GAO Analyst Student Intern - (Student Trainee)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Sep 22, 2017
Closes
Sep 30, 2017
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

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 must work a minimum of 400 hours, part-time (minimum 24 hours per week) or full-time (40 hours per week) not to exceed a total of 640 hours.

The anticipated start date is January 2018. 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) and successful completion of degree requirements. In addition, the conversion could be team specific. 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is an application limit associated with this announcement. The announcement will close at 11:59 ET on the day we receive 500 applications, or at 11:59 PM eastern on 10/06/2017, whichever comes first. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable. If you choose to edit your application after it has been submitted, it will be removed from consideration until you re-submit your application. The date your application is last submitted will be used to determine whether you meet the cut-off criteria.

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - Travel may be required depending on job assignment.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be enrolled and in good standing in an accredited graduate degree program.
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • Will be subject to a background investigation/ suitability determination.
  • For the essay question of this vacancy announcement, any application that does not provide an actual narrative response, or that says “Please see resume” or the equivalent or “N/A” will not be accepted.

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


    To qualify for the GS-7 level:

    You must be enrolled in a graduate degree seeking program (on at least a half-time basis), and meet one of the following criteria:

    1. You must have completed either between 18 and 35 semester hours or 27 and 53 quarter hours of graduate level education.

    2. You must possess a Bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement (defined below)

    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.

    Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For additional information, please visit http://www.gao.gov/careers/foreignedu.pdf.

    NOTE: You must be a student to participate in the program. 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.

    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.

    The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

    You may be required to file a financial disclosure report.

    If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming and submit the appropriate documentation to substantiate your claim. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the agency.
    10-Points Veterans’ Preference (disabled veterans or Purple Heart recipients)

    • Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) for the period of service for which you are claiming Veterans’ Preference OR
    • Other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions AND
    • A signed and dated Standard Form 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” with revision date of date of August 2008. This form can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) AND
    • The proof requested on the back of the Standard Form 15 for the type of 10-point Veterans’ Preference you are claiming. (For example, an official statement, dated within the last 12 months, from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service connected disability of 10% or more or receipt of disability retired pay.)
    10-Point Derived Preference (widows/widowers, spouses or mothers of certain deceased or disabled veterans)
    • A signed and dated Standard Form 15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” with revision date of August 2008. This form can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) AND
    • The proof requested on the back of the Standard Form 15 for the type of 10-point Veterans’ Preference you are claiming. (For example, an official statement, dated within the last 12 months, from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service connected disability of 10% or more or receipt of disability retired pay.
    5 –Points Veterans’ Preference (veterans who served in a war or during certain prescribed periods of time)
    • Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) for the period of service for which you are claiming Veterans’ Preference OR
    • Other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
    Special Note to those currently on active duty: If you do not have a DD-214 because you are on active duty and are within 120 days of discharge or release from active duty, you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release under honorable conditions with your application. The certification can be any written document from the armed forces that certified that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.




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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


    After you submit your application, it will be reviewed to determine whether you have submitted all of the required documents as set forth below by the closing date of the announcement and meet the eligibility requirements. If you have submitted all required documents in a timely fashion and meet the eligibility requirements, your application will be reviewed by a screening panel. The panel will assign scores for each of the following three knowledges, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) based on the answer you provide to the essay question contained in this announcement and your resume: Analytical Ability, Writing Ability, and Research Ability. (A more detailed description of the KSAs can be found in the essay question.) The screening panel will assess the extent and quality of your accomplishments, experience, and/or education as they relate to the KSA’s. It is important to have a well written, thoughtful response to the essay question that is supported by your resume. You may draw upon academic, volunteer, and/or work experience as a basis for your response. The essay cannot exceed 2,000 characters, including spaces. You must provide an actual narrative response. Any application that says “Please see resume” or the equivalent or “N/A” will not be accepted. Please note that your narrative response must be supported by your resume and must reflect the experience on which you rely. It is important that you do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. If the panelists conclude that your narrative response is not supported by your resume, they will assign scores accordingly.




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