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February 13, 2013 New accounting state internship partnership

Central Penn College forges new partnership with state internship program

Accounting students gain experience at the PA Office of the Budget

In February 2013, two Central Penn College students kicked off a new internship partnership program between Central Penn College and the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget, Comptroller Operations.

Eric Weiser, an accounting and business administration major with a concentration in finance, is currently interning at the Lancaster office and working with a state auditor. Accounting major Jason Brosius is interning at the Selinsgrove office. The Pennsylvania Office of the Budget oversees the commonwealth’s accounting, payroll and financial reporting systems. Many state auditors and staff members are slated for retirement, which will leave openings within the office. The Office of the Budget has also established internships with Penn State Harrisburg, Elizabethtown College and Bloomsburg University.

“Our internship program places students with auditors and staff members at Office of the Budget locations throughout the state, and is intended to not only offer Central Penn College students hands-on, real-world experience, but to promote the accounting profession as a career path,” says Lisa Acey, assistant  to the chief accounting officer, Pennsylvania Office of Budget, Comptroller Operations.

Central Penn is constantly developing or continuing partnerships with local employers. For example, in addition to Central Penn’s internship program with the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget, the staff from the budget office are available to guest lecture in class, provide job shadowing and conduct mock interviews for Central Penn students. On Feb. 6, three staff from the budget office came to the Summerdale campus to conduct mock interviews for accounting majors. The interview panel asked questions relating to the core skills required for an entry-level accounting position with comptroller operations. They encouraged the candidates to relate their life experiences and academic accomplishments to these core skills: leadership, analytical ability and communication.

For information about enrolling in Central Penn College’s accounting bachelor’s or associate degree programs, visit www.centralpenn.edu/accounting or call 1-800-759-2727.