City Services Auditor Internship Program

Creating Change Through Auditing

Paid Internship Opportunity at the City and County of San Francisco

The City Services Auditor (CSA) Audit Intern Program provides an opportunity to explore a career in government performance auditing and public service. Interns will assist in assessing the performance of programs in a dynamic local government setting that includes both city and county functions and services. Interns will join our high-functioning, high-trust, highly productive and cohesive team and refine their critical thinking, analytical, writing, and technical skills as they work to ensure the City and County of San Francisco's functions and programs are efficient and effective.

The program is now accepting applications.

About Us

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CSA is a division of the City and County of San Francisco's Office of the Controller. CSA's Audits Division promotes the efficiency and effectiveness of city departments and city-funded contractors, including nonprofit service providers. Our audits help ensure government is accountable and support informed policy decisions by providing timely information in high-quality, reliable reports. We also administer the City's Whistleblower Program, which includes a website and telephone hotline for complaints. Our investigators act on complaints about the misuse of government funds and improper activities by city officials, employees, and contractors.

What Our Interns Do

As an audit intern, you may:

  • Audit city departments under the guidance of experienced audit staff.
  • Learn about and assess the effectiveness of departmental processes.
  • Determine whether processes are functioning efficiently and effectively.
  • Make meaningful recommendations to departments that are intended to improve city services.
  • Assist with fraud hotline report processing and investigations of alleged misuse of city funds and resources.
  • Evaluate city cybersecurity programs to determine compliance with policies and standards and help assess third-party risks.

Examples of completed projects include:

  • An audit of the Sheriff’s staffing and operations, which found that the Sheriff’s overtime had increased due to new and expanded security requests, increased leave, and a hiring surge. The report recommended changes including developing a staffing master plan and renegotiating union contract terms that contribute to overtime use.
  • A cable car cash collection audit that found that conductors did not always collect fares and that poor cash handling procedures had opened the door for fraud and theft.
  • Fraud bulletins, which help city departments implement stronger processes to safeguard city resources.
  • An audit that examined citywide construction practices and found that adopting leading practices could improve the City’s construction contractor bid pool.
  • Assessments to determine whether network connections are vulnerable to compromise through cyberattacks such as ransomware.

Eligibility and Application Process

The paid internship is open to recent college graduates or current students of an accredited bachelor's or graduate degree program. The selection of interns is based on a review of city eligibility and departmental requirements, academic history, oral interview scores, and supplemental essays. If you would like to pursue a career in government auditing, please follow this link to complete an application.