Alumna’s Success Exemplifies Value of Academic Dedication, Internship


The celebrated graduate Kristi Andrews recently shared her story with Palm Beach Post reporter Emily Roach. While interviewing with Palm Beach Post Reporter Emily Roach, Florida cum laude graduate Kristi Andrews recently credited her Northwood University internship and networking opportunities along with her choice of major for being instrumental in landing a prosperous full-time position as a staff accountant at Fuoco Group, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida accounting and business advisory firm.

Andrews, the recipient of Florida’s Outstanding Academic Achievement award in Accounting and Management, shared her experience with Roach who was delving into the job market and what today’s college graduates must do to land on top for her article titled, “Job market picks-up for top of class grads.”

“Meeting people face to face is much better than sending out resumes,” said Roach while sharing the value of her networking opportunities at events such as Northwood’s Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) awards gala and as an intern and a college work study student.

Having just moved into her new role, Andrews said her Northwood introduction and internship opportunities made the transition from college life to busy professional a smooth one.

 “Kristi is a very talented accounting student and achieved academic success by doing excellent work,” said Lisa Prue, Northwood University Florida’s Accounting Chair. “In addition, I’m sure her soft skills – graciousness and ability to teamwork – also helped her to advance at Fuoco Associates,” she smiled.

According to the most recent US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics summary, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16% from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for thorough financial documentation is expected to increase in response to recent financial crises and subsequent financial regulations. Median pay for accountants is $61,690 per year (or $29.66 per hour) with an estimated 1,216,900 jobs based on the latest data from 2010.

 - Suzi McCreery