9922 Public Service Aide to Professionals

Audit Intern Program

Recruitment #TEX-9922-075527


Temporary Exempt Appointment: Exempt employees are considered “at will” and serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.  This announcement is open on a continuous basis, but candidates are strongly encouraged to apply right away as the announcement may close at any time, but no sooner than April 14, 2017.

The 9922 Public Service Aide – Associate to Professionals Audit Intern Program was established to provide incumbents an opportunity to explore a career in government performance auditing and public service. Interns will assess the performance of programs in a dynamic local government setting that includes both city and county functions and services. Interns will join our highly productive and cohesive team and refine their critical thinking, analytical, writing, and technical skills as they work to ensure that the City and County of San Francisco's functions and programs are efficient and effective. Interns will learn about the auditing work environment and interact with experienced mentors in the Office of the Controller’s City Services Auditor Division, Audits Unit (CSA Audits).

Interns are trained in a 10 to 12-week summer program, requiring a commitment of 24-40 hours per week, with a possibility of extending employment beyond the summer on a part-time basis. While the appointment may be either part-time or full-time, the total hours worked may not exceed 1,040. The Audit Intern Program is designed to provide organized training and work experience under the mentorship of experienced CSA auditors. Assigned duties increase in scope and difficulty within prescribed performance planning guidelines.

Interns will assist the City Services Auditor staff in completing audits as part of various audit programs related to government operations and performance, construction projects, information technology, procurement and inventory, payroll and cash handling and disaster cost recovery. Interns may also assist in investigating potential fraud, waste and abuse of City resources as part of CSA’s highly-regarded Whistleblower Program.

Typical tasks assigned to interns may include:

Under direct supervision:

·        Planning, organizing, and conducting compliance, investigative and performance audits, program evaluations, or analytical analysis.

·        Analyzing and reviewing policies and internal controls, management practices, and operations of governmental agencies, vendors, contractors, and other parties that do business with the City.

·        Interviewing department and program management and staff to obtain information.

·        Gathering relevant data and analyzing using both qualitative and quantitative techniques.

·        Preparing written reports that effectively communicate findings and recommendations

·        Other duties as assigned

Interns will be required to use multiple computer applications in completing their work. This may include spreadsheets, databases, statistical software packages, and Web searches to access data, perform data manipulations and analysis, and develop audit working papers and reports, including charts and graphs.

Intern Mentors and Supervisors

During the internship, interns are assigned a mentor and supervisors to guide and train them. There may be multiple supervisors during a rotation and/or supervisors may change, depending on the training topic. In some cases, the mentor and supervisor will be the same person. Mentors and supervisors work closely together to provide interns with comprehensive, quality training.

Training Workshops

Interns attend various training workshops to build their technical competencies and develop an understanding of the City's processes, policies, and procedures, with emphasis on their relationship to auditing.

Minimum Qualifications

Must be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program at an accredited college or university in business, public administration, public policy, accounting, finance, economics, statistics, the social sciences, English, information systems, or a related field.  

No previous audit experience is necessary for this classification. Candidates must be willing to learn auditing principles and practices and receive on-the-job training to acquire the ability to apply professional standards and develop auditing skills.  

Desirable Qualifications:

•Strong academic aptitude and well-developed analytical problem-solving skills

•Demonstrated success in completing team projects or working in a team environment

•Dedication to building a career in public service

•Strong written and verbal communication skills

•A leader who demonstrates personal accountability and urgency in completing assignments and achieving results

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement (TEX-9922-075527)
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Carlos Benitez, by telephone at 415-554-7530, or by email at carlos.benitez@sfgov.org.


Selection Procedures

The selection process will include the evaluation of applications and assessment of candidates' relative job-related knowledge, skills and abilities by oral interview.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the City Services Auditor Division will be invited to participate in the interview process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed an invitation to interview.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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