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Management and Program Analyst Summer Student Trainee (GS-04)

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The Partnership for Public Service has consistently named GAO as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. We have ranked in the top 5 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government every year since 2005 and our support of diversity has been top-ranked among mid-sized federal agencies since 2011. We’re an equal opportunity employer that strives to maintain a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment. In addition, we focus on work/life balance, with flexible schedules and telework opportunities. Our 2019 work yielded a return of about $338 for every dollar invested in GAO.


The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. We accomplish our mission by providing objective and reliable information and analysis to the Congress, to federal agencies, and to the public, and recommending improvements, when appropriate, on a wide variety of issues to make government work better.

This vacancy is for Summer APSS-Operation internship positions. The anticipated start dates begin May 2021.


Interns will work on various assignments within one of GAO's Administrative Professional and Support Staff (APSS) offices:
Chief Administrative Office (CAO) Insider Threat: Learn how to conduct risk assessments in order to triage potential insider threats. Intern will assist the GAO Insider Threat Program in identifying agency-wide vulnerabilities that could be exploited by insider threats, and developing mitigation strategies. Intern will collect and analyze data, develop data-based findings and conclusions.
Continuous Process Improvement (CPI): Assist with agency-wide process improvement and change management projects that apply Agile project management techniques—including documenting and mapping work processes; gathering business requirements for information technology systems; analyzing and visualizing agency performance data to assess current conditions and determine root causes of problems; developing new or improved programs, policies, or systems; assessing organizational and individual impacts of new or enhanced programs, policies, or systems to develop appropriate change management and implementation plans; and implementing agency-wide improvements.
Congressional Relations (CR): Fosters and maintains liaisons with congressional committees, Members of Congress, and congressional staff.
Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB): Perform research and technical activities in support of the Board and its staff. Duties will include reviewing and analyzing federal financial report disclosures and/or supporting the development of implementation guidance on leases, land, and public-private partnerships. Experience with automation tools used for data gathering and analysis is a plus.
Financial Management and Business Operations (FMBO): Responsible for maintaining, organizing, interpreting, and reviewing accounting and budget documents and data for record management purposes; analyzing and reviewing data to ensure consistency; conducting analysis of GAO/FMBO’ s best practices.
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.
Information Management and Technology Services (ISTS), Publishing and Dissemination Group (PDG): Various publishing support activities including operations, quality assurance, print procurement, publishing technical support, and accessibility. Knowledge of publishing, Adobe, and MS Office.
Information Systems and Technology Services (ISTS), Budget, Acquisition, and Contracts Group (BACG): Assist in performing budget and procurement 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.
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.
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.
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.
Office of the Inspector General (OIG): Report to an OIG manager and will assist management in administrative support functions, support staff on projects, assist with maintaining data systems, and help develop tools and methods for standardizing procedures.
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): Help develop tools and methods to advance strategic planning and strategic foresight programs, promote dialogue within the accountability community, improve event coordination and planning tools, provide administrative support to the Executive Office, and support the Managing Director’s long-term agenda.


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

To qualify for the GS-4 level, you must be enrolled in a Bachelor's degree seeking program, and meet one of the following criteria:

1. You must have completed 60 semester hours or 90 quarter credits of Bachelor's level education; or

2. You must possess an Associate's degree.

NOTE: You must be a current student enrolled in an undergraduate program seeking a degree from an accredited educational institution on a full or half-time basis. See the Qualifications section of this announcement for more details on who may apply and how to qualify for a Summer 2021 GAO internship. 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.