Student Diversity Volunteer Internship Program

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Program Overview

The Student Diversity Volunteer Internship Program (SDVIP) provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and apply their educational knowledge to the real workforce. Student interns augment the OI workforce, and offer fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to problems. Internship opportunities are available at OI Headquarters and all Regional Office and Field Office locations. With over 70 OI locations 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).

This program will enable students to provide volunteer services to OI and expose the students to OI career opportunities. The program will focus on providing students substantive work experience in OI functions. Ideally, students will be assigned to work in areas representative of their interests and field of study. A list of work assignments may be provided to the student upon entry into OI.

Program Areas

Students interested in working with OI offices around the country or with Headquarters may work in any of the three areas listed below, and will assist with the following duties:

Support activities related to current OI investigations including data gathering activities regarding alleged fraud, waste or abuse in HHS programs.

Computer Forensics & Technology
Examination of electronic evidence related to allegations under investigation, as well as managing OI information systems and identifying and implementing new technologies to increase efficiency of operations.

Mission Support
There are many different functions that are performed to support OI's mission. Mission support does not only encompass investigative support, but it also includes budget formulation and execution, human resources, administrative support, organizational management, policy, property management, hotline complaint processing, and the coordination of special projects.

Program Requirements

To be eligible to participate in the SDVIP, the student must meet all of the following qualifications at the time of application:

How to Apply

Students who are interested in applying to the program will be required to prepare and submit an application package. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis; however, students are encouraged to apply at least one month prior to the beginning of the school semester. Generally student will be placed prior to the beginning of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The application package will be submitted to the Headquarters Student Internship Program Coordinator.

The applications package must include the following components:

  1. Cover Letter;
  2. Resume;
  3. Transcript;
  4. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Credit Release (PDF); and
  5. OI-260, Student Internship Agreement (PDF).

All components of the application package must be submitted at the same time. Unofficial transcripts may be initially submitted; however, the student will eventually have to provide an official transcript for verification purposes.

Application packages may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to:

HHS/OIG/OI Headquarters
Student Internship Program Coordinator
330 Independence Ave, S. W.
Rm: 5409
Washington, DC 20201
Fax: (202) 401-0502

Selection Process

Complete applications received by Headquarters will be reviewed to ensure all program criteria are met. All eligible candidates will be referred to the nearest OI regional office for further consideration and possible interview.

The regional recruitment point of contact (POC) will review the applications and schedule interviews with the most competitive applicants. Applicants will be interviewed at the OI office located nearest to the student. Final official notification of acceptance into the program will be provided by OI Headquarters. Selections are based upon academic achievements, area of study, life/work experiences, and the needs of the OI among other things.

The OI encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply for the Student Diversity Volunteer Internship Program.