Accounting Intern, Nonprofit Management


$15 per hour

Hours per week

20 hrs min.



Start Date


End Date



District of Columbia
United States


Accounting Intern, Nonprofit Management (Washington, DC) 

You are mission driven and action oriented. You love to get involved, and work as part of a team to accomplish something great. Any job is your job if it helps the team succeed, and you thrive on variety. Today, you’re looking for a part time role (December through March, Min. 20 hours/week) where you can use those traits to make a real difference in the world by advancing the most important social issues facing humanity today.


If that sounds like you, Arabella Advisors can’t wait to meet you.


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 fall of 2018. 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.


Essential Responsibilities


Team Support (~80%)

  • Process inter-company and inter-project transfers.
  • Create and mail tax acknowledgement letters to qualified donors.
  • Process donor contributions to recognize revenue and related management fees.
  • Process cash receipts.
  • Assist with reconciliation of Accounts Receivable subledger.
  • Enter Accounts Payable transactions in Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains for payment.
  • Review invoices for payment through internal Portal system.
  • Review expense and credit card transactions through Expense reporting tool.
  • Assist with month-end close activities such as financial report reviews and preparing journal entries.
  • 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.


To be successful in this role you’ll need:

  • 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


Our Core Competencies:

  • The ability to provide excellent, reliable service, including the ability to effectively recognize and elevate potential challenges, gather the information necessary to create and carry out solutions, and support those solutions with clear communications and thorough follow up.
  • The ability to manage time, resources, and priorities to complete tasks on time with high-quality results
  • The ability to be a positive and professional liaison for stakeholders such as clients, team members, and senior leaders, including understanding how the role relates to those stakeholders and how to gather information and resources from them in order to achieve certain goals
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally to various audiences over various mediums.
  • The ability to effectively collaborate, including a willingness to go above and beyond to help the team achieve goals, solicit others’ perspectives, share knowledge, and participate in activities that support diversity and inclusion
  • A demonstrated eagerness to learn and take on new challenges, including an openness to direction and feedback and a willingness to ask questions
  •  The ability to take ownership and be creative and solutions-oriented when encountering challenges that don’t have obvious answers, and to be resilient when things become difficult


About Arabella Advisors


Arabella Advisors helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact achieve the greatest good with their resources. We work on issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have 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. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, Arabella is also a certified B Corporation.


About Arabella’s Managed Organizations Team


Arabella Advisors provides operations and management support to multiple nonprofit organizations, 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, global health and civic engagement.


Working with Us


We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, healthy, and fun culture. We invite you to visit our careers website to learn more.


To encourage work/life balance we offer flexible work options. Our office is an open space with cubicles and standing desks and informal work areas. Our salaries are closer to the range of a nonprofit and our benefits are excellent. You’ll start with three weeks of vacation, 80 hours of personal time, and 20 hours of paid time to volunteer at an organization of your choice. In addition to six federal holidays, you get to pick four more from a list of inclusive religious holidays and your birthday.


We have a competitive health package that includes medical, vision, dental, and prescription insurance. We also provide funds for professional development, a fitness benefit, and cover part of your personal cell phone plan.

How To Apply

How to apply


Submit a resume, one-page cover letter, writing sample, and unofficial transcript online. The cover letter should address why you’re excited to work at Arabella and why you’re qualified for this specific job. The writing sample must be an academic paper submitted for a course completed during junior or senior year (five pages maximum). Transcripts and writing samples should be emailed to


We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know.


While Arabella is open to individuals from various locations applying to join our team, please note that we generally are unable to pay for relocation expenses.


We will review applications as they are received and look forward to hearing from you. Please note we will disregard candidates that do not submit all materials.