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Grant Accountant Intern

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Boulder, Colorado





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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Campus Controller's Office (CCO) at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Grant Accountant Intern! The University of Colorado Boulder is a Tier One, nationally competitive research university with a $2.00B annual operating budget. The University is focused on cultivating its instruction and research, increasing its innovative impact at the national and international level through collaboration, transformation, and leadership. CCO provides critical support to the mission by ensuring fiscal responsibility, accurate financial reporting, and compliance with laws, regulations, policies/procedures, and contract requirements. Research Financial Services (RFS) within the CCO ensures proper management and financial oversight for sponsored projects. RFS prepares financial reports and invoices, manages all revenue cycle activities for the research enterprise, coordinates financial closeouts, and works directly with the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) to coordinate information for post award activities. RFS works closely with campus partners to manage all aspects of the financial post award lifecycle including award setup, invoicing, revenue management, compliance monitoring, and closeout.

The Grant Accountant Intern reports directly to the Associate Director and is responsible for the closeout and accounting of grants and contracts awarded to the University of Colorado Boulder by Federal and Non-Federal Sources.

This is a 12 month limited term assignment.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Campus Controller's Office (CCO) maintains and supports the university's fiscal responsibility through accurate financial accounting and reporting and in compliance with laws, regulations, policies/procedures and contract requirements for sponsored projects. We provide oversight, assistance and training in financial stewardship for the campus.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Accounting and Process Excellence

  • Analyze approved budgets and award/contract documents issued by funding agencies for all applicable fiscal, post-award, billing, payment, closeout reporting requirements, and terms and conditions for a specific award portfolio.
  • Interpret and analyze University accounting data for compliance according to the approved budget and all applicable policies and guidelines (i.e. University, Federal, State, funding agency). Communicate lapses in compliance to campus partners, funding agencies, and CCO leadership as applicable.
  • Establish, maintain, and reconcile grant/contract records to ensure compliance with specific grant provisions or restrictions. This may include cost sharing, fixed assets, budgetary restrictions, etc.
  • Facilitate award closeout procedures including performing final reviews of awards/contracts/project expenditures, payments and accounts receivable. Process closing entries in the University's accounting system as necessary.
  • Facilitate, prepare required interim and final financial reports.
  • Review and prepare project accounts for closure, resolve cash deficits and accounts receivable issues, resolve outstanding encumbrance or payables issues, process refunds or fund transfers if necessary, and prepare correcting entries.

University Engagement

  • Develop and maintain an extensive working knowledge of University, State, Federal, and funding agency policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain an extensive working knowledge of University and UC System operations (e.g. Accounting, Purchasing, Property Control, etc.) and the inter-relationships between these operations and extramural support operations.
  • Maintain an extensive working knowledge of Uniform Guidance (UG), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).


  • Seek Opportunities for professional development and training for self.

Infrastructure Enhancement

  • Develop/prepare surveys requested by CCO leadership.
  • Assist in the origination, development and implementation of improved procedures and systems for grants and contracts management.

What You Should Know

  • Hybrid work schedule offered.

What We Can Offer

  • The annual salary for this position is $46,100. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree.
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need

  • The ability to recognize unusual situations, question them and provide alternative solutions.
  • The ability to prioritize, work independently and understand and apply policies and procedures.
  • The successful candidate will pay attention to detail, use sound judgment, be a problem solver, work independently, meet deadlines and enjoy a variety of challenging work.
  • This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to collaborate with varying levels of authority and reliability.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field.
  • Some knowledge of accounting principles and practices.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by July 23, 2024 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

In compliance with the Colorado Job Application Fairness Act, in any materials you submit, you may redact or remove age-identifying information such as age, date of birth, or dates of school attendance or graduation. You will not be penalized for redacting or removing this information.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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