Information Technology and Cybersecurity (ITC Auditor Intern) Graduate Student Trainee

US Government, Legislative Branch

This position is located in the Government Accountability Office within the Information Technology and Cybersecurity (ITC) Team. GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people. As an ITC Auditor Intern you will be part of a team responsible for planning and conducting in-depth audits and evaluations of executive and legislative branch IT programs.

 

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Job Grade: 7
Total Openings: Many

Duties:

This vacancy is for Summer internship positions. The anticipated start dates begin in May 2023. As part of a team, you will assist in planning and conducting in-depth audits and evaluations of federal executive and legislative branch IT programs. The audits cover a range of topics, such as, system acquisition and development; program/project planning and management; requirements management; investment management; information assurance; cloud computing; CIO responsibilities; IT contractor oversight; IT workforce planning; cybersecurity of critical infrastructures; electronic records management; and IT privacy. 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. Specific duties include: Identifying or developing methodologically sound techniques to audit and evaluate federal IT programs; Learning new and complex IT-related material quickly to understand issues; Research and and collecting relevant information that helps achieve audit objectives; Conducting analyses to assess information collected about federal agencies IT practices and comparing them against IT best practices; Developing findings and conclusions based on analyses; Interviewing agency officials to obtain testimonial evidence to support audit findings and conclusions; Observing federal agencies’ IT systems management and security practices; Writing reports and other written products that effectively communicate findings and information; Communicating relevant information to agency officials, team members, internal stakeholders, and congressional staff, during formal and informal presentations, meetings, and/or interviews; Collaborating with others to address issues or solve problems and follow up with others to ensure needs are met; and Soliciting, listening to, and considering diverse perspectives, approaches, or viewpoints. Some interns may also have the opportunity to assist in the operation and maintenance of a production and test computer center/network to further enhance and develop new cybersecurity skillsets.

Qualifications:

To qualify for the GS-7 level, you MUST be enrolled in an IT-Related Graduate degree program AND meet at least ONE of the following: Have completed completed between 18 to 35 semester hours or 27 to 53 quarter hours of graduate level education in one of the following IT-related majors: computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management; Have a Bachelor’s degree with Superior Academic Achievement (defined below) majoring in one of the areas listed above; Have a Bachelor’s degree with Superior Academic Achievement in any major that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the IT-related fields identified above, and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks; OR Have one year of specialized experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as performing duties that involve evaluating information about IT management and security topics, such as systems development; program planning and management; requirements management; investment management; information assurance; cloud computing; IT contractor oversight; IT workforce planning; cybersecurity of critical infrastructures; electronic records management; and/or IT privacy; and developing recommendations based on findings, and presenting such recommendations to decision makers. In addition, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the following four competencies: (1) Attention to Detail – demonstrates the ability to take thorough notes, prepare accurate written summaries, and synthesize information and drawing preliminary conclusions; (2) Teamwork – demonstrates the ability to collaborate and work effectively in a team-based setting (3) Written and Oral Communication – demonstrates the ability to conduct and participate in meetings, and present information in writing and orally to team members, management, and stakeholders; and (4) Problem Solving – demonstrates the ability to apply analytical methods to identify patterns, trends, or irregularities, and to assess evidence to develop findings and recommendations for improvement. Superior Academic Achievement is defined as: a) Class Standing – upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university, or major subdivision; b) Grade Point Average – 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in your major field or the required courses in your major field completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum. If more than 10 percent of total undergraduate credit hours are non-graded, i.e. pass/fail, CLEP, CCAF, DANTES, military credit, etc., you cannot qualify based on GPA; c) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (note: freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this position). (If qualifying based on class standing or honor society membership, provide appropriate documentation). To qualify for the GS-9 level, you MUST be enrolled in an IT-related Graduate degree program AND meet at least ONE of the following: Have completed 36 or more semester hours or 54 or more quarter hours of graduate level education that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the following subjects: computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management; and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or network; Have a Master’s Degree or equivalent graduate degree in one of the majors listed above; OR Have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as performing duties that involve evaluating information about IT management and security topics, such as systems development; program planning and management; requirements management; investment management; information assurance; cloud computing; IT contractor oversight; IT workforce Planning; cybersecurity of critical infrastructures; electronic records management; and/or IT privacy; and developing recommendations based on findings, and presenting such recommendations to decision makers. In addition, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the following four competencies: (1) Attention to Detail – demonstrates the ability to take thorough notes, prepare accurate written summaries, and synthesize information and drawing preliminary conclusions; (2) Teamwork – demonstrates the ability to collaborate and work effectively in a team-based setting (3) Written and Oral Communication – demonstrates the ability to conduct and participate in meetings, and present information in writing and orally to team members, management, and stakeholders; and (4) Problem Solving – demonstrates the ability to apply analytical methods to identify patterns, trends, or irregularities, and to assess evidence to develop findings and recommendations for improvement. At the start of the program, all qualifications must be met and proof of enrollment through August 2023 leading towards an IT-related Graduate degree must be evident. NOTE: 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.

Job Requirements:

You must be a U.S. Citizen.
Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959. Visit http://www.sss.gov.
You will be subject to a background investigation/ suitability determination.
Student must work a minimum of 400 hours, not to exceed a total of 640 hours.
You must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an accredited undergraduate degree program throughout the duration of the internship.

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