Information Technology and Cybersecurity (ITC Auditor Intern) Undergraduate Student Trainee

Washington, D.C
Oct 05, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Full Time

This vacancy is for Summer internship positions. The anticipated start dates begin in May 2023

As part of a team, you will assist in planning and conducting in-depth audits and evaluations of Federal executive and legislative branch IT programs. The audits cover a range of topics, such as, system acquisition and development; program/project planning and management; requirements management; investment management; information assurance; cloud computing; CIO responsibilities; IT contractor oversight; IT workforce planning; cybersecurity of critical infrastructures; electronic records management; and IT privacy. 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.

Specific duties are:
  • Identifying or developing methodologically sound techniques to audit and evaluate federal IT programs;
  • Learning new and complex IT-related material quickly to understand issues;
  • Research and and collecting relevant information that helps achieve audit objectives;
  • Conducting analyses to assess information collected about federal agencies IT practices and comparing them against IT best practices;
  • Developing findings and conclusions based on analyses;
  • Interviewing agency officials to obtain testimonial evidence to support audit findings and conclusions;
  • Observing federal agencies' IT systems management and security practices;
  • Writing reports and other written products that effectively communicate findings and information;
  • Communicating relevant information to agency officials, team members, internal stakeholders, and congressional staff, during formal and informal presentations, meetings, and/or interviews;
  • Collaborating with others to address issues or solve problems and follow up with others to ensure needs are met; and
  • Soliciting, listening to, and considering diverse perspectives, approaches, or viewpoint.

Some interns may also have the opportunity to assist in the operation and maintenance of a production and test computer center/network to further enhance and develop new cybersecurity skillsets.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen.
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You will be subject to a background investigation/ suitability determination.
Student must work a minimum of 400 hours, not to exceed a total of 640 hours.
You must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an accredited undergraduate degree program throughout the duration of the internship.


All qualification requirements must be met by the start of the internship.

To qualify for the GS-4 level you MUST be enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program in an IT-related field of study, AND meet ONE of the following criteria:
  • You have completed 60 semester hours or 90 quarter credits of Bachelor's level; OR education or
  • You possess an Associate's degree.
  • You MUST also meet the Basic Requirement:

    All applicants must have at least 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours in a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis, business analytics, business process management, project management, technical writing, business information technology, information technology law, management information systems, information assurance/security, math, statistics or other IT-related field of study by the start of the internship.

    At the start of the program, all qualifications must be met and proof of enrollment through August 2023 leading towards a Bachelor's degree in an IT-related field of study must be evident. NOTE: 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.


    All applicants must submit their academic transcripts in order to be eligible. The transcripts may be unofficial or official and must show your status as a student, as well as support your educational claim.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    This position is not in the bargaining unit

    This position does not have promotion potential

    Appointments for student intern positions are nonpermanent and generally last from 10 to 16 weeks. 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, not to exceed a total of 640 hours) and successful completion of degree requirements. The ability to convert to a permanent or term appointment with a minimum 400 hours of work experience is contingent upon budgetary conditions and staffing needs at the time of eligibility.

    Applicants who are selected for this position 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-4 grade level, and that you are currently enrolled through at least August 2023. Failure to meet the requirements or provide the transcript will result in termination of your internship.

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

    OPTION FOR ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS: Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

    Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees (and interns) with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email ReasonableAccommodations@gao.govThe U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit: .