Summer and/or Fall Semester Student Volunteer Intership with OIG's Acquisition and Procurement Audit Group


The acquisition and procurement audit group within the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is seeking students interested in gaining a competitive edge and marketable experience through an opportunity with the Federal Government. Student volunteer positions are currently available for Fall/Winter 2013, Winter, Spring and Summer 2014. The DOT spends billions of dollars on contracts and grants every year. Minimizing waste and abuse through sound acquisition management is an ongoing challenge for DOT. Acquisition reform emphasizing increased accountability within the acquisition and grant arena continues to be a part of the Administration’s agenda and is an ongoing focus for Congress. The IG’s acquisition and procurement audit group conducts audits of DOT’s direct contracts and the contracts of DOT grant recipients. As a member of this group, you will learn about DOT’s mission and lines of business, become informed on Federal acquisition related news and regulations, and be introduced to the Federal audit process.

In our student volunteer position, you will participate in various phases of the audit cycle such as planning, research, field work, and report writing. This work could include participating in audit meetings and interviews, performing research on applicable procurement laws and regulations, contributing to management briefings and presentations, analyzing data from Federal procurement databases, developing audit documentation to verify results and ensure accurate reporting of findings and facts, and supporting congressional testimony and requests. As a student volunteer, you will also experience and collaborate with the various other groups that support an IG audit team, such as legal and legislative staff, investigators, and statisticians. You will be afforded opportunities to interact with and learn about the various administrations that comprise the DOT. 

As a student volunteer, you will gain enhanced skills and knowledge, acquire hands-on experience and insight into the role of Federal agencies and Congress. Your student volunteer experience will provide resume and skill building opportunities in a top Federal agency with the mission of serving the transportation needs of the United States.


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.  Applicants must be a degree-seeking student currently enrolled full time or part time in an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens. Accomplishments and leadership experience are a plus.

You must submit both a resume and copy of your college transcript to the email address listed below and indicate what time frame you are looking to apply for the position.   

You must be willing to maintain a regular duty schedule.  We are looking for a full-time or part-time student volunteer for the Fall, Winter, and Spring, and a full-time student volunteer for Summer. This is an unpaid position but the position does include transit benefits. If your college offers credit for intern opportunities, we will work with your institution to fulfill credit requirements. You will be asked to sign a student volunteer agreement.


If you are interested in this opportunity please submit your resume and college transcript to Ms. Jill Cottonaro at, (202)-366-383.

If you need to send your application by mail, please address to:

Jill Cottonaro
Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General,
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, W70-324,
Washington, DC 20590

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