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Staff Auditor and Internships - The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA), Financial Audit Division, is now accepting applications for full-time staff auditor and intern positions.  Staff auditors/interns enjoy rewarding work and encounter a variety of financial activities, programs, and people.

Staff auditors/interns examine a variety of financial areas in state government.  Typical duties require a staff auditor/intern to:

  • Evaluate and test internal controls.
  • Perform legal compliance testing.
  • Analyze transactions and financial activity.
  • Test accuracy and determine data integrity.
  • Document audit evidence in work papers.
  • Draft audit findings.
  • Help draft audit reports.

New staff auditors will participate in the OLA’s Government Auditors Program.  The OLA has designed this program to guide new staff auditors through their first 24 months as an auditor.  OLA’s internships overlap the Government Auditors Program’s first 6 months, running from January through June.  Through this program, auditors/interns learn to conduct audits of diverse and complex government agencies and programs.  Their audit assignments will rotate through key state agencies where they will learn about common financial cycles, such as revenue, payroll, purchasing, contracting, and grants.

The Government Auditors Program includes:

  • Training and experience using basic audit skills, like interviewing and data analysis.
  • Guidance by experienced audit supervisors.
  • Audit assignments that progress from common accounting processes to complex program compliance areas.
  • Presentations by government leaders about the value of public service and insights into important issues facing government today.

Up to five (5) positions may be filled.  The applicant pool established from this job posting may be used to fill all positions.  The Legislative Auditor will determine the starting salary for staff auditors and interns based on the appointee’s qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications
To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in Accounting or equivalent major; OR a master’s degree with a curriculum concentration in Accounting; OR successfully passed all parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.  To qualify for an internship, you must be enrolled in a college degree program (in the third or fourth year) and must take the internship for college credit.
  • Have computer skills, including experience using word processing, spreadsheet, and database (e.g., MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access); internet browser and search tools; and e-mail.
  • Be able to organize data and perform quantitative analyses.
  • Have strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on complex topics.

Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:

  • Training or experience in critically analyzing financial data and legal compliance requirements, including laws, federal regulations, and state rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Training or experience with validity and reliability assessments, statistical analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and sampling techniques.
  • Training or experience collecting information through interviews and written inquiries.
  • Proficiency in writing clear and concise reports on complex and technical issues.
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, legislative staff, and staff in the agencies being evaluated.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of state government and the legislative process.
  • Experience obtaining and handling sensitive information.

Application Materials - Your application for a staff auditor and intern position consists of the following 4 components (please clearly indicate if your application is for an internship):

  1. Resume - Your resume should be no more than one page long.  It should include your:
    • College(s) attended
    • Graduation date (or expected date)
    • Work history
    • Volunteer experiences and extracurricular activities
    • Email and phone contact information
  2. Transcript - Your up-to-date transcript for each college attended can be either official or unofficial.  It should show:
    • Courses taken and grades received
    • Credits earned
    • GPA
    • Major(s) and minor(s)
    • Degree(s) attained (or expected)
  3. Contact information for at least 3 professional and/or academic references:
    • Type of reference and context of relationship
    • Phone number and email
  4. Answers to 2 essay questions - Provide well-written responses to both of the two following questions. Each response should be no longer than 300 words.
    • What motivates you to want a career in public service?
    • What qualities do you think are important for auditors working in government?

Selection Process
Resumes will be reviewed to identify applicants meeting minimum requirements.  Based on the strength of the application, OLA will invite applicants to an on-site interview with one or more supervisor and the Deputy Legislative Auditor.  Background checks will be conducted prior to any employment offer.  Personal integrity is an essential qualification to work at the OLA, and certain violations of ethical or legal standards relevant to being an auditor at the OLA may disqualify an applicant.

Submitting Your Application
E-mail your application materials to Legislative.Auditor@state.mn.us.  Please specify in the e-mail subject line as “Application for Government Auditors Program” and clearly indicate if your application is for an internship.


Mail (or drop off) your application materials to:

Government Auditors Program
Office of the Legislative Auditor
658 Cedar Street, Room 140
St. Paul, Minnesota  55155

To ensure consideration, please submit your application materials by Friday, October 30, 2015. 

*It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete and submitted no later than the deadline. OLA will not consider an application that does not include all of the required components (resume, transcript, references, answers to 2 essay questions).







Office of the Legislative Auditor ♦ Room 140, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155