Fox accounting students are offered a variety of professional development activities that serve to enhance their academic experiences.

Accounting Student Professional Organizations

Ascend

Ascend is a primarily Pan-Asian organization for business. Reaching 20,000 people in 28 student chapters and 16 professional chapters located in both the U.S. and Canada around major business hubs and institutions, Ascend provides members with a variety of benefits. These range from exposure to local, national, and global firms through our weekly Friday meetings; volunteer opportunities; mentorship; resume critiques, avenues for leadership; company visits, as well as networking events. We partner with our Greater Philadelphia Chapter for a few of these events, which boast professional members from renowned accounting and financial firms, such as the “Big Four” firms and Cigna.


Beta Alpha Psi (BAP – International Honor Organization)

Beta Alpha Psi is an international scholastic and professional organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of the organization is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance, and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service, and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.


Fox Accounting Association (FAA)

FAA is an organization dedicated to professional development of its members, career networking, and community service. FAA helps students explore career opportunities in public accounting and industry and connects members with professionals. Members of FAA also develop interpersonal skills and gain leadership experience by working cooperatively on a variety of initiatives, including community service projects.


Institute of Management Accountants Temple Chapter (IMA-T)

IMA-Temple is an accounting organization that works to transform students into professionals. Members network with various companies in the area, and learn more about the accounting profession. We have weekly meetings, and attend events and conferences hosted by the Institute of Management Accountants, our national chapter. The IMA is an organization that focuses on educating students about industry and the CMA designation.


National Association of Black Accountants, Temple Chapter (NABA)

Career development and community service are NABA goals. Guest speakers from public accounting firms and industry collect resumes and offer career advice. Members receive unlimited networking opportunities at NABA’s Student Regional Conference, and accounting firm office tours. Members gain a competitive edge through resume writing and interview workshops. They also receive professional experience through the VITA tax program, a hands-on opportunity to prepare income taxes. In addition, NABA sponsors the Adopt-a-School program and in-house mentoring programs. The Temple chapter is one of 120 professional and student chapters.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

VITA is a nationwide organization regulated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that offers free tax help to people who make less than $53,000 per year. Since 2008, students, faculty, and alumni of the Fox School’s Department of Accounting have assisted low-income members of the Philadelphia community by filing their income-tax returns for free through Temple University’s VITA program, based on Temple’s Ambler Campus. In 2017, more than 60 preparers claimed nearly half a million dollars in refunds on behalf of their more than 400 clients.

Accounting firms, CPA review firms, and the Department of Accounting Circle Executive Committee sponsor VITA each year.

Students that volunteer with the VITA program find the experience extremely fulfilling. While you help thousands of local low-income families ensure they receive the full returns to which they are entitled, you also learn practical skills and gain real-world insight into the U.S. tax system.

For more information about volunteering and getting assistance, click the link below or contact Steven Balsam, PhD, director of the VITA program, at drb@temple.edu.

Learn more about Temple University’s VITA program