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Summer Intern - Comptroller, Payroll Accounting

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Job ID: 60316
Department: Comptroller
Location: 2 Montgomery Street


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey offers paid internships to students that provide the opportunity to work with knowledgeable and experienced professionals on assignments critical to operating, maintaining, and expanding the transportation infrastructure for one of the greatest economies in the world. Assignments include hands-on projects to cultivate technical, writing, communication, and team-building skills. The diversity of our businesses creates a variety of opportunities for students to gain exposure to the work of a first-class public agency.

The Comptroller’s department is looking for an intern to join their Payroll Accounting team! Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Review, organize and scan payroll documents that pertain to separated employee payments special payment requests and petty cash.
  • Assist in the production of payrolls including query and spreadsheet analysis of calculated and confirmed payroll data.
  • Maintain logs and reports for petty cash and time & labor summary reports.
  • Verify time & labor summary reports and perform audits to ensure that reports are received timely and properly approved.
  • Assist with the analysis and preparation of balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Assist with special projects as time permits.

About the Comptroller’s Department

As a reporting Department to the Chief Financial Officer, the Comptroller’s Department is a team of dedicated professionals who ensure the accuracy of the Port Authority’s finances. As part of the Comptroller’s Department team, you will gain insight and experience surrounding the agency’s financial structure and internal control processes as well as knowledge of the operations of our various lines of business, giving you extensive opportunities for a long-term career at the Port Authority.

Under the Corporate Accounting section of the Department, the Payroll Accounting Division processes and delivers compensation to all agency employees; offers a full range of compensation services including direct deposit, tax withholding, and retirement systems reporting; and responds to employee questions, interacts with labor negotiations to seamlessly implement any applicable changes, and collaborates with the Law Department regarding payroll related laws and regulations.


  • Candidates must be students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program returning to their program during the Fall 2023 semester.
  • We are seeking interns who are talented, driven, and have a genuine interest in contributing to the success of the New York/New Jersey region.
  • We welcome applications from a diverse range of majors/minors.
  • Successful candidates will be self-starters with excellent communication, research, and applicable technical skills.

Desired Skills

  • Accounting, Business, Finance or related major.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite Office, preferably Excel applications.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills in reconciling financial information.
  • Participate in team meetings and brainstorming sessions.

Internship Details:

  • The duration is expected to be approximately 12 weeks, starting in the beginning of June 2023.
  • This internship will require work 5 days/week at 7.25 hours/day.
  • The format is expected to be hybrid, partially in-person and partially virtual.
  • These details are subject to change.

The application deadline is Monday, January 16, 2023 by 5:00 PM EST.

How to Apply

  • Click “Apply Now”
  • Follow the prompts
  • Make sure you submit the following:
    1. A resume (please make sure to include your expected graduation date)
    2. A cover letter detailing why you want to work at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

The Selection Process

  • Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.
  • Interviews will likely start toward the end of January.
  • Interns are selected based on academic achievement and work experience, in addition to analytical and communication skills.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority:

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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