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Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the Moynihan Scholarship Fund (MSF), sponsor the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program with colleges across the state. Approximately 250 students are accepted into the program each year. The program is free to students.

COAP introduces promising high school students (Freshmen through Seniors) to accounting and business careers. The COAP program is open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, or sex. The program features successful role models and an introduction to college life.

Because COAP is virtual, you can apply for the COAP program hosted by a college near you AND meet students from across the state who share your interests.

Your virtual sessions may include:

  • an accounting profession overview (panel discussion may include a representative from a CPA firm, industry, education, young CPA and a college student)

  • forensic accounting

  • basic accounting concepts

  • business etiquette

  • interviewing skills

  • public speaking

  • networking

  • college prep/financial aid

  • resume writing

COAP Programs

It’s not just about course work. Students hear from professionals in corporations, accounting firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to gain valuable exposure to the business world.

By attending sessions online and interacting with students from other schools who share similar interests and career goals, COAP also provides an idea of what the college experience will be like. COAP participants report a sense of having been part of something special.

Click here for information about programs in your area.