This position is responsible for providing assistance for a range of tasks geared toward account reconciliation for the month-end and fiscal year-end procedures, preparation of audit schedules for the year-end reporting process, and journaling transactions. The internship is well suited for students who are on a Financial Accounting track (rather than Taxation) and who have a strong affinity toward non-profit work and environmental stewardship.
This is a part-time internship that requires 20 hours of work per week. Hours are flexible and will be eligible for a monthly stipend at a rate set to at least the City of San Francisco minimum wage.
Below is a general timeline for the deadline and duration of the finance internship:
Internship Duration: June through July 2017**
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
**If college credit is desired for the internship, Earthjustice can modify the timing or duties to fit your institution’s internship criteria.
- Assist the Senior Accountant to prepare audit schedules for the year-end external audit.
- Respond to audit inquiries by pulling transaction support from Earthjustice’s records, reviewing those records, and sending those to the auditors in an organized and methodical manner.
- Work with the finance staff on ad hoc requests in preparation for transitioning to a new accounting system.
- Serve in an organizational support role for the department during our busiest time of the year; tasks could include monitoring deliverable schedules to keep the staff on task, filling in when needed to organize support and data outputs, and tying and footing schedules needed for the year-end reconciliation.
- Assist the finance team in an AP capacity, which includes review of invoices, entry into our accounting system, and follow up with various departments as necessary to resolve outstanding questions.
- Assist in documentation of accounting procedures and guidelines.
- Assist staff in an internal audit capacity as needed and if timing permits. Such tasks would involve testing various expenses at an Earthjustice regional office for accuracy, approvals, and reasonableness.
- Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate level accounting program, with at least the following courses completed prior to the start of the internship: Introduction to Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II, and Accounting Information Systems.
- Excellent organizational, writing, and communication skills, as well as being an independent, motivated worker.
- Meticulous attention to detail with a strong dedication to preparing an accurate and timely work product.
- Critical thinker, highly competent at understanding, distilling, and effectively communicating finance related matters to supervisors as well as suggesting possible solutions with an understanding of the underlying financial statement impact such adjustments will have.
- Demonstrated ability to follow instructions, document the steps taken, and manage multiple assignments to meet finance deadlines with a moderate level of staff oversight.
- Proven willingness to seek appropriate direction and guidance from supervisors when needed.
- Intermediate knowledge of MS Excel, and Outlook. Prior exposure to any accounting system is highly desired.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the confidence to interact effectively with all levels of management and staff.
- Professional, positive and approachable attitude.
- Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
- Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce and culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.
Interested applicants should submit resume and cover letter that addresses your interest in the environment and background in accounting. Additionally, please include a short description of the career path you will be likely be pursuing after completing your schooling (audit, industry, not-for-profit, governmental, or other) and how an internship with Earthjustice will leverage your career in that direction.
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