Summer Workshops

You want the best accounting opportunities possible? We want that for you too!

This series of four workshops is designed to help you secure the best internship or full time opportunity possible. Through this series, you will improve your overall job-hunting skills by improving your resume preparation, interviewing, LinkedIn and networking skills.

But there's another great reason to attend these workshops! The representatives from these premier firms are responsible for recruitment at their companies, and are looking for excellent candidates like you! So, dress is business casual (no jacket or tie is needed) and come ready to learn as well as to be seen.

The workshops are open to all CCSU recent accounting grads, accounting majors and pre-majors as well as MBA and MSA students at no cost.

Please register to reserve your place for one or more of these workshops through this link:


Workshop 1: Friday, July 29, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Room 105, Vance Academic Center
Topic: Resumes and Cover Letters

CohnReznick has more than 2,500 employees nationwide and offices from Boston to Los Angeles, providing a complete range of services to both public and private companies across numerous industries. Sarah Ricci, Human Resources Representative at CohnReznick will show you how to set up your resumes in a way that will highlight your skills and abilities and in a format that CPA firms want to see.

Sarah's LinkedIn page
CohnReznick's website
CohnReznick's LinkedIn page


Workshop 2: Friday, August 5, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Room 105, Vance Academic Center
Topic: Networking, Appearance, Handing Multiple Job Offers and Other Essential Skills

RSM US, formerly known as McGladrey, is the fifth largest accounting firm in the United States. Scott Bassett, CPA is a Partner in the New Haven Office of RSM US. His industry strengths include government and not-for-profit organizations. A graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Scott has over twenty-five years of experience specializing in the audits of governmental and nonprofit organizations throughout the State of Connecticut. Scott will discuss networking, drafting an effective elevator speech, handling (multiple) job offers, how to avoid burning bridges, and other essential skills.

Scott's LinkedIn page
RSM's website
RSM's LinkedIn Page


Workshop 3: Friday, August 12, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Room 105, Vance Academic Center
Topic: Mock Interviews and Interviewing Tips

Marika Semsettin, Human Resources Recruiting Coordinator at BlumShapiro (the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England) will discuss how to respond to classic interview questions, communicate your character and work ethic, highlight your best skills and abilities, and use the appropriate demeanor, as well as how to research the employer/opportunity and ask the best questions.

Marika's LinkedIn page 
BlumShapiro's website
BlumShapiro's LinkedIn page


Workshop 4: Friday, August 19, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Room 105, Vance Academic Center
Topic: Build Your Brand – Online and Offline

LinkedIn is the number one social tool for job hunters and hiring managers. Recruiters today use social media in their recruitment efforts. Joe Pieksza, Audit Partner at Crowe Horwath will talk about building your brand, including how to set up a great LinkedIn page and use it to stand out from the competition. Joe will teach you how to write a killer summary, how to connect with individuals and groups using LinkedIn, and how to give and receive recommendations.

Joe's LinkedIn page
Crowe Horwath's website
Crowe Horwath's LinkedIn page

In addition, your reputation plays such a crucial role, not just in your professional life, but in your life in general. It is so important that you are taking the actions necessary to build a strong and positive reputation. From how you use social media to your appearance and body language, and everything in between, it all ties into your reputation. You want to build your reputation as if you were building your very own brand. Tyler Losure, Career and Academics Development Coordinator with the Connecticut Society of CPAs, will discuss the importance of building your brand (reputation) and how to go about doing so.

Tyler's LinkedIn page
CSCPA's website