Accounting Intern, Nonprofit Management

Arabella Advisors, LLC
Washington, DC
Mar 10, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
Full Time

Accounting Intern, Nonprofit Management (Washington, DC)

The Managed Organizations team is looking for a driven and ambitious college candidate who is interested in learning about nonprofit management, Accounting and the world of Philanthropy to join our team during the summer (tentative start and end dates of May 15th through August 4th, respectively). In this paid role, you will provide project and administrative support to Arabella staff in a fast-paced office environment. You will gain skills in nonprofit accounting. You will attend full onboarding training given to new Arabella staff members and learn about fiscal sponsorship and how it works from an organizational, legal, and accounting standpoint. You will have the opportunity add value to the team by researching and correcting discrepancies.

About Arabella Advisors

Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We help our clients imagine what's possible, design the best strategies, learn what works best, and do the work necessary to realize their visions.

Our staff is a team of passionate problem-solvers—mission-driven and action-oriented—with a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience.

Among the fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firms in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation. Our leadership team, advisors, colleagues, and staff are fundamentally concerned with social change. We share a desire to make a difference and apply an outcomes-focused approach. Our internal culture supports employee passions, enables continuous learning, and fosters innovation, risk taking, and fun—even as it emphasizes excellence.

About the Managed Nonprofit Organizations

Arabella Advisors provides operations and management support to multiple public charities, including the New Venture Fund, the Windward Fund, and the Hopewell Fund—all 501(c)(3) public charities—and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4).These managed organizations house new and innovative public interest projects and nonprofits, as well as coordinate collaborative initiatives between donors and administer grants programs. This type of structure is commonly referred to as fiscal sponsorship, and candidates are highly encouraged to research fiscal sponsorship prior to a first interview. The managed organizations provide support to a diverse range of projects, including many focused on conservation and global health. The organizations have also provided fiscal sponsorship to projects focused on voter registration, public policy, education, disaster recovery, and music and the arts.

Candidates are highly encouraged to research fiscal sponsorship prior to a first interview.

Essential Responsibilities and Projects

Team Support (80%)

  • Process inter- company and inter-project transfers.
  • Print and distribute check, EFT and wire requests by projects to Accounting Associates daily.
  • Enter Accounts Payable transactions in Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains for payment.
  • Create and mail tax acknowledgement letters.
  • Review expense and credit card transactions through Expense reporting tool.
  • Scan payment documents.
  • Manage special projects, such as:
    • Document the processes and procedures of the Managed Organization Finance team.
    • Research all outstanding checks for Arabella Advisors' Managed Organizations (New Venture Fund, Sixteen Thirty Fund, Hopewell, Windward and PostSecondary National Policy Institute).

Administrative Support backup (20%)

  • Other administrative tasks as needed.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Rising Junior, Senior or Graduate Student currently pursuing a bachelor's degree or above in accounting at an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Interest in nonprofit management and accounting.
  • Nonprofit volunteer experience
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organization and research skills
  • Ability to support projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


Candidates must submit a resume, one-page cover letter, writing sample, and unofficial transcript to be considered for the position. The writing sample must be an academic paper submitted for a course completed during junior or senior year (five pages maximum). The cover letter must address the following questions in one page:

  1. Why are you interested in an internship at Arabella?
  2. How might this internship help with your career plan?

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