INTRODUCTION. The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan
Reconstruction (SIGAR), located in Arlington, Virginia is considering students for General
Administrative and Office Services Intern positions for FY 2019. SIGAR is looking for
energetic, enthusiastic, and exceptional students who are interested in learning about working for
the Federal Government as well as supporting SIGAR’s mission efforts. Positions filled under
this announcement will end on or before September 14, 2019. To learn more about SIGAR, and
other career opportunities, please visit our website at www.sigar.mil.
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED? To be eligible for this internship ALL of the following
requirements MUST BE MET: (1) U.S. Citizen; (2) must be able to obtain a favorable NACI
background investigation prior to appointment; (3) registered in the Selective Service (as
required); (4) actively enrolled as a part-time degree-seeking student – at the minimum – at an
accredited educational institution; (5) possess and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0
scale; and (6) maintain student eligibility and enrollment throughout the duration of the
appointment. Graduated students will not be considered for this internship beyond his/her
graduation date without proof of future enrollment in an accredited education institution.
POSITIONS TO BE FILLED. SIGAR will be filling General Administrative and Office
Services positions in the following agency organizations:
Investigations Directorate: SIGAR’s Investigations Directorate conducts criminal and civil
investigations relating to programs and operations supported with U.S. reconstruction dollars. It
prevents and detects waste, fraud, and abuse through criminal prosecutions, civil actions,
forfeitures, monetary recoveries, and suspensions and debarments. Students will assist the
Criminal Investigators and Investigative Analysts where needed, including inputting information
into a Case Management System. Positions are suited for students who are focusing their studies
in Criminal Justice, Law, or Business related fields.
Audits and Inspections Directorate: SIGAR’s Audits and Inspections Directorate conducts a
wide range of performance and financial audits, and inspections to fulfill its legislative mandate.
SIGAR audits and inspections range from assessments of program implementation to
examinations of specific contracts or aspects of contract and program management to physical
assessments of infrastructure and facilities. Students will assist the Auditors and Program
Analysts in various tasks, such as qualitative and quantitative analyses, interviewing agency
officials, developing audit and inspection findings, and file management. Positions are suited for
students who are focusing their studies on Accounting, Auditing, Public Administration,
International Studies, Political Science, or related fields.
General Counsel: SIGAR’s General Counsel (GC) provides legal advice and services to the
Inspector General and members of the staff. The GC is the legal expert on all litigation and
criminal matters relating to the agency’s authority and operations. The student positions in GC
are designed for students in Law School.
Management and Support Directorate: The Management and Support Directorate advances
SIGAR’s mission in five key areas: Human Resources Management; Budget; Acquisition,
Logistics, and Facility Management; Security and Safety Management; and Information
Technology Management. Students will assist in any of the five areas shown above. Positions
are suited for students who are focusing their studies in Business related fields, Information
Management, Security, or Logistics.
Public Affairs Office: The Public Affairs Office is responsible for news media, internal website,
marketing activities and inquires from the public about SIGAR. Positions are suited for students
who are focusing their studies in Journalism, Public Relations, or Communications.
Congressional Relations and Government Affairs Directorate: The Congressional Relations and
Government Affairs Directorate is responsible for providing information to Congress and other
government agencies about SIGAR’s oversight activities. Positions are suited for students who
are focusing their studies in Political Science, Journalism, or Communications.
Research and Analysis Directorate: The Research and Analysis Directorate is responsible for
producing the congressionally mandated quarterly report to Congress on the status of
reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. Positions are suited for students who are focusing their
studies on Political Science, International Studies, Journalism, Communications, or Graphic
Special Projects Directorate: The Special Projects Directorate is responsible for examining
emerging issues and deliver prompt, actionable reports to federal agencies and the Congress.
The team conducts a variety of assessments, producing reports on all facets of Afghanistan
reconstruction. Positions are suited for students who are focusing their studies in Political
Science, International Studies, Journalism, Law, Investigative Studies, or Accounting.
Lessons Learned Program: The Lessons Learned Program is responsible for conducting a
comprehensive examination of the US involvement in Afghanistan since 2001 to identify key
lessons and actionable recommendations to help improve current and future reconstruction
efforts. The Program is broken into specific projects that focus on thematic areas within the
reconstruction such as security sector assistance, anti-corruption efforts, counternarcotics
interventions, stabