MBA student Carrie Yang aims to win an accounting advisory role at one of the "big four" firms.
Published on: Carrie Yang has accomplished a first for a Georgia Tech MBA student, winning a prestigious internship position with the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
She’ll begin the one-year internship as a postgraduate technical assistant this summer after graduating from Georgia Tech with both an MBA and MS in economics.
“This will be great for my career,” says Yang, who aims to eventually work in an accounting advisory role for one of the “big four” accounting firms. “I’m so glad I can help strengthen connections between FASB and Georgia Tech.”
Since 1973, FASB has been the designated organization in the private sector for establishing and improving financial accounting and reporting standards. The Security and Exchange Commission recognizes its authority in these areas.
Yang, who will live in Norwalk, Connecticut, during the internship, says she’ll be working for FASB at a particularly interesting time as the organization moves to merge with the International Accounting Standards Board.
“The goal is to make standards universal, so that separate financial statements are not needed for U.S. and international markets,” explains Yang, whose duties for FASB will include lots of research.
While growing up in Shenzhen, China, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Yang was exposed to accounting at an early age by her mother, who worked in the profession.
But her interest in the field didn’t really develop until she took an accounting class at Shanghai Jiao Tong University while earning a bachelor’s degree in finance.
After graduation, she decided to pursue an MS in economics because she felt it would help her succeed in the financial services industry. She recognized that earning an MBA would expand her career potential even more so she entered the program after fulfilling her economics class requirements.
She’ll have completed both degrees within three years when she finishes her economics master’s thesis in the spring.
Right Programs and Professors
Yang says both degree programs have been wonderful experiences for her, and she appreciates the personal touch made possible by the MBA program’s small size. “It’s great that the professors know your name after just a few classes,” she says.
Important mentors for her include accounting professors Bryan Church, Eugene Comiskey, Charles Mulford, and Debby Turner. They were greatly supportive of her efforts to win the FASB internship, Yang says, adding that Comiskey's recommendation was key to her success.
“They would like to see more Tech MBAs apply for the program in the future,” she adds.
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