Student Volunteer Intern

Washington D.C.
Feb 01, 2017
Dec 29, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

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.

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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  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Enrollment at least half-time in an accredited academic institution
  • In good academic standing
  • Completion of a satisfactory background investigation
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959
  • Work permit if required by state for high school students
  • 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 load leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. "Half-time" is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled.

    Student Volunteer Program Requirements:

    • U.S. Citizen
    • At least 16 years of age
    • Work permit required for minors age 16 or 17
    • Letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or school administrator (High School Applicants ONLY)
    • 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 and willing to sign a nondisclosure agreement
    • Continued enrollment in qualifying academic program for the duration of volunteer service

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    Please note that 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