GFOA internships gives students networking opportunities with local government leaders as well as opportunities to research pressing public finance issues affecting local governments. During the program, interns may work in one or more of the following areas:
- Public policy analysis
- Financial indicator analysis
- Revenue forecasting
- School budgeting
- Debt administration
- Public-sector transparency
GFOA is willing to working with prospective interns to identify relevant topics and assignments to assist in each intern’s career development.
Intern responsibilities will depend on specific needs of projects that are being undertaken but will likely include gathering and analyzing research information on local governments and preparing informational materials for GFOA members and clients. Interns will also assist with social media content and other activities to support the organization.
Desired Skills and Experience
- Currently enrolled in an advanced degree program in public affairs/policy/administration or a related field
- Strong interest in a career in the public sector or issues facing the public sector
- Ability to lead project teams
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills/ability to work effectively in small teams
- Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Excellent organizational skills/ability to prioritize tasks
$15-20 per hour. The internship position is part-time and not eligible for benefits.
To apply, applicants should submit a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to Mike Mucha.
GFOA is an equal opportunity employer.
GFOA provides several academic scholarship opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in state/provincial or local government finance. In 2023, we awarded $119,000 in scholarships.
GFOA Student Chapters
In 2018, GFOA launched its student chapter initiative to give students more of a voice in the public finance world.