Are you are interested in working in a fast-paced environment, producing work that is often covered by major media outlets and discussed on the floor of the U.S. Congress? Does tackling complex criminal conspiracies, public corruption, identity theft, and other financial fraud appeal to you? Do you want to help fight fraud and make a difference for American’s students and schools? And would you like to do so in a rewarding environment that puts you in the driver’s seat of your career? If the answer to those questions is yes, then the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General (OIG) is the place for you!
The OIG offer career opportunities for auditors, accountants, criminal investigators, information technology specialists, forensic media analysts, investigative and financial analysts, attorneys, management analysts, budget analysts, human resources officers, acquisition specialists, communication specialists, public affairs professionals, editors, graphic designers, administrative support, and more!
The OIG offers challenging and rewarding positions from entry level to senior executives in our Washington, D.C. headquarters as well as in our offices throughout the country and Puerto Rico.
Click here for information on available positions. Look for the one that is right for you, click on the link and apply! If you do not see an available position that fits your interests, education, or experience, please be sure to check back with us regularly, as additional positions will become available throughout the year. We also announce vacancies via social media so be sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
For College Students, Graduate School Students, and Recent College Graduates
Are you looking for a meaningful internship that will give you a competitive edge, marketable experience, and unique opportunities while working in the forefront of some of the most important issues impacting education in America today? If the answer is yes, then the OIG may have the internship you are looking for!
The OIG is seeking motivated, high performing college students and recent college graduates who love a challenge and want to put their fresh ideas, perspective, education, and innovative solutions to the test.
Our interns work with and learn from seasoned professionals, perform substantive assignments, and get first-hand experience in understanding and working on some of the most important issues facing Federal education programs, such as student aid, K–12, charter schools, and special education. OIG interns may also have the opportunity to convert to a permanent career position with the OIG upon completing the internship program.
The OIG offers volunteer internships as well as paid internships through the Pathways program in our Washington, D.C., headquarters and our regional offices across the country.
Available to All College Students in Any Year of Study
OIG Volunteer Internships are available in all OIG offices and functional areas—audit, investigations, cyber, legal, congressional and public affairs, and business management. Although unpaid, student interns will gain valuable skills and work experience, add some heft to post-college resumes, all the while applying their educational knowledge to the workforce.
If you are a college student in any year of study and if you are interested in a volunteer internship with the OIG, simply send your resume and a cover letter to:
OIG Volunteer Internship Program
U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General
550 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202
Or email: ED-OIGCareerPathways@ed.gov
Your cover letter should include:
- Area(s) of interest, i.e., business, audit, investigation, legal, cyber, congressional and public affairs.
- Timeframe you are looking to work, i.e., summer, several months, several weeks.
- Location to wish to work (Washington, D.C., or the specific regional offices)
- The hours you are looking to work per week, i.e., 10, 20, 30
Appropriate OIG staff will review all submissions and selected students will be contacted for further information and interview. Selections will be based on a number of factors, including academic achievements, areas of interest and study, and life/work experience.
Available to College Juniors and Seniors, Graduate Students, and Recent College Graduates
The OIG participates in the Federal Pathways Programs—year long, paid internships that allow eligible college juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent college graduates (no more than 2 years post-graduation) with the opportunity to work in a Federal agency and explore a career with the Federal government. The Pathways provides eligible students with a paid work experience and the chance for permanent employment.
We offer Pathways internships in the following functional areas:
Audit Services - conducts independent audits and related reviews into issues involving Federal student aid, K–12 schools, charter schools, special education, vocational education, adult education, and more. When our work identifies problems, we propose solutions. Our work has resulted in improvements to Department of Education programs and changes made to some of the most important Federal education laws in our country.
Investigation Services – conducts independent criminal and civil investigations into suspected fraudulent activities by schools, colleges, universities, contractors, subcontractors, school officials—any entity or individual that participates in Department programs or receives Department funding. Through our work, we have unraveled multimillion-dollar fraud schemes by high ranking school officials, unscrupulous school owners, and other people placed in positions of trust to educate our children.
Information Technology Audits and Computer Crime Investigations (ITACCI) - our unit on the cutting edge of cyber security, employing digital evidence and analytical expertise to address information technology management and cyber-related issues. We use the latest technology and techniques to discover and defeat current and emerging threats from cyber and economic crime. We operate a full-time, state-of-the-art computer laboratory that enables the OIG to conduct and coordinate digital forensic analysis, data analytics, digital evidence processing, and advanced statistical techniques, as well as system security testing and evaluation.
Office of Counsel - OIG attorneys responsible for our legal, Freedom of Information Act, and ethics functions. Our attorneys provide legal advice and assistance to the Inspector General and OIG staff on a full range of subjects, including Federal education law; administrative, criminal, and civil procedure; and the civil False Claims Act. Our attorneys represent OIG in administrative litigation before the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Management Services - OIG’s component that provides administrative and management support to the Inspector General and all OIG functional areas. OIG Management Services formulates, executes, and oversees the OIG budget; develops and maintains administrative and management policy and procedures; performs human resource support activities, and coordinates facility and property management.
Pathways Internship for College Juniors and Seniors and Graduate Students
The Pathways program for college juniors, seniors, and graduate students is a program that offers real work experience and career development with training and mentorship. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential for a full-time career upon graduation at the OIG or elsewhere in the Federal Government.
To participate in the Pathways program for college juniors, seniors, and graduate students, students be meet basic eligible requirements, including the following:
- U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age.
- Enrolled college junior or senior or graduate school student in good academic standing.
- Ability to work full-time (40 hours per week) during the summer and part time (20 hours per week) during the school year.
- Meet the qualification standards for the internship position.
Pathways Program for Recent College Graduates
The Pathways program for recent college graduates is a one-year program for those who have graduated from college within the past two years. The Pathways program offers work assignments and career development with training and mentorship. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential for a full-time career at the OIG, or elsewhere in the Federal Government.
To participate in this Pathways program, recent college graduates must meet basic eligible requirements, including the following:
- Must have graduated from college or graduate school no more two years before the date of applying for the internship.
- Ability to work full-time (40 hours per week)
- Meet the qualification standards for the internship position.
How to Apply for a Pathways Internship
Applying for a Pathways Internship is easy!
Click here for information on available Pathways internships. Look for the one that is right for you, click on the link and apply!
If you do not see an available position that fits your interests, education, or experience, please be sure to check back with us regularly, as additional positions will become available throughout the year. We also announce vacancies via social media so be sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook