Fall Symposium














Accounting, Finance, IS and IT students of all class levels are invited! In addition, our faculty is encouraged to attend.



The purpose of Fall Symposium is to provide students with an opportunity to get acquainted with large, regional, and Big 4 firms in a social setting before fall interviews. Following a career fair format, this event is an excellent way to meet professionals and become familiar with different firms. It is free to attend as a student or faculty member. Light refreshments will be provided. The dress code is strictly business professional and backpacks should not be brought to the venue.



Cal Poly’s Chumash Auditorium in the University Union (UU).



Friday, September 27th, 2019

9:15am - 10:15am Panel of Professionals 

10:30am - 12:00pm Entry for CPAC members

12:00pm - 1:00pm Entry for remaining students


CPAC is hosting a Panel of Professionals before Fall Sysmposium. The event will feature a panel of distinguished professionals from diverse backgrounds discussing their experiences and answering student questions regarding career paths in accounting. Fall Symposium is CPAC's fall career fair focused on providing students of all grade levels with the opportunity to learn about and become acquainted with professional accounting firms from the Big Four, national, regional, local, industry and government. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.



  • Freshmen: It's never too early to start familiarizing yourself with the firms that recruit from Cal Poly and getting your name out there! Participating in these events will help recruiters remember who you are and how much you care about getting a job.

  • Sophomores and Juniors: Introduce yourself to firms and find out a little more about what they offer. Network and don’t forget to get those resumes and business cards. Find out about possible summer leadership and internship opportunities.

  • Seniors and Graduates: Introduce or re-introduce yourself to the firms you are interested in interviewing with. Continue to network after the event so firms will know who you are by the time fall interviews come up.

  • All: There will be a professional photo booth in order to take Linkedin photos.



Students interested in attending this year’s Fall Symposium should sign up on the Eventbrite link on Facebook. At the time of the event, elegant printed name tags will be waiting for those who registered in advance. Those who just show up to the event will have to write their own. While signing up for the event is not required, it helps us plan, and you will be rewarded with free but limited giveaways and a helpful handout.


How to prepare:

  • Suit up! Dress is business professional. Wear your best suit and dress to impress.

  • Please plan ahead to arrive at the venue without a backpack.

  • Do your research. Browse the websites of the firms that will be there and see what they're about. We will provide a list of firm bios closer to the event

  • Bring your resume and business cards


Attending Firms:

To see a list of firms that are attending, please click here. To download the pdf and print click below.




More Information:

The Fall Symposium Committee:

Every year, a committee of several dedicated CPAC Members is formed to work tirelessly over the summer to plan for the upcoming Fall Symposium. They are all volunteers, and Fall Symposium is only made possible by the staggering amount of time and effort they put into all stages of preparation and execution. If you find this year’s Fall Symposium helpful, please take the time to thank the committee members after the event.


Applications open towards the end of Spring Quarter. If you are interested in applying to be on the committee, please keep an eye out for CPAC emails, Facebook posts, and announcements at the regular CPAC meetings.
Being involved in this committee carries several expectations including, but not limited to:
* 11-week commitment to planning
* Strong written and oral communication skills
* Expected work over summer
* 50+ hours of overall time commitment (including work outside of meetings)


For any additional questions, please contact VP of Events.