Auditor General DeFoor launches ‘Intern to Hire’ initiative for a pathway to employment

(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) – A new initiative was revealed on Wednesday that gives students in Pennsylvania the chance to find full-time jobs after they graduate.

Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor unveiled “Intern to Hire,” a new program that provides students with paid internships leading to full-time employment with the Department of the Auditor General upon graduation.

“This new program is an exciting step in the right direction for our young talent to live and work in Pennsylvania after graduating from college,” Auditor General DeFoor said. “We provide students with real-world experiences and paychecks that will lead directly to a rewarding career with our department. When they put on their caps and gowns at graduation, they’ll know their future is secure with great work, great benefits, and the opportunity to make Pennsylvania stronger.

To participate, individuals must be enrolled in an accredited college or university as a full-time undergraduate student and be enrolled in a stated bachelor’s degree program focused on accounting, information technology, or another field related. Students must also have completed at least 60 university credits.

After being accepted as an intern, students must then meet the following requirements to be hired into a full-time position:

  • Complete 900 hours of work during the school year or within three months of graduation. Hours can be earned over two years, part-time during the school year or during holidays;
  • Obtain “satisfactory” overall ratings in their final evaluation of employee performance;
  • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree including 12 credits in accounting or computer science; and
  • Meet Pennsylvania residency requirements for employment.

Over the past year, the Auditor General has visited PASSHE universities across the state to recruit students for vacancies and internships, as the department has job opportunities available statewide. More than half of the department’s interns in 2021 and 2022 are from PASSHE universities.

The Auditor General visited the three campuses that are part of Commonwealth University (Mansfield, Bloomsburg and Lock Haven), Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, University of Shippensburg, Slippery Rock University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and PennWest California.

He had also visited all state-related schools, including Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Lincoln University. He plans to visit East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, PennWest Edinboro and PennWest Clarion later this fall to continue his recruiting efforts.

To learn more about the Intern to Hire program and find the latest career opportunities, visit their website.

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