Job Overview



We are the Office of Inspector General within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  As required by the Inspector General Act of 1978, we conduct and supervise audits and investigations to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse and promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of SBA programs and operations.

The SBA-OIG Pathways Internship Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (high school, home-school programs, vocational and technical, undergraduate and graduate) with paid opportunities to explore Federal careers while still in school.  This Program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful developmental work at the beginning of their careers, before their career paths are fully established.  The flexible nature of the Program also accommodates the need to hire students to complete temporary work or projects, or to work traditional "summer jobs."

The ideal candidate for this position is pursuing a degree in a Criminal Justice, Business Management, Accounting or other appropriate business program.  The student will perform a range of federal law enforcement tasks while working as a member of the  SBA-OIG Investigation Division.

This position is NTE 1 year, however, it may be extended without further competition based upon the needs of the agency.


You will serve as a Student Trainee (Investigations) receiving on-the-job training and experience in the field of federal law enforcement.  These duties will involve the following activities:

  • Assist in reviewing complaints and allegations received by the Investigations Division to determine criminal, civil, or administrative strategies to assist in ensuring the effective use of agency resources.  These allegations typically include criminal acts such as bribery, false statements, conspiracy, embezzlement, and other types of fraud.
  • Assist the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) and Special Agents (SAs) in maintaining Official Case Files (OCFs) and the Investigationsw Management Information System (IMIS) in accordance with policies set forth in the Special Agent Manual.
  • Assist in preparing new OCFs in accordance with the Special Agent Manual. May assist in interviews and other tasks associated with cases.  Scan records and enter data associated with investigations and contacts agency personnel in relation to investigative cases.
  • Assist the SAC and administrative assistant in periodically reviewing OCFs to ensure they contain all required documentation to meet OIG Quality Assurance Review standards.
  • Provide assistance to the SAC and administrative assistant to maintain the administrative filing system for Regional Office personnel, communications, correspondence, forms, and reports.
  • Conduct analysis in support of OIG investigations and compile written summaries of requested analysis.
  • Create spreadsheets, charts, and graphs of investigative data as requested.


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No