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Office of Inspector General Undergraduate Internship

Overview

The undergraduate internship provides college juniors and seniors insight into the Federal government.  Interns have a unique opportunity to gain understanding of the legislative process.  Interns track transportation policy in Congress, attend committee hearings, learn how Congress works, and observe the operations of the Federal government.  Interns acquire first-hand experience in the relationship between the Federal government and the media.  In the Office of Legal Counsel, interns will work alongside OIG attorneys, providing research and other support.  

Students in the program gain enhanced skills and knowledge, explore career options in the Federal government, acquire hands-on legal skills and experience, expand their networks in the Federal sector and transportation industry, and gain insight into the role of Federal agencies and Congress.  In addition, we encourage students to expand their professional network and experiential basis by participating in any number of extracurricular programs designed for interns working in the Federal government.

Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, enrolled at an accredited university as a junior or senior
  • Must possess a GPA average of 3.0 or the equivalent
  • Must possess exceptional writing abilities, demonstrated achievement, character, and aptitude
  • Students must provide a current resume and transcript, including a cover letter (noting desired start and end date, including the number of hours per week available for work)
  • Students must provide three contact references, including a reference from a professor or advisor
Open To:
College-level juniors and seniors must be enrolled or accepted in a degree-seeking program of study at an accredited institution of higher learning at the undergraduate level.
 
Compensation:
This is an unpaid internship, but we do offer transit benefits to pay for your commute to and from the office.
 
Periods:
The program includes an 8-week summer term and 12- to 15-week fall and spring terms and will accommodate varying academic schedules.
 
Internship Term Applications Accepted Internship Begins/Ends*
Spring October 15 through December 1 January 5 through April 20 (approx.)
Summer March 1 through April 15 June 8 through August 8 (approx.)
Fall June 15 through August 1 September 1 through December 15 (approx.)

*We will make accommodations for particular needs, including trimester schedules and varying academic calendars, and we will consider part-time schedule requests.

Selection Process:
Qualification assessment performed by the local servicing Human Resource (HR) office.
 
Appointment Type:
Temporary
 
How to Apply:
Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent to Legal.Intern@oig.dot.gov.  If you need to send your application by mail, please address to: Anita Bonds, Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, W70-329, Washington, DC 20590.
 
Program Contact:
For additional information, visit the Office of Inspector General site, or contact Anita Bonds, Legal Assistant at 202-366-8751 or Anita.Bonds@dot.gov
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012