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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - Finance/Accounting/Contracts in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309873

Directorate: Business Systems

Division: Financial Planning & Business Services

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking summer interns with a background in accounting, finance, or general business. The internship will consist of one or more rotational assignments within PNNL’s Business Services Directorate (BSD), including BSD’s Financial Operations department, Business Development & Analysis department, Contracts department and/or Business Offices. Successful candidates will assist staff in a variety of areas, including:

Finance/Accounting Rotation – under supervision of a Finance Manager or designee:

  • Cash and/or general ledger reconciliations and problem analysis/resolution

  • Varied functions including troubleshooting one-of-a-kind problems, administration, research, and financial or data analysis

  • Assistance in tracking costs, budgets, and program funds by reviewing key data sources and interacting with staff on a regular basis

  • Development, coordination and presentation of financial forecasts and budgets

  • Supporting day-to-day operations in accounting and budgeting

  • Proposal pricing

  • Preparation of financial reports for internal and external customers

  • Identifying process improvements that enable more effective and efficient business operations

Contracts Rotation – under supervision of a Contracts Manager or designee:

  • Responsible for planning, preparation, submission and execution of non-complex contracts for commercial off-the-shelf commodities and services

  • Developing a working knowledge of Battelle/PNNL and DOE policies and procedures with respect to government procurement regulations

  • Conducting market research for potential sources of supply or services, conducting contract negotiations normally valued at less than $25K. Drafting simple contractual instruments in accordance with prescribed templates and guidelines

  • Determining reasonableness of price for goods and services procured through the use of techniques such as price competition and published list prices

  • Monitoring expenditures, deliverables, and completion dates of contracts

  • Supporting day-to-day operations in contracts

  • Preparing documents for file close-out

  • Identifying process improvements that enable more effective and efficient business operations

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a Master's program at an accredited college or university. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Proficient computer skills with competency in spreadsheet and database programs, preferably Excel and Access, as well as Word and PowerPoint.

Good oral and written communication skills.

Proactive, positive, and outgoing attitude.

Preference will be given to candidates pursuing a Masters degree in finance or accounting.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Business Services

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Financial Plng & Busn Services

Opening Date: 2019-09-27

Closing Date: 2020-01-24