The Academy of Internal Auditors (AIA) is a student run organization that introduces students of various disciplines to the internal audit profession. The AIA has two functions. First, the organization of networking events allows students to meet internal audit professionals. AIA events are available on the updates page. Second, the AIA allows students to hone their professional skills by participating in various internal audit projects. Currently, the AIA is composed of one post-secondary institution and a centralized alumni component that unites and oversees the university chapter.
The AIA was founded in the Fall of 2012 by student volunteers at the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), an organization with a similar mission. The club began as an initiative to spread awareness among students of the internal audit profession. Since its inception, the AIA has aided the IIA in creating an efficient and effective vehicle to connect students with professionals in the internal audit field. In the future, the AIA plans to expand to other educational institutions such as Carleton University and Algonquin College. The long term plan involves an expansion across other Canadian and American university and college campuses. Please contact the AIA If a hard-working and motivated team at your campus is interested in expanding the AIA.
Internal Auditing is a crucial activity for any successful organization to detect fraud before major damage occurs, and to discover new efficiencies of which the organization can take advantage. This process involves understanding the organization, confirming whether current controls are being followed, and developing new controls and procedures to strengthen the organization’s activities. Although auditing is generally seen as practised by accountants, auditors must rely on the expertise of professionals from a wide range of fields. More specifically, internal auditors must work with professionals whose expertise contribute to a client’s area of specialty; a hospital’s internal audit team would include doctors, and a research institution’s internal audit team would include engineers. The AIA is excited to introduce students of all disciplines to a promising and rewarding career as an internal auditor.
The AIA seeks to introduce students of various disciplines to the internal audit profession. The AIA’s flexible organizational structure allows members to engage in club activities that do not interfere with their schooling schedules. Participating in AIA events will provide students opportunities to network and develop and hone valuable professional skills. Members will further receive mentorship through interactions with alumni members of AIA, and members of professional organizations.
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