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Let Jindal School Grad Accounting Students Assist You

Does your organization have a problem or challenge on the “back burner” due to a lack of resources? If so, The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management welcomes the opportunity for a team of Master of Science Accounting students to help you develop a solution. This is a FREE service. Project duration is based by semester, but can be somewhat flexible within the semester. Projects may be accepted each semester year-round.

Project Duration by Semester
Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Late August – Early December Mid January – Early May Late May – Early August
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  • Benefits
  • Sample Projects
  • Business Testimonials
  • Student Testimonials

Benefits

  • Organizations can connect with our students for project completion, potentially saving time and money, while allowing students to gain valuable practical experience and contribute to your success. Completing projects for class credit also promotes the development of communication and transferrable skills. All projects will have faculty oversight.
  • Many JSOM Master of Accounting students have undergraduate degrees in other majors, which may allow them to complete a variety of projects.
  • You define the scope and work closely with the team members as they develop a recommended course of action based on their research.
  • The student team will provide you with a comprehensive agreed-upon deliverable. Students will also make a final class presentation, which businesses will be invited to attend.

To take advantage of this FREE service, please contact:

 
Lucretia Ensminger Business Relationship Manager

Sample Projects

Ad Hoc Assistance to Management

  • Analysis of corporate costs
  • Accounting initiatives related to strategic projects and related research

Business Operations Performance Improvement Projects

  • Analysis of cost of service delivery to determine and contrast margins realized on services offered
  • Analysis of overhead and other indirect costs to identify potential reductions and appropriate allocation to service lines or product groups

Financial Performance Improvement Projects

  • Analysis of historical cash flow seasonality
  • Development of spreadsheet models for financial analysis, financial projects, cash flow planning

General Projects

  • Business plan formulation with a main focus on accounting proformas
  • Tax, analysis or other accounting research
  • Design financial models for income statements, balance sheet and cash flow
  • Forecasting and budget development
  • Process flowcharts, controls and recommendations
  • Evaluation of internal controls
  • Analyze accounting systems needs and evaluate available software alternatives
  • Analyze financials to identify patterns
  • Develop a chart of accounts and measurable metrics
  • Internal process assessments

For Accounting Firms Only

  • Research into new areas of product or service offerings
  • Assist with marketing efforts / customer satisfaction / retention strategies

Business Partner Testimonials

Jana Jansson

Jana Jansson

President & CEO, Lotus Heart Foundation

The ProConnect team was outstanding! They delivered everything that we discussed and more. Each member took time to either meet during our weekly conference or one-on-one, anything they could to ensure this project was a success. I appreciate all their hard work and dedication to the process, in addition to their willingness to take on a new task and go above and beyond. I know learning about a nonprofit was new to the team, but they were not afraid to jump in and give it a try. They came up with great ideas and did an amazing job working through the process. I highly recommend that nonprofits take advantage of the talents these students have to offer. This was such a wonderful experience for my foundation!

Rosalind Booker

Rosalind Booker

Owner, Arbrook Realty

UTD’s ProConnect Program is a gem and a great value-add to small businesses. I had been stuck in a rut trying to articulate and put my business plan on paper. My ProConnect team assisted in developing a business plan that will poise our company for growth and expansion. I couldn’t have done it without my ProConnect team. Thank you!

Diane Thompson

Diane Thompson

Owner, Mitchell Thompson Interiors

ProConnect was a good experience for our company and I believe we enhanced the students’ education via immersion in a “real world” company application. They added value in an area of our small company that the leaders have little time to address because they wear so many hats. I would love to have another ProConnect team work with us in the future!

Aprille Tenorio

Aprille Tenorio

Owner, Rowlett Coffee Roastery

We really can’t say enough good things about this group – working with them has been an extreme pleasure! The insight they have given us into the finance/accounting end of our business has been invaluable. We really feel like we are approaching our business from so much more of an informed position and we have a much better outlook for success. In a nutshell, we are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with your program this semester and our group has been AWESOME!

Jerry Robinson, Jr.

Jerry Robinson, Jr.

President, Urban Greens Farm

The ProConnect program is a game-changing service for helping small businesses. The student team helped us project and propel growth in the field of acquaponics. Our business is set to experience growth of 15% over the next quarter. Thank you ProConnect!

Crystal Victoria Lott

Crystal Victoria Lott

Founder/CEO, Target Evolution

My team helped me so much – teamwork makes the dream work! “The SKY is NOT the LIMIT because of the FOOTPRINTS on THE MOON!”

Marty McGee

Marty McGee

President, Logotricity

The insight into the financial health of my business provided by my team was fantastic. In my 26 years in business, I have never had any financial professional take the time to look closely at the ratios or explain why I should, either. I have a newfound appreciation for what my financials can tell me about my business and how they can be used to make it more resilient and position it for growth. The students were a pleasure to work with; I hope they take a lot of pride in the work they have done to help strengthen one small business.

