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Student Volunteer Intern
Student Volunteer Intern
Posted 1 day ago
GAO seeks non-paid student volunteers to encourage interest in public service careers and provide valuable work experience. As a non-paid volunteer, a student will gain first- hand experience within GAO's work environment, learn about the federal government and perform a variety of tasks related to supporting GAO activities.
Student Volunteers may work during the school year and/or during summer or school vacation periods. The nature of the volunteer assignment as well as the work schedule will be established once on-board.
Voted one of the best places to work in the federal government since 2005. We foster an inclusive work environment that emphasizes continuous learning, personal and professional development, and incentives for exceptional performance.
We promote equal opportunity for all staff without regard to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. GAO's success in embracing and leveraging the diversity of its employees is central to our mission of serving a diverseAmerican population through its congressional representatives. To learn more about GAO please visit us on the web at ****Responsibilities
The specific duties and responsibilities associated with this position will vary based on the team or office assignments. The following list is intended to provide applicants with a general overview of the duties and responsibilities.
Plan and complete work assignments on time
Collect and analyze relevant information
Prepare quality draft documents
Communicate relevant and accurate information, clearly and concisely during formal or informal meetings
Collaborate with others to accomplish goals
Contribute to team efforts
Use various enterprise tools and technology to prepare and share documents
Provide essential support such as arranging meetings, taking notes, responding to routine inquiries.
Below are links to the GAO Mission Teams and Office descriptions to provide an overview of the mission of each:
Mission Team Link:
Audit Policy and Quality Assurance (APQA)
assists the Comptroller General, the Chief Operating Officer, and mission teams in ensuring GAO's products are of the highest quality.
Congressional Relations (CR)
fosters and maintains liaison with congressional committees, and Members of Congress and keeps GAO staff informed of significant developments in Congress.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC)
advises GAO's managers and analysts; and prepares testimony and reports on subjects reflecting a range of government activity.
The Continuous Process Improvement Office (CPIO)
drives positive change in mission and mission support operations to ensure GAO conducts work as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness (O&I)
helps promote and maintain a work environment that is fair, unbiased, and inclusive.
The Office of Public Affairs (OPA)
works to maximize the impact of GAO's message and coordinates communication with the press and the public.
Strategic Planning and External Liaison (SPEL)
supports GAO in improving accountability and governance in the United States and other countries by providing strategic focus and sharing knowledge.
Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
independently conducts audits, evaluations, and other reviews of GAO programs and operations and makes recommendations to promote the agency's economy, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
implements agency-wide programs, is responsible for internal communications, and oversees the financial, information technology, human capital, and knowledge services functions.
Financial Management and Business Operations (FMBO)
provides financial and business operations services that support GAO in developing policies and guidance related to budget planning, financial management activities, and procurements.
The Human Capital Office (HCO)
develops and manages a wide range of human capital policies, programs, and services.
Infrastructure Operations (IO)
is responsible for administrative and operational support services, such as facilities and property management, safety, security, emergency preparedness and privacy.
Information Systems and Technology Services (ISTS)
provides GAO staff the information technology (IT) tools they need to do their work and seeks to be a model IT service provider.
The Learning Center (LC)
provides quality learning and development aligned with GAO priorities to create a workforce that continuously improves individual, team, and organizational effectiveness.
Professional Development Program
Operations supports new employees at the Band I level of the Program and Technical pay plan (PT-1). The PDP-Operations is intended to maximize these employees productivity, enhance their job satisfaction, and encourage their retention
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
You must be at least 16 years old, a US citizen, enrolled and/or attending an accredited academic institution at least half- time and in good academic standing.
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Conditions of Employment
Student Volunteer Program Requirements
At least 16 years of age
Actively enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking accredited educational institution
Good Academic standing
Available to work at least 20 hours a week
Free from conflict of interest
Must be able to pass a valid background check willing to sign a non disclosure agreement
Continued enrollment in qualifying academic program for the duration of volunteer service.
Letter of reccomendation from a teacher, counselor or school administrator (High School Applicants ONLY)
In addition to the Key Requirements listed in this vacancy annoucement the Student Volunteer must also possess the following qualities:
Ability to work well in a team environment
Ability to communicate orally and in writing to a variety of audiences
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to organize a variety of assignements simultaneously to meet deadlines.
A working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.
Student Status: Definition of a student- applicant must be enrolled in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, two year or four year college or university, graduate or professional school. You must be considered in good academic standing. Individuals must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. Half-time is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application must show that all requirements are met, including education. You will be found INELIGIBLE
or NOT QUALIFIED
if you do not possess the minimum requirements described above. If your application is incomplete, you will be deemed ineligible.
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Background checks and security clearance
You must submit your high school report card, college or university transcript, or Technical/Vocational transcripts. Transcripts can be official or unofficial that supports the number of hours completed. If you are a first-year college student and do not yet have a transcript, you may submit proof of enrollment from the college or university's registration system or Registrar's Office instead. 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, ****
If you are selected for a student volunteer position, you must provide a copy of your report card or Official transcripts on the day of your orientation or within 3 business days immediately following your orientation. These documents must show your current student status.
For minors age 16 or 17:
If selected for a student volunteer position, you must also submit a work permit prior to coming onboard.
Failure to meet the requirements or provide documentation as stated above may result in termination of your student volunteer 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 .
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
1. To apply on-line, you must create a resume using the USAJOBS resume builder and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at ****To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. Follow the prompts to begin the application process.
2. You will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process.
3. Click on Submit to transmit your complete application package to GAO.
Can I send my application package documents to the agency point-of-contact via email or mail?
Your application package must be submitted online through Career Connector. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents.
What is a complete application package?
1. Your resume. This must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder. Resumes created outside USAJOBS (e.g., uploaded resumes) will not be accepted.
2. The assessment questionnaire.
3. The documentation listed in the Required Documents section. You only need to submit the documents listed.
When is the application package due?
It must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure all the documents are received and the information is readable. Your application may not be considered if it doesn't meet the criteria. Requests for extensions will not be granted.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at **** or by ****. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET
1. Sign into your USAJOBS account.
2. If your application package was successfully transmitted, you will see Received beside the position title. Keep in mind, this may take a couple hours because your documents undergo a virus scan.
3. To view your documents or the complete application package received by GAO, select Application Status. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.
If you have questions about:
* The vacancy announcement or the position: The agency contact is listed at the bottom of the announcement.
* Technical issues with USAJOBS: Please refer to the USAJOBS Help page.
* Technical issues with Career Connector: Please contact ****.
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GAO's Human Capital office will conduct an evaluation of your key requirements listed above and your basic qualifications. Applications will remain on file for an extended amount of time. As vacancies become available selecting officials will choose from this pool of available applicants.
GAO will accept volunteers on a rolling basis with flexible start and end dates.
If you do not meet the key requirements and/or basic qualifications or you fail to submit all required application materials, your application will not be considered.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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