On March 25, 2014, Schneider Downs hosted the Institute of Internal Auditors Pittsburgh Chapter’s annual Student Presentation Contest. The Annual Student Presentation Contest is an interactive, educational, collaborative event that challenges students to work with peers to research and present topics relating to the internal auditing profession. The contest also gives students a better understanding of internal audit and allows them to network with individuals within the profession.
There were a total of four teams, including students from Duquesne University and Carlow University, who chose to compete in the contest in hopes of winning one of the top cash prizes. Each team selected an internal audit related topic, researched it, and then formally presented the topic in front of a large panel of judges. The presentations were approximately 20 minutes long with five minutes of questioning from the judges panel. The first place team won $500 for presenting the topic “The Role of the Audit Committee.” The team presenting the topic “Social Media and Internal Audit” won $350 for second place. The third place team won $150 for presenting “Compliance vs. Internal Auditing.” All four teams did an excellent job in presenting and impressed the judges by answering complex questions.
Nine Schneider Downs internal audit professionals volunteered to participate as judges for the contest, as well as several other internal audit professionals from PNC, Calgon Carbon, ATI Metals, and Duquesne University.
Upon completion of the contest, Schneider Downs Internal Audit Shareholder Jim Yard and IIA –Pittsburgh Chapter President Aaron Mitcham presented the winning teams with certificates and cash prizes.
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