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Internships with the Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General offers unpaid internships during the fall, summer, and spring semesters to college undergraduate and graduate students, subject to office space availability.

One paid internship during the summer has usually been available in the Office of Inspector General, but is dependent upon annual congressional funding and office space availability, and is subject to U.S. citizenship requirements. The decision on the summer internship is generally not known until late March or early April.
 
FCC Internships in other bureaus and offices
For other internships within the Federal Communications Commission, please go to Student Internships at the FCC at http://www.fcc.gov/internships/.
 
What have interns for the OIG done in the past?
  • Performed research of other federal financial organizations through surveys and analyzed their similarities and differences as they relate to the FCC.
  • Sampled a variety of licensing transactions and analyzed whether or not they were in compliance with existing procedures.
  • Performed telecommunications research on a variety of issues as they relate to the Office of Inspector General’s work plan.
  • Wrote summaries of research findings.
  • Assisted on Office’s semiannual reports to Congress.
  • Analyzed data related to OIG’s current audit plan.
  • Attended and participated in meetings and conferences.
What kind of background is required to be an intern for the OIG?
  • Computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, Internet research skills)
  • Writing skills (memos, meeting minutes, letters)
  • Communication skills (interviews, telephone inquiries, briefing)
  • Organization skills (prioritizing assignments, formatting reports, creating graphic displays)
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Willing to work at least 20 hours per week
Positions are open to students of all majors, but those pursuing studies of political science, public policy, public administration, law enforcement, and accounting may find this internship most rewarding.
 
What are the advantages of this internship over others in government?
  • Excellent opportunity to gain exposure to a number of areas involving the telecommunications industry.
  • Fine opportunity to demonstrate personal initiative and skills in a casual and relaxed environment.
  • Flexible schedule - school work is your first priority.
  • Offers chance to explore topics and projects of personal interest with friendly and knowledgeable staff.
  • Emphasis is on substantive work products rather than clerical work.
  • Internship can be offered for academic credit, if approved by your school.
If I am interested, what should I do?
  • Learn more about what an Inspector General's office does on our web site: www.fcc.gov/oig
  • Please send a resume and cover letter (don’t forget to include your class schedule and daytime availability) to the contact listed below.
  • For information concerning Legal Internships please contact:
    Federal Communications Commission
    Office of Inspector General
    Jay Keithley
    445 12th Street SW
    Washington, DC 20554
     
    Fax: (202) 418-2811
  • For information concerning Audit Internships please contact:
     
    Federal Communications Commission
    Office of Inspector General
    Thomas Cline
    445 12th Street SW
    Washington, DC 20554
     
    Fax: (202) 418-2811
  • For information concerning All Other Internships please contact:
     
    Federal Communications Commission
    Office of Inspector General
    Harold Shrewsberry
    445 12th Street SW
    Washington, DC 20554
     
    Fax: (202) 418-2811
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