Student Trainee (Management and Program Analyst)

District of Columbia, D.C
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 21, 2019
Full Time


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Interns will work on various assignments within one of GAO's Administrative Professional and Support Staff (APSS) offices:

Applied Research and Methods (ARM) Library Services: Assist with basic duties for library services that include conducting reference and research, acquiring information resources for GAO, organizing and making information resources accessible, creating subject guides on topics such as accounting and finance, economics, education, healthcare, national defense, natural resources, public policy, transportation, telecommunications.

Chief Administrative Office (CAO) Workforce Management & Analysis: Support a variety of workforce management and analysis activities including collecting and analyzing workforce data using various reporting systems, excel and/or SAS; providing analytical support during GAO's annual workforce planning cycle; and tracking attrition and hiring.

Congressional Relations (CR): Identify and monitor the status of legislation; prepare records of reports required by statute or requested by Members of Congress for review by GAO's Executive Committee; conduct research regarding GAO's impact on legislation and Congressional oversight.

Continuous Process Improvement (CPI): Support agency-wide process improvement and change management projects including documenting work processes, gathering and analyzing data, facilitating and documenting focus groups, gathering business requirements for information technology systems and assisting with implementation, implementing project management, and creating written communications.

Human Capital Office (HCO): Perform a full-range of analytical and technical work assignments to support GAO's human resources functions such as researching human capital trends and leading practices, processing personnel and payroll actions, developing recruitment strategies and communications materials, and enhancing organizational diversity and inclusion program.

Infrastructure Operations (IO): Perform analytical studies focused on evaluating the effectiveness of various business operations, processes, and programs in the subject areas of facility management, security and emergency management, and records management.

Financial Management and Business Operations (FMBO): Responsible for maintaining, organizing, interpreting, and reviewing accounting documents and data for record management purposes; analyzing and reviewing data to ensure consistency; conducting analysis of GAO/FMBO's best practices.

Learning Center (LC): Provide course development assistance to the agency's learning & talent development unit, including instructional systems design (ISD) and other methods. This includes the analysis, development and implementation of classroom, webinar, and eLearning courseware.

Public Affairs (PA): Assist with the product line steering committee and working groups; reaching new communications platforms and new features of existing communications platforms.

Strategic Planning and External Liaison (SPEL): Support SPEL's Strategic Planning and Foresight office by helping execute the Center for Strategic Foresight's activities, including member outreach and meeting planning. Help identify and analyze long-term trends impacting the whole of government as part of GAO's foresight ecosystem. Use data analytics techniques (Python, natural language processing, etc) to derive insights from GAO's trend scanning data and develop new and innovative tools to identify emerging trends.

Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Assist management with a variety of administrative support functions, including receptionist duties when needed, filing, copying, scheduling, and correspondence; assist managers with updating attorney recruiting materials utilizing automated systems; support attorneys on projects, including researching and retrieving GAO and OGC records and historical documents; provide overall administrative support to attorneys and paralegals; assist paralegals with maintaining data systems.

Information Systems and Technology Services (ISTS), Budget, Acquisition, and Contracts Group (BACG): The Intern will assist in performing budget formulation and administration duties using Financial and MS office systems.

Information Systems and Technology Services (ISTS), Customer Relations Group (CRG): Assist with writing step-by-step training materials and conduct training when needed.

Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB): Interns will support research to support improvements to federal financial reports. Duties will include reviewing and analyzing federal financial report disclosures and supporting the development of lease accounting implementation guidance.

Audit Policy and Quality Assurance (APQA) - Interns will assist in GAO annual internal inspection which will provide them insight in quality management

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • CURRENTLY enrolled and in good standing in an accredited degree program.
  • Will be subject to a background investigation/ suitability determination.
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.

For the essay question of this vacancy announcement, any application that does not provide an "actual narrative response" that addresses the KSA listed below, 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 or equivalent degree seeking program, and meet one of the following criteria:

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

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.

To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must be enrolled in a graduate or equivalent degree seeking program, and meet one of the following criteria:

1. You must have completed 36 or more semester hours or 54 or more quarter hours of graduate level education; or

2. You must possess a Master's Degree or Equivalent Graduate degree.

All education must be gained from an accredited academic institution.

Please ensure that your USAJOBS resume is current and includes all education information (i.e., name of institution, number of credits completed, graduation/anticipated graduation date, dates of attendance, etc.).

A listing of accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website -

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

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.


See "Qualifications" section.

Additional information

This position does not have promotion potential.

Interns must work a minimum of 400 hours, not to exceed a total of 640 hours. Graduate part-time interns are required to work 24-32 hours a week.

The anticipated start date is September/October 2019. 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.


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 6/26/2019 , 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.

This is a Non-bargaining unit position

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.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. If you meet all of the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any assessment question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume."
To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

You are required to submit the following documents by the closing date of this announcements:

-A resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Your resume must show the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment.

- All applicants must submit college or university graduate and/or undergraduate transcripts (official or unofficial) that support the number of hours completed or degree conferred

- Current proof of enrollment
  • If you are completing your first graduate degree and have been accepted into a graduate program to pursue a 2nd graduate degree and do not yet have a transcript, you must submit proof of acceptance/enrollment into your new graduate program, along with the transcripts from your current graduate program.

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 .

Veterans Preference- Veterans preference applies to this vacancy announcement.

Veterans seeking preference in federal hiring must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces. To claim 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit the Member 4 copy of the DD- 214, which indicates Character of Service, (other copies are not acceptable). To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying your disability and preference for hiring, and Member 4 copy of the DD-214. If you do submit all the required documents your veterans status will be edited.

Special Note to those currently on active duty: If you are currently active duty and are within 120 days of discharge or release from active duty, you must submit certification of expected discharge or release under honorable conditions with your application. The certification must be an official statement of service from the armed forces command. This Statement of Service will need to list your dates of military service, character of service, any campaigns or expeditionary medals, and expected date of separation.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

All applicants must submit academic transcripts with their application in order to be eligible. These transcripts can be unofficial or official. However, if you are selected for this position you 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 selected grade level, and that you are currently enrolled through at least December 2019.

Failure to meet the requirements or provide the transcript will result in termination of your internship.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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