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Center for Library Science – Spring Internship 2024, U.S. Government Accountability Office



Interns will work on various assignments that include:

  • Performs a wide variety of duties such as: assisting with conducting research, database searching, collection maintenance and/or providing access to digital library materials, systems, and services.
  • Assists team members with area specific task to include designing and managing a variety of systems; or developing search techniques for handling specific various research requests.
  • Evaluates current publications and electronic resources and provides recommendations for renewal. Identifies and recommends new research resources for purchase.
  • Participates in a variety of responsibilities related to collection development and resource evaluation and testing; website development and information architecture; and/or resource sharing.
  • Assists with researching various topics based on inquiries from mission teams, agency attorney’s and external customer and prepare routine responses based on research gathered to address inquiries
  • Collaborates with senior Librarians to design and manage a variety of systems including all electronic resources throughout their life cycle of access, administration, support, and evaluation; or develop and execute specialized research projects involving various methodologies.
  • Executes searches of varying complexity using a wide variety of electronic information retrieval systems and other resources.
  • Prepares and/or revises user manuals or information sheets, and distributes information on new system capabilities and search strategies.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen.
Be enrolled and in good standing in an accredited graduate degree program.
Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959. Visit will be subject to a background investigation/ suitability determination.
Student must work a minimum of 400 hours, not to exceed a total of 640 hours.
You must submit your transcript and current proof of enrollment through at least May 2024. (see Required Documents section).
If at any point during the internship (and for any reason) your status as a student changes to that of a non-student, your internship will be terminated.


All qualification requirements must be met by the start of the internship.

All Student Trainees (Librarian) must be enrolled in a graduate or equivalent degree seeking program AND meet the Basic Educational Requirement of professional education in library science or possess equivalent experience and/or education as shown below.

  1. You must have completed between 18 to 35 semester hours or 27 to 53 quarter hours of graduate level education in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree; OR
  2. 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement above; to minimally qualify for the GS-09, you must be enrolled in a graduate or equivalent degree seeking program, AND possess equivalent experience and/or directly related education as shown below.

  1. You have 36 or more semester hours or 54 or more quarter hours of graduate level education or master’s in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.; OR
  2. You must have one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at GS-07 grade level in the federal service or Public sector. Specialized experience is defined as, experience related to Library services which demonstrates all of the following:
    • participate in a variety of responsibilities related to collection development and resource evaluation and testing,
    • evaluate current publications and electronic resources and provides recommendations for renewal, and
    • prepare routine responses based on research gathered to address inquiries.

NOTE: You must be a current student enrolled in a graduate program seeking a degree from an accredited educational institution on a full or half-time basis. If at any point during the internship (and for any reason) your status as a student changes to that of a non-student, your internship will be terminated.


All applicants must submit their academic transcripts in order to be eligible. The transcripts may be unofficial or official and must show your status as a student, as well as support your educational claim.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

This position is not in the bargaining unit

This position does not have promotion potential.

Work schedules can be Full-time or Part-time. Part time student interns are required to work 24-32 hours per week. Students who will graduate in May 2024 may be required to work full time in order to meet the required 400 hours.

Appointments for student intern positions are nonpermanent and generally last from 10 to 16 weeks. Student interns may have an opportunity for a permanent or term position based on a successful intern experience (completion of a minimum of 400 hours of work, not to exceed a total of 640 hours) and successful completion of degree requirements. The ability to convert to a permanent or term appointment with a minimum 400 hours of work experience is contingent upon budgetary conditions and staffing needs at the time of eligibility. The pay for these intern positions are the following

Salary Information (Washington DC Location):

GS-7, step 1: $25.45 per hour

GS-9, step 1: $31.12 per hourApplicants who are selected for this position will be required to provide an official transcript on the day of your orientation or within 3 business days after orientation. This transcript must show that you meet the education requirements for the GS-7 or GS-9 grade level, and that you are currently enrolled through at least May 2024. Failure to meet the requirements or provide the transcript will result in termination of your internship.

OPTION FOR ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS: Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

You may be required to file a financial disclosure report.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees (and interns) with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email [email protected]Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference visit:

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. If you meet all of the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran’s preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions and the essay question. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any assessment question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is “see resume.”

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Research
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing

Veterans’ preference applies to this vacancy. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three” but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. For more information regarding veterans’ preference please visit

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Your resume must show the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment.

All applicants MUST submit college or university graduate and/or undergraduate transcripts (official or unofficial) that show degree conferral and/or support semester/quarter hours completed as well as proof of current enrollment. Note, do not submit a “secured, encrypted or digitally signed” copy of your transcript as the Human Capital Office may not be able to open the attachment.

  • If you are completing your first graduate degree and have been accepted into a graduate program to pursue a 2nd graduate degree and do not yet have a transcript, you must submit proof of enrollment into your new graduate program, along with the transcripts from your current graduate program.

Current proof of enrollment (i.e., transcript showing coursework through May 2024, copy of registered courses for Fall 2023 or (Spring 2024 if available) OR letter from school registrar’s office confirming enrollment status for the duration of the internship). Note, a letter of acceptance does not qualify as proof of enrollment. Veterans’ Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

To Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

– To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

– Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

– After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

– You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: