Internship Finance & Accounting (NL)

Zola Electric Amsterdam Netherlands Finance

Company Description

ZOLA Electric (formerly Off Grid Electric) is a global leader in renewable energy solutions now delivery power to over one million people across Africa.  We are on a mission to solve the energy problems of people who don’t have access to a reliable power grid. We believe energy should be clean, accessible and affordable. The products we develop represent a new generation of modular, smart, autonomous connected devices. 

ZOLA electric helps customers light their homes, power small businesses, stay connected and expand opportunities for work and study. By providing solar technology that is affordable, accessible and reliable, ZOLA Electric’s offerings allow the average home or business to leapfrog the grid.

The company was founded in 2012.  Investors include Tesla, Vulcan Capital, DBL Partners, Helios Investment Partners, EDF, Total, and GE Ventures. ZOLA Electric is a recipient of the UN Momentum for Change Award, the Zayed Future Energy Prize and is a member of the Global Cleantech 100.


For our Finance department we are looking for a Finance or Economics student.  This Finance internship is part of Group Accounting team in Amsterdam and reports to the Group Accounting Manager. We will ensure you will gain good professional experience and guidance during your assignment. During this internship you will be involved in the procure to pay process and general ledger accounting. Together with a team of 5 Finance professionals you will:

  • Work closely with procurement team to record invoice into the system
  • Track employees’ expenses and process expense reports
  • Collect relevant info to setup new vendors in the system
  • Maintain vendor master data in the system
  • Prepare and process vendor and expense payments for various entities
  • Execute vendor and expense payments for various entities
  • Document VAT treatment related to AP invoice for various entities
  • Clear payments from the system and issue vendor with proof of payments
  • Assist into vendor’s queries and reconcile accounts payable accounts
  • Assist in documenting process descriptions and processes flows for Procure to pay process
  • Post cash entries in the system and perform checks with local team regarding cash transactions
  • Reconcile GL with bank account balance and investigate on pending items in the reconciliation with local teams
  • Prepare and process month-end close journal entries
  • Perform controls on the responsible general ledger accounts
  • Assist in preparing documentation for auditors and in documenting process descriptions and process flows for various topics in general ledger accounting 

The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the role described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to perform the work. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the role.


The successful candidate is a Bsc student who is looking for a challenging internship in the Amsterdam City Center.  

  • Knowledge of financial accounting principles and accounting software
  • Understanding of the local business environment
  • Knowledge of the relevant financial legislation pertaining to the country
  • Communication and problem solving skills
  • Analytical and Interpersonal skills
  • Planning & organizing skills
  • Detail-oriented, deadline driven and a team player

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Are you interested in this position and join our team in Amsterdam, let’s connect and send your resume via our career page. Applications that include a resume / curriculum vitae have preference.


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Gert Jan van Sluis

Director Human Capital
Zola Electric

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