Accounting/Financial Reporting Intern

Internship Position Description

Position Title:

Accounting/Financial Reporting Intern - Auditor-Controller's Office   (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:

The following locations are available for placement.  Please indicate in your application material which location is most convenient.

  • Financial Reporting and Mandated Cost Unit, Santa Ana, CA 92702
  • John Wayne Airport Accounting Unit, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Functions of Agency/Department:

The Auditor-Controller’s Office prepares the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the OC Citizen’s Report, both reports present the County’s financial information.  The Auditor-Controller’s Office also provides specialized accounting services to County departments hosting a satellite Auditor-Controller accounting team.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Interns will assist in the preparation of the CAFR and OC Citizen’s Report, including reviewing, compiling and analyzing the supporting documentations.  Interns will also work with various departments and external and internal auditors to implement the new Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB) pronouncements that affect CAFR reporting.  In addition, Interns will perform other duties depending upon assignments. 

The internship provides practical experience in applying accounting principles and policies and learning the special regulations and procedures applicable to governmental accounting in California. Interns will prepare journal entries and assist in the preparation of a variety of analytical accounting, statistical and narrative reports. 

Educational Requirements:

The internship is best suited for college students or recent graduates who have completed several accounting courses with an accredited college or university.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

This department is seeking students or recent graduates who express a sincere interest in a career in the accounting division of a large governmental agency. This position is best suited for applicants with a business background or other related fields, with a concentration in accounting. Previous office experience and experience with Microsoft Office Suite and a calculator are preferred.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 15 - 20 hours per week between mid-July through mid-December.  Hours must be scheduled during normal business hours (Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).  Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours listed for the internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern:

Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment, students or recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to build their resumes, develop career skills, apply academic knowledge, network with professionals and explore career options with the County of Orange. 

Additional Information:

Prior to placement, interns will be asked to submit contact information for reference checks.  A valid driver's license or California ID is also required.

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