Job Opening: Summer Internship

The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) offers a unique opportunity to work in a government environment that is high profile and has high expectations but is also committed to sustaining a healthy work/life balance.

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3 month Summer Internship 2024 (12 weeks) CSA200 -- $22.00 / hr

Overview

The OSA conducts various performance audits of state agencies, departments, programs, and vendors who contract with the Commonwealth. The goal of the OSA is to conduct audits that will identify opportunities and provide recommendations to improve government operations by establishing accountability, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of operations, and enhancing the transparency of government activities.

Successful Interns come from many backgrounds. For this entry-level position, the OSA is looking for candidates who have strong communication and analytical skills, the ability to build effective working relationships, and a strong desire for professional development.

This internship is full-time, 37.5 hours a week. All OSA employees are required to work 3 days in their assigned      regional office, and may telecommute the remaining 2 days per week. This policy also applies to interns.

General Statement of Duties

Interns at the OSA participate in audits of state government entities. After a period of initial training and “onboarding,” interns are assigned to an audit (in a region of the state) and, under the supervision of an AIC, are responsible for performing various audit-related tasks, including, but not limited to, conducting audit testing and preparing electronic work papers, attending and participating in meetings and interviews, employing analytical skills in assessing documents and records, and preparing various written documents.

Interns are required to travel to audit sites within the state and are expected to complete all of their assigned work in a timely and professional manner in accordance with OSA policies and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).

At the completion of their internship, Interns undergo an evaluation that involves assessing their work performance.

Supervision Received

Work under the direct supervision of an Auditor-in-charge (AIC) or audit staff.

Supervision Exercised

NA

Duties and Responsibilities

Interns at the OSA participate in audits of state government entities. After a period of initial training and “onboarding,” interns are assigned to an audit (in a region of the state) and, under the supervision of an AIC, are responsible for performing various audit-related tasks, including, but not limited to, conducting audit testing and preparing electronic work papers, attending and participating in meetings and interviews, employing analytical skills in assessing documents and records, and preparing various written documents.

Interns are required to travel to audit sites within the state and are expected to complete all of their assigned work in a timely and professional manner in accordance with OSA policies and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).

At the completion of their internship, Interns undergo an evaluation that involves assessing their work performance.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess and/or demonstrate the following:

  • A student in good academic standing working towards a bachelor’s degree in accounting or other business-related major, political science, or a related field who has already completed their junior year.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity working with Microsoft software (Office Suite).
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to problem-solve and think critically and creatively.
  • The ability and desire to be a self-starter and follow through with assigned tasks within established timeframes with a minimum amount of supervision.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate and develop good working relationships.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.

No work experience is required, although preference may be given to those with relevant experience or demonstrated strengths in the areas of critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Interns will receive training on auditing techniques.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

The following will be considered a plus in the intern selection process:

  • Any work experience in accounting or auditing, particularly performance auditing or civic/ community engagement.
  • Demonstrated leadership potential.
  • Experience using computer based research tools and other information sources.
  • Experience in interviewing, writing reports, giving presentations and/or conducting research.
  • Knowledge of state government operations.

We require that all applicants have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and Massachusetts residency.

Other Information

To apply, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to: OSA.applications@sao.state.ma.us.

Date published: January 4, 2024

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