Student Accounting Coordinator, Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project
The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) is a small business accelerator, coordinated by the U-M Center on Finance, Law & Policy, that connects small businesses in Detroit with experienced University of Michigan faculty and students to provide unprecedented access to free business, legal and/or design consulting for Detroit neighborhood-based businesses. As a part of this holistic approach, DNEP and the Ross School's Business+Impact offers free one-on-one accounting help each week at the U-M Detroit Center through a program called "Free Accounting Fridays."
Free Accounting Fridays is seeking one business student to act as an Accounting Coordinator in 2020, beginning in March 2020. In this position, the student Accounting Coordinator will work one-on-one with entrepreneurs to help them overcome their financial/accounting challenges. Common requests handled by Accounting Coordinators include:
- Creating tutorials and/or teaching business owners to use Quickbooks or other accounting software,
- Creating and explaining common financial statements,
- Comparing different growth opportunities and strategies,
- Forecasting payback periods for loans,
- Analyzing cost structure for products,
- Reviewing financial data for accuracy, and
- Helping business owners gather and prepare loan documents.
Applicants must be currently enrolled students at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with strong accounting and communication skills. Preference will be given to those who have taken course work or have work experience related to accounting or finance, and to those who have previously worked in positions requiring communication with clients and/or customers.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter detailing course work completed and relevant work experience to the Center's administrative coordinator, Tracey Van Dusen at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 21, 2020.
About our Research Assistants (University of Michigan students only)
The Center employs approximately 30 research assistants per semester from more than seven University of Michigan schools and colleges to work one-on-one with faculty, or in interdisciplinary teams, on a wide range of issues at the intersection of finance, law, and policy. The Center also employees approximately 8 law, public policy, business, and/or engineering students each summer, working 30 hours per week. Students are generally directly supervised by the Center's executive director, acting under the direction of the faculty director and core faculty affiliates. During the school year, students work 10-15 hours per week.
The Research Assistant experience is designed to provide our students with:
(1) substantive knowledge about a cutting-edge topic that differentiates our RAs from their peers;
(2) work product that demonstrates the student's accumulated knowledge and their capacity for taking on questions where there are no clear answers yet;
(3) a close relationship with a faculty or staff member who acts as a mentor to the student and can speak to their abilities;
(4) opportunities to network with leaders in the fields of financial regulation, fintech, and financial inclusion by participating in our conferences and events; and
(5) opportunities to build relationships across disciplines, through professional development activities like "RA Show & Share" and social activities such as CFLP trivia.