GAO Student Trainee (Methodologist)

Washington, D.C
Jan 22, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Full Time

  • Assists senior methodologists in selecting and implementing appropriate methodologies for engagements in accordance with GAO standards (e.g., EAGLE, GAGAS, and professional social science standards).
  • Participates in aspects of design, researchable question development, data collection and analysis, message development, and report writing and ensures the quality and value of the final product.
  • Collaborates with senior methodologists on recommending strategies to collect data for engagements. Selects, refines, organizes, and presents factual information and analysis in support of engagement objectives. Assists engagement team members with determining scope, form, content, and depth of analysis.
  • In conjunction with team members and other specialists/methodologists: assists in developing and pretesting questionnaires, structured interviews and other data collection instruments used to collect primary data to meet the goals of the engagement. May also assist in design and facilitation of small group methods.
  • Assists in evaluating and analyzing data to determine relevance and reliability. Performs indexing and referencing tasks, as required.
  • In conjunction with team members and senior methodologists, assists in developing findings and recommendations and assists in preparing GAO products that provide factual and analytical information in a clear, balanced manner that meets the needs of congressional clients.


Conditions of Employment

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. Visit
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 good standing in an accredited degree program throughout the duration of the internship.


To qualify for the GS-9 level you MUST be enrolled in a graduate or equivalent degree seeking program majoring in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position (examples: research methodology, statistics, or quantitative methodology). You MUST also 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.

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

NOTE: You must be a current student enrolled in a graduate 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-9 grade level, and that you are currently enrolled through at least August 2022. Failure to meet the requirements or provide the transcript will result in termination of your internship.

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: .