Student Leader Profile: Angele Cherbonnier
February 8, 2019
BATON ROUGE – Angele Cherbonnier, graduate class president of the LSUCIA program, talks to us about the program, opportunities for students and her favorite LSU tradition.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Program: LSU Flores MBA – Specializing in Internal Audit
Undergraduate Degree: BS Finance with minors in Communications and Sports Administration
Year: 2nd Year MBA – Graduating May 2019
How did you become involved with the LSUCIA Program?
“I became involved with the Center for Internal Auditing (CIA) when I was going through the program in January 2018. As a student, I saw first-hand the type of impact it can make on an individual’s personal growth and career path as well as how the program provides students with opportunities that they wouldn’t have gotten elsewhere. I was committed to helping continue the success of the program and enhancing the careers of current and future students as well as alumni. I am currently the LSU CIA Graduate Class President and am a Graduate Assistant serving as an Internship Coordinator.”
How does your program serve students? Why should students get involved?
“The CIA program serves students by bringing real-world best practices to the classroom in a way that no other class on campus will. While the focus is Internal Auditing, students who go through the program will also enhance their soft skills, specifically in communication, professionalism, presenting, and networking.
Another focus of LSUCIA is certification. Professional certifications significantly increase marketability and jump start the career development of students. CIA courses offer valuable preparation for the certification exams including the Institute of Internal Auditor’s Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam and ISACA’s Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam. Because of these focuses, over 20 different companies visit campus throughout the semester to network exclusively with LSUCIA students to give advice, offer insight on various internal audit topics, review resumes, hold mock interviews, and eventually recruit interns from the program. To date, the program has placed over 2,600 students in intern positions.
Joining LSUCIA can be seen as joining a club—it is an opportunity to meet people diverse in major, background, and culture from across the world. The LSUCIA Alumni Network consists of over 4,000 people around the world, and the friendships created during the program are a huge reason to become a part of LSUCIA.”
Do you have advice for incoming students?
“I would tell students to smile and have a positive attitude, to come into the program with an open mind, and that you get out what you put in—this program can be anything that you make it so to seize the opportunities in front of you.”
What are you looking forward to this year?
“Our team has spent the last six months preparing for LSUCIA internship recruiting, so I cannot wait to see the students get placed in different positions with companies across the country and to see the companies get excited about their future interns.”
Favorite spot on campus or favorite LSU tradition?
“Growing up, I travelled to LSU’s campus for swim meets and was a member of the LSU Swimming and Diving team. The Natatorium is my favorite spot because of the time I’ve spent there and the amazing memories that have taken place.”
How will this leadership opportunity shape your career?
“This leadership position has given me exposure to different companies and industries around the world. I’ve gained insight that allows me to better understand what companies are looking for when hiring and how we can make the LSUCIA program better as a whole to produce students who make attractive potential employees. The position has also given me the opportunity meet practitioners and students from around the world, enhancing my network, but more importantly, creating lifelong friends along the way.”
About the LSUCIA Program
LSU was endorsed by the Institute of Internal Auditors as the Pilot School in 1985 to develop an innovative educational program in internal auditing. Today the LSUCIA is a center in the IIA Internal Audit Education Partnership Program. The program recruits students from many different business and non-business majors.
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