I have been working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in downtown New Orleans for almost a year. As an accounting major, when I was looking for internship opportunities, I focused more on places like the IRS. Although I was under the impression that only students studying law would be considered for the job, this position was for a student trainee in the administration area of the office. I learned that accounting, budgeting, and human resources fall under the category of administration work.
My duties include a lot of grunt work, such as bringing documents to the courthouse, processing mail, and cleaning copy rooms. However, because of my accounting background, I am also able to help the budget section of the office with their audit, which is coming up in a few weeks.
My job is to look over invoices and bank statements, confirm the monetary amounts on them, and then check the figures on a website called SAM. If the figures match and the account is up to date, then I send the file to the people who oversee budgeting and contracts to be processed. If the figures do not match, or the account is not up to date, I have to investigate the transactions that were made and check for missing transactions or transactions in the system that don’t match what is on the statement. Once I print that information out, I have to send that file to someone in the budgeting section to make sure it is correct before it is processed.I am grateful for the chance to do work like this because auditing has always been a section of accounting that was difficult for me.
Working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been awesome. I like the people I work with and the experience I am getting is very valuable. My advice to business majors looking for work is to apply for jobs that seem to fit what you study, but also apply for those that do not. You never know what use these places could have for your skills.
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