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Interns must work a minimum of 400 hours, part-time (minimum 24 hours per week) or full-time (40 hours per week) not to exceed a total of 640 hours.
The anticipated start date is January 2018. Student interns may have an opportunity for a permanent or term position based on a successful intern experience (completion of a minimum of 400 hours of work) and successful completion of degree requirements. In addition, the conversion could be team specific. The ability to convert to a permanent or term appointment with 400 hours of work experience is contingent upon budgetary conditions and staffing needs at the time of eligibility.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There is an application limit associated with this announcement. The announcement will close at 11:59 ET on the day we receive 500 applications, or at 11:59 PM eastern on 10/06/2017, whichever comes first. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable. If you choose to edit your application after it has been submitted, it will be removed from consideration until you re-submit your application. The date your application is last submitted will be used to determine whether you meet the cut-off criteria.
As a GAO intern, you will learn how to conduct federal audits and program evaluations and apply that knowledge as part of a team. You will assist GAO analysts in planning and conducting in-depth reviews of executive and legislative branch programs. You will collect appropriate data, analyze the data, develop data-based findings and conclusions, and present the information both orally and in writing to diverse audiences. To learn more about GAO and our mission teams, please visit us on the web at:
Specific duties are:
•Planning, prioritizing, and/or balancing own work assignments, identifying feasible work management approaches that address required activities and timelines.
•Developing, identifying, contributing to, and/or using techniques, tools, and processes that are methodologically sound and targeted to job requirements.
•Collecting relevant information that is aligned with objectives/planning decisions and meets needs.
•Conducting analyses that yield quality information aligned with needs; identifying relevant information, patterns/inconsistencies, relationships, interdependencies, and potential implication.
•Preparing quality written work that meets relevant writing and evidence standards, and that is appropriately targeted to the audience and purpose.
•Communicating relevant and accurate information during formal or informal presentations, meetings, or interviews.
•Partnering or collaborating with others to address issues or solve problems; following up with others to ensure needs are met.
•Contributing to team efforts through participation in activities/meetings, soliciting and listening to others’ opinions, and working collaboratively to accomplish team goals.
•Soliciting, listening to, and considering diverse perspectives, approaches, or viewpoints, and incorporating others’ perspectives into decision-making (when appropriate).
Occasional travel - Travel may be required depending on job assignment.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Current students enrolled in a graduate program seeking a degree from an accredited educational institution on a full or half-time basis. See the Qualifications section of this announcement for more details on who may apply and how to qualify for the Spring 2018 GAO internship
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Be enrolled and in good standing in an accredited graduate degree program.
- Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
- Will be subject to a background investigation/ suitability determination.
For the essay question of this vacancy announcement, any application that does not provide an actual narrative response, or that says “Please see resume” or the equivalent or “N/A” will not be accepted.
QualificationsAll qualification requirements must be met by the start of the internship.
To qualify for the GS-7 level:
You must be enrolled in a graduate degree seeking program (on at least a half-time basis), and meet one of the following criteria:
1. You must have completed either between 18 and 35 semester hours or 27 and 53 quarter hours of graduate level education.
2. You must possess a Bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement (defined below)
Superior Academic Achievement: Superior academic achievement (SAA) recognizes individuals who have achieved superior academic standing. S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: a.3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or .3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For additional information, please visit http://www.gao.gov/careers/foreignedu.pdf.
NOTE: You must be a student to participate in the program. If at any point during the internship (and for any reason) your status as a student changes to that of a non-student, your internship will be terminated.
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You may be required to file a financial disclosure report.
If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming and submit the appropriate documentation to substantiate your claim. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the agency.
10-Points Veterans’ Preference (disabled veterans or Purple Heart recipients)
- Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) for the period of service for which you are claiming Veterans’ Preference OR
- Other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions AND
- A signed and dated Standard Form 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” with revision date of date of August 2008. This form can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) AND
- The proof requested on the back of the Standard Form 15 for the type of 10-point Veterans’ Preference you are claiming. (For example, an official statement, dated within the last 12 months, from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service connected disability of 10% or more or receipt of disability retired pay.)
