Volunteer Student Internships with OIG's Office of Investigations, Data Analytics and Computer Crimes (DACC) Unit

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The Office of Investigations, Data Analytics and Computer Crimes Unit (DACC) within the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is seeking students interested in gaining a competitive edge and marketable experience through an opportunity with the Federal Government. DOT spends billions of dollars on programs, contracts, and grants every year. Ensuring effective and efficient program performance and minimizing waste and abuse through sound management practices is an ongoing challenge. DACC is comprised of two distinct components. The Computer Crimes Unit provides forensic support to the Office of Investigations’ case work by identifying, collecting, and analyzing digital evidence. The Data Analytics Unit provides support and capabilities to the entire OIG to develop industry leading predictive analytics and risk-analysis programs; its work includes data mining, modeling, fraud identification, and data visualization. As a member of this group, you will learn about DOT’s mission and lines of business, Federal programmatic and acquisition policies and regulations, and the Federal criminal investigative process.

As a student volunteer, you will participate in various phases of the investigative process, such as planning, research, analysis, and some field work. The main goal is to analyze and organize complex DOT structured and unstructured data; look for patterns, correlations, and insights; and use visualization techniques to translate results into an easily consumable form. You will gain enhanced skills and knowledge, and acquire hands-on experience and insight into the role of Federal agencies and the criminal justice process. This experience offers résumé- and skill-building opportunities at a top Federal agency whose mission is to serve the transportation needs of the United States and keep the traveling public safe.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluate methods for capturing and converting DOT data into forms and formats that can be analyzed and reported.
  • Use a variety of methods, including parsing/cleaning data and connecting unstructured and structured data sets, to build data tables.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis of structured and unstructured data.
  • Develop queries and logical statements to formulate data structures and retrieval within relational databases.
  • Collaborate with other groups that support OIG’s investigative efforts, such as legal and legislative staff, auditors, and statisticians.
  • Interact with and learn about the various administrations that comprise DOT.

Qualifications

We select interns from a pool of highly qualified undergraduates. Successful applicants must have demonstrated achievement and aptitude, a professional demeanor, the ability to work in a team environment, and knowledge of information technology concepts, principles, and techniques.

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be a currently enrolled full-time or part-time junior or senior at an accredited college or university;
  • have a 3.0 or higher grade point average (GPA); and
  • be able to pass a fingerprint security check.

To be considered for the internship. all applicants must submit the following:

  • résumé
  • unofficial or official transcript(s)
  • cover letter (optional)

Successful applicants will be:

  • subject to a security check; and
  • asked to sign a student volunteer agreement.

Benefits

  • This is an unpaid internship; therefore, no employee benefits are allotted for this position.
  • OIG does offer transit benefits to pay for your commute to and from the office.

Schedule

  • We offer fall, spring, and summer internships.
  • You must be willing to maintain a regular duty schedule.
  • If your college offers credit for intern opportunities, we will work with your institution to fulfill credit requirements.
  • The application process is structured around the following timeframe:

Internship Term

Applications Accepted

Internship Begins/Ends

(all dates are approximate)

Spring

Rolling Basis

January 15–May 11

Summer

May 29–August 10

Fall

September 4–December 7

 

Via email (preferred)

Via U.S. Postal Service

Steven Burke, Special Agent-in-Charge, DACC
Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Room W73-311
Washington, DC 20590

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