Friday, April 9, 2021

TSCPA Student Ambassador Profile - Danyul Pulley

Danyul Pulley

Austin Peay State University

May 2022

Meet TSCPA Student Ambassador Danyul Pulley! Danyul is an accounting student at APSU. He had the opportunity to shadow a CFO in high school and immediately knew accounting was for him. After graduation, he plans to sit for the CPA exam and work in public accounting. Danyul encourages other students to shadow accounting professionals to learn about the profession.

Outside of accounting, Danyul likes to mountain bike and play soccer. His family and friends would describe him as determined, funny and responsible.

Have a question for Danyul? Email him at

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Recruiting from Smaller Schools

By Danyul Pulley, Austin Peay State University TSCPA Student Ambassador

When attending a smaller school, it sometimes might feel that we are at a disadvantage to those at larger schools when it comes to recruiting opportunities. Don’t worry, I felt the same! However, I’ll let you know that’s not the case at all. Not as many firms may come to our Meet the Firms events, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go to them! We must stay proactive and get our names out there. Here are three tips to landing an internship at a public accounting firm coming from a smaller school.

Perfect Your Resume

Your resume is going to be a very important aspect when it comes to landing interviews for public accounting internships. The stronger your resume is, the better chance you have of landing an interview. The best resource for getting resume advice and assistance is through your school’s Career Center. You are going to want to keep your GPA high, above a 3.5/4.0, show involvement and leadership, and include any other relevant experience you might have. The good thing about attending a smaller school is that it is easier to get involved in clubs or organizations you are passionate about. It is also easier to get leadership positions in those clubs!

Network, Network, Network

This is by far the most important thing you need to do to get your name out there. The saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” and that is true when it comes to networking! If you don’t already have one, make sure to set up a LinkedIn account, because this is how you will do most of your networking. Start by looking to see if there are any alumni working in the firms you wish to work at. It is easier to connect with someone if you have something in common, such as attending the same school. Sending them a message is a great way to learn more about their experience at the firm and enables you to ask any other questions you might have. You can also use LinkedIn to connect with local recruiters for the firm you’re interested in. Recruiters are aware that there are some schools where they don’t actively recruit, and if you are reaching out to them it shows initiative and that you are very interested in internship opportunities.

Prepare for the Interview

When you are accepted for an interview, whether it be in person or virtual, you need to research the firm. You need to be familiar with the firm and know why you are attracted to that firm. You should know the firm’s values and even the CEO or managing partner’s name.

Dressing professionally is very important as well. You want to give a good first impression to your interviewer. Not only does this show that you are serious, but it also gives you confidence. You’ll look good and feel good!

Many interviews for internships will include behavioral questions. It’s best to use the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method for behavioral questions. You want to explain the situation, what the task or goal was, what you did to achieve that goal, and what the result was or if you were able to achieve that goal. You want to be relaxed and be yourself. There is no need to stress! If you are accepted for an interview that means you are already qualified, and they just want to see if you are a good fit for their firm. There will usually be an allotted time for questions at the end of the interview, and it is imperative that you ask questions. These questions can range from the firm’s culture to how to prepare for the internship.

You Got This!

Through the recruitment process, it is important to be calm and be confident. Perfect your resume, never say no to a networking opportunity and prepare for your interviews. Don’t let the fact that we go to a smaller school prohibit you. You’re still a competitive applicant and with determination, you’ll get that offer!


Friday, February 12, 2021

TSCPA Student Ambassador Profile - Amelia Yann

Amelia Yann

Middle Tennessee State University

May 2022

Meet TSCPA Student Ambassador Amelia Yann! Amelia is an accounting student at MTSU. Her goal after graduation is to work at one of the Big Four firms as an auditor while she studies for the CPA exam. She then wants to find a position that will offer her long-term growth and success. Amelia encourages others to go after opportunities that are offered to you as a student and become involved to prepare for life after graduation.

Amelia’s friends would describe her as thoughtful, a perfectionist and artist. She loves to make candles and macramé and currently has a job decorating gourmet donuts.

Have a question for Amelia? Email her at