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Finance & Accounting Intern

Job ID: 7198

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Finance/Accounting


About Kirkland & Ellis

At Kirkland & Ellis, we are united in our ambition and drive to move forward. We share core values that help us achieve excellence: collaboration, talent empowerment, service, inclusion, respect and gratitude. Our people are our greatest asset, and we invest in the brightest talent and encourage a diversity of perspectives and strengths to create dynamic teams that operate at the pinnacle of their field. Our talented professionals show up every day knowing they will engage in meaningful work, continuous learning and professional development.
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we serve a broad range of clients with market-leading practices in private equity, M&A and other complex corporate transactions; investment fund formation and management; restructurings; high-stakes litigation and trials; and government, regulatory and internal investigations. We handle the most complicated and sophisticated legal matters because we don’t just meet industry standards, we create them. We bring innovation and entrepreneurialism to every engagement and, as a result, have long-standing client relationships with leading global corporations and financial sponsors. With 6,500 employees (including 3,500+ lawyers) operating from 19 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia, we are one of the largest law firms in the world and a top financial performer.

Essential Job Functions

The Finance & Accounting intern will work on a wide range of tasks and projects to support multiple functions within the Finance department of the Firm. The Finance & Accounting Intern will gain exposure to a number of different Finance and Accounting functions and staff members and will apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real world situations.

This Intern position is designed to be a year-round, in-office role:  part-time during the school year and potentially additional hours during winter and summer school breaks. The intern is expected to work at least 15 hours a week during the school year. There will be flexibility of the intern’s schedule to accommodate school demands, however, the Finance & Accounting intern will work in the office during normal business hours to ensure they receive the appropriate mentoring and guidance from Finance staff.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Review, analyze and assist in processing Firm expense reimbursements and invoices.
  • Assist with various billing and collections activities, as well as reporting and analytics.
  • Support the financial operations of the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation’s charitable contribution program
  • Assist with retrieving financial information and preparing calculations for the Firm’s Investment Partnerships Team
  • Assist with the review and maintenance of the Firm’s Finance policies and procedures.
  • Support the Tax Team in the completion of a variety of tax returns as well as perform tax research.
  • Maintain recurring reports and create ad-hoc reports on demand.
  • Prepare various bank and/or account reconciliations.
  • Perform expense variance analysis research and assist in the compilation of the Finance Department’s budget/forecast.
  • Assist in the creation of spreadsheets for data analysis and financial modeling.
  • Support Finance records inventory and retention processes, as well as data management security.
  • Assist with filing, scanning and copying of financial data as requested.
  • Other research and special projects on demand.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • The Finance & Accounting intern must be enrolled in a college or university local to Chicago.
  • Candidate will have a declared major in Business, preferably in Accounting or Finance and carry a GPA of 3.2 or higher. 
  • Candidate will preferably be in their Sophomore year of college. 
  • Candidate should have some prior work experience.
  • Attention to detail and the eagerness to learn is imperative.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills are required.
  • The ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and consistently meet deadlines.


  • Intermediate level or higher Microsoft Excel skills are required
  • MS Word, PowerPoint Office proficiency

How to Apply

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