Path Forward has partnered with the PCAOB to offer 2023 returnships. Applications are now being accepted. Click the returnship listing for position requirements and details. Apply today!



About the PCAOB Path Back to Work Program
At the PCAOB, we’re excited to partner with Path Forward to support returners like you. We appreciate the skills, experiences, and perspectives you bring to our company and teams.

The PCAOB Path Back to Work Program offers 24-week, paid returnships inspecting public company audits. The positions start in April and are open to professionals who are returning to the workforce after a career break of two or more years. If you have a CPA license or CISA certification and six or more years of experience in public accounting, including in the audit of public companies, this may be the perfect opportunity for you!

During the returnship, you’ll have the opportunity to sharpen your skills, update your resume with new experience, make connections, contribute to a team, and possibly convert to a full-time position. Along the way, you’ll receive invaluable advice and professional development support from PCAOB managers and from Path Forward.

About the Inspections Specialist Role
Opportunities for Inspections Specialists in the PCAOB Path Back to Work Program are available in the following 15 locations with hybrid options. You’re also eligible to take advantage of PCAOB benefits while in the returnship program.

Irvine, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Denver, CO
Washington, DC
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Tampa, FL
Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Boston, MA
Charlotte, NC
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX

Inspections Specialists participate in inspections of registered public accounting firms and directly contribute to PCAOB’s mission of investor protection. These full-time returnship positions are in our Division of Registration and Inspections. Please click on the position description for a list of role responsibilities and qualifications.

About the PCAOB
The PCAOB (Public Company Account Oversight Board) is a nonprofit corporation established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports. The PCAOB also oversees the audits of brokers and dealers, including compliance reports filed pursuant to federal securities laws.

The PCAOB has four primary duties: 

  • Register public accounting firms that prepare audit reports for issuers, brokers, and dealers. 
  • Establish or adopt auditing and related attestation, quality control, ethics, and independence standards. 
  • Inspect registered firms’ audits and quality control systems. 
  • Investigate and discipline registered public accounting firms and their associated persons for violations of specified laws, rules, or professional standards. 

In support of our mission, we also conduct economic research and risk analysis, engage with our stakeholders and other domestic and international regulators, and manage a talented workforce and the technology and resources we need to perform our duties.

Our Vision
The PCAOB will be a trusted leader that promotes high quality auditing through forward-looking, responsive, and innovative oversight. At all times, we will act with integrity, pursue excellence, operate with effectiveness, embrace collaboration, and demand accountability.

  • Integrity
    We adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct. We engage internally and externally in a manner that is consistent, honest, and fair.
  • Excellence
    We pursue excellence in all we do. We are committed to further developing the many talents of our people so that we can improve our oversight and operations.
  • Effectiveness
    We manage our resources effectively and efficiently. We respond to a changing environment by implementing relevant, timely, and innovative solutions to achieve our mission.
  • Collaboration
    We are dedicated to a culture of collaboration and inclusiveness, which we foster by encouraging openness, accessibility, trust, and respect. We embrace a diverse set of experiences, skills, perspectives, and backgrounds, which enriches our work and enhances the effectiveness of our efforts.
  • Accountability
    We depend on the diligence and dedication of our people to accomplish our mission and implement our vision. We owe each other our very best effort and expect to be held accountable. We recognize and reward outstanding performance.

Working at the PCAOB
The PCAOB hires experienced and driven professionals who want to work with great teams in service of the PCAOB’s mission to protect investors. Our employees are encouraged to advance their skills and careers while also maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Click here to learn more about careers at the PCAOB!