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 Comptrollerís 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 officeís 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 Comptrollerís Office employee accepts personal responsibility to accomplish our mission and uphold it.

Summer 2019 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 2019 and is designed to be both professionally and academically beneficial, providing interns with hands-on, practical experience in governmental auditing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why participate in this internship program?

The Comptroller of the Treasuryís 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

What are the functions of the Comptrollerís audit divisions?

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 stateís financial condition and the performance of the stateís agencies and programs.

The Division of Local Government Audit is responsible for the annual audits of Tennesseeís 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.

When does the internship program take place?

The Comptrollerís Audit Internship Program will take place in Summer 2019. The 2019 internship dates have not been finalized, but the program will begin in June 2019 and end in August 2019.

What are the minimum qualifications to apply?

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

Is the internship a paid position?

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

Is intern housing and parking provided?

No. Participants must arrange for their own housing and parking.

Where are the program internships located?

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

Is there travel involved?

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 internís work time, which is confined to overnight stays on Monday through Wednesday evenings. Interns will be compensated for travel expenses.

Can I mail or e-mail my application?

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

To Apply

Details regarding internship opportunities for the Summer 2019 Audit Internship Program are coming soon.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the Audit Internship Program, please contact us at Internship@cot.tn.gov.