Annual BNN Culture & Career Summit Highlights Living, Working in Accounting in New England

PORTLAND, Maine  – Baker Newman Noyes (BNN) held its fourth annual Culture & Career Summit (formerly known as the Three Day Experience) in Portland, Maine on May 21-23, hosting seventeen undergraduate students representing a dozen colleges and universities for three days of professional, social and cultural exposure to living and working for a regional New England accounting and consulting firm.

The BNN Culture & Career Summit is considered a “pre-internship,” as it provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to explore their interest in accounting and related consulting fields. BNN started the program in 2015 to highlight the benefits of living in New England and working for a regional firm, and thus encourage students to consider alternatives to working for a Big 4 firm.

This year, the name of the program was changed from “Three Day Experience” by unanimous decision of the students who participated sharing what stood out the most for them; Torrielle Connor, a student from Suffolk University who participated in this year’s Summit, submitted the winning name.

“The interest in our Culture & Career Summit has validated the need for this kind of experiential learning opportunity for students who may not be quite ready to commit to an accounting education,” said Jennifer Harnish, Director of Human Resources at BNN. “For most students, knowing exactly what kind of career opportunities exist, and where, can be a powerful motivator while they are still in school.”

During the program, students met with the firm’s tax, audit and consulting professionals, including the managing principal, to develop an understanding of firm structure and scope of services. The students also experienced Portland’s famous cultural and culinary scenes through social outings with BNN staff. To introduce the students to BNN’s longstanding culture of community service, the students helped to prepare meals and organize a supply pickup for a local soup kitchen.

This year, students represented the following schools: Boston College, Bentley University, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Saint Joseph’s College, Stonehill College, University of New Hampshire, Husson University, UNCW, Suffolk University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Elon University.  BNN is proud to be an employer partner with many New England area colleges and universities.

Applications for the 2019 BNN Culture and Career Summit are due December 1, 2018. To learn more and to apply, click here.