A manuscript written by Professor of Accounting David O’Bryan was named one of the best of the year by the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business (IMA).

To help companies create internships that will best serve companies and the participating students, O’Bryan led the development of an article titled “10 Best Practices for Business Student Internships.” Much of the article’s advice to companies was based on real-life experiences.

Pittsburg State alums Jennifer Shewmake, Sarah Sisseck and Jonathan Wiltse provided quotes for the article based on their own internship experiences.

David O’Bryan

David O’Bryan

“We brought together several students, and they put together a presentation of internship best practices they had observed from their experiences with several other organizations,” O’Bryan said. “This presentation sort of became the starting point for our article.”

That article, published last year in Strategic Finance Magazine, a prestigious publication in the accounting industry was recently chosen by the IMA as one of the top manuscripts nationwide in 2013.

With that honor comes a Lybrand Certificate of Merit, which is presented to IMA member authors for their “outstanding contributions to accounting and finance literature.” The Lybrand Awards will be presented June 24 at the IMA’s national conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

“I am pleased that practitioners found this article useful,” O’Bryan said. “This was the whole reason we wrote it. We wanted to share our experiences with others in the hopes that they could learn from them. If more organizations decide to offer internships then I think everyone wins.”