Office of the Nassau County Comptroller Internship Program

Program Info

The Office of the Nassau County Comptroller Internship Program was created to cultivate Nassau’s leaders of tomorrow, prevent the ‘brain drain’, and tap into the incredible potential of Nassau County’s youth. The program, with its dedicated interns, seminars, and carefully cultivated inclusive environment provides students with a full experience of how their local government works.

One of the essential goals of the program is to provide interns with access to individuals who can impart knowledge gained by real-world experience. Each intern's specific supervisor will be responsible for their day to day progress, the Director of Programs and Community Engagement will be charged with monitoring the overall performance of an intern.

Internship Description

Students wishing to acquire a variety of employment experiences -- for pay, college credit, or strictly volunteer experience -- will join a stimulating, fast-paced environment and learn the many facets of municipal government. Days/hours are flexible. Remote-work internship opportunities are available. All interns must be residents of Nassau County.

Nassau County is in a unique position to provide opportunities to individuals from all different types of fields. Students are placed in departments according to their area of concentration, where they will learn about the field they find most interesting.

Community Engagement
Intern will assist with a variety of projects, which may include one or more of the following: creating community partner databases; creating and analyzing surveys; developing one pagers on community and regional reports relevant to Nassau County; creating visual illustrations of data via maps, charts, and infographics.

Applicants should be strong critical thinkers who are problem solving with analytical skills. Strong oral and written communication skills, with very strong attention to detail is imperative. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and PowerPoint, as well as working knowledge of Canva, Survey Monkey, and Adobe Products InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) is a plus. Experience designing maps, creating one pagers, analyzing survey data, distilling large amounts of data to succinct and compelling documents preferred.

Prospective interns should be incoming college seniors or currently pursuing a graduate degree in community planning; public policy; economics; public relations; or a related field with academic or professional experience in the areas of community planning, public policy, economics, community development, social entrepreneurship, Geographic Information System (GIS), and/or public relations.

Data Analytics and Performance Management
Intern will assist with a variety of projects, which may include one or more of the following: researching county datasets; cleaning data, identifying relevant fields for analysis, and building data dictionaries; analyzing operational and financial data; researching and documenting operational processes within the office and other county departments; developing work product to present data and analysis; and preparing data to release to the public.

Applicants should have strong critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills with strong oral and written communications skills and very strong attention to detail.

Prospective interns should be incoming college seniors or currently pursuing a graduate degree in public policy, economics, computer science, or a related field with academic or professional experience in the areas of public policy, economics, computer science, data analysis, or a related field. Proficiency in Excel; proficiency in SAS and/or R a plus; experience cleaning large datasets, conducting economic research, or designing data architecture preferred.

Public Information/Public Affairs
Intern will work and learn in a fast-paced government office, working with the Director of Public Information and Policy and Deputy Director of Public Information and Content Development.

Responsibilities include monitoring press engagement; cultivating intra-office press clips; and supporting the messaging of the office by developing engaging content for press, social media, and related channels.

Prospective interns should be a communications, journalism, or political science major interested in getting first-hand experience in government. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suites, and related software is preferred.

Intern will report directly to Fiscal Officer, who will not only supervise the position but also provide an educational component to each assigned task. Intern will not only perform tasks as directed, but they will be encouraged to develop new ideas and systems to aid in the ongoing improvement of accounts payable/claims management. Former interns who have served in this position have gone on to work in several large-name investment institutions.

Responsibilities include: assist with organization and maintenance of current archive, review claims that are past retention date and prepare for destruction, investigate and catalogue various documents, review and catalogue inactive contracts, and assist in general office support under direct supervision of Fiscal Officer.

Applicant must be self-starter, able to negotiate projects as directed and generate ongoing feedback. Relevant majors include: Business Management, Finance, Accounting, Pre-Law, Operations, and IT.

Intern will assist with a variety of projects and ongoing organizational work. Responsibilities include open enrollment follow-up, filing, research, and other assistance with ongoing projects. Interns will work primarily in Microsoft Excel

Applicants should be organized self-starters with a strong attention to detail. Specific majors are not required for this internship; however, candidates are required to have strong working knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Excel.

Intern will assist with several account balance analyses and the preparation and issuance of the County’s financial statements. Interns will gain an understanding of the financial statements and governmental standards that the County must meet.

Applicants should be analytical and comfortable working independently when necessary. Strong communication skills are required as the individual will have to document his or her analyses and will assist in proofing the financial statements. This position requires a proactive candidate interested in gaining meaningful experience.

Prospective interns are required to be pursuing an accounting degree. There is not a need for a candidate who plans on becoming a CPA, although that is preferable.

Field Audit
Intern will work on a variety of projects with the Office of the Nassau County Comptroller Field Audit Division, including working with auditors to conduct components of financial and operational audits and perform related duties as required and assist with special projects.

Applicants must be undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of nine (9) accounting credits or a graduate student pursuing MBA/MS with some Accounting/Audit courses.


Interns will report to the Chief Counsel and Counsel to the Comptroller, who will supervise and provide an educational component to assigned tasks.

Prospective interns should be IL, 2L, or 3L in Law School with an interest in Public Service. Priority will be given to those who have taken a course in or have experience in legislative drafting, administrative law, or any kind of statutory interpretation. Experience or courses in finance or accounting is preferred.

Summer 2018
Applications Due By: April 6, 2018
Start Date: June 4, 2018
End Date: August 10, 2018
Requirements: 20 hrs a week and attendance at all seminars

Fall 2018
Applications Due By: September 5, 2018
Start Date: TBA
End Date: TBA
Requirements: 10 hrs a week and attendance at all seminars


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