Office of Investigations Student Internship Program

The OIG Investigations Student Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to augment the workforce in OIG’s Office of Investigations. Student interns gain valuable work experience, apply their educational knowledge to the real workforce, receive mentorship, and offer fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to problems. Students have the opportunity to apply during Fall and Spring semesters, or during the Summer session.

Please see the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section below for more information.

Student Intern Program FAQ

What is the Student Intern Program?

The Student Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to augment the workforce in OIG’s Office of Investigation’s (OIG/I). Students gain valuable work experience, apply their educational knowledge to the real workforce, and offer fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to problems. Opportunities are available in Washington, D.C. at USAID OIG Headquarters, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20523.

The program enables students to provide volunteer services to OIG/I and expose them to OIG/I career opportunities. The program will focus on providing students substantive work experience in as many OIG/I functions as possible. Ideally, students will be assigned to work in areas representative of their interests and field of study. A list of work assignments will be discussed with the student upon acceptance.

What type of work is available?

Students have the ability to work within OIG/I’s Operational Support Division (OSD), Middle East & Asia Division (ME/A), Africa/Europe/Latin America Division (AFR/E/LAC), or a combination of all three.

Many different functions must be performed to support OSD. Mission support may encompass hotline complaint processing, policy formulation, organizational management, logistical support, budget formulation, and coordination of special projects.

Support activities related to ME/A and AFR/E/LAC include investigating alleged fraud, waste, or abuse in USAID program, assisting in criminal/civil/administrative cases, employee complaints, interviews, report writing, providing support to special agents and analysts, collection and analysis of evidence, and forensics.

What are the program’s eligibility requirements?

To be eligible to participate in the Student Internship Program, the student must meet all of the following qualifications at the time of application:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must be a student enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half time in:
  • A junior or community college/2-year college;
  • A four year college or university; or 
  • A graduate school, law school, MBA program, or PhD program;
  • Have at least a semester, or 6 months remaining in school. 
  • Must be in good academic standing with the student’s institution;
  • Must agree to a background check that may take up to 6 months;
  • Must be available to work at least 10 hours per week; and 
  • Must be able to work consecutively at least 3 months, but no more than 1 year.

When do you accept applications?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. OIG/I typically selects candidates towards the end of Spring, Summer, and Fall for the following semester. Number of candidates selected is based on the needs of OIG/I.

Are there paid positions available?

Unfortunately, paid positions are not available at this time.

I am a citizen of another country. May I apply?

Unfortunately, all student interns must be United States citizens. If you are a U.S. citizen and hold dual citizenship with another country, please disclose the information in your application.

I will be graduating soon. May I still apply?

Participants in the program must be enrolled at least half-time as students in order to participate in the program. You do not need to be receiving academic credit, nor do you need to be attending classes during time spent interning in order to apply. OIG/I recommends that students apply at least 2 semesters before scheduled graduation due to background check process.

Who is my point-of-contact during the application process?

If you’re currently in the application process, please direct any questions you have concerning the program to oiginternship@usaid.gov.

How does the selection process work?

Complete applications received by OIG/I will be reviewed to ensure program eligibility requirements are met. OIG will then schedule interviews with the most competitive applicants. Selections are based upon academic achievements and concentrations of students, life/work experience, and the needs of OIG/I among other things. OIG/I has an interest in students with a background or interest in law enforcement, criminal justice, fraud, law, accounting, foreign languages, forensics, political science, international affairs or development, or public administration or policy. Official notification of acceptance into the program will be provided by the recruitment point of contact.

See the OIG/I Student Internship Program Flyer [weblink to flyer] for more information on the types of skills OIG/I looks for.

Can I earn academic credit by participating in the Student Internship Program?

This must be determined by your academic institution in coordination with OIG’s Human Resources. Please indicate if you require academic credit on your application package.

Is transportation assistance to and from the internship available?

Transportation assistance through WMATA is available to student interns.

Will I be offered a full-time position at the conclusion of my time in the program?

Students are not guaranteed to receive a job offer for a full-time position at the conclusion of their time spent with OIG/I.

May I take any time off during the program?

Program participants have all Federal holidays off. Reasonable accommodations will be afforded for needs such as job interviews, school business, or emergencies. Please discuss all leave requests with your supervisor.

How should I dress for work during the program?

Workplace attire should be discussed with your supervisor. Business casual dress attire is most appropriate; however, there may be situations that require different attire.

How do I apply?

Please send your resume, a one page essay or cover letter articulating why you want to work for USAID OIG and what you are able to contribute to the organization, and a copy of your unofficial transcript to oiginternship@usaid.gov.