Finance Intern


The need for preserving all of our nation’s history has never been greater, we’re counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) DHA Program is an 11-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history and culture. Participants gain real world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.
Position Title: Fiscal Responsibility Internship
NPS Unit Name: Comptroller's Office, Southeast Regional Office
Position Dates: May 21 – August 3, 2018

Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant:
The DHA Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA) is a unique internship opportunity within the Department of the Interior (DOI). The objective is to build a pathway to employment in the DOI for exemplary students in higher education.  DHA-RA interns will apply content expertise to NPS management and build a network with federal employees throughout the internship. These rigorous internships require specialized expertise and typically are available to upper level undergraduate or graduate students or recent graduates. The internships are designed to develop the participant’s technical and creative thinking abilities, leadership skills, and problem-solving capabilities.  DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $480, park-provided housing or a housing allowance, and paid travel expenses.  Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired in to a federal position.

In order to be eligible for a DHA–RA Internship, applicants must complete 440 hours within 11 weeks, be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”), and enrolled or within one year of graduating from an institution of higher education.   

DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible for 2 years from the date of their degree to be non-competitively hired by the Department of Interior.

Position Description:
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 of 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 completed, 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.
General Duties:

  • 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
  • Communicate with parks/divisions
  • 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

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. Other duties may include:

  • Assist in writing summary reports to management after each review, including their conclusion and any recommendations for improvements to procedures and controls.
  • Leadership: -Prepare and present on designated topics at division meetings. -Take leadership roles on smaller assignments.
  • Relationship Development: -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.
  • Personal Development: -Continued enhancement of skill sets, including successful completion of an agreed training and development program. -Develop knowledge of our business strategies and overall business acumen.

Learning Goals:
The Intern will learn Budget and finance; communicating the value of data and analysis in planning and implementation of projects/use of funds; use of a variety of assessment tools; "big picture" view of the NPS from a regional perspective. Become familiar with the NPS Internal Control Integrated Framework. Assist with conducting external and internal operational reviews. Review of control risk metrics of key processes. Execute testing of key internal controls, including application controls. Communicate with business process owners to facilitate completion of work and preliminary findings identified. Assist with preparation, administrative duties, and other ad hoc assignments.

Current study or recent graduate with a degree or concentration in one of the following fields is preferred: Math, Finance, Public Administration Skills: Experience with facilitation and managing meetings or groups, conducting surveys, gathering and analyzing data to make recommendations.

 Required Competencies:
•Ability to clearly communicate both verbally and written, vertically within the organization.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines.
• Strong analytical and problem resolution skills.
• Works well in a team setting as well as individual
• Positive attitude and willingness to learn to improve team effectiveness.
• Resourcefulness and ability to quickly and successfully adapt to change.
• Demonstrates a commitment to integrity, the NPS code of conduct and respect for diversity.

 Additional qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 18 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:
Duty stationed in the Comptroller's Office, this intern will work across divisions to help program and project managers develop tools to maximize their ability to easily generate graphics and statistics that link project results with goals and objectives. The intern will conduct a needs assessment and, based on the results, create a toolkit that helps managers' express the value of their activities concretely – even when the results are seemingly intangible. The intern will also pilot the tools in at least two parks in the region.

Vehicle/License Requirement:
It is strongly recommended that the Intern possess a valid driver's license and bring a personal vehicle.

Compensation and Benefits:     

  • Compensation is at a rate of $480 per week
  • Park housing is provided located 6 blocks from SERO offices
  • Attend the all-expense paid Leadership & Careers Workshop in Washington, D.C. in August (Mandatory)
  • Qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond

Application Instructions:
Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at:

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