Student Worker Opportunities
At the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office, the student worker program gives you a chance to:
- Gain valuable experience, skills and knowledge to add to your resume, leading to possible future employment
- Work in a professional atmosphere
- Meet new people while learning skills you may not receive in a classroom
- Connect what you have learned in school to a real workplace
Your duties will vary depending on the division. For a description
of tasks related to each division, scroll to the bottom of this page
and click on the division in which you are interested.
Student Educational Requirements
These internship-style positions are great opportunities for students interested in finance, business administration or public administration to gain experience working in a government office environment. Minimum requirements include: Full-time enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program leading to a degree (it is not required to attend school full time in the summer), and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
Candidates should possess the following skills and abilities: initiative and responsibility; excellent written, verbal and organizational skills; self-motivated and flexible to accommodate change; ability to prioritize effectively, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
Students who are enrolled full-time in a graduate program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree may be considered for the student worker program.
Student workers schedule a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 20 hours per week during school, and a maximum of 40 hours per week during school breaks. Work hours are flexible to accommodate school schedules.
Student Worker Compensation
Students are hired on a temporary basis and paid at an hourly rate. For the most current range of hourly rates, please visit www.sandiegocounty.gov/hr
SUBMIT YOUR RESUME, COURSE OF STUDY AND GRADUATION DATE VIA E-MAIL.
For more information, please contact the TTC Human Resources Office at 619-531-4764.
Student Worker Duties by Division
The Administrative Services Unit of the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office is in charge of departmental operational activities such as procurement, facilities and supplies administration, records retention, contract support and compliance with the department’s budget, goals and mission. Student workers assigned to this unit are tasked with the following:
- Invoice payment processing in the accounting system
- Running budgeting and other financial reports in the accounting system monthly
- Participate in weekly meetings with Admin team, including Chief Deputy, and report on task progress
- Assist team with salvage process
- Assist team with quarterly document destruction process
- Assist Procurement-Card holders with monthly reconciliation documentation
- Data entry
- Maintain records and logs, including documenting task progress
- Assist with inventory activities
- Collect monthly copier meter reads and provide to lead analyst
- Mail pickup and distribution
- Special projects as assigned by team analysts
- Special projects as assigned by the executive office
- Copying, scanning, filing
- Interact with departmental staff of all levels, other County staff, vendors, etc.
- Use various computer applications including Microsoft Office and SharePoint
The student worker assigned in the communications unit help the communications manager and graphic design specialist with a rotating portfolio of projects. Examples of duties include:
- Video production and editing
- Design and coordination of annual department calendar
- Content management of website
- Brochure/printed material design
- Presentation design
The Treasury Accounting Unit of the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office performs various accounting functions related to tax collection and treasury investment and provides financial services such as bank reconciliations and electronic fund transfers to other County departments and investment pool members. It is also responsible for supporting annual external audits and preparing comprehensive annual financial reports. Student workers assigned to this unit are tasked with the following:
- Perform routine office tasks such as copying, scanning and all types of filing (alphabetical, numerical, chronological and coded)
- Log transactions, post data, keep records and prepare reports in accordance with predetermined forms and procedures
- Greet the public and answer routine questions they may have
- Collect and deliver mail, documents etc.
- Compare and proofread documents
- Perform internet research
- Work on Treasury projects with Treasury staff supervision
- Assist in Treasury sponsored conferences
The Information Unit of the Department’s Tax Collection Division is in charge of providing information on all aspects of tax collection such as tax bills/statements, property tax payments, refunds and payment plans. It also provides direct customer service via phone or in-person, performs tax bill mailing, mail sorting and distribution, and mailed payment processing. Student workers assigned to this unit are tasked with the following:
- Perform research for taxpayers, business and government agencies requiring information about property taxes; retrieve information through microfiche and a variety of computer applications
- Communicate information with taxpayers over the phone, in person and through email
- Process incoming mail and tax payments
- Scan returned mail and research better mailing addresses
- Input notations into systems
- Process and reconcile penalty cancellation requests
- Maintain logs and records of completed work
- Serve as a greeter during Peak Collection periods
The Financial Unit of the Department’s Tax Collection Division is responsible for managing property tax refund activities, performing research and reissuance of stale dated warrants, processing escheatment of unclaimed refunds, payment processing and research of erroneous payment and payment exceptions. Student workers assigned to this unit are tasked with the following:
- Filing and data entry
- Answer phones and assist in addressing refund inquiries
- Proof reading financial reports
- Perform mail runs, re-mail warrants
- Assist in processing mail warrants
- Research stale dated warrants, escheatments and payment exceptions
- Compile back-up for refunds
- Perform refund and interest computations
- Perform online coding
- Prepare warrant requisition
- Process refund and fund transfers
The Special Functions Unit of the Department’s Tax Collection Division is responsible for collecting taxes on personal property (unsecured taxes) and several other types of specialty taxes, including racehorse taxes and transient occupancy tourist taxes, issuing tax clearance certificates for mobile homes and maps, payment plan activities and management of all tax sales activities. Student workers assigned to this unit are tasked with the following:
- Assists in reviewing real-estate documents and legal documentations such as title reports
- Conduct research and analysis of legal doctrines for tax sale cases
- Assist in identifying parties with recorded interest in properties
- Review excess proceeds claims for completion
- Identify priority of claimants and prepare written recommendations to management
- Assist with miscellaneous activities such as mass mailings, filing, sorting of returned mail etc.
- Research cases related to Specialty Collections activities: Transient Occupancy Tax, Map Tax Clearance Certificates, Racehorse Tax, Segregation, Manufactured Home Tax Clearance Certificates and Bulk Sale Escrow Demands.
- Compile documents for property files
- Assist in reviewing enforcement policies and file proofs of claims
- Draft overviews of cases in the bankruptcy database and research tax codes on California revenue and taxation