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The Office of the Inspector General Summer Intern Program - 30001052
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Are you looking for an opportunity that will provide innovative professional work experiences that are significant and meaningful to your career and academic goals, enable you to explore the fascinating and unique world of intelligence, and give you the opportunity to serve your country? Look no further than the National Security Agency (NSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Audit Division. Since 1951, the NSA OIG has been an independent agent for individual and organizational integrity for the Agency.  The Audit Division conducts independent assessments of the programs and organizations of NSA and its affiliated organizations, activities, and personnel. It is comprised of three branches; financial audits, operations and support; and technology and cyber.

NSA's OIG Audit Division is looking for Summer Audit Intern(s).  As a Summer Audit Intern you will have the opportunity to gain experience  in conducting financial and performance audits in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards.  The OIG Summer Internship offers full-time paid internships for undergraduate and master's degree students each year.  It is a 12-week program that gives rising college seniors or graduate level students a wide variety of opportunities to be agents for change, analyze operations for efficiency and effectiveness and provide value to the U.S. taxpayer. 

You are one of the team - Day One!
You will receive training and be part of an audit team from day one. You will be assigned a supervisor and sponsor to help you quickly learn and maximize your internship experience. During your first few days on the team, you will participate in an overview to become familiar with various business functions at the NSA and within the Intelligence Community (IC). Throughout the 12-week period, you will have the opportunity to work on OIG audits that provide meaningful recommendations for change within the Agency and influence the direction of the IC and Department of Defense.

Be the premier fact finder for the NSA OIG!
The NSA OIG Audit Division offers a wide variety of opportunities for individuals to broaden their knowledge of audit process, corporate operations, and work with a diverse staff. As a member of the NSA OIG Audit Division the selectee will research, plan and conduct independent audits, and work on multiple audit types such as: financial statement, performance, and cybersecurity audits. Specific audit responsibilities include:
- Comfortable working in a team and communicating (orally and in writing) with OIG management and audit team members
- Must demonstrate process-oriented thinking, strong problem solving-skills, and a commitment to discerning the truth
- Assess and evaluate internal controls within the context of the audit objective
- Identify and evaluate criteria to measure performance and evaluate compliance
- Conduct interviews within the context of an audit or review
- Gather and analyze audit evidence and compare observed results to specified requirements in the criteria
- Identify problems and develop recommendations to improve the Agency's efficiency and effectiveness
- Write work papers and reports outlining results and findings from assessments and evaluations

Specific skills obtained may include:

- Gain a working knowledge of the OIG's audit processes
- Obtain hands on experience with the elements of an audit finding including criteria, condition, cause, effect and recommendations
- Gain an understanding of Government Auditing Standards
- Use OIG Information Technology systems and tools for documentation and to enhance audit techniques
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
- Must be a full-time undergraduate student entering their junior year of an undergraduate degree program or a graduate level student
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
- Must be available for the entire 12-week program
- Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December 2018 and March 2019
- Major studies areas of consideration:
- Accounting
- Information Technology
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
- Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.
- Receive annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays
- Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs
- Daily transportation to and from work is not provided.  Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle.  Carpooling with other students MAY be available but NOT guaranteed.
- Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus
How To Apply - External
Applications must be submitted online at NSA.gov on or before October 31th. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To be considered for an audit position with the Office of the Inspector General Summer Program, your application should include:
- Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible).
- A resume
- List of current fall semester courses and proposed spring course schedule

To submit the online application, you must use our resume builder application tool - you cannot upload a resume. For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application, please refer to the application guide at intelligencecareers.gov/nsa, click Job Search/Apply, and look under the Need Help section.

Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcripts to Summer_IG@nsa.gov as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT:  When applying online, you may only submit your resume by completing the online resume builder.  Please email all other required documentation to klspaed@nsa.gov.

**Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents will NOT be shared between programs.

Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.

If you have questions about the Office of the Inspector General Summer Program, please contact us at the address above or call 1-844-ICHIRES.  You may also e-mail Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726.


U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants.  Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate.  NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.  All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS).  All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. 

We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.