The MAC Mentorship Program is an opportunity for all UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate students to develop essential leadership skills while learning about the accounting and finance industries and gaining exposure to the business world. In partnership with program sponsor EY, the program host a series of workshops and events throughout the spring providing you with access to mentorship opportunities and industry professionals. MAC Mentorship sessions have included:
You will learn about MAC 777, a guided undergraduate research course, which is specifically designed and open to students that are in the MAC Mentorship Program. The fall course is taught by program director and MAC professor Tamara Barringer. MAC 777 helps students use the skills they built in MAC Mentorship while working in teams and coached by professionals from EY on a capstone case competition.
MAC mentees who apply to the UNC MAC Program also receive additional support throughout the application process, including an application fee waiver, and priority fellowship consideration.
The MAC Mentorship Program aims to foster an inclusive and supportive learning experience. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to join. Underrepresented students include those who identify as African American/ Black, Hispanic/Latino(a), and/or Native American/Alaskan Native. First-generation college students and those who have experienced socioeconomic hardship are also strongly encouraged to apply.
We are reviewing and considering applicants on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply today! If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Dave Jackson at Dave_Jackson@kenan-flagler.unc.edu.
Read our MAC mentee testimonials below to learn more about why they chose to join the MAC Mentorship program and what they gained during their time with us.
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I joined MAC Mentorship Program in my freshman year because I was interested in Accounting and also wanted to make some friends who had the same passion as me. Through participating in different workshops and getting insights from guest speakers, I realized that Accounting is way more fun than I expected.
Accounting is the basic language of business. It plays an important role in business decision making and even in our everyday life. MAC Mentorship Program equipped me with professional knowledge and essential networking skills, which are crucial as I discover my future career.
“Before I joined the MAC Mentorship Program, I knew I had an interest in Business, but I didn’t know what field interested me or what career I wanted to go into. After attending the active-participation workshops and learning more about the accounting field, not only was I was able to find an interest in accounting, but I was also able to increase my confidence while interacting in a professional setting.
This mentorship program helped increase my professionalism, knowledge about the accounting field and most importantly connected me to both student and corporate professionals that helped shape my career path. The support cultivated and maintained by the program and the people in it has been an integral and valuable experience in my undergraduate business career. “
Grace Stevens, UNC CH BSBA ‘22, Minority Business Student Alliance | Secretary
Initially, I joined MAC because I was interested in pursuing a business career but wanted to have some hands-on experience in a professional environment to ensure it would be a good fit for me. Hearing the experiences of business professionals, stumbling my way through my first elevator pitches, and meeting fellow students who didn’t necessarily have it all “figured out” either were all priceless experiences within such an encouraging environment.
Undoubtedly, MAC has helped me to present myself more confidently in professional settings. Although I’ve learned that Accounting itself is not where my own strengths lie, I’m still coming back because of the skills, relationships, and incredible support that the MAC team has given me.
I joined the MAC mentorship program with an aim to gain more insights into the field from people who have more experience.
It turned out that MAC mentorship not only allowed me to learn more about the business world before officially entering Kenan-Flagler, but also allowed me to establish great relationship with both amazing mentors and peers who shares the same passion. Especially, the systematic training and hands-on work experiences I gain MAC 777 was extremely applicable and useful.
Before starting the program, I had only had minimal exposure to the accounting industry and I knew this would be a great way for me to gain new insights and learn more about a career in accounting.
I was also drawn to this particular program because of the mentorship aspect. Mentorship was something that I felt I had been lacking in my college experience and I knew this program would provide me with people I could look up to and go to for advice and would give me with opportunity to grow not only personally, but professionally as well.