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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 on college campuses across the state. Approximately 250 students are accepted into the program each year. The program is free to students.

COAP is a unique learning experience developed to expose promising underrepresented high school juniors to accounting and business careers. The program features successful role models and an introduction to college campus life. 

Programs can be residential (students stay overnight) or nonresidential (students commute each day) and varies in length from three to five days.  

Sessions typically include:

  • an accounting profession overview (panel discussion with 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

The Program

It’s not just about course work, students are taken on field trips and given an opportunity to visit corporations, accounting firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies in order to gain exposure to the business world.

By attending sessions on campus 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. The participants leave with a sense of having been part of something special.

Click here for information about programs in your area.