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Internship: Finance - Accounting and Internal Controls

HEADQUARTERS - United States – Washington, District of Columbia
Department HEADQUARTERS - United States
Employment Type Intern
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Internship Description

As an Internal Controls intern, you will provide accounting, internal audit  and administrative support to the team’s activities. The intern will have an opportunity to learn how accounting, internal controls and policies are implemented within a diverse international NGO.  You will report directly to the Director of Internal Controls. This internship will begin on May 21, 2018.

If you are a student and would like to earn course credit from your internship, we are willing to work with you to develop a rigorous workload that is relevant to your field of study and professional interests. 

We want our interns to make the most of this experience.  To this end, we ask every intern to develop a set of strategic learning objectives at the beginning of their internship with their supervisor, outlining their key learning and professional development needs.  Search for Common Ground’s staff will work with you to ensure assignments are relevant to these learning objectives, and that you continue to grow throughout your internship. This internship will start on May 29th.

Key Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities include

  • Assist in the compiling and review of supporting documentation for various audits
  • Assist with updating policy documents, including financial forms
  • Research of Donor Regulations, prepare recommendations regarding SFCG’s current policies
  • Track Legal and Regulatory Compliance Issues for International NGOs
  • Filing and Organizing 
  • Assist in the reconciling of Corporate Credit Card
  • Assist with preparation of Standard Operating Procedures for Finance Department
  • Assist with updating or creating powerpoint presentations that explain policies
  • Assist with gathering and organizing administrative information, such as procurement limits, property inventories, information about bank accounts
  • Basic accounting issues and reconciliations 
  • Other tasks as may be assigned from time to time by the Finance Managers

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.


    You meet the following qualifications:


    • Current student or graduate majoring in Accounting
    • Prior completion of at least one course on Auditing
    • A desire to work in the nonprofit accounting field
    • Comprehension of French-language financial documents
    • Strong, hard-working work ethic 
    • Excellent analytical skills with proficiency in Excel and other software
    • Self-starting, enthusiastic and flexible approach to the organization 
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously 
    • Excellent attention to detail 
    • Highly developed research and problem-solving ability

    Highly Desirable 

    • Ability to read Arabic financial documents a plus
    • Previous experience working with Sage Intacct
    • Ability to work well individually as well as a member of a team 
    • Strong people and presentation skills 

    Salary: This is an unpaid internship

    This position will close on  May 18, 2018.

    Sound good?  To apply, interested candidates should:

    To apply, interested candidates should send a current resume and cover letter to our employment website here.  We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.

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      Washington, District of Columbia
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      HEADQUARTERS - United States
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