Southwest Airlines Co.

  • Corporate Tax Intern - Summer 2019

    Post Begin Date 2 weeks ago(10/1/2018 8:55 AM)
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  • Overview

    We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.


    The SWA Tax Team is made up of 28 Warriors, each possessing a Servant’s Heart and a Fun-LUVing Attitude.  Together, we take care of all things “tax” for Southwest.  Our work is performed almost entirely in-house, and we keep our fingers on the pulse of the Company at all times.

    Here are some examples of the types of taxes that the Team is responsible for handling (including tax planning, tax research, tax compliance, and managing any associated audits) in each international, U.S. domestic, state, and local taxing jurisdiction served by SWA:

    • Income Tax
    • Excise Tax
    • Franchise Tax
    • Property Tax
    • Sales & Use Tax
    • Value-Added Tax (“VAT”)
    • Fuel Tax
    • Liquor Tax
    • Customs, APHIS, & Immigration Taxes
    • TSA Security Fees
    • Information Reporting (1099s, 1042s, etc.), and
    • Unclaimed Property Reporting.


    The SWA Tax Team places an emphasis on the development and growth of its Employees.  Training and cross-training are key to the department’s ultimate success.  Each year, numerous training opportunities are extended to each and every member of the Team.   We strive, continuously, to improve our processes and to increase productivity.  We encourage all of our Employees to share ideas and to think strategically.  We truly value the contributions of each member of our Team, and we enjoy celebrating our successes throughout the year, in addition to participating in giving back to the communities that SWA serves.




    Assist in the preparation of various schedules needed to complete tax returns.


    Assist in gathering and organizing information needed in the conduct of an IRS federal income tax audit.


    Assist in gathering and organizing information needed in the conduct of various state and local tax audits including but not limited to sales and use, income, and property.


    Conduct tax research and prepare decision grids in support of various projects.


    Utilize imaging software to produce documents for sales and use tax audits.


    Interface with departments outside of tax to gather supporting documentation for various projects and audits.


    Ad Hoc projects and research.




    High School Diploma, GED or equivalent education required.


    Must be at least 18 years of age.


    Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.





    Progress towards degree with a major in Accounting required.


    Minimum Sophomore level.


    Junior level preferred.


    To be eligible must be currently enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours.)


    Maintained 3.0 or above cumulative GPA.





    Coursework in Tax or Accounting required.


    Desire/Interest to work in the field of Tax is preferred. 



    Skills/Abilities/Knowledge/Work Style:


    Experience with tax research software programs preferred.


    Able to create formulas and charts using Excel.


    Able to use Word to write memos communicating the result of their work.


    Able to use PowerPoint to build presentations for verbal communications.


    Must possess excellent organizational  and time management skills.


    Ability to work independently and the willingness to function as part of a team.


    Membership in Beta Alpha Psi is preferred. 


    Looking for an individual who is motivated.


    Fluency in Spanish language, both written and verbal is a plus.






    Unofficial transcript.


    Essay “Why Southwest Airlines” – Length is up to the author.


    Letters of Recommendation.




    Full-time - 40 hours per week.




    $15.00/hourly + flight privileges


    This Internship is located in Dallas, Texas at the Southwest Airlines Headquarters building.


    All students must apply online at


    Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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