10-Point Derived Preference (widows/widowers, spouses or mothers of certain deceased or disabled veterans)
- A signed and dated Standard Form 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” with revision date of August 2008. This form can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) AND
- The proof requested on the back of the Standard Form 15 for the type of 10-point Veterans’ Preference you are claiming. (For example, an official statement, dated within the last 12 months, from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service connected disability of 10% or more or receipt of disability retired pay.
5 –Points Veterans’ Preference (veterans who served in a war or during certain prescribed periods of time)
- Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) for the period of service for which you are claiming Veterans’ Preference OR
- Other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
Special Note to those currently on active duty: If you do not have a DD-214 because you are on active duty and are within 120 days of discharge or release from active duty, you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release under honorable conditions with your application. The certification can be any written document from the armed forces that certified that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
How You Will Be Evaluated
After you submit your application, it will be reviewed to determine whether you have submitted all of the required documents as set forth below by the closing date of the announcement and meet the eligibility requirements. If you have submitted all required documents in a timely fashion and meet the eligibility requirements, your application will be reviewed by a screening panel. The panel will assign scores for each of the following three knowledges, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) based on the answer you provide to the essay question contained in this announcement and your resume: Analytical Ability, Writing Ability, and Research Ability. (A more detailed description of the KSAs can be found in the essay question.) The screening panel will assess the extent and quality of your accomplishments, experience, and/or education as they relate to the KSA’s. It is important to have a well written, thoughtful response to the essay question that is supported by your resume. You may draw upon academic, volunteer, and/or work experience as a basis for your response. The essay cannot exceed 2,000 characters, including spaces. You must provide an actual narrative response. Any application that says “Please see resume” or the equivalent or “N/A” will not be accepted. Please note that your narrative response must be supported by your resume and must reflect the experience on which you rely. It is important that you do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. If the panelists conclude that your narrative response is not supported by your resume, they will assign scores accordingly.
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Background checks and security clearance
You are required to submit the following documents by the closing date of this announcements:
-A resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Your resume must show the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment.
- All applicants must submit college or university undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts (official or unofficial) that support the number of hours completed, Superior Academic Achievement (if applicable), or class standing (if applicable).
-You must submit a copy of your graduate transcripts which shows proof of enrollment as described below.
- If you are a first-year graduate student and do not yet have a transcript, you must submit undergraduate transcripts as proof of Superior Academic Achievement AND proof of enrollment in an accredited graduate degree program (i.e. class schedule from the college or university's registration system or Registrar's Office, enrollment verification letter, etc.).
- If applicable, you must submit proof of membership in a national scholastic honor society. For additional information please visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp
- If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For additional information please visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp
Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans’ preference please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx
Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.
All applicants must submit academic transcripts with your application in order to be eligible. These transcripts can be unofficial or official.
However, if you are selected for this position you will be required to provide an official transcript on the day of your orientation or within 3 business days after orientation. This transcript must show that you meet the education requirements for the GS-7 grade level, and that you are currently enrolled through at least May 2018. Failure to meet the requirements or provide the transcript will result in Termination of your internship.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Please carefully follow all instructions to ensure you are considered for the position.
You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.
Step 1: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button on the right side of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. If you are not registered with USAJOBS, click on the "create your account now!" button to obtain access and electronically build your resume. You will not be able to begin the actual job application without first having a resume built (not uploaded) in the USAJOBS system. Resumes that are uploaded into USAJOBS will not successfully transmit into GAO's application system.
Step 2: Once you submit your resume, you will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Career Connector, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.
Step 3: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly. Click on "Submit" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Career Connector or MY USAJOBS account.
Step 4: Career Connector offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.
(1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.
(2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
(3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.
Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately. Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them. If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system. Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax. If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, each one will overwrite the other. Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible in our system. If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.
Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.
If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE 5 PM ON THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues encountered after 5 PM on the closing date, please contact CareerConnectorHelp@do.treas.gov. Requests for extensions will not be granted.
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- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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