The student obtains a major accounting internship


Alhasan Idrees, a Masters of Accountancy student at the University of North Georgia (UNG), is one of 10 national recipients of the George Willie Ethically Diverse Student Fellowship and Internship.

The Private Companies Practice Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) awards the awards. Idrees will participate in the internship with accounting firm Dean Dorton in Louisville, Ky., During the spring semester of 2022.

Idrees initially believed that accounting would be a good field because he believed there was limited interaction. Even when he found out it wasn’t, he stuck with his choice.

“I wasn’t keen on accounting at first, but I fell in love with it,” he said.

Idrees graduated from UNG with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in the spring of 2021.

He thanked Dr. Ellen Best, Head of the UNG Accounting Department, and Lisa Nash, Accounting Professor and Educational Advisor for Beta Alpha Psi, for the mentorship that made the AICPA scholarship and internship possible. Beta Alpha Psi is an international honor society for students of accounting, finance and information systems.

“The teachers we have here all have so much experience outside of the classroom,” Idrees said. “It gave me a whole picture of where I want to go. They’ve been in the industry. They know the language of accounting.”

Best coached ideas throughout the application process.

“Watching my students’ success is one of the biggest benefits of this job,” Best said. “I am delighted to see how Alhasan is taking advantage of this opportunity.”


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