Jesus Gras

Jesus Gras

COO, Vidas Sanas

It was a delight to work with the team from UT Dallas on our project. They were very professional, communicated in a very timely manner and took the initiative needed to accomplish the goals even on the fast moving schedule of a tech startup like Vidas Sanas. We look forward to working with UT Dallas for other projects knowing the caliber of their students and their willingness to assist businesses in the community. Thank you!

Kimberly O'Neil

Kimberly O’Neil

Founder and Managing Director, Cause Studio, A startup nonprofit incubator serving North Texas!

Any small business who has not tapped into the resources available through ProConnect has left an invaluable resource on the table. The quality of services provided by the students is equivalent, and in some cases greater than, the support received from established organizations and paid consultants.

Ravi Verma

Ravi Verma

Owner, SmoothApps in Plano

I am amazed at the team’s tremendous communication skills, very high emotional intelligence, great coordination and organization skills. I liked the way the students formulated and expressed their thoughts.

Joe Sison

Joe Sison

President, Tech Dogs

This project with the students was truly a fun and uplifting experience. It was so rewarding in more ways than just receiving the final project – it was like a proud parent seeing your own kids grow up and enter the real world for the first time. We are all really proud of the team!

Renee Dutia

Renee Dutia

Owner, Regali

The partnership with the program is an opportunity to share, exchange and learn a new way of thinking, a way to give back to our educational institution such as UTD. It is a win-win project for all. Thank you!

Glenn Peterson

Glenn Peterson

Owner, S&J Car Care

I was very pleased with the forecasting and projected budget they put together. The whole team did an excellent job and went above and beyond to get the job done. Job well done.

Rachel Knight

Rachel Knight

Owner, Sterling Ballet School

It was amazing to watch this group of individuals come together to work so closely as a team. They worked in an enduring manner and brought this project from an idea into a reality.

Charlet Bentley

Charlet Bentley

HR Manager, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality

Thank you UTD for partnering with ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. Working with your students has been an amazing experience. We appreciate their commitment to our project and their professional advice. I would really put the team in the “outstanding” category overall. We hope that we will be able to work with UTD on different projects in the future.

Jack Raymond

Jack Raymond

Group Sales Manager, Intuit

As a business leader, I enjoyed having bright and talented students look at age old business problems with a new creative perspective.

Craig Shacklett

Craig Shacklett

CEO, URComped

The ProConnect program exceeded our expectations and delivered real value to our business. We presented the students with a business challenge that we wanted to solve but hadn’t had the time or resources to focus on the problem. The team of students met the challenge head-on, with very little required hand-holding, and delivered a model to us that URComped will use to make decisions in our business.

Charnella Derry

Charnella Derry

President, Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute

What I liked about the process was how I was able to see the students transform right before our eyes. Their confidence, nonprofit knowledge and communication skills were enhanced within such a short period of time. Also, to bring the cultures together under one organization gave each side a different perspective of values and work ethics. The team was dedicated and did an excellent job. They exceeded my expectations. Great Job!!

 Ann Ranson

Ann Ranson

President, By The Grace of Tea

Receiving a spreadsheet with all the costs, overhead and profit margin built in was of great value to me. I loved getting to know the team personally and learning about the Chinese culture. These are amazing young people!.

Kamini Pather

Kamini Pather

Dallas Manager, Photo Booth Dallas

I encourage anyone to get involved in the Pro Connect project. It’s a short term project with definite long term benefits. The students are eager to provide the best product they can and they lack nothing, in ability and knowledge. As a small business owner we have experience but our accounting knowledge and ability could be improved. It was perfect partnership. We got to see the students confidence grow and learned a tremendous amount about our business. The knowledge gained has already helped to shape our decisions for the future.

Harry Clincy

Harry Clincy

President and Owner, ACU Construction

The UT Dallas Graduate Accounting Interns very quickly were able to develop a functional understanding of the highway construction industry. They were then able to implement effective and useful QuickBooks processes.

Yvonne Booker

Yvonne Booker

Executive Director, Assistance Center of Collin County

We are so honored to have been chosen to participate. As a Non-Profit Executive for more than 20 years, I was thoroughly impressed with the work of my ProConnect team. The service they provided for my organization saved us thousands!

Jean Ferreira

Jean Ferreira

Owner & CEO, Ferreira Holding Group

Our team was fantastic; the overall team accomplishment was a wonderful thing because they worked together like glue and we got great results: a template that will save us valuable time. “Many succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to”.

