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News | Feb. 25, 2021

Learning Contract Auditing through a DCAA Internship

By DCAA Staff Writer

Sarah Mapley, is an Intern Auditor at DCAA’s North Central Branch Office, Rochester, N.Y.  She is originally from Port Byron, N.Y. and currently attends St. John Fisher College in Rochester. She joined DCAA in June 2020, the summer after her sophomore year of college and anticipates graduating in December of 2021.

Sarah is the fourth intern at the office. “We have had great success with the internship program after using it for the first time last year,” stated the office manager Michael LaLoggia.  “All of them have been great additions to the office.”

While Sarah has been at the office for just a short amount of time, she has proven herself to be a quick study and has come to understand the skills necessary for government contract auditing. “Sarah is an excellent, hard worker and a great addition to the team," stated her supervisor Agatha Edkin. “She has assisted in many different assignments and her performance has helped meet office goals.”   

Ms. Mapley was recently interviewed for her college’s Spring News Highlights Newsletter. An excerpt is below.

Senior accounting major Sarah Mapley wanted a different experience for her internship in accounting, and through Handshake found a governmental position with the Defense Contract Audit Agency.

By June 2020, Mapley was working for the Agency, which administers audit and financial advisory aid to the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal bodies accountable for acquisition and contract administration. She currently serves as a trainee, grasping the knowledge of her federal clients and in the end provides audits for them. She also assists and helps the agency in larger scale projects relating to financial advisory services.

Mapley came to Fisher undecided about her major, but after taking an introductory accounting course, her interest in the field grew. “I really enjoyed the challenge and sense of accomplishment this class brought me after completing a tough problem,” she said. “Without the decision I made freshman year, this internship would have never been a possibility.”

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