On September 16, 2020, the Student Accounting Association
held their annual Career Day, a career fair geared toward accounting majors.
The SAA faculty advisor, Kim Anderson, and Jan Shellenbarge, from IUP’s Career and
Professional Development Center, worked together in organizing this event.
to COVID-19 restrictions, Career Day was held virtually for the first time in its
over 30-year history, using Handshake.
The following 21 organizations
participated: Baker Tilly, BDO USA, Becker; BKD CPAs & Advisers,
CliftonLarsonAllen, G-Squared Partners, Herbein + Company, Inc, Maher Duessel,
Maillie LLP, Northwestern Mutual, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Pennsylvania
Institute of CPAs, Office of the Budget/Comptroller Operations, PNC; Robert
Morris University, Schneider Downs, Snodgrass, Sisterson, Trout CPA, UMPC, University
of South Carolina, and Wessel & Company.
The event was a success for the SAA, with several
students in attendance at various recruiter sessions. The career fair offered
both individual and group sessions with company recruiters where students could
find out more information about future job opportunities and internships. The
morning session of the career fair was only open to IUP students, and the
afternoon session was open to both IUP students and students from nearby
The SAA Career Day is always very popular among
students, providing an opportunity for students to network, learn more about
the accounting industry, discover jobs, and grow professionally. Sarah
Crownover, SAA president, said, “The Accounting Career Day allowed me to speak
with a firm that I hadn’t previously heard much about. It turns out that they
are located all over the country and, because of their size, all new hires are
exposed to both tax and audit.” Many accounting students who attended Creer
Day were able to be exposed to and learn more about different accounting firms.
In a session with Schneider Downs, a company recruiter
discussed the steps which should be taken to become a forensic and litigation
specialist at their company. It is recommended that students who want to pursue
a career in forensic accounting first gain experience in audit. Schneider Downs
currently is accepting job applications for both audit and tax internships for
summer 2021. During the internship, interns will have the opportunity to
gain practical job experience by rotating through various accounting fields,
In a session with BDO, a recruiter explained the
culture of their company. Alexis Diehl, SAA mentoring chair, said the following
about her session with BDO: “BDO prides themselves on their culture. Even
through the COVID-19pandemic, employees still felt connected to each other by
making an effort to stay in constant communication with their fellow peers. It
seems like BDO would be a great place to work!” BDO is currently accepting
applications for audit and tax internships for summer 2021 and 2022.
fill out a job application for any of the companies, please visit the company’s
website or check Handshake for current job postings. Many recruiters will be
offering interviews soon for summer and fall 2021.