Volunteer Student Internships with OIG's Office of Investigations


The Office of Investigations 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. The Office of Investigations conducts criminal and administrative reviews of contracts produced by DOT and its grant recipients as well as criminal investigations into safety compliance. 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, including planning, research, analysis, and some field work. You will also experience and collaborate with other groups that support OIG’s investigative efforts, such as legal and legislative staff, auditors, and statisticians. You will have opportunities to interact with the various administrations that comprise DOT. As a student volunteer, 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:

  • Participate in investigative planning meetings, witness interviews, research applicable laws and regulations;
  • Contribute to management briefings and presentations;
  • Analyze data from Federal databases; and
  • Develop investigative documentation to verify results and ensure accurate reporting of findings and facts.


We select interns from a pool of highly qualified undergraduates. Successful applicants must have demonstrated achievement and aptitude, a professional demeanor, and the ability to work in a team environment. Accomplishments and leadership experience are a plus.

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be currently enrolled as a 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.


  • 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.


  • 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)


Rolling Basis

January 15–May 11


May 29–August 10


September 4–December 7


Electronic submissions are preferred and should be sent to InvesitigationsIntern@oig.dot.gov.

Via email (preferred)

Via U.S. Postal Service

Jamie Mazzone, Special Agent-in-Charge, JRI-3
Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W73-310
Washington, DC 20590

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