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May has been designated International Internal Audit Awareness Month, and UCF will celebrate by holding an event to recognize internal auditing as a career.

The event will be held on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union's Key West Ballroom, Room 218D.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the meet-and-greet event to learn more about University Audit — the department in Millican Hall that serves as the university's internal auditor — and enjoy snacks and refreshments.

According to its website, the department reports administratively to the Office of the President and functionally to the Audit, Operations Review, Compliance and Ethics Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Robert Taft, chief audit executive for the department, described an internal auditor as one who adds value and improvement for an organization's operation.

This is the first time University Audit has decided to hold such an event at UCF, and Taft said the department wants to explain how it makes the university a better place.

"We're going to have a brief presentation on internal audit as a profession, career opportunities, professional certifications and what we do on campus on a day-to-day basis," he said. "It's meant to be casual; an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about internal auditing. This is just a small step to market ourselves."

Chaynae Price, senior auditor for the department, said Internal Audit Awareness Month is designated by the department's overarching professional organization, the Institute of Internal Auditors.

The celebration of internal auditing will not only consist of a discussion on what an auditor does, but also a question-and-answer session for those who wish to be successful as an auditor.

Price said the department welcomes students to talk with the staff and ask questions at any time. For students who want more of a hands-on experience, the department has started holding internships for the past two semesters.

"We had an intern that comes and works with us on a variety of services, including some of the investigations that we perform in our office," she said.

If students are interested in a position or career that could help make a business or organization improve, Price said to visit universityaudit.ucf.edu to learn more regarding the services the department provides.

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Rachel Stuart is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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