Graduate students gain real-world experience through exchange program with our member firm in China

Crowe Recruiting
| 6/2/2015
Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, Ind., and Ruihua Certified Public Accountants (Ruihua CPAs) in Beijing, China, may seem worlds apart but thanks to a program facilitated by Crowe, the two are working together to help students gain real-world experience while studying abroad. Through the IU Kelley School of Business, graduate students pursuing their MBA degrees recently participated in a five-week internship semester in Cheng Du, China, at Ruihua CPAs, a Crowe International member firm. Crowe serves clients worldwide as an independent member of Crowe International, one of the largest global accounting networks in the world. During the program, the students engaged in various hands-on projects, including spending time at Foxconn Technology Group, a client of Crowe International member firm Ruihua CPAs. Foxconn is a multinational electronics contract manufacturing company that produces products for iPad, iPhone and Kindle as well as the PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Wii U gaming systems. Derek Bang (Indianapolis) learned of IU's desire to find a partner in China through Clinical Professor Terry Campbell of IU's Department of Accounting. "Crowe and IU have a great relationship and are often looking for ways to collaborate on projects," explained Derek. "Crowe continues to recruit at IU so finding ways to assist the faculty and increase brand awareness for the firm with its students is very important."

Derek put Terry in touch with Crowe's International Liaison Partner Bill Brewer (Cleveland) who, in turn, reached out to Ruihua CPAs. Terry visited Ruihua last October to discuss the opportunities and establish components of the program. "The key is that these projects are real and the issues are real, such as change of direction, missing data and resistance to change," said Terry. "Therefore, students gain experience beyond the technical applications into the behavioral responses and implications in real time."

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