GAO seeks non-paid student volunteers to encourage interest in public service careers and provide valuable work experience. As a non-paid volunteer, a student will gain first- hand experience within GAO's work environment, learn about the federal government and perform a variety of tasks related to supporting GAO activities.Learn more about this agency
The specific duties and responsibilities associated with this position will vary based on the team or office assignments. The following list is intended to provide applicants with a general overview of the duties and responsibilities.
- Plan and complete work assignments on time
- Collect and analyze relevant information
- Prepare quality draft documents
- Communicate relevant and accurate information, clearly and concisely during formal or informal meetings
- Collaborate with others to accomplish goals
- Contribute to team efforts
- Use various enterprise tools and technology to prepare and share documents
- Provide essential support such as arranging meetings, taking notes, responding to routine inquiries.
Below is the link to the GAO Mission Teams and Operation Teams to provide an overview of the mission of each:
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Conditions Of Employment
Student Volunteer Program Requirements
- U.S. Citizen
- At least 16 years of age
- Actively enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking accredited educational institution
- Good Academic standing
- Available to work at least 20 hours a week
- Free from conflict of interest
- Must be able to pass a valid background check willing to sign a non disclosure agreement
- Continued enrollment in qualifying academic program for the duration of volunteer service.
- (For High School applicants only) - Letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or school administrator
In addition to the Key Requirements listed in this vacancy announcement the Student Volunteer must also possess the following qualities:
Ability to work well in a team environment
Ability to communicate orally and in writing to a variety of audiences
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to organize a variety of assignments simultaneously to meet deadlines.
A working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.
Student Status: Definition of a student- applicant must be enrolled in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, two year or four year college or university, graduate or professional school. You must be considered in good academic standing. Individuals must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. "Half-time" is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled.
This vacancy is for Student volunteer internships for Fall 2020. The purpose of the vacancy is to generate a pool of applicants for potential consideration for student volunteer positions, this does not guarantee selection.
Student Volunteers may work during the school year and/or during summer or school vacation periods. The nature of the volunteer assignment as well as the work schedule will be established once on-board.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
Your application must show that all requirements are met, including education. You will be found "INELIGIBLE" or "NOT QUALIFIED" if you do not possess the minimum requirements described above. If your application is incomplete, you will be deemed ineligible.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
In addition to the electronic submission of your resume and completed vacancy questionnaire, you must submit the following:
Your high school report card, college or university transcript . Transcripts can be official or unofficial that supports the number of hours completed. If you are a first-year college student and do not yet have a transcript, you may submit proof of enrollment from the college or university's registration system or Registrar's Office instead.
For High School Students: Professional Letter of Recommendation must also be included with your high school report card.
For minors age 16 or 17: If selected for a student volunteer position, you must also submit a work permit prior to coming onboard.
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 https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=General-Policies
If you are selected for a student volunteer position, you must provide a copy of your report card or Official transcripts on the day of your orientation or within 3 business days immediately following your orientation. These documents must show your current student status.
Failure to meet the requirements or provide documentation as stated above may result in termination of your student volunteer 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
- To apply on-line, you must create a resume using the USAJOBS resume builder and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. Follow the prompts to begin the application process.
- You will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process.
- Click on "Submit" to transmit your complete application package to GAO.
Can I send my application package documents to the agency point-of-contact via email or mail?
Your application package must be submitted online through Career Connector. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents.
What is a complete application package?
- Your resume. This must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder. Resumes created outside USAJOBS (e.g., uploaded resumes) will not be accepted.
- The assessment questionnaire.
- The documentation listed in the Required Documents section. You only need to submit the documents listed.
When is the application package due?
It must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure all the documents are received and the information is readable. Your application may not be considered if it doesn't meet the criteria. Requests for extensions will not be granted.
- Sign into your USAJOBS account.
2. If your application package was successfully transmitted, you will see "Received" beside the position title. Keep in mind, this may take a couple hours because your documents undergo a virus scan.
3. To view your documents or the complete application package received by GAO, select "Application Status." The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.
If you have questions about:
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GAO's Human Capital office will conduct an evaluation of your key requirements listed above and your basic qualifications. Applications will remain on file for an extended amount of time. As vacancies become available selecting officials may choose from this pool of available applicants.
GAO will accept volunteers on a rolling basis with flexible start and end dates.
If you do not meet the key requirements and/or basic qualifications or you fail to submit all required application materials, your application will not be considered.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/577002100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.