Budget & Management Graduate Student Intern, Wake County (closes 8/13/21)

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Closing: 8/13/21 7:00pm EST
Hiring Range: $15.00 hourly

Job Description:

Assist with Board Work sessions, public hearings, building the base budget for the upcoming budget year, contract review, preaudit, business planning and financial forecasting. All interns are invited to attend site tours to learn about diverse County operations, including the jail, animal shelter, fire training center, landfill, EMS, crime scene investigation, etc.  There will be significant opportunities to develop core analytical skills — data validation techniques; process improvement reviews; financial, personnel and performance reporting; etc.

Prior interns have

  • Led and facilitated special projects
  • Prepared management and discussion analysis for the CAFR
  • Conducted analysis to optimize the financial chart of accounts
  • Created tools to streamline budget development and management
  • Rewritten the department budget development guidance (aka, the Budget Manual)
  • Researched best practices in performance management, GFOA budget documents, etc.

Wake County Budget and Management Services Department is a team of 10 who work together with County officials and management to develop and manage the annual budget. Our team members are our most valuable asset, and we treat them as such with competitive wages, leadership opportunities, and investments in professional development. Budget and Management Services has the responsibility of providing accurate, timely, and well-researched information and guidance to the Board of Commissioners and the County Manager resulting in the annual budget for all Wake County Government services. Also, staff advises departments of their financial condition and respond to budget, performance, policy, and program evaluation requests.


The Basics (Required Education and Experience): No specific education or experience level required

Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience): Graduate student in a Master’s degree program in Public Administration or Public Policy

  • Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills. Ability to actively participate as a team member to achieve goals; with Budget and Management Services, Wake County government and external partners. Ability to build and to maintain ongoing, collaborative relationships with others to achieve continuous incremental improvement toward shared outcomes.
  • Customer Focus. Ability to assess options transparently and to collaborate with candor with stakeholders. Optimize solutions to balance citizen, Board and county executive interests.
  • Personal Accountability. Ability to be relied on to ensure deliverables are completed on time and as communicated. Ability to monitor programs and activities independently and to recognize when your work impacts others. Ability to manage routine activities with little supervision.
  • Project Management. Ability to establish and carry out a timeline of tasks to accomplish an intended outcome and timeline. Ability to ensure actions are performed to achieve intended project results.
  • Flexibility. Agility in adapting to change. Resilience and persistence to continue to adapt in a high-growth environment. Ability to adjust course when provided feedback or circumstances change. Ability to triage priorities when responding to multiple deadlines.
  • Problem Solving. Ability to identify problems, determine appropriate and possible solutions, and actively works to resolve the issues.
  • Communication. Ability to convey information clearly and concisely to various audiences — from large groups to individuals — both verbally and in writing, ensuring they understand the information and the message intent. Ability to listen actively and respectfully, to confirm mutual understanding, and to respond appropriately. Willingness to ask for assistance and clarification.

Supplemental Information:

Location: Justice Center Raleigh, NC 27601

Employment Type: Temporary

Work Schedule: 10 – 40 hours per week

What Makes Wake Great

Home to the State Capital, Wake County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and the most populous county in the state, with more than 1.1 million residents. The County has received national and international rankings and accolades from publications such as Money, Fortune, and Time magazines as being one of the best places to live, work and play. The central location of the County allows for a short drive to the spectacular mountains or coast. Wake County Government is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, who are elected at-large to serve two-year terms. Wake County Government has a general operating budget of $1.57 billion, employs over 4400 employees, experiences minimal turnover, and is an award-winning leader in wellness and technology initiatives; such as offering employees and covered spouses free access to the Employee Health Center. Wake County Government offers a wide range of training and development opportunities, a stable career in public service with a balance of work and family life, flexible work schedules and a competitive salary and benefits package.

Our company provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Position may require a background check that may include: criminal, credit, motor vehicle, education, and sexual offender registry or others based on job requirements. Unless required by state law, a record of conviction will not automatically exclude you from consideration for employment. Wake County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In the event of an emergency, as determined by the County Manager or designee, participation in preparedness and response operations should be expected. Employee may be required to fill a temporary assignment in a role different from standard duties, work hours and/or work location in preparation for, during and after the emergency. Employee may also be required to participate in relevant exercises and regular preparedness training.