Make the Road New York
301 Grove Street
Finance Volunteer Intern (Fall 2018)
Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latinx, immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. MRNY operates neighborhood-based community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; Brentwood, Long Island and White Plains, Westchester. With a membership of more than 22,000 low-income New Yorkers, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our community: workplace justice, tenants’ rights, immigrants’ rights, language-access, LGBTQ justice, public education, healthcare access, and immigration reform.
Description: The Finance Internship at Make the Road NY is a chance to be involved in the day to day workings of a not for profit finance office and learn and assist in the various tasks that are required to make a not for profit organization run.
Purpose of the project: The Finance Intern position is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic environment and learn or improve accounting skills and the workings of an active finance office in the not for profit sector.
We pride ourselves in providing interns a high quality internship program that focuses on leadership building skills. Interns are held to high standards and will gain hands-on experience in a structured and well supported environment. They will become a part of an inspiring group of leaders and volunteers dedicated to empowering Latinx communities. During the first week of their internships, interns complete a Goals and Learning Plan to help interns focus their efforts and get a meaningful experience.
By the end of the opportunity interns will have deepened their knowledge of popular education and will have developed teaching and group facilitation skills.
Interns will learn about:
● Project management- Learn about program design and planning and what it takes to effectively oversee a project from beginning to end.
● Team management and effective teamwork- Learn about collaborative working styles and best practices for nonprofit organizations.
● Nonprofit management and training systems- access to tools of the trade and networking systems
● Professional development opportunities
● Feedback and evaluation
Tasks and Responsibilities:
● Input Journal Entries into and run reports from Ablila MIP accounting system
● Assist with various aspects of funder audits
● Learn the budget and billing process for government contracts and assist analysts in preparation of billing and budget modifications
● Assist in pulling backup documentation for monthly billing and learn what is acceptable backup for funders and auditors
● Learn the accounts payable process and assist in AP filing and management
● Learn the accounts receivable process and assist in AR filing and management
● Assist the Controller and Director of Government Grants and Compliance with various finance projects
Desired time commitment: Minimum 10 hours per week (up to 20 hours per week), flexible days Monday through Friday between 9:00-5:00 PM.
Internship start and end date: 10/29-12/21
● Strong interest in and commitment to working with the Spanish-speaking/immigrant community
● Demonstrate strong communication and decision making abilities
● Readiness and desire to work autonomously and on team driven projects
● Detail Oriented
● Effective time management skills
● Comfortable with and knowledge of basic computer programs (Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Searching)
● Bilingual (Spanish/ English)
● Commitment to social justice
● Relevant bookkeeping, legal, or nonprofit experience preferred
● Experience working with accounting software
Location: This position will be based in MRNY’s office on Troutman Street, Brooklyn
Supervision: Make the Road New York will provide the interns with professional guidance in the areas of not for profit financial practices. The intern will receive support and supervision structured as follows:
● Weekly workplan reviews
● Evaluation and Feedback
● Ongoing one-on-one support meetings & check-ins with project supervisors.
In addition to the above, the supervisor is available to the intern for guidance as needed.
Required screening material: Application, phone and in-person Interview, and background check.
To apply for this internship: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of this internship in the subject line. Please include your resume and cover letter stating your interest and connection to our mission. We would also like to know how this specific internship will help you fulfill your educational goals. Please include your weekly availability and expected start and end dates (indicating if there is flexibility). No phone calls or walk-ins please.
Level of Language Proficiency
Bilingual: Spanish and English.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Email email@example.com with the title of this internship in the subject line. Please include your resume and cover letter stating your interest and connection to our mission. We would also like to know how this specific internship will help you fulfill your educational goals. Please include your weekly availability and expected start and end dates (indicating if there is flexibility). No phone calls or walk-ins please.