City and County of San Francisco

Accountant Intern (#1649)

$34.83-$36.55 Hourly / $6,036.00-$6,335.00 Monthly / $72,436.00-$76,024.00 Yearly


This class exists as part of the Accountant Intern Program to develop professional competence as a journey level accountant while working under the guidance and supervision of fully trained 1652 Accountant II or higher level class. Accountant Interns initially perform relatively simple tasks in support of 1652 Accountant II in the Controller’s office and other departments. Assigned duties increase in scope and difficulty within prescribed performance planning guidelines. Work is performed under close supervision and is evaluated on the basis of progress in a structured work experience training program. Incumbents work with increased independence as professional competence is demonstrated. Demonstrated professional competence and successful completion of the structured training program leads to the promotional class of 1652 Accountant II. Failure to achieve demonstrated professional competence or the inability to complete the training program results in loss of employment.

Distinguishing Features

The 1649 Accountant Intern class is the entry level class of the professional accounting series.  Initially under close supervision, the incumbents perform professional accounting work while participating in a structured training program and training on accounting systems.  As experience is demonstrated, duties become diversified.  This class is distinguished from the 1650 Accountant I by the structured training program requirements and the transitioning nature of the intern class.

Supervision Exercised


Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Participates in a structured on-the-job and classroom training program and learns to interpret, comply and apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, auditing procedures and the City’s policies & procedures in the conduct and completion of government accounting and auditing work.

2. Attends classroom-style workshops related to accounting and city-wide functions throughout training program.

3. Analyzes, processes and reviews financial records, transactions, detailed financial data using computer applications and other automated accounting systems.

4. Prepares and presents basic financial reports in a clear, concise, and accurate manner.

5. Performs a variety of accounting and administrative tasks such as: analyzing source documents, maintaining ledgers, recording entries, assisting in budget preparation, prepares cash receipt records, make deposits, identifies and allocates revenues and expenditures, prepares invoices, payment documents, work orders, assists in performing capital project and/or capital asset accounting.

6. Assists in grant accounting activities which include: processing, set-up, reconciling and reimbursement reports in accordance with grant requirements.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: basic generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and principles of internal control; applying the terminology and procedures involved in performing governmental accounting functions.

Ability to: make accurate mathematical calculations; analyze, interpret financial data and information; use Personal Computers (including Microsoft Excel and Word); establish and maintain effective working relations; communicate effectively in writing (including reading and comprehension ability); communicate effectively orally (including ability to convey information clearly, being specific and descriptive).

Experience and Training

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with eighteen (18) semester units or twenty-four (24) quarter units of coursework in Accounting.




License or Certificate



Established: 11/17/1994
Amended: 5/31/2012; 10/9/2013

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CLASS: 1649; EST: 11/17/1994; REV: 10/9/2013;