About the Agency
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people. The GAO, commonly referred to as the investigative arm of Congress, or the congressional watchdog, is independent and nonpartisan. The GAO assists Congress in making informed decisions by providing information on policy and program issues, as well as by providing recommendations to make government more effective and responsive.
GAO's work is designed to address four goals:
- to help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people;
- to help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence;
- to help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and
- to maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.
Interns will work on various assignments within an Administrative Professional and Support Staff (APSS) office. See "Major Duties" section below for more information.
The anticipated start date for these intern positions is Summer 2017. Student interns may have an opportunity for a permanent position based on a successful intern experience (comprised of a minimum of 400 hours) and successful completion of degree requirements. 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.
The pay for our intern positions is at the grade 7 step 1 rate or grade 9 step 1, depending on your level of education.
Support for GAO Software Inventory Management (EAAG)
Duties and Responsibilities
GAO maintains a database of software tools that are designed to capture information that enhances GAO’s ability to effectively manage our applications. This inventory serves as a key tool that ensures that we continuously improve efficiency, reduce complexity and redundancy, and lower the cost of ownership. The inventory captures the known universe of software tools in GAO, including the type of license, quantity of licenses, period of performance, cost, renewal date, the capability it provides, how the item was acquired, and the business units who use it.
The individual selected will review and understand the technology and processes used to capture these data elements to effectively analyze it. The individual will be actively involved in data gathering, establishing new approaches for gathering the data, as well as creating management reports, metrics, and standard operating procedures.
Information Systems Security Team Member (ISSG)
Duties and Responsibilities
The individual selected will work as part of the Information Systems Security Group (ISSG) team with the primary assignment of working with the IT Security Operations Center (SOC). The individual will review and understand security technology, create management reports, security metrics, standard operating procedures, and establish monitoring for newly identified security threats. The individual will also learn and understand the responsibilities for Security Compliance with FISMA, conduct assigned security assessments on information systems, document security weaknesses, and provide input to FISMA reporting and system certification and accreditation.