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Student Volunteer Program Overview

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for agency oversight, the investigation and prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse, and the promotion of effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

OIG interns have the opportunity to attend OIG, Commission and other meetings to learn about current issues relating to the FMC/OIG.

The FMC is an independent federal agency responsible for regulating the U.S. international ocean transportation system for the benefit of U.S. exporters, importers, and the U.S. consumer. The mission of the agency is to foster a fair, efficient and reliable international ocean transportation system and to protect the public from unfair and deceptive practices.

Legal Internship

The OIG internship program is designed to provide law students with experience in a variety of real world OIG functions. The work normally assigned to a legal intern consists primarily of:

  • Research,
  • The development and design of planning documents,
  • The writing and review of memoranda and other official publications, and
  • Assisting with audits, inspections, evaluations, and other actions as necessary.

Auditor Internship

The OIG internship program is designed to provide accounting/auditing students with experience in a variety of real world OIG functions. The work normally assigned to an undergraduate auditing/accounting intern consists primarily of:

  • Assisting with audits, inspections, evaluations, and other actions as necessary,
  • Scheduling and attending meetings,
  • General administrative duties, such as filing, copying, and computer work, and
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.

Timeline

OIG Internships normally correspond to the semesters of a standard academic year. Interns should be willing to commit to the following schedules depending on the semester. Reasonable accommodations will be made for job interviews, school business or other special circumstances.

Fall/Spring

  • Three (3) to four (4) months
  • At least twelve (12) consecutive weeks
  • At least fifteen (15) hours per week

Summer

  • Generally eight (8) weeks
  • Summer internships are generally full-time (32-40 hours per week)

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Have good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • For Legal Interns:
    • Have completed at least one (1) year of law school
    • Current enrollment in an academic institution as a J.D. candidate
  • For Auditor Interns:
    • Have completed at least three (3) years of an undergraduate degree
    • Current enrollment in an academic institution with a major in accounting or auditing is a must

Benefits

These internships are unpaid.

  • May be able to earn academic credit

Although OIG will not offer compensation for internship work, interns should work with their schools to arrange academic credit and/or financial assistance for the time they spend at the agency. Students are not guaranteed or should expect to receive a job offer for an OIG position at the conclusion of their internship.

How to Apply

Note: Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the OIG at oig@fmc.gov prior to submitting an application to inquire whether the OIG has upcoming internship opportunities.

Application Packet:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • Proposed schedule including:
    • Start and end dates
    • Number of hours willing to commit per week
  • College transcript (unofficial acceptable)

Complete application packets should be emailed to OIG@fmc.gov.

All submissions are reviewed, but due to the volume of applicants, only qualified applicants are contacted for available internship opportunities. The OIG will accept applications on a rolling basis.

The OIG encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.

Thank you for considering an internship with the Federal Maritime Commission Office of Inspector General.