Skip to main content

Accounting and Finance

Student Voices

Kyle Huss ’17


Kenosha, Wisconsin



Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the conference room in the Straz Center that overlooks the lake on the second floor. I love to sit in there, plug in my headphones, study, and just look over the lake. It is absolutely a beautiful place to relax and unwind.”

Over the past four years, Kyle Huss has used Carthage to his advantage, participating in multiple programs and organizations on campus and interning at three separate companies including Jockey International, the public accounting firm KPMG, and Pfizer.

“Carthage has so many connections in the business world that give students a big boost above other colleges,” he said.

Through his internship opportunity at KPMG, Kyle was able to nail down a full-time job before graduating in May 2017 and will be working with the firm directly after he graduates.

“Accounting gives students a great background to be beneficial in many areas of business. Being able to understand the numbers of a business allows you to understand most other parts of a business. Accounting also allows for a ton of job opportunities after school and is growing very fast. Almost every accounting major has secured a job before graduation.”

Career goal

“I will be working for the public accounting firm KPMG directly after graduation.”

Favorite professor

Professor Julie Dawson was the main reason why I switched my major from biology to accounting. She is an amazing professor who has taught me a ton and has also challenged me to be a better student and professional.”

Favorite class

Intermediate Accounting (ACC 3010) has been my favorite class at Carthage so far. I really enjoyed it because we were able to apply a variety of accounting principles to real world problems. I also really enjoyed the challenge that the course provided.”

Toughest class

Intermediate Accounting (ACC 3010) has definitely been one of my toughest courses as well, but that is why I enjoyed it so much. It was difficult because we learned so much material at such a fast pace. It is a great course to prepare students for the professional atmosphere of accounting.”


“I started my first internship with Jockey International in the internal audit department. This was a good first internship because I was exposed to many parts of the business. I was also given the opportunity to travel to Seattle and different parts of the Midwest.

“My second internship was with the public accounting firm, KPMG, during busy season. I worked on an audit team in Chicago and received challenging hands-on experience as I worked 60-70 hours per week. I loved moving down to Chicago and getting to experience the city life with KPMG. I received and accepted a full-time offer with KPMG to work in their Chicago office after graduation.

“My third internship was with the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer. I worked as a financial analyst intern, which was great experience in financial planning and analysis. I loved the challenge of learning a new side of finance and a new industry.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have had the opportunity to work in various offices on campus and be a residential assistant for one year. They were all great experiences to slowly gain responsibility. I am also currently participating in the Smeds Executive Internship Program.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of Delta Upsilon. The fraternity has been a great way to develop and maintain many great relationships. I also participate in many of the intramural leagues that Carthage offers.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“My freshman year was by far my favorite memory of Carthage so far. I met so many people and made so many friends that will be relationships that will last a lifetime.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise has been the amount of opportunities that have come from Carthage so far. I have grown as a student and in my career because of the opportunities that Carthage has provided. Carthage has so many connections in the business world that give students a big boost above other colleges.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“When I was 8-years-old I had absolutely no clue what an accountant was. Being a professional baseball player was the only option for me at that point in my life.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“If you are considering an accounting major make sure you give a 110 percent effort right from the beginning. It is very important to master the basic skills in the lower level classes. Accounting classes build off of each other, so it is very important to always stay on top of the material.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • Carthage’s Velocity Consulting was the first 100% student-run full-service consulting agency in the country. Students gain incredible experience while providing marketing, branding, accounting, finance, and other support to regional clients. Other schools have since copied the Velocity model, including Harvard University.

    • Taking you past just studying the theories of business, Carthage’s READY™ Curriculum Design, a proprietary student-centered philosophy, helps develop the best-prepared business students.

    • Located in the heart of the Chicago-Milwaukee business corridor, you will have plenty of options for internships and jobs.

    • Carthage accounting, finance, management, and marketing professors regularly lead J-Term study tours to such destinations as Sweden, England, Ireland, and China, where students meet with executives and learn first-hand how global businesses operate.

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …