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U.S. Government Accountability Office Summer Internship, Wesleyan Summer Grants Program

John W. Macy Jr. '38 Internship - Wesleyan Summer Grants Program

**Internship will be remote for 2021**

This internship is funded through the Wesleyan Summer Grants Program.
The John W. Macy, Jr. ’38 Internship was established by family and friends in honor of John Macy ’38. Interns are chosen from the junior class on the basis of those characteristics associated with John Macy: high intellectual ability, a capacity for sustained effort in difficult tasks, strong ethical standards, an ingrained sense of duty, and commitment to public service as a worthy career.

Recipient(s) spend the summer in Washington, D.C. as special interns in the Government Accountability Office. Working with a senior official as a mentor, Macy Interns participate in current policy issues. Students will gain first- hand experience within GAO's work environment, learn about the federal government and perform a variety of tasks related to supporting GAO activities.


The specific duties and responsibilities associated with this position will vary based on the team or office assignments. The following list is intended to provide applicants with a general overview of the duties and responsibilities.
  • Plan and complete work assignments on time
  • Collect and analyze relevant information
  • Prepare quality draft documents
  • Communicate relevant and accurate information, clearly and concisely during formal or informal meetings
  • Collaborate with others to accomplish goals
  • Contribute to team efforts
  • Use various enterprise tools and technology to prepare and share documents
  • Provide essential support such as arranging meetings, taking notes, responding to routine inquiries.

Below are links to the GAO Mission Teams and Office descriptions to provide an overview of the mission of each:

Audit Policy and Quality Assurance (APQA) assists the Comptroller General, the Chief Operating Officer, and mission teams in ensuring GAO's products are of the highest quality.
Congressional Relations (CR) fosters and maintains liaison with congressional committees, and Members of Congress and keeps GAO staff informed of significant developments in Congress.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) advises GAO’s managers and analysts; and prepares testimony and reports on subjects reflecting a range of government activity.
The Continuous Process Improvement Office (CPIO) drives positive change in mission and mission support operations to ensure GAO conducts work as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The Office of Opportunity and Inclusiveness (O&I) helps promote and maintain a work environment that is fair, unbiased, and inclusive.
The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) works to maximize the impact of GAO’s message and coordinates communication with the press and the public.
Strategic Planning and External Liaison (SPEL) supports GAO in improving accountability and governance in the United States and other countries by providing strategic focus and sharing knowledge.
Office of the Inspector General (OIG) independently conducts audits, evaluations, and other reviews of GAO programs and operations and makes recommendations to promote the agency’s economy, efficiency, and effectiveness.
Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) implements agency-wide programs, is responsible for internal communications, and oversees the financial, information technology, human capital, and knowledge services functions.
Financial Management and Business Operations (FMBO) provides financial and business operations services that support GAO in developing policies and guidance related to budget planning, financial management activities, and procurements.
The Human Capital Office (HCO) develops and manages a wide range of human capital policies, programs, and services.
Infrastructure Operations (IO) is responsible for administrative and operational support services, such as facilities and property management, safety, security, emergency preparedness and privacy.
Information Systems and Technology Services (ISTS) provides GAO staff the information technology (IT) tools they need to do their work and seeks to be a model IT service provider.
The Learning Center (LC) provides quality learning and development aligned with GAO priorities to create a workforce that continuously improves individual, team, and organizational effectiveness.
Professional Development Program Operations supports new employees at the Band I level of the Program and Technical pay plan (PT-1). The PDP-Operations is intended to maximize these employees productivity, enhance their job satisfaction, and encourage their retention

  • U.S. Government regulations stipulate that this internship is open only to U.S. citizens.
  • Interns will be chosen from the junior class on the basis of those characteristics associated with John Macy: high intellectual ability; a capacity for sustained effort in difficult tasks; strong ethical standards, an ingrained sense of duty, and commitment to public service as a worthy career.
  • You must be actively enrolled to apply. If you are taking a leave of absence for the Spring 2021 semester, you are not eligible.

Please Apply on Handshake with the Following Materials:
1) Resume
2) Budget - Access Here
3) Essays (Please put in one document and upload in Cover Letter section)
  1. Tell us about yourself and your goals for the future. (500 words maximum)
  2. Tell us why you are interested in working at the Government Accountability Office this summer. (750 words maximum)

**If chosen for this opportunity, you will be required to complete all components of the Wesleyan Summer Grants post-acceptance application before funding is finalized. Please visit our website to read and review the Wesleyan Summer Grants Program.

If you are interested in applying to the Wesleyan Summer Grants Program with another opportunity in mind, you may complete the general application on  AcademicWorks.
Applications close February 26, 11:59pm