GAO Undergraduate Student Trainee (Interdisciplinary)

Washington, D.C
Jan 29, 2023
Feb 01, 2023
Full Time

As a GAO intern, you will learn how to conduct federal audits and program evaluations and how to apply that knowledge as part of a team. You will assist GAO analysts and specialists in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical (including Computer Science) work in developing innovative analytical techniques in carrying out audits and evaluations, in planning and conducting in-depth reviews of federal programs, in collecting and analyzing appropriate data, and in presenting information (including developmental prototypes) both orally and in writing to diverse audiences. These internships are located in several organizations of the GAO that aim to meet Congress's growing need to understand the science and technology of the future.

Specific duties include:
  • Completes well-defined assignments spanning functional areas designed to provide a broad experience in mathematics, data science, computer science, or statistics. Coordinates with higher-level professional staff, and receives on-the- job instruction/training.
  • Participates in well-defined portions of the lifecycle of a data science prototype or analysis.
  • Present information and prototypes in meetings with GAO and agency officials, as part of the team working on the project.
  • Learn and use appropriate tools for assignments. Potential tools could include R, python, SQL, SAS, or STATA.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


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 majoring in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Data Science or a degree related to this position, AND meet one of the following criteria:
  • You must have completed 60 semester hours or 90 quarter credits of Bachelor's level education; OR
  • You must possess an Associate's degree.
  • NOTE: You must be a current student enrolled in a Bachelor's program seeking a degree from an accredited educational institution on a full or half-time basis. 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 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.

    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: .