Accounting - Extended Learning Opportunities

Council on Accountancy

The Department of Accountancy is proud of its affiliation with the Council on Accountancy, a group of over fifty accounting and financial executives who serve as advisors to the department. This group works closely with the faculty of the department in providing quality educational and professional opportunities for students and attracting superior students to the Canisius Accounting programs. The council has been instrumental in the creation of an endowment of over $4 million that provides scholarships for upper-class accounting, accounting information systems, and graduate students. The department also offers a program that affords opportunities for a paid summer work experience.  Other programs include advising students through a mentoring program, hosting students for breakfast meetings with professionals and mock job interviews. The council also assists the department in developing new programs and courses and job placement for graduates.

Accounting Experience Program

Members of the Council on Accountancy help students find accounting positions during the summer months. These positions are available in public accounting firms, industry, financial institutions, and the government sector.

Clubs & Activities

The Accounting Society, a student-run organization, is extremely active and organizes numerous professional explorations and social events throughout the year. Events include Meet the Accountants Night, the Accounting Banquet, workshops on resume writing and interviewing skills, holiday parties, and baseball outings. The society also sponsors presentations by members of the local accounting and business communities.


Each year, many Canisius accounting students are placed in internships. An internship allows you to find out more about a potential career field and to gain valuable networking contacts. As the second largest city in New York State, Buffalo offers numerous opportunities.

Networking with Accounting Professionals

The Department of Accounting provides ample opportunity for accounting majors to meet and network with members of the business and accounting community in Western New York. Accounting majors are regularly invited to breakfast meetings hosted by members of the Council on Accountancy. The council, composed of successful area accountants, serves as an advisory board to the Accounting Department.

Office Visitation Program

Students in their junior year spend a day in an accounting environment in the business community. This experience allows them to observe accountants at work, and to interact with the accounting and the financial staff at all levels. Only two students visit one accounting firm or company at a time.

“Meet the Accountants Night”

Brings together accounting recruiters and students to discuss job opportunities.

Accounting Banquet

Held in the spring each year, this event brings together students and members of the accounting and business community in Western New York.  Awards are given to outstanding students, departmental scholarships are announced, and awards are given to an outstanding alumnus/alumnae of the Department of Accounting.

Mentor Program

Helps graduate students, especially those who work in the areas not related to accounting or finance, make the transition into accounting careers. Students get the opportunity to have two mentors: one from public accounting and the second from industry.

150 Hours Program

Valuable internship experience with accounting firms during the first 10 weeks of the spring semester.  These experiences can result in job opportunities after graduation.

Post-Graduate Study

As an accounting major, you can continue to earn a graduate MBA in Accounting or Master of Science in Forensic Accounting programs after you finish your undergraduate study. These graduate programs meet education requirements for CPA licensure in New York State, and Canisius offers scholarships for undergraduate accounting students who qualify for these graduate programs.