When Hannah Huynh enrolled in the Flexible Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) program at the Robinson College of Business, she knew networking with the right people would increase her chances of landing a job. She served as vice president of membership for the school’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an honor society for students in finance-related disciplines. During the organization’s weekly meetings, members interfaced with recruiters from accounting firms, including PwC, which hired Huynh as a tax associate earlier this year. (She graduated in December 2017.)
Huynh provides tax advisory services to global clients and helps them minimize taxes associated with moving funds generated in another country back to the United States. Huynh says her Advanced Federal Taxation (AACT 8120) course prepared her to succeed in this role. “We have to research international tax regulations,” she explains, “and that class saved me a ton of time.”
Huynh refers back to her Seminar on Internal Auditing (ACCT 8720) on a regular basis as well. For a group project, she and a team of classmates reviewed Mohawk Industries’ auditing practices and devised a plan to improve its processes. Delivering presentations and being grilled in Q&As by her peers prepped Huynh to lead teaching sessions as part of an internal group that takes turns illuminating each other on tax issues. Last month, she spoke in front of PwC partners and directors on how to transfer money between different entities and countries. “The [MPA] program gave me a chance to get comfortable presenting to large groups,” Huynh says.