I’m an Accounting undergrad 50% done with the degree. I have a high GPA, am part of the Honors Program, and I tutor Accounting on campus. I wanted to do an internship, but I’m an immigrant who still cannot work. What more can I do to be more competitive upon graduation? My dream is to end up at Big 4. My stepdad was a senior at EY and then at McKinsey 20+ years ago if that matters.

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Take advantage of networking events hosted by B4 and try to find mentors at B4 who will advocate for you

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You have plenty time. Do as many extra curriculara you can.
Find a consulting club at your school to do pro-Bono work. Add school projects to your resume.

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Can’t you do CPT?

I can do CPT now or OPT after graduation which would allow for non-sponsored work + eligibility for H1-b lottery. I believe the latter is more attractive.

You should 100% use all your CPT while in school
You have absolutely nothing to lose using it.

I will definitely ask my immigration attorney. I will have to complete a 3+ month internship during my last year as a graduation requirement anyway, I’m not sure if that is on CPT, but it seems like the only legal option. What do you suggest I try to find while on CPT? I’m afraid my resume isn’t rich enough now to contest for a Big 4 internship.

CPT doesn’t count once you graduate so use it while you can.

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