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Internship Opportunities

Are you looking for a meaningful internship that will give you a competitive edge, marketable experience, and knowledge of the Federal Government while making a difference in people's lives? Check out the challenging opportunities available at the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

OIG protects the integrity of over 100 HHS programs as well as the health and welfare of the millions of beneficiaries whom those programs serve. We make an impact on HHS programs and the lives of Americans through our audits and national reviews, legal memorandums and cases, and criminal investigations. An overview of our work can be found in our Semiannual Report to Congress and Work Plan.

We are seeking motivated students who love a challenge and can bring a fresh perspective and innovative solutions to OIG. We look for students of all backgrounds - from those working toward accounting, finance, or business degrees to computer science, or public administration degrees. A description of OIG's various components, as well as opportunities that may be available, are listed below.

Office of Audit Services

The OIG's Office of Audit Services (OAS) conducts financial and performance audits of HHS programs, operations, grantees, and contractors to reduce waste, abuse, and mismanagement and to promote economy and efficiency throughout HHS.

The Student Internship Program offers students an exciting and rewarding work experience that will equip them with a competitive edge in the accounting and auditing field. OAS regularly recruits motivated, dedicated, and talented individuals who are interested in making an impact and can help further OAS's mission. As an intern, you will help to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in the programs and operations of the United States.

See the campuses where OAS recruits.

Office of Evaluation and Inspections

OIG's Office of Evaluation and Inspections (OEI) conducts national evaluations to provide HHS, Congress, and the public with timely, useful, and reliable information on significant issues. These evaluations focus on preventing fraud, waste, and abuse and promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in Departmental programs. Our student interns are professional OEI team members with substantive responsibilities. OEI seeks highly motivated and skilled individuals to contribute to our national evaluations of HHS programs from a broad, issue-based perspective and to advance our mission.

Office of Management and Policy

OIG's Office of Management and Policy (OMP) is responsible for a diverse management and administration portfolio including information technology, budget and finance, data analysis and strategic planning, human capital, acquisitions, and facilities management. OMP is focused on customer satisfaction, reliability, innovation, and continuous improvement in supporting OIG's mission of protecting the integrity of HHS programs and operations and the people they serve. OMP is seeking enthusiastic and talented individuals interested in supporting the mission by providing exceptional skills in the areas of information technology project management, data analysis, budget and performance planning, human capital planning and administration, administrative operations and facilities management.

  • No opportunities currently available.

Office of Investigations

The Student Volunteer Service Program provides students with the opportunity to augment the workforce in the OIG's Office of Investigations. Student interns gain valuable work experience, apply their educational knowledge to the real workforce, and offer fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to problems. With locations around the country to choose from, students have the opportunity to apply during the school semester (while away from home) or during the summer session (when at home).

Office of External Affairs

OIG's Office of External Affairs (EA) manages OIG's relationships, activities, and correspondence with Congress, HHS, other governmental entities, media, industry groups, the general public, and other external stakeholders. It also coordinates OIG review and clearance of regulations promulgated by other HHS agencies and manages OIG's Freedom of Information Act program. EA is seeking enthusiastic and talented individuals interested in supporting the mission by providing exceptional communications and external affairs support in the areas of public affairs and media communications, Congressional relations, publications management, and communication planning and strategy.

  • No opportunities currently available.

Office of Counsel to the Inspector General

The Legal Internship Programs provide law students with the opportunity to work with attorneys in the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG). OCIG offers substantive legal work that gives interns experience in health law and health care fraud and abuse and an opportunity to demonstrate their writing, analytical, and advocacy skills. Legal interns investigate cases with OCIG attorneys, perform legal research, write legal memorandums, and draft briefs.

  • Fall Health Care Fraud and Abuse Legal Internship Program: The fall internships are unpaid positions that last the length of the fall law school semester. Fall interns must be 2Ls or 3Ls participating in a school sponsored, for-credit extern program and work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Deadline for Application for Spring Internship: April 28, 2017

Announcements for the OCIG Legal Externship Programs are posted on this website and provide application instructions, deadlines, and additional information. For more information, email us at ocig.lawclerks@oig.hhs.gov.

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