Class of 2016
Master’s of Accounting
Hometown: Dobb’s Ferry, New York
When Scott Longworth transferred to Syracuse University as a sophomore, he immediately had his sights set on Whitman’s Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting. He felt that the reputation of the school combined with its ties to the New York metropolitan area would be crucial for preparing him to land a job at one of the big four accounting firms in today’s competitive market.
Now, as Longworth approaches graduation, his Whitman education has provided him with the technical skills and experience necessary to succeed in an accounting career.
“Whitman’s emphasis on a diverse education that focus on every aspect of business allowed me to understand many different clients and the problems that they face on a daily basis,” said Longworth.
At Whitman, Longworth has advanced his career aspirations through involvement in numerous on-campus organizations. He helped to design, implement and teach the Financial Fitness Program at SU. This organization is aimed at teaching Syracuse youth about the basics of finance, such as opening and managing a bank account or starting a budget. Longworth also served as a research officer in the SU Investment Club, responsible for conducting research and industry analysis reports on the pharmaceutical industry and presenting his findings to fellow club members.
These involvements helped prepare Longworth for two accounting internships, at KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. At KPMG, Longworth interned with the firm’s Partnership Tax department.
“This internal accounting department specifically focused on completing tax returns for the partners at KPMG,” he explained. “Thus, my main responsibilities included assisting in the preparation of Composite, as well as Partnership and Net Profit tax returns for various state and local tax filings.
Last summer, Longworth worked with PwC in the Tax Project Delivery Group.Within this group, he spent the majority of his time conducting research and development studies for the firm’s clients to calculate credit. This project required him to interview engineers, take tours of research facilities, and analyze data related to the clients’ research and development activities. He was also in regular contact with clients, which Longworth said was one of the most enjoyable parts of his internship.
“It was amazing to be entrusted with such a large responsibility as an intern,” he said.
This internship led to a full-time job offer for Longworth, and he will be starting at PwC in June with the Tax Project Delivery Group. He hopes to remain at the firm and gain valuable accounting experience before eventually pursuing a career in management consulting or federal law enforcement.
“My focus for now will be to continue improving my skills as an employee every day and to gain as much experience as I can,” said Longworth. “Hopefully by doing so I can increase the opportunities that are available to me in the near future.