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Summer 2020 Audit Internship Program

The Comptroller of the Treasury's Audit Internship Program is a 10-week paid educational and experiential learning opportunity offering undergraduate and graduate students a chance to witness and participate in the audit operations of the Office. The internships are within the Division of State Audit and the Division of Local Government Audit.

The Audit Internship Program will take place in Summer 2020 and is designed to be both professionally and academically beneficial, providing interns with hands-on, practical experience in governmental auditing.

Our application period for the Summer 2020 Audit Internship Program has closed.  We will be contacting applicants in November to provide a status update on their applications.  

About Our Office

The Office of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury is responsible for the audit of state and local governmental entities and participates in the financial oversight of state government. The Office is led by Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, a Constitutional Officer who is elected by the Tennessee General Assembly.

In the Comptroller's Office, we strive to deliver on our mission to make government work better. We believe our success as an Office depends on finding opportunities for employees to accomplish our Office's goals and answer challenges to make things better.

We want every member of our team to be excited to come to work every day and be challenged. Through dedicated hard work and commitment, every Comptroller's Office employee accepts personal responsibility to accomplish our mission and uphold it.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Comptroller of the Treasury’s Audit Internship Program provides you the opportunity to participate in valuable audit assignments and experience the dynamics of working in a professional environment. You will have the opportunity to determine if auditing is a field that you find challenging and meaningful. You will also have the chance to build your professional network and gain a competitive edge towards successfully entering the professional world.

Through professional auditing work such as participating in audit interviews, reviewing controls, preparing working papers and performing testwork to draw conclusions on audit objectives, you will have the opportunity to hone skills and competencies that are valuable in any workplace:
• Communication
• Critical Thinking
• Collaboration
• Analytical Skills
• Adaptability
• Strategic Thinking
• Confidence
• Emotional Intelligence

The Division of State Audit aids the Tennessee General Assembly in ensuring that state government is accountable to the citizens of Tennessee. State Audit conducts financial and compliance audits, performance audits, and special studies to provide the General Assembly, Governor, and citizens of Tennessee with objective information about the state’s financial condition and the performance of the state’s agencies and programs.

The Division of Local Government Audit is responsible for the annual audits of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Division staff currently conduct audits in 90 of those counties. Audits in the remaining five counties are conducted by private certified public accountants (CPAs). County audits incorporate the various offices, departments, and entities of county government.

Both audit divisions examine the books and records of an entity and determine the entity's compliance with applicable state and federal statutes, rules and regulations. The audit work performed by these divisions is comparable to an independent public accounting firm in the business sector.

Those applying for the Comptroller’s Audit Internship Program must be rising juniors, seniors, or graduate students with majors in accounting, finance, economics, or information systems. 

Applicants will need to submit their resume, contact information for three (3) references, (unofficial) transcripts, and any other desired documents. 

Internship compensation is $15 per hour. A standard work week is 37.5 hours.

Participants must arrange for their own housing.  Parking will be provided.

Most of the positions for the Comptroller’s Audit Internship Program are located in our main office in Nashville, Tennessee. A few positions are available in Jackson, Cookeville, and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Travel is required, with the percentage of work time spent traveling varying by the audit division and internship assignment. Some of the internship positions involve travel of approximately fifty percent of the intern’s work time, which is confined to overnight stays on Monday through Wednesday evenings. Interns will be compensated for travel expenses.

No. Only applications submitted via our application portal will be reviewed.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the Audit Internship Program, please contact Christy Behnke at 615.401.7733 or