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Post-Graduate Auditing Fellow

💼 Graduate Job

Chicago +2

🤑 $62.5K - $88K

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  • You need a Bachelor's in Accounting, pursuing a CPA, keen on auditing standards, strong communication skills, teamwork, critical thinking, and industry knowledge.
  • You will research, analyze, and support the development of auditing standards and policies, participate in outreach activities, and assist in preparing briefings for external parties.

Graduate Job

Accounting & TaxChicago, Washington, DC, New York


  • The PCAOB has a full-time or part-time position for a Post-Graduate Technical Fellow in the Office of the Chief Auditor (OCA). This position will report to the Associate, Chief Auditor but will also receive support and direction from seasoned professionals that have experience in public accounting and other related fields. This position can be located in the Washington, DC (Headquarters), New York, NY, or Chicago, IL office. The term of the position will be for one year.
  • The Post-Graduate Technical Fellow will have the opportunity to gain a broad overview of the standard-setting process and an understanding of trends and developments affecting the accounting and auditing profession. The Fellow will assist OCA staff in advising the Board on the establishment of auditing and related professional practice standards. The work will support interactions with the Board, other PCAOB divisions, the Board’s advisory groups, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other experts and thought leaders. In addition, the Fellow will assist the team on various projects on an as needed basis.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field.
  • Taking steps to obtain a CPA license or equivalent license.
  • Interest in PCAOB auditing and related professional practice standards including independence, ethics, attestation, and quality control standards; relevant accounting standards; and SEC financial reporting requirements.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and promote teamwork, solve problems, and be receptive to new ideas.
  • Ability to challenge the status quo, take initiative, and be proactive and innovative.
  • Ability to use research, analysis, and experience to inform decisions.
  • Ability to stay abreast of current developments and industry trends relevant to accounting and auditing.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Accounting & Tax


  • Participate on inter-disciplinary research teams to conduct research and outreach regarding key matters affecting audits of issuers and SEC-registered brokers and dealers, to identify problems requiring regulatory action, and to develop and analyze regulatory policy alternatives.
  • Support research activities that include evaluation of academic research, empirical data, and observations from PCAOB oversight activities.
  • Provide support with outreach activities that may involve a variety of experts and parties of interest, including academic researchers, investors, financial executives, audit committee members, and auditors.
  • Participate in inter-disciplinary teams to develop, based on research and outreach, standard-setting releases setting forth new and revised auditing and professional practice standards, along with accompanying regulatory analysis of the reasons for change and potential impacts of the changes.
  • Development of releases includes identifying and making recommendations addressing key policy questions regarding the project.
  • Review, analyze, and summarize public comments in response to proposals and assist in resolving policy considerations.
  • Support briefings to the Board, the SEC, and other external parties (e.g., provide a summary of research and outreach activities performed including insights gained, key policy issues identified, and public comments received).
  • Support the development of staff guidance to highlight for auditors and the public new, emerging, or noteworthy circumstances that may affect how auditors conduct audits under, or otherwise comply with, the existing requirements of the standards and rules of the PCAOB and relevant laws.
  • Support OCA’s preparation for meetings of the PCAOB’s advisory groups, including the development of briefing materials.
  • Assist in certain OCA administrative tasks.


Work type

Full time

Work mode



Chicago, Washington, DC, New York


62500 - 88000 USD


  • Compensation – We support transparency, equity, and fairness in our compensation programs and provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range, based on data-driven market analysis, for each job posting. While it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range, a reasonable estimate of the salary ranges are as follows: Washington, DC is: $65,300 - $81,200; New York, NY: $71,000 - $88,000; and Chicago, IL: $62,500 - $77,700.
  • Hybrid work option – Staff will be assigned to one of our offices or locations, including: Washington, DC (Headquarters); New York, NY; or Chicago, IL. Staff can choose to live and work from anywhere within the United States but will be required to commute to their assigned office or location for occasional intentional gatherings or meetings at the frequency required by their supervisor. Travel to an assigned office or location for commuting purposes will not be considered reimbursable business travel, unless otherwise required by state law. Business travel is reimbursable in an amount not exceeding the cost to travel from the assigned office or location, unless otherwise required by state law.
  • Generous paid time off – Up to 6 weeks annually, in addition to 12 federal holidays, 2 floating holidays, and a year-end break from December 25 –31, 2024
  • Highly competitive 401(k) match and savings options – Immediate vesting and contributions matched dollar for dollar, up to 7 percent of eligible compensation. Roth in-plan conversion available. 
  • Comprehensive and competitive health benefit offerings – Medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Supportive paid family leave benefits – Up to 16 weeks paid parental leave and up to 16 weeks paid caregiver leave
  • Life insurance benefits – Basic life and AD&D insurance provided; supplemental insurance also available
  • Education benefits – PCAOB staff qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. We also offer student loan repayment assistance, staff college tuition assistance, and college coach program support.
  • Well-being and family resources – Mental health and well-being resources, paid volunteer time, emergency child/adult dependent back-up care services, family-forming assistance, discounted gym memberships, employee assistance program (EAP), health advocate program, and more  
  • Commuter benefits – Tax-free employer subsidy and pretax employee deductions