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Budget and Fiscal Management Intern
Ref No.: 19-00131
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/18/2020
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour
Position Overview:
 
Location: Region 2 Regional Office
 
Duty stationed in the Comptroller's Division, this intern will work within the Internal Control section to help program and project managers and parks stay within compliance with generally accepted accounting and auditing principles. The intern will conduct a needs assessment validation and based on the results of that assessment, perform testing within several parks. Once the overall testing is complete, the intern will provide a written report with recommendations, if applicable, with follow-up within an allotted timeframe. The intern will also pilot the tools in at least two parks in the region.
 
The selectee will work for the IC Lead in developing auditing plans that mirror the Washington’s Office annual agenda, reviewing processes tied to selected Internal Region 2/Southeast Region (SER) parks.  We will expose the young person to leadership opportunities where they will be exposed to verbal and written communication opportunities, both planned and impromptu.  Interior Region 2 is comprised of a myriad of park units inclusive of battlefields, seashores, recreation sites, parkways and civil rights commemorative sites.  The IC lead, Deputy Comptroller and the Comptroller will focus much energy engaging with Civil Rights themed parks as we are just fifty years since the March to Selma, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, seventy plus years hence,  the Tuskegee Airmen training, along with overseeing the agricultural work of Dr. George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Experiment; one hundred and forty years since the inception of the Reconstruction Era, all of which are seated within the geographic footprint of this region..  The intern will be immersed into fact gathering missions regarding functions at those selected parks to mitigate potential fraud, waste, and abuse thus insuring all budgetary authority are maximized. 
 
Project areas may include audit plan development, planning, and fieldwork. Assignments may also include testing the controls of charge cards, Accounts Receivable, Overtime, Accounting and Computer Systems, Purchasing & Expenditures, plus other projects. Duties will include:
  • Assist in writing summary reports to management after each review, including their conclusion and any recommendations for improvements to procedures and controls.
  • Prepare and present on designated topics at division meetings. Take leadership roles on smaller assignments.
  • Maintain active dialogue with park and HQ personnel to serve as an internal consultant, develop new ideas for future projects and promote the utility of the department.
  • Work proactively with parks/divisions to ensure review recommendations are implemented timely.
  • Assist the Lead in identifying and mitigating Major Deficiencies identified by individual parks or systemic issues discovered by external auditors.
  • Work with career Budget Analysts and Accountants to accomplish a variety of challenging assignments. 
  • Perform data analysis, create spreadsheets, and be responsible for creating and maintaining a file system that creates easy access to dated records.
  • Analyze and/or verify data and information from various sources
  • Set up files, data entry of information and case notes from parks and meetings.
  • Use Microsoft software to compile and generate reports, statistics, timelines, tables, graphs, correspondence, or presentations
  • Draft newsletters and correspondence regarding internal control measures
  • Maintain social media sites that depict IC discoveries
  • Organize/create spreadsheets
  • Design graphs, or charts that illustrate problem areas discovered during the course of testing
  • Develop presentations
  • Conduct causative research regarding areas of concern or interest
  • Observe professionals in their industry
  • Attend and/or participate in professional meetings and presentations
Learning Goals:
 
The intern should learn to develop work abilities in a team setting as well as complete task with little supervision.  The intern will be assessed on their ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.  Through the work in the Budget and Finance office, the intern will learn the laws and regulations associated with federal appropriations and federal government partners. 

Qualifications:
 
Intern must have matriculated into business curriculum such as Business Management, Accounting, Auditing, General Business, or Finance
 
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 35 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
Work Environment:

This a sedentary work environment where the interns will be paired with professionals in the financial management world. The interns will be exposed to financial management information systems that are akin to many in the corporate or other government agencies.

Vehicle/License Requirement:

A personal vehicle is required for this site. A valid state driver's license is required to operate a government vehicle while conducting official government business.

Compensation and Benefits:
  • Compensation is at a rate of $15 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • A housing assistance stipend is provided for non-local interns
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Career & Leadership Workshop
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Questions? Email Shatiba Bradley at sbradley@gyfoundation.org.