Georgia County Internship Spotlight

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Mercer University, Karis Fisher, completes internship with DeKalb County
Prior to interning with DeKalb County, Karis Fisher, an accounting major at Mercer University, said she was only vaguely familiar with what county government did, especially in terms of finances. However, while with DeKalb County, Fisher learned how each step in an audit has its own importance and detail.
During the course of her internship with the Office of Independent Internal Affairs, Fisher’s primary responsibilities consisted of research planning with control matrices and brainstorming. She would also execute setup processes to better equip the team out in the field and in administration. Her most significant success was revising the office policies and procedures manual with the updated standards.  
Fisher’s favorite part of her internship experience was being exposed to everything from data testing to interviewing procedures in fieldwork. In addition, she enjoyed gaining an in-depth understanding of the audit process and internal controls.
To future interns, Fisher would tell her peers to prepare to be given the opportunity to try new things and develop skills. She stated that although during internships students may not constantly be involved in something thrilling, a good work ethic always pays off with new, exciting projects.
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