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.

 **Fall and Spring internships are only offered for credit.**

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.


Accounting

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. Intern will be assigned other duties as needed. Intern will report directly to Chief Deputy Comptroller. 

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


Audit

Interns will assist Field Audit Teams with ongoing audits and special projects. Common responsibilities include data cleansing and analysis, preparation of charts, review of documents, substantive tests of transactions, and research. Interns may also be asked to attend meetings with the Audit Team, take notes and assist in drafting the meeting minutes. Interns will work primarily in Microsoft Excel and Word.

Applicants should ideally be pursuing a degree in Accounting and possess strong analytical and computer skills. Prospective interns should be organized and detail orientated; and be comfortable working in a team environment and independently when necessary. Strong communication skills are required as the individual will be asked to document their work, including the creation of audit work-papers.


Claims 

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.


Communications/Public Affairs/Intergovernmental Relations

Intern will work and learn in a fast-paced government office, working with the Director of Communications, Director of Public Information and Director of Intergovernmental Relations.

Primary responsibility focuses on developing engaging content for digital channels, including social media and the County website. Interns will create video and written content to drive messaging of the office and assist in other communications activities, including press conferences; monitoring press engagement; cultivating intra-office press clips; and ultimately supporting the messaging of the office by developing engaging content for press, social media, and related channels.

Prospective interns should be a communications, political science, videography, journalism, media arts, or other relevant major interested in getting first-hand experience in government with a passion for creating content and working on short and long-term projects. Knowledge of Canva, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suites, and related software is strongly preferred.


Legal

Interns will report to the Chief Counsel and the Counsel to the Comptroller, who will supervise and provide an educational component to assigned tasks. Intern will assist with a variety of projects, which may include one or more of the following: researching county laws and regulations; 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 enrolled 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.


Payroll 

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.


Policy and Research/Community Engagement

Intern will work with the Director of Research and Innovation and Director of Community Engagement. The Policy and Research Intern will assist with a variety of research activities intended to provide insight on how to efficiently allocate resources, inform the policy-making process, and improve the quality of life in Nassau County. Specific research responsibilities may include conducting literature reviews; organizing data sets; and drafting technical reports and research briefs.

Relevant majors include political science, public administration, communications and journalism.


Sections:

Summer 2020

Applications Due By: April 3, 2020
Requirements: Full-time internships available. Part-time hours available for credit-based internships.

Apply online.