Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0085
Post Date 8/7/2019
Title Data Science Intern - Summer 2020
Division Office of Economic and Risk Analysis
PT/FT Part Time
City Washington
State DC

Our Mission

The PCAOB oversees the audits of public companies and SEC-registered brokers and dealers in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports.

Job Description

The Office of Economics and Risk Analysis (OERA) studies the role of the audit in capital formation and investor protection. OERA uses economic theory and analysis to help the Board and PCAOB staff enhance the effectiveness of PCAOB program areas, including standard setting, inspections and other oversight activities. OERA works to integrate economics and rigorous data analysis across the entire range of PCAOB programs, including standard-setting, inspections, enforcement, and risk assessment.  The office's activities include: (1) preparing economic analysis to inform standard setting and other PCAOB rulemaking; (2) fostering economic research on audit-related topics, including the role and relevance of audit in capital markets; and (3) developing economic tools for use in PCAOB oversight programs.

Interns will provide support to OERA by assisting staff economists and economic research fellows with the collection, organization, and statistical and econometric analysis of financial and non-financial information. Successful candidates may also assist staff economists in the development of economic analyses to inform standard-setting initiatives and other OERA initiatives.

As an intern in OERA, you will have the opportunity to work with academics, economists and auditors to develop analytical tools for a variety of research topics. The assignments will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of auditing, financial markets, and economics while also developing your analytical skills.

Candidates must have a right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by an employer.


  • Collect, clean and organize financial and non-financial data using a variety of tools;
  • Ensure data quality through review and validation with source material;
  • Assist with financial, statistical, and econometric analysis;
  • Conduct research using subscription database services, proprietary data, financial filings, and the internet;
  • Other projects may be assigned on an as-needed basis.


  • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Statistics or Data Science;
  • Experience with or willingness to learn large, unstructured datasets;
  • Familiarity with at least one statistical package or programming language (Stata, PYTHON, R, VBA, SQL, etc.);
  • Ability to be flexible, work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Strong programming skills desired.

Our Values

As we seek to accomplish our mission and implement our vision, we expect integrity, pursue excellence, operate with effectiveness, embrace collaboration, and demand accountability.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All PCAOB employees are entitled to equal opportunity and a professional work environment, free of discrimination and harassment. A workplace free of discrimination is fundamental to professional success and to the PCAOB's mission. The PCAOB will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.