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Comptroller Assignment Descriptions

Division or Location

Assignment Summary
Examples of Duties/Responsibilities
Minimum Qualifications
Time Commitment
State Audit Division, Financial and Compliance Group - Nashville, TN A student working in this assignment would assist in the activities of the group working in a team atmosphere to conduct audits of state governmental departments, agencies and institutions.
  • Examine the accounts or books of a state department or agency
  • Determine if the records have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and applicable law
  • Prepare working papers to document work performed
  • Assist in the development of audit findings and recommendations to state departments and agencies.
Completion of the Junior year in accounting or business administration including at least one auditing course. Full time
State Audit Division, Performance Audit - Nashville, TN A student working in this assignment would assist in the activities of the group working in a team atmosphere to evaluate state departments, agencies, programs, activities, and functions involving measures of economy, efficiency, and program effectiveness.
  • Conduct evaluative activities
  • Prepare working papers to document work performed
  • Assist in the development of recommendations to state departments and agencies regarding improvements in operational and management practice.
Completion of the junior year in accounting, economics, finance, or public administration. Full time
State Audit Division, Information Systems Audit Group - Nashville, TN Information Systems Audit Group is responsible for audits and reviews of the information systems in state agencies and programs, data retrieval and computer assisted audit techniques for use in other audits conducted by the Division of State Audit. A cooperative education student, working in a team atmosphere would assist with these activities.
  • Examine the IS related functions of the accounts or books of state departments or agencies
  • Evaluate the organizational structure, IS related equipment hardware, operating system software, production programs and systems, establishment and adherence to IS standards and procedures
  • Prepare working papers to document work performed
  • Assist other auditors in the more difficult aspects of IS related auditing tasks.

Completion of the Junior year in accounting, computer science, or management information systems (MIS).

Special: Candidate must have completed course work in either:

  1. A programming language (e.g., Basic, COBOL, etc.),
  2. Computer aided software engineering (CASE) product
  3. Micro computer data base or spreadsheet software.
Full time
County Audit Division, Financial and Compliance Audit - Possibilities in various counties statewide. A student working in this assignment would assist in the activities of the group working in a team atmosphere to conduct audits of Tennessee county government offices and departments.
  • Examine the accounts or books of the county government office or department
  • Determine if the records have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and applicable law
  • Prepare working papers to document work performed
  • Assist in the development of audit findings and recommendations.

Completion of the sophomore year in accounting or business administration including at least one auditing course.

Special: Personal means of transportation is required.

Full time
Office of Local Government/Division of Property Assessments, Computer Mapping - Nashville, TN The student will assist in developing and maintaining GIS databases and applications related to local redistricting and property assessments.
  • Utilize ARC/INFO software to update county district and precinct maps
  • Plot maps for use in the Census Bureau's Block Boundary Suggestion Project
  • Create new GIS databases by digitizing land ownership maps.

The student should be majoring in geography, planning or a related earth science discipline and have completed at least three years of undergraduate course work with at least three hours in GIS or cartography.

Special: Experience utilizing ARC/INFO GIS software is desirable.

Full time
Office of Management Services, Information Systems - Nashville, TN A student working in this assigned area could assist in the activities of systems analysis and support, desktop application development, and support or local area networking functions depending upon educational background, under the guidance and direction of a senior member of the systems staff.
  • Perform system feasibility studies
  • Develop microcomputer applications for office use
  • Assist in the installation of microcomputer hardware and software
  • Assist in the installation and support of local area networks.

Completion of three years in a computer systems curriculum including the basic systems analysis and/or programming courses.

Full time
Division of Bond Finance - Nashville, TN A student spending a semester with this Division would be used for general assistance and would perform background research and analysis since much of the work requires distinct consideration as opposed to routine disposition. If a debt transaction were to occur during the time of the assignment, the student would assist with documents and the sale and closing of the issue. A student may assist the Division in serving the four state level debt issuers in the issuance and management of debt.
  • Perform various tasks related to data base management
  • Improve historical record keeping
  • Develop response to continuing disclosure requirements
  • Prepare schedules (allocation, amortization, etc.) related to various program loans.
  • Assist in finalizing written policies and procedures
  • Assist in the calculation of interest expense for various borrowers in debt programs
  • Collect and analyze data for inclusion in official statements
  • Assist in preparation of annual financial reports.

