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DAI is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

Finance Internship 2018/19

Location: Europe
Location: United Kingdom
Job Code: 3411


DAI Europe Placement Programme 2018-19


International Development

Responding to the needs of our growing business, alongside our desire to develop future talent, DAI is offering a 12-month placement role as part of our 2018/19 programme. The 12-month placement will be spent in the Finance department and, if successful, there may be the opportunity for employment in a permanent role at the conclusion of your degree.

This internship will start in September 2018, for a duration of 12 months.

DAI offers a salary, commensurate with an internship role, of £14,600 pa. The position will be based in DAI’s spacious, custom-designed offices in Apsley, 30 minutes out of London Euston – with excellent rail and motorway links to London and the region.


Main purpose of role: To work across the DAI finance department as a whole, supporting management and project accounting groups, ensuring a wide range of exposure to financial processes, procedures and analysis.


Key tasks, duties and responsibilities:


Work with the Management accounting group in support of monthly reporting process.  

Activities to include:

  • Work with general ledger accounts in creating annual/monthly/quarterly reconciliations and schedules;
  • Assist with month-end close process and journal entries;
  • Perform Accounts Payable processes;
  • Support budget development and analyze budget/trend performance for operation;
  • Financial statement analysis;
  • Assist with compliance requirements

Support the Project accounting group.  

Activities to include:

  • Shadow/support project accountant on one (or more) established projects;
  • Maintain budgets, forecasts for projects;
  • Variance analysis and commentary for projects;
  • High Levels of Data Analysis & Manipulation;
  • Liaising with Project Managers


You will work to structured goals and will, with your line manager, review the success of your contribution to determine whether there is a mutual fit for a permanent role at the end of your placement.


About you

  • Seeking a year’s placement part-way through a 3-4 year first degree in relevant discipline e.g. economics; finance; business; management or similar discipline.
  • Advanced spreadsheet skills
  • Understanding of and interest in international development and working in an international/multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Pro-active, assertive and action-oriented with strong intellectual ability and agility.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to tight deadlines.


DAI may have additional opportunities for internships in the areas of Human Resources and Contracting/Pricing/Budgeting.

In addition to the salary you will benefit from 25 days' paid leave and eligibility to join  company pension scheme and take advantage of other benefits after a qualifying period.  These include life insurance, income protection, contribution to gym membership, cycle to work scheme etc.

The closing date for applications is  Friday 23rd February 2018. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in early March.

If you believe you have the above skills and experience, and you have the right to work within the UK, we look forward to receiving your application.

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