Financial Auditor Graduate Intern

Washington D.C.
Mar 20, 2017
Apr 17, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

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.

As a Financial Management and Assurance (FMA) fall intern, you will learn how to conduct federal audits and apply that knowledge as part of a team. Financial Auditors participate in a wide range of engagements with the overall objective of strengthening accountability for the Federal government's assets and operations. They perform financial audits and analyses, promote financial management best practices, assess internal controls, and identify and support improvements in a variety of financial areas affecting program performance. You will assist GAO auditors in planning and conducting audits of agency programs and operations. 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.

The anticipated start date for these intern positions is late September 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 GAO permanent or term appointment with 400 hours of work experience acquired through GAO’s internship program is applicable to GAO ONLY.

The pay for these intern positions is at the grade 7 step 1.

  • Occasional Travel
  • May be authorized

  • No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Enrollment and good standing in an accredited degree program.
  • Proof of enrollment in a college/university through December 2017.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Your complete application must be received by closing date of announcement.
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • To qualify for the GS-7 level, you must have completed 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree, AND be enrolled in a Graduate level program leading to a degree in accounting or auditing.

    All applicants must also have at least 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours in accounting or auditing which may include 6 hours of credit in business law.

    Superior Academic Achievement:

    Superior academic achievement (SAA) recognizes individuals who have achieved superior academic standing. S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

    Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

    Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: a 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

    NOTE: Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.

    Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed at

    At the start of the program, proof of enrollment through December 2017 in a Graduate level program leading to a degree in accounting or auditing must be evident.

    NOTE: You must be a student to participate in the program and continue to be a student until the completion of the minimum 400 hour work requirement. 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.

    For the essay question of this vacancy announcement, any application that says "Please see resume" or the equivalent or "N/A", will not be accepted.

    Please ensure that you will have the required number of hours at the start of the 2017 internship. If your transcript does not document your having completed at least the minimum number of hours for a grade 7 by the start of the fall internship, you will not be considered for an intern position with us.

    Not Applicable

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