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Waynesburg U. partnership to benefit students interested in public accounting

Kayla Ayers Sep 22, 2023

Waynesburg University and certified public accounting firm Schneider Downs & Co., Inc. recently established a partnership as part of the University’s WU Talent Network Pilot Project to provide opportunities for students looking to enter the public accounting field.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our students,” said William Stough, program director for the Master of Business Administration and associate professor of Business Administration. “They will have a direct link to a public accounting firm in order to pursue their career. Schneider Downs and Waynesburg University look to have a long-term beneficial relationship that will benefit the students at the University.”

Schneider Downs and Waynesburg University look to have a long-term beneficial relationship that will benefit the students at the University."

William Stough

Within this partnership, eligible students are interviewed by personnel at Schneider Downs and offered internships if selected. If those students are found to be a good fit for the company, they will also have the opportunity to be offered full-time employment after graduation.

“Schneider Downs is excited about bolstering our partnership with Waynesburg University,” Ryan Hudson, senior talent acquisition manager at Schneider Downs said. “A number of our employees are alumni, from staff to shareholder, and we’re looking forward to meeting more students to share the many unique benefits and career versatility that accounting has to offer.”

The University’s Department of Business Administration faculty will identify students for the program, typically within their junior year, who have a desire to enter the public accounting field. Students can also let faculty know of their interest.

In order for a student to be eligible for this opportunity, they must be working towards 150 credit hours, which can also be completed through the University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Students must also be pursuing a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license. Majors eligible for consideration include accounting, finance and computer science.

For more information, contact Stough at 724-852-3458 or

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