Bachelor's Degree - graduate students preferred. Relevant degree areas include Public Policy, Government, Finance, Accounting, Banking, and Business Administration. Must be proficient in Excel and Microsoft Word.

 

Full or part time
State Board of Equalization - Nashville, TN The student will review and recommend disposition of applications for property tax exemption. The student will also read, summarize, and catalog cases and decisions related to exemptions.
  • Reviews applications and verifies that the necessary supporting information has been supplied.
  • Analyzes supporting information, (e.g. financial information in support of an applicant for charitable use exemption, or land use information in support of an applicant for religious use exemption) in order to determine eligibility for exemption under legal criteria.
  • Prepares correspondence to applicants and internal memoranda concerning requirements for exemption, the need for additional information, or explaining the basis of a proposed disposition.

The student should have completed at least two years of undergraduate work towards a degree in economics, finance, business or public administration, or political science.

Full time
Offices of Research and Educational Accountability- Nashville, TN

The student working in this assignment would:

  1. Work individually or on a team studying and preparing a report on a particular issue.
  2. During the legislative session, monitor legislative committee meetings or work on fiscal notes.
  3. Combination of the above.
  • Obtain relevant information through library research, interviews with government officials and other individuals, surveys, or other appropriate research activities.
  • Prepare documentation of work performed, such as summaries of interviews, literature reviews, and summaries of survey responses.
  • Develop and write conclusions and recommendations based on their research.
  • Prepare a written report and conclusions.
Bachelor's Degree-graduate students preferred. Relevant degree areas include Public Administration, Public Policy, Economics, Political Science, Business, Journalism and Education. Other areas will be considered. Full time
Division of Property Assessments, Tax Relief Section - Nashville, TN A student working in this assignment would review and examine applications to ensure eligibility of applicants to the Property Tax Relief Program.
  • Review and examine applications to ensure eligibility, accuracy and completeness.
  • Follow up on disposition of applications
  • Prepare applications for submission to data processing
  • Communicate problems found to area coordinators
The student should be majoring in business or a related field with completion of at least two years of undergraduate course work. Full time
Information Systems Division – Nashville, TN Persons placed in this assignment will obtain valuable experience in information technology working on the day-to-day responsibilities of an enterprise information systems management organization.

The responsibilities this person will undertake may include:

  • Assisting with on-line application testing;
  • Assisting in the installation of new IT hardware and software;
  • Assisting with Help Desk items and support of departmental IT hardware and software;
  • Assist in the conversion of the department’s Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) to a new standard format;
Assist in the development of the department’s three-year information systems plan;
College/university senior in an undergraduate or master's degree program majoring in Information Technology or Computer Science. Either full time or part time acceptable

Charitable Solicitations and Gaming Division – Nashville, TN

Persons placed in this assignment will assist in the registration and regulation of charitable organizations and professional fundraisers.

Under general supervision the program participant will:

  • Examine and process applications for registration of charitable organizations.
  • Assist in conducting financial and/or compliance reviews of the charitable organizations.
  • Receive and document complaints from the public.
Assist administrative support staff as needed.

College/university junior or above.

Full time preferred; part time acceptable

Human Resources and Organizational Development Division – Nashville, TN

The person selected will assist the HR Division with administrative and compliance duties both operational and strategic.

The responsibilities this person could undertake may include:

  • Analyzing policy manual tools.
  • Assisting with development of employee handbook.
  • Streamlining the on-boarding and orientation processes.
Researching state statute and federal laws to ensure compliance.

Junior or senior undergraduate student majoring in human resources management, business, communications or a related field of study.

Full time preferred; part time acceptable.

Tennessee Economic Council on Women – Nashville, TN

The person will assist with Council research projects, community demonstration projects, Council meetings and TECW multimedia publications.

Other researches and responsibilities this person could undertake may include:

  • Research the economic impact of wages and earnings for Tennessee women; on the economic impact of domestic violence.
  • Encourage political participation for women in Tennessee.
  • Collaborating with community organizations to provide information relating to the importance of women’s roles in improving and expanding Tennessee’s overall economy and individual economic autonomy.
  • Preparing policy documents for publication.
Assist with some administrative tasks to include filing, data entry, creating PowerPoint presentations, meeting preparation and setting appointments.
Junior or senior in an undergraduate program. Full time preferred; part time acceptable