and security for our clients. As one of Alaska’s largest CPA firms, we have the depth of experience from our professional and support staff to make us easily the most qualified as well as one of the longest serving firms in Alaska. 

    We have achieved success because of the people who work here. At Thomas, Head & Greisen, we strive to maintain a healthy life/work balance and provide a positive and rewarding work environment. Our professionals take pride in their work and value the client relationship. We offer continuing education, career advancement opportunities, and the ability to work directly with the owners of the firm.

    Services

    • Tax Preparation, Planning, Consulting
    • Estate Planning
    • Audits, Reviews, Compilations
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Non-Profit Organization
    • Small Business Accounting
    • Internal Controls
    • Succession Planning

    Contact Information

     

    Positions Hiring For

    Tax Senior and Tax Manager

    Tax Intern

    Staff Accountant

     Application Materials

    • Cover letter (Address to: Cindy Hulquist)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial transcript

    Additional Information

    Benefits:

    • Personal Time Off (PTO)
    • Paid Holidays
    • Flexible work schedules
    • Up-to-date technology with remote connectivity
    • Mentor Program
    • 401K Plan with firm contributing 3% of salary
    • Profit sharing
    • Health insurance with Health Savings Account
    • Firm contribution to Health Savings Account
    • In-house medical reimbursement
    • Firm-paid Long-term Disability Insurance
    • Firm-paid Life Insurance
    • Ergonomic work spaces
    • Employee referral bonus
    • New client bonus
    • Annual performance bonus
    • CPA exam bonus
    • Performance reviews
    • Promotions based on merit, not seniority

    How to Apply

    Apply through Handshake.

 

Questions?

For questions about Accounting Recruitment Week, contact Sarah Shives (slshives@alaska.edu).