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Financial Auditor Undergraduate Intern

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U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Personnel Appeals Board (PAB)

$31,345.00 to $33,780.00

Los Angeles, CA

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$31,345 to $33,780 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 04

Work schedule

Full-Time - Full-Time or Part-time

Appointment type

Temporary - Temporary (may not exceed 640 hours of work)


3 vacancies in the following locations:

Los Angeles, CA

1 vacancy

District of Columbia, DC

MANY vacancies

Atlanta, GA

1 vacancy

Dallas, TX

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Students & recent graduates


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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 August/September 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.

Interns must work a minimum of 400 hours, part-time (minimum 24 hours per week) or full-time (40 hours per week) not to exceed a total of 640 hours.

The pay for these intern positions is at the grade 4 step 1.

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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.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May be authorized

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a Undergraduate program seeking a Bachelors 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 Fall 2018 GAO/FMA internship.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

0599 Financial Management Student Trainee



Conditions of Employment

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.

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.


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, auditing, finance, business administration, or public administration.

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 December 2018 leading towards a Bachelor's degree in accounting, auditing, finance, business administration or public administration with at least 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours 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.


Additional information

Veterans preference applies to this vacancy

Veteran’s preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (Best Qualified) for all positions except for Professional and Scientific positions

at the grade 9/band I and above.

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 You Will Be Evaluated

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

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.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Applicable

Required Documents

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.

You must submit current proof of enrollment in an academic program leading towards a Bachelor's degree in accounting or auditing. If you are a first-year student and do not yet have a transcript, you must submit class schedule from the college or university's registration system or Registrar's Office, enrollment verification letter, etc.

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 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 December 2018. 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.



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. Learn more about federal benefits

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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

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 phone at (866) 656-6831. 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

Agency contact information

GAO Recruitment








441 G Street NW

Room 1157

Washington, District of Columbia

United States

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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.

Fair & Transparent

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 and hiring process 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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Personnel Appeals Board (PAB)
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