1649 Accountant Intern Program

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Program Manual
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The 1649 Accountant Intern Program (Program) was established to ensure excellent performance in the City and County of San Francisco's (City and County) Accountant Series. This Program also serves as the entry classification in the City and County's Accountant series, and it is endorsed by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21, AFL-CIO, the bargaining unit representing the accounting classifications. Overall responsibility for the Program for the City and County resides with the Office of the Controller, by delegation from the Department of Human Resources.

Program Structure

Interns are trained over the course of eighteen (18) months in a paid internship and mentored by higher-level, experienced accountants throughout the City and County. To provide Interns with optimum training and experience citywide, the Program is divided in two nine (9) month rotations, generally at two different departments.

Intern Mentors and Supervisors
During each rotation, Interns are assigned a Mentor and Supervisor(s) to guide and train them. There may be multiple Supervisors during a rotation and/or Supervisors may change, depending on the training topic and/or department. In some cases, the Mentor and Supervisor can be the same person. Mentors and Supervisors work closely together to provide Interns with comprehensive, quality training in several core governmental accounting competencies.

Training Workshops
Interns attend various training workshops to build their technical competencies and develop an understanding of the City and County's purchasing and accounting procedures. In addition to specific accounting systems training, the Interns are also familiarized with various City and County processes, policies and procedures with emphasis on their relationship to accounting.

Program Entry
Applicants must file an application online on the City and County's Employment website. Submitted applications are reviewed and candidates who demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualifications are invited to participate in the examination process.

Minimum Qualifications:
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with eighteen (18) semester units or twenty-four (24) quarter units of coursework in Accounting at time of appointment. (For information on how to obtain an equivalency certification for degrees attained outside of the U.S. click: How to Verify Education Requirements)

The examination process consists of the following two components:

I. Written Examination: Candidates will be tested to determine relative knowledge, skill and ability levels in job-related areas, including but not limited to: knowledge of accounting principles (including governmental accounting) and practices, mathematical ability, and ability to analyze data. It is highly recommended candidates review governmental accounting principles or take a governmental accounting course prior to taking the written examination. Courses equivalent to ACCT 56 (under "Course Description by Department" select "Business" http://www.ccsf.edu/Catalog) provided by City College of San Francisco may assist with preparation but do not guarantee passing the exam. Candidates who participate in the written exam are not guaranteed advancement to the next phase of selection.

II. Oral/Performance Interview: Qualified candidates who receive a passing score in the written examination may be invited for oral/performance interviews. Candidates who participate in the Oral/Performance interview will be evaluated by the Program Steering Committee, which is comprised of citywide chief financial officers, to determine who will be accepted into the program.

Successful Completion of the Program
Interns receive official notification of successful completion of the Program, from the Controller's Office Human Resources Unit. At the conclusion of the Program, successful Interns compete to be promoted to permanent status in Class 1652 Senior Accountant, the beginning of the Accounting series. Successful interns are placed in permanent positions. We have a 95% success rate and launch one to two programs per year (depending on City and County department's needs and available funding).

Past City and County Departments Who Have Hosted Interns:

http://www.ccsf.edu/ http://www.sfdph.org/dph/
http://www.sfgov.org/police http://www.sfwater.org/

To view the 1649 Program Manual with more detailed information please click: 1649 Internship - - Program Manual (PDF)

Classification Specifications
For information on the City's class specifications and the latest salary for the position, visit the Department of Human Resources.

Register for Future Examination Announcements
Please follow the instructions below if you would like to be notified of future 1649 examination announcements 
•    Visit https://sfdhr.org/job-seekers 
•    Click on “Notify me of Jobs” 
•    Complete the Job Alert Form (please indicate Accounting/Auditing as the Function)

How To Contact Us
Office of the Controller/1649 Accountant Intern Program
City Hall, Room 482
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Fax: (415) 554-7126
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vicente Centeno at (415) 554-7506, or via email at Vicente.Centeno@sfgov.org, Karena Phung at (415) 554-5246 or via e-mail at Karena.Phung@sfgov.org , Carlos Benitez at (415) 554-7540 or via email at Carlos.Benitez@sfgov.org.

Related Links
Jobaps FAQ - "City and County of San Francisco Employment Website FAQ"
Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Government Finance Officers Association
Government Finance Officers Association Generational Change Report - 1649 Program mentioned

Return to the Controller's Office Employment Page

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