Internal Auditor magazine announced on Monday that Laura Gajski, a graduate student in business administration from Robert Morris University, is the winner of the publication's second essay contest.

Laura Gajski was the winner of the second of six overall $1,000 scholarships during the magazine’s year-long contest. Her winning essay, “The Soft Side of Internal Audit,” focuses on the vital soft skills needed to thrive in today's business world.

“We continue to be highly impressed by the quality and number of submissions we have received for our year-long essay contest,” stated Anne Millage, Internal Auditor editor-in-chief. “Laura Gajski’s essay addresses an important aspect of career development for aspiring internal auditors, and we are excited about publishing it online.”

The essay contest is open to undergrad and grad students worldwide, calling for informative and intuitive essays on internal audit subjects.

Each essay is judged as a blind submission, with winners chosen by a panel of six internal audit professionals from The IIIA Publications Advisory Committee, Academic Relations Committee, and Committee of Research and Academic Advisors. Contest winners have their essays published on InternalAuditor.org, and receive a one-year student membership to The IIA along with the four other finalists.

The four other finalists in the second essay contest are:

  •  Jakob Sena, University of New Mexico
  •  Leonardo Valencia, University of New Mexico
  •  Ninoska Mendoza, Florida International University
  •  Leah Fortunato, Louisiana State University

The submission period for the next scholarship question, "What is the Internet of Things, and what
are the risks/opportunities it presents to organizations?” is open until Sept. 30.

For more information on the scholarship program and essay topics, head to the IIA's site here.