Accounting @ Berkeley

Center for Financial Reporting & Management

Student Ambassadors

  • Sharon Chen

    Jordi Adoumie

    UC Berkeley, Class of 2019
    Major: Business Administration and Economics
    Email: jadoumie@berkeley.edu

    The BCPA program is a rigorous, yet exceptionally rewarding way to spend a summer. First and foremost the courses are well crafted to provide a thorough foundation of accounting principles that will be useful for anyone pursuing a career in the business field. In addition, spending twelve weeks with other students that were passionate about learning the same material as I was allowed me to find a handful of very close and inspiring friends. Lastly, the program really emphasizes the importance of networking. BCPA sets up a number of intimate settings to meet professionals in and out of the workplace. All of the recruiting events are fun, fairly stress free, and an extremely valuable way to make connections at some of the top firms in the industry.

     

  • Lily Augus

    UC Berkeley, Class of 2020
    Major: Intended Business Administration, and Environmental Economics and Policy with a minor in Public Policy
    Email: lilyaugus@berkeley.edu

    My interest in finance, coupled with my passion for understanding the world through different frameworks, landed me in BCPA. During a simultaneous internship at a SF hedge fund, I found that everything we learned in BCPA applied to the tasks I completed on the job. Each week of lessons contributed to my confidence and competence. While the thought of completing BCPA and an internship seemed daunting, the tight-knit network of peers and professors made it possible. Coming from Andover, a boarding school outside of Boston, I was searching to replicate the small class sizes and student/teacher mentorships. I found this in BCPA. The handpicked professors are passionate about their instruction and make themselves accessible throughout the summer. Along with the program administration, the professors assist students in building a strong network for the professional world. If you are looking for a program that will not only teach you applicable skills in the workforce, but also provide you with professional development, this is the program for you — you will be launched into the fascinating world of accounting. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me!

     

  • Samantha Fell

    UC Berkeley, Class of 2018
    Major: Political Economy, Concentration in International Trade
    Email: sfell@berkeley.edu

    As I entered my freshman year at UC Berkeley, I began my college career unsure of what major I would declare. My diverse interests spanning from business to political science led me to Political Economy with a concentration in International Trade. However, junior year I found myself desiring a program that would balance the qualitative analysis of Political Economy with quantitative logic, reason, and practicality; all of which I found in BCPA. The exceptionally strong curriculum that BCPA offers has helped me to master the fundamentals of accounting as well as jump-start my career in this field. I have found the professors and resources to be incredibly worthwhile. The curriculum teaches the accounting essentials while the office visits and networking events serve as a gateway to my future career. As a graduating senior this spring, I am confident that BCPA has provided me with the tools necessary to have a successful career in accounting and beyond. I recommend this program to students from every major and background and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

     

  • Payas Parab

    UC Berkeley, Class of 2019
    Major: Business Administration, Economics, and Computer Science
    Email: pparab19@berkeley.edu

    As a rising junior who desires to enter the world of business upon graduation, I needed to learn the accounting fundamentals. Accounting is the language of business and a great groundwork for a career in business administration, finance, and of course public accounting. Because BCPA is during the summer, I really had an excellent opportunity to truly focus on my coursework. Evening classes allow you to pursue internships or part-time work as well. The intimate cohort creates some lasting friendships and the small class sizes really allowed me to develop relationships with each of my professors. BCPA is truly is a unique program here at Cal.

     

  • Patrick Wong

    UC Berkeley, Class of 2018
    Major: Business Administration
    Email: pwong@berkeley.edu

    Since my first semester at Berkeley, I knew that I was interested in business but I was not very guided or focused on a particular field within this large field. It was not until I experienced BCPA that I knew accounting was the right career choice for me after graduation. Beyond the technical skills learned through the summer courses, it was the passionate professors, peers with an interest and passion for accounting, and the amazing networking opportunities that really drew me into this profession. Not many people can say that they have had dinner with partners and recruiters from the nation's top firms at Memorial Stadium, but BCPA gave us that opportunity! I was able to balance a part-time job at Apple and excel academically in the program because of the helpful scheduling and support system from the administrators. For me, the firm visit really broke the social stereotypes surrounding accountants: they don't have "boring" jobs, in fact, being a public accountant means solving real world issues that affect many people and influential businesses. This summer I will be continuing in the BCPA program while interning with PWC, an opportunity that my first summer with BCPA prepared me for! If you have any questions about this program, Haas, or my personal experiences, please feel free to email me anytime.

     

  • Paul Zambrano

    UC Berkeley, Class of 2018
    Major: Economics
    Email: paulzambrano@berkeley.edu

    In the Summer of 2017, I completed the Introductory BCPA program. I loved the BCPA program for many reasons. To start, the program provided me with a solid accounting foundation and inspired me to pursue a career in public accounting. In addition, the BCPA program gave me the opportunity to meet professionals and recruiters from multiple accounting firms. The recruiting events held by BCPA made me extremely comfortable talking to recruiters and gave me a head start in the fall recruiting season. Lastly, the BCPA program allowed me to meet fellow students who were also interested in accounting. Because we spent so much time together, I was able to form lasting relationships with many of my fellow classmates. If you are even mildly interested in accounting, I highly recommend applying to the BCPA program. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!