The Finance department has a number of critical accounting projects to complete in the summer of 2021. We need to analyze changes to the presentation and disclosure of the audited financial statements to reflect new FASB guidance and develop reporting from our financial system to aid in preparation of the footnotes and corresponding IRS Form 990. Additionally, we plan to establish a calendar on the Trust intranet for coordinating year-end finance tasks and producing information for the financial statements/annual audit that incorporates new internal controls and procedures.
National Trust internships are temporary, volunteer experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.
For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $2,000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately May 15 to July 31, for approximately 30 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).
- Interview key stakeholders and create a project plan and timeline to complete the work within the established timeframe.
- Work with accounting staff to understand new FASB standards and what information much be captured for disclosures in the financial statements.
- Become familiar with the IRS Form 990 and corresponding audited financial statement information.
- Build and format reports from the accounting system to prepare footnotes to the financial statement and other audit documentation.
- Meet with members of the accounting team to present the questions/issues requiring resolution. Do any follow up research required by the team.
- Tapping into the expertise of the accounting staff, identify the key information that they would like to have captured in the Finance calendar, including any new procedures resulting from this FASB standard.
EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN
The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected accounting professionals in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations. A supervising CPA will attest to this work experience for any interns who are CPA applicants. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Washington Office internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.
Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge in the following areas:
- U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) definitions and reporting requirements
- Understanding key financial processes and internal controls
- Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
- Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
- Excellent attention to detail required.
- Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed. Ability to work successfully in close proximity to others required.
- Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English.
- Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues.
- Regular and reliable attendance required. 30 hours per week, but starting and ending times can be flexible.
- Bachelor’s level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; CPA candidates preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in related subject matter preferred such as accounting or non-profit management.