Accounting Internship 

Heshima Kenya is seeking an Accounting Intern to support its accounting and finance functions. This position is based in Chicago and reports directly to the Director of Finance & Operations.

About Us: Heshima Kenya specializes in identifying and protecting unaccompanied and separated refugee children and youth, especially girls, young women, and their children living in Kenya. Our shelter, education, and community outreach services, coupled with local resources and the refugee community, empower this population to live healthy lives. By providing resources for long-term support, refugee girls and young women become catalysts for strengthening networks creating sustainable change within the local and global communities.

Position Summary:

The Accounting Intern will work with the Director of Finance & Operations to monitor day-to-day accounting and finance activities. The intern will support the Director in ensuring that all organizational expenses are accounted for and properly allocated. In addition, the intern will assist the Director in financial operations monitoring, data compilation and reporting, creating and revising current policies and procedures to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, funding source award and donor restrictions, and federal and state rules and regulations pertaining to nonprofit organizations.


  • Categorize and enter accounts receivable and payable transactions
  • Process offline donations
  • Track revenue sources and cost allocations
  • Perform data analysis including trend and variance analysis
  • Assist in cash flow analysis
  • Assist in preparation of monthly financial status reports for both Chicago and Kenya sites
  • Maintain comparative operations metrics with peer organizations
  • General administrative tasks

Candidate Profile:

  • Interest in the nonprofit sector
  • Undergraduate or graduate studying accounting, finance, or another business field
  • Experience with relevant software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) in a mac environment
  • Excellent data analysis skills
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to work 20 hours/week. Starting and end dates are negotiable. Days and hours are flexible but the right candidate must be reliable.

How To Apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by May 19, 2017 to be considered. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. This position is based in Chicago, applicants outside of the Chicagoland area will not be considered. 

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we ask that you do not call Heshima Kenya's offices regarding this position. All qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.


At Heshima Kenya, we believe interns are just as important as any other member of the organization. You will have a seat at the table to share your ideas, inputs, and abilities with our U.S. team. As a nonprofit, this position is unpaid, but we can work with you to offer academic credit and encourage you to add any projects you owned during the internship to your portfolio, with permission of your supervisor.