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Office of the Legislative Auditor - Financial Audit Division

Internship Opportunity - The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA), Financial Audit Division, is now accepting applications for paid student internships.  Audit interns enjoy rewarding work and encounter a variety of financial activities, programs, and people.

Audit interns examine a variety of financial areas in state government.  Typical duties require an intern to:

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

Internships include:

  • Training and experience using basic audit skills, like interviewing and data analysis.
  • Guidance by experienced audit supervisors.
  • Conducting audits of diverse and complex government agencies and programs.

Up to four (4) internships may be filled.  Internships generally require one to work up to 40 hours per week; schedules are flexible and based on both the needs of OLA and the needs of the intern.  Summer internships will begin May 26, 2020, and run through August 14, 2020.  Audit interns are paid $17 per hour.

Minimum Qualifications
To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Submit a cover letter.
  • Be a third or fourth year student currently enrolled at an accredited college or university obtaining a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Accounting.
  • Receive academic credit for internship.

Preferred Qualifications
Applicants who meet the above requirements will be further evaluated based on the following:

  • Knowledge of accounting and auditing principles as evidenced by academic coursework or related work experience.
  • Problem-solving skills and organizational/planning skills necessary to perform the duties of the internship.
  • Communication skills necessary to interact with coworkers and other state agency staff in a professional and effective manner, including the ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Computer skills, including knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.

Additional Requirements
Cover letters and resumes will be reviewed to identify applicants meeting minimum and preferred requirements.  Selected applicants will go through an interview process and will be required to submit education transcripts and references.  Background checks will be conducted prior to any internship offer.  Personal integrity is an essential qualification to work at OLA, and certain violations of ethical or legal standards relevant to being an audit intern at OLA may disqualify an applicant.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Why Work for Us
MEANINGFUL WORK!  OLA promotes accountability in state government by strengthening legislative oversight, supporting good management, and enhancing program effectiveness in state agencies.

How to Apply
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter with their resume through the state’s Careers website.  You may do this by uploading them together as a single file attachment, or uploading the cover letter separately from the resume.  If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

Financial Audit Intern – Job ID 38881  (Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 16, 2020.)

Contact for More Information
If you have job-specific questions, contact Lori Leysen ( or 651-295-0118).  For benefits-related questions, contact Shelly Gilb ( or 651-296-1730).