Finance Summer Intern

Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Pasadena, CA4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $28,000 - $35,000 a year

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a world leader in robotic space exploration. Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a casual, campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

We are seeking a motivated and analytical individual that can work well, both independently and in a team environment, to serve as a Summer Undergraduate Student (SUM) in our Subcontractor Audit & Compliance Office (SACO), operating under the Financial Management Division (FMD).


As a Finance Summer Intern, you will be partnered/mentored by other staff members, and will report to the Group Supervisor.

Tasks include:
Working on day-to-day assignments under direct supervision; receiving detailed instructions on new assignments;
Assist in assessing risk and performing audits of subcontractor systems, internal controls, incurred costs, compliance, and other ad-hoc projects;
Perform tasks related to various phases of audits, including, but not limited to: planning, fieldwork, documentation, data analytics and visualization, and reporting;
Assist in evaluating the adequacy of internal controls design; contribute to risk assessments, and the development of audit programs;
Research industry, contractual, regulatory and statutory guidelines and requirements applicable to the engagements;
Perform/assist in reconciliations and trends analysis. Document audit steps, observations and findings and assist in preparing audit reports;
Attend meetings to discuss audit issues and develop action plans;
Assist in the drafting of formal reports and presentations of audit results to describe the non-compliance, control weakness, or basis of the questioned cost and related implications and recommendations to resolve the findings;
Prepare, update and file audit work-paper folders;
Assist in updating and organizing the internal databases; and
Special Assignments/Project Participation; Group/Section Staff Meeting Participation - Some of which include guest speakers and training activities; Meet and Greets with other FMD student summer hires, Academic Part-Time employees and other Early Career Hires; and job responsibility overviews with key FMD employees and SACO stakeholders.

Required Skills:
Must be currently enrolled at least half-time at an accredited college or university, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Business Management/Administration, or related discipline;
Minimum of a 3.0/4.0 GPA.
Must be able to work full-time during the summer for an 8-12 week assignment;
Completed coursework with exposure to standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in Accounting, Auditing, Finance or Mathematics;
Knowledge and experience with MS Office; and
Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment.

Desired Skills:
A passion or strong desire to explore the field of accounting, auditing, finance or business operations;
Excellent communication skills both written and verbal; strong presentation and interpersonal skills;
Aptitude to interact in a collaborative manner with other departments and teams;
Proficient with general purpose computer applications; and
Knowledge of data visualization software and presentation.