• Summer Leadership Program

    A week-long program for highly qualified students looking to pursue a career in public accounting.

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Pathway to Success

Pathway to Success is BDO’s summer leadership program held every summer for rising sophomores and juniors who are considering a career in public accounting. Pathway to Success gives students the chance to learn more about both the public accounting profession generally, and BDO specifically. Students attend presentations, networking events and panel discussions. They’ll also have the chance to meet with a wide variety of BDO professionals, including recruiters, associates, senior partners, and possibly even our CEO.

BDO hosts regional programs in select markets along with a national program in Chicago, IL (June 26 - 28, 2018). See the table below for specific program dates. Click here and also follow #BDOPathwayToSuccess on social media to see what past attendees had to say, and to learn more about the programs. 

The application window is open now through March 30, 2018. Selected students will be notified about the outcome of their application no later than May 1, 2018. 



  • Keen interest in a career in public accounting
  • Current or expected accounting major and/or relevant field
  • Finished with sophomore or junior year as of June 2018 (1 – 2 years left towards bachelors/masters)
  • Personally and academically motivated
  • Distinguished in the classroom, on campus, and in the community
  • Available for the duration of the program 
  • When applying, simply prepare the following documents to submit with your online application:
    • Cover letter addressing
      • Why you are interested in a career in public accounting
      • What you hope to achieve by attending Pathway to Success
    • Current résumé
    • Unofficial transcript (PDF/Word document with screen prints acceptable)


New York City, NY June 5 - 6
Boston, MA June 5 - 6
Miami, FL June 6 - 7
Detroit, MI June 12 - 13
Bay Area (San Francisco and San Jose), CA June 12 - 13
Columbus, OH  June 13 - 14
Greater Washington D.C. June 13 - 14
St. Louis, MO June 14
Orange County, CA June 19 - 20
Chicago, IL (National Program) June 26 - 28

Interested in learning more? Check out our Pathway to Success video library ►


Questions? We monitor this inbox regularly. Email us at PathwayToSuccess@bdo.com.

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