Leatha Washington

Leatha Washington

Owner, Jewel’s Delights

“ProConnect has overall been a rewarding and beneficial experience. I am very appreciative of the efforts of my team. The team’s research provided unlimited possibilities for growing my business into a profitable company. It is so exciting to see how diversity enables higher education to partner with small businesses to make our nation a more fulfilling place to work and achieve success, both as individuals and organizations.”

Paul Acker

Paul Acker

CFO, Snappy Salads

My ProConnect team did an outstanding job in providing actionable information and recommendations that have enabled us to make better decisions and enhance value.

Student Testimonials

Dwight Dy

Dwight Dy

Manila, Philippines – MBA, Class of 2018

The Accounting Communications course together with the ProConnect project, gives students a distinct opportunity to learn and polish communication skills along with a glimpse of reality into the business world. My project with Medology 360 rekindled my confidence and reminded me that I do possess the qualities to be a consultant. Regardless of my previous work experience, this client’s deliverables challenged my capabilities and my creativity to the next level. This program not only teaches students how to do business in the real world but also provides a sense of accomplishment upon project completion.

Tian-Yu (Jenny) Kang

Tian-Yu (Jenny) Kang

New Taipei City, Taiwan – Class of 2018

The Accounting Professional Communications project offered us valuable real-world experiences by working with a local company such as writing an engagement letter, performing a cost analysis, and preparing the final report. Through this project, I gained a sense of achievement and confidence because I realized I was able to contribute my knowledge and efforts to a small business. In addition, I appreciated the opportunities our client extended by inviting us to networking events where we connected with numerous professionals. I also want to thank Professor Mary Guan, who is so supportive and always gives constructive feedback to improve our professional communication skills. This project builds a solid foundation and provided the life-long skill sets I will use to pursue my future career.

Gagan Kohli

Gagan Kohli

New Delhi, India – Class of 2017

The ProConnect initiative gives great insight into how the accounting profession can impact and support businesses and the people behind those businesses. I learned the importance of being ethical and knowledgeable in order to gain the client’s trust, which was imperative in our case since our client was putting their livelihood on the line for their business idea. These real-life consulting projects offer a unique experience that gives students an opportunity to showcase and develop their technical and soft skills. I believe the ProConnect initiative is one of the highlights of the MS Accounting program at UTD.

Lixia Chen

Lixia Chen

Zhejiang, China – Class of 2018

Accounting Communication is a very rewarding and useful class that I think that will be beneficial to me throughout my whole career. During the semester, I not only learned how to communicate in an efficient and effective way, but also obtained leadership experience through the class project. What’s more, I helped solve real-life problems for a small-size business. The client and I maintained a good relationship and still keep in touch even after the class ended.

Yidan (Kaitlyn) Fu

Yidan (Kaitlyn) Fu

Shaoxing, China – Class of 2018

Accounting Communications is the best course I have taken so far at UTD. I was lucky to work with WINGS Dallas to provide accounting training to female business start-ups. Through conducting presentations and providing one-on-one counseling services, our team applied what we learned from school to the real world. At the same time, we all improved our communication skills. I also got the opportunity to meet many professionals, who provided me valuable advice for my career. I want to thank Professor Goodrich, Ms. Ensminger, TAs – Kyle and Pallavi, Morgan and Gina for their generous help!

Pranavi Kota

Pranavi Kota

Vijayawada, India – Class of 2018

The Accounting Communications project through the UTD Proconnect program is a real-time experience with the actual business world. It was a great opportunity to meet the client directly and work with them closely. Also, this program opens the doors to learn a variety of soft skills like team bonding, team management, client relationship and finally delivering the customer’s requirements. In the real world, particularly in the early stage of one’s career, people may get a chance to work with a team. But, this is the only occasion where one can get involved with the end-to- end cycle of business with clients starting from collecting the client requirements to delivering the product. The qualities/ benefits of this program also involve a fun-filled environment with your team as well as the client. If given a chance, I would love to do more projects at UTD.

Yuren (Evan) Zhang

Yuren (Evan) Zhang

Tianjin, China – Class of 2018

Project completion is most challenging but also the most fun part of the Accounting Business Communications course. With tutoring from a helpful professor and professionals, you will gain knowledge of how real business works. This course not only equips you with writing and verbal communication skills but also raises your confidence level and emotional intelligence.

Zhoulun Wei

Zhoulun (David) Wei

Xi’an Shaanxi, China – Class of 2017

It was a great pleasure to work on a Professional Accounting Communications project. After connecting with a real- world business client, I understand how difficult it is to run a small business without a mature accounting system in place. I enjoyed working with my teammates to solve the challenges of our client’s business plan. I really appreciate Professor Goodrich giving me the chance to learn the skills and knowledge that I will need in the workplace.

