Department of Finance


$12.94 - $20.19

Final Filing Date: 1/19/2018

Job Description and Duties

Finance is offering a paid 12-16 week summer internship opportunity for graduate-level students.  Participating interns work under the direct supervision of an experienced fiscal, policy, or research analyst and gain on-the-job training that integrates education, career development, and public service. Finance employees advise the Governor’s Office on policy and budget issues in areas such as health care, education, environmental regulation, and public safety.

During the summer, interns will independently gather, evaluate and analyze information on an assigned project.  Interns perform analysis on policy or statewide issues and apply analytical techniques learned in their graduate programs to a practical issue facing Finance or the State of California.  Interns will observe professional staff in action; attend staff meetings, lectures, or other unit activities; and may attend hearings and other proceedings.   At the completion of the assignment, interns will complete a deliverable which can include a formal presentation, issue paper, and/or internal memo describing the analysis, including findings and recommendations.  Deliverables may be incorporated into a larger work product that Finance may produce. 

Interns will have opportunities to interact and network with fellow interns throughout the duration of the internship.  This interaction will provide positive learning benefits and opportunities for information sharing. 

Interns are not guaranteed a job at the end of the internship; however, interns should explore the possibility of earning academic credit through their schools.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-91984
Position #(s):
$12.94 - $20.19
# of Positions: Multiple
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Student Assistant

Department Information

Are you looking for a position in a fast-paced, prestigious organization with great potential for personal development and career advancement?Would you find working with the top management in State Government and with the State Legislature exciting and rewarding? If so,the Department of Finance offers a broad range of professional career paths in such areas as budgeting, accounting and auditing, information technology, economic and population research, and general administration. Look no further, apply today!

Department Website:

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 1/19/2018

Who May Apply

Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university may apply. Applicants must meet any Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Finance
Attn: JoLynn Sanchez
915 L Street Suite 1235
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

JoLynn Sanchez
915 L Street Suite 1235
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Other - Resume, proof of registration as a graduate student in a college or university of recognized standing, and three references (name, relationship and telephone number).  In addition, applicants must include a one-page statement of interest outlining why applicant is interested in an internship position with the Department of Finance.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Subject Matter Interests:  Possess an interest in public policy, accounting/auditing, finance, demography, economics, or a comparable field, which can be demonstrated by course work at the graduate level. 

Technical Skills: Excel or other data management skills which can be demonstrated by course work in accounting/auditing, statistics, or other data-intensive subjects.  Possess strong analytical skills and be willing to absorb and process a large amount of information.

Communication Skills:  Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.  Demonstrated experience in preparing oral presentations, memos, reports, issue papers, or articles for internal and external audiences.

Personal Characteristics:  Professionalism, integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment and availability to work full-time for the duration of the project.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
JoLynn Sanchez
(916) 445-3368 ext: 3452

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 445-3368 ext: 3402
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Information

This is a non-testing classification, therefore anyone meeting the minimum qualifications listed on the classification specification may apply for this position.  Individuals who are, or have been, a dependent child in foster care, a homeless youth, or a formerly incarcerated youth as defined by Government Code section 18220 are encouraged to apply and will be given priority.  If you are applying under this eligibility status, please note on your application your eligibility by stating “preference under Government Code section 18220”. Please note that prior to appointment, individuals claiming preference under one of these categories will be required to furnish documentation establishing their eligibility.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail