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Announcement Number:
GAO-17-FMA-0599-04SUM18
Hiring Agency:
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
Position Title:
Financial Auditor Undergraduate Intern
Open Period:
09/15/2017 - 10/16/2017

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0599 04
Salary:
USD $30,795 - USD $33,079
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time
Promotion Potential:
GS-04
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Los Angeles, CA, US
1
in
Denver, CO, US
MANY
in
District of Columbia, DC, US
1
in
Atlanta, GA, US
1
in
Dallas, TX, US
1
in
Seattle, WA, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
GAO Recruitment
000-000-0000
GAORecruitment@gao.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Current students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a Undergraduate program seeking a degree in accounting or  auditing from a qualifying educational institution on a full or part-time basis.  See the qualifications section of this announcement for more details on who may apply and how to qualify for a Summer 2018 GAO/FMA internship.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Temporary
Appointment Type Details:
Temporary (may not exceed 640 hours of work)

Full-Time
Marketing Statement:
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.
Summary:
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.

As a Financial Management and Assurance (FMA) summer intern, you will learn how to conduct federal audits and apply that knowledge as part of a team. Financial Auditors participate in a wide range of engagements with the overall objective of strengthening accountability for the Federal government's assets and operations.  They perform financial audits and analyses, promote financial management best practices, assess internal controls, and identify and support improvements in a variety of financial areas affecting program performance.  You will assist GAO auditors in planning and conducting audits of agency programs and operations.  You will collect appropriate data, analyze the data, develop data-based findings and conclusions, and present the information both orally and in writing to diverse audiences.

The anticipated start date for these intern positions is May/June 2018.  Student interns may have an opportunity for a permanent position based on a successful intern experience (comprised of a minimum of 400 hours) and successful completion of degree requirements. The ability to convert to a GAO permanent or term appointment with 400 hours of work experience acquired through GAO’s internship program is applicable to GAO ONLY. 

The pay for these intern positions is at the grade 4 step 1.
 
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

May be authorized

Duties

Engagement planning and designing phase: Contributes to the development of the engagement approach including participating in the preparation of the engagement design and implementation plan, conducts background research on subject matter and sets up engagement documentation.

Data gathering: Assists in a variety of tasks, including developing interview questions designed to elicit pertinent data and assess available sources of data, conducting interviews to gather appropriate information, taking thorough interview notes, and preparing written summaries.

Engagement research data analysis: Assists in analyzing responses received from interviews and other evidence that has been collected from various sources.  Applies analytical methods to determine patterns, trends, or irregularities and assists in assessing the reliability of evidence.  Participates in synthesizing information and draws preliminary conclusions.  Periodically presents findings to engagement team members, management, and stakeholders.

Engagement reporting: Drafts all or portions of audit summaries that support report segments.  Participates in developing documentation to support audit reporting and assists with the coordination of responses to agency comments and the preparation of final products. 

Assists with completing and archiving engagement documentation.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
For the essay question of this vacancy announcement, any application that says "Please see resume" or the equivalent or "N/A", will not be accepted.
 
Please ensure that you will have the required number of accounting or auditing education hours at the start of the 2018  internship. 
Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Enrollment and good standing in an accredited degree program.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Your complete application must be received by closing date of announcement.
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    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 a score to your application based on the answer you provide to the essay question contained in this announcement and your resume.
    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.  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 adjust your score accordingly.

     
    Qualifications:
    To qualify for the GS-4 level, you must have completed two academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree, AND be enrolled in an academic program leading towards a Bachelor's degree in accounting or auditing.

    All applicants must also have at least 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours in accounting or auditing which may include 6 hours in business law by the start of the internship.



    At the start of the program, proof of enrollment through August 2018 leading towards a Bachelor's degree in accounting or auditing must be evident.

     



    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Individuals selected will be eligible to receive transit benefits , health benefits, and will earn both annual and sick leave during the course of the internship.
    Other Information:
    Veterans' Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans' preference please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans.  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 August 2008.  This form can be found at: 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 dated of August 2008. This form can be found at: 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.





    This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure you are considered for the position.

    You are required to apply online for this announcement. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents. You must complete the entire application process, including submission of all documents BEFORE this announcement closes. To do so, complete the following steps.

    Step 1: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button on the right side of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. If you are not registered with USAJOBS, click on the "create your account now!" button to obtain access and electronically build your resume.  You will not be able to begin the actual job application without first having a resume built (not uploaded) in the USAJOBS system.  Resumes that are uploaded into USAJOBS will not successfully transmit into GAO's application system.

    Step 2: Once you submit your resume, you will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Career Connector, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.

    Step 3: Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly. Click on "Submit" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Career Connector or MY USAJOBS account.

    Step 4: Career Connector offers three options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement.

    (1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement.

    (2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application.  Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

    (3) You may follow the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions within the online application, which will provide the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet.

    Please note that each cover sheet and corresponding document must be faxed separately.  Be certain to review your complete fax transmittal confirmation to ensure that all pages have been received.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you have multiple documents of the same kind, e.g. 2 undergraduate transcripts from different schools or 2 SF-50s, etc., be sure that they are all in the same file on your computer or in your USAJOBS profile before uploading them.  If you try uploading them individually, only the last one sent will be visible in our system.  Likewise, if sending them by fax, be sure and include both of them behind the respective fax cover sheet and send them as one fax.  If you send them individually with the same cover sheet, each one will overwrite the other.  Finally, if you upload a document, e.g. your undergraduate transcript, do not also fax that same document (or fax another undergraduate transcript), because whichever one you send last will be the only one that is visible in our system.  If you have any questions about this information, please contact the person on this announcement BEFORE the closing date.

    Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, etc.) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents are received on time and that the materials are readable. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from consideration for this announcement.

    If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE 5 PM ON THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues encountered after 5 PM on the closing date, please contact CareerConnectorHelp@do.treas.gov.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

    GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees (and interns) with disabilities.  To request an accommodation, please email ReasonableAccommodations@gao.gov.
    Required Documents:
    You must submit your college or university undergraduate transcripts (official or unofficial) that supports the number of hours completed and grades and hours earned.  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.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp

    If applicable, you must submit proof of membership in a national scholastic honor society. For additional information please visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp 

    Veterans seeking preference in federal hiring must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces (i.e., Member 4 copy of the DD- 214, which indicates Character of Service). To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying your disability and preference for hiring.

    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.
     

    All applicants must submit academic transcripts with your application in order to be eligible. These transcripts may be unofficial and should show your status as a student.

    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 GS-4 grade level,  and that you are currently enrolled through at least August 2018.  Failure to meet the requirements or provide the transcript will result in termination of your internship.

     
    Next Steps:
    After the screening panel completes its work, you will be notified of the results.

    Applicants who are determined to be "best-qualified" may be contacted for an interview.  The following three  KSA’s are essential for this position and will be evaluated.

    1) Knowledge of and experience with analytical concepts, principles, and practices (methods) that provides the ability to analyze and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data to make logical inferences and/or draw logical conclusions.

    2) Ability to prepare written documents that effectively communicate information, some of which are complex, that are complete, organized, and grammatically correct.

    3) Ability to learn new and complex material quickly in order to understand the issues and obtain relevant and sufficient information about the research problem/issue.


    Travel and relocation expenses associated with the interviewing and/or hiring process will not be paid.  GAO will contact applicants to determine the most appropriate method for conducting the interview, including options for face-to-face, via video conference in a field location, or by phone.


    If you do not meet the key requirements or basic qualifications or fail to submit all required application materials, your application will not be considered and we will notify via your USAjobs application manager account.