Nattavadee Ongard

Nattavadee Ongard

Bangkok, Thailand – Class of 2017

My team and I had a great opportunity to cooperate with our client to analyze the company’s key processes and recommend the best practices that improved its profit margin. This project is one of the most memorable accomplishments I did at UTD. I acquired valuable real-world experience by implementing my accounting knowledge in the project. This project was very challenging but I had so much fun. I really appreciate the Accounting Communications class and Professor Goodrich for this incredible experience.

Lauren A. Alsobrook

Lauren A. Alsobrook

Rockwall, Texas – Class of 2017

The ProConnect consulting engagement provided a valuable hands-on experience that was challenging, relevant, and rewarding. This project provided a unique opportunity to use textbook management and communication theory and apply it to real world situations. The ProConnect project allowed our diverse group of students to work cohesively in order to construct a comprehensive business plan for an emerging financial services organization. Most importantly, I was able to effectively develop my professional communication, project management, networking, and leadership abilities. I highly recommend the Accounting Communications course to anyone who is preparing to enter the workforce.

Allison Hallas

Allison Hallas

Richardson, TX – Class of 2017

This project was my favorite part of the course. The people I worked with, the type of work we did, and the value we added to a business made this assignment exciting and fun. Completing real life work for an assignment provided me the opportunity to acquire experience in accounting areas of my interest. I gained knowledge and skills that will benefit me in my future career.

Selena Cui

Selena Cui

Beijing, China – Class of 2017

The work that I did with ProConnect in the Professional Accounting Communications course really helped me to develop my communication skills. This experience of working on a team with a client, completing work, and having regular communications with our client has been invaluable for me in my interviewing for internships. Our project was able to directly impact the Dallas Independent School District’s Destination 2020 Initiative to improve teaching effectiveness. Our team did this through our research of focus groups and tips for internal audit evaluation of efficiency and effectiveness. Thank you UTD for offering me this opportunity to develop both my professional accounting technical and soft skills.

Morgan Rogers

Morgan Rogers

Grand Prairie, Texas – December 2016

The experience gained through UTD’s ProConnect program is invaluable. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop their professional skills and network with real clients. This experience is especially valuable for students who are preparing to apply for internships or enter the workforce.

John Robinson

John Robinson

Plano, TX – Class of 2016

One of my favorite things about Professor Goodrich’s classes is the invaluable feedback. Professor Goodrich has a knack for detecting areas where your professional communication could use improvement, and coaching you through said areas seamlessly and often in real-time. She wants you to succeed. This class has also added value to my resume. It is not every day you get to prepare the numbers for a real business that is auditioning for Shark Tank! Also, I have never had more supportive Teaching Assistants, namely Justin Hogue and Mayuresh Naik, as long as I have attended UTD. Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank Lucretia for identifying Monster Yogurt for this class and making this experience possible. The conclusion of this semester is bittersweet. I learned a great deal and had fun doing it!

Vicky Wu

Vicky Wu

Los Angeles, CA – Class of 2016

Taking Accounting Communications was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only was the course worth every cent I paid for, it also came with something extremely challenging: working with a client. I learned how to work in a corporate environment, how to manage and how to inspire a team of people. Most importantly, I learned how to make the client happy and satisfied. It was grueling, challenging and extremely time consuming (believe me when I say that!). Even then, despite all of that, my team and I felt it was worth every second. Best of all, I have made friends that will last forever: my teammates, people at the client company, Professor Goodrich, T.A. Justin, and Ms. Ensminger. They have inspired me to go above and beyond and taught me that nothing is ever impossible.

Tocc (Yue) Tang

Tocc (Yue) Tang

Heifei, China – Class of 2015

Learning how to communicate professionally, both in writing and verbally, with team members and a business client has been an invaluable experience for me. Confidence in my knowledge and ability greatly increased when we produced a 51 page formal business plan within the Summer semester. Nothing is impossible in the Accounting Communications class taught by an inspiring and supportive professor who challenges you to succeed.

Cody Gallarda

Cody Gallarda

Brea, CA – Class of 2015

The consulting engagement opportunity provided in the Accounting Communications course was valuable on academic, professional, and personal levels. The engagement facilitated a professional-level business project that was far beyond the type of experience normally encountered in an academic program.

Zhe (George) Liu

Zhe (George) Liu

Zhengzhou, China – Class of 2015

During Summer 2015, I was a member of a team who completed a Payroll Cost Analysis and an Innovation Project for Renee Dutia, owner of Regali, Inc. The Accounting Business Communication class provided me with an opportunity to apply textbook theory to a real-world business situation. I also now understand how important professional written and verbal communications skills are to effectively work with colleagues and also to persuade and solicit support from a company and its strategic partners. I would highly recommend this class to all students who anticipate entering the corporate workforce.