Thursday, September 6, 2012

Internship Opportunity with Cook County Treasurer's Office

The deadline has already passed for registering for a fall internship for credit, but students could do this internship without credit this fall, or wait until the spring semester and then do this internship for credit.

Cook County, Illinois is the 16th largest economy in the world. The Cook County Treasurer's office collects over $9 billion in taxes from over 1.7 million parcel of land, and distributes those monies to over 2,200 taxing bodies, such as municipalities, schools, libraries, law enforcement offices, which rely on the funds for their day-to-day operations.

The real estate property tax is generated as a result of an intricate and complex system of laws, calculations, and the work of a number of governmental bodies and offices. The Treasurer's Office, in addition to collection and distribution of taxes, handles many other related functions. It plays an integral role in, for example, refunds, bankruptcies, condemnations, tax objections and exemptions. It plays a special role in programs arising out of other governmental bodies, such as senior tax deferral and federal forfeiture. It runs the annual and scavenger tax sales, participated in by buyers from across the country.

People employed by the Cook County Treasurer's Office are exposed to the challenging work of that office are in demand by law firms, accounting firms, and governmental bodies. In addition to the work, the times in the office are exciting, with the Treasurer pushing the Cook County envelope on automation and increased efficiency in handling its functions.

An intern is currently being sought to participate in a digitization project, digitizing documents and images for preservation and access purposes. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in archives, digital libraries, political science, history, and/or women’s studies. Interns will be supervised by and work directly with the Treasurer's staff.

All interested in this opportunity should send their resumes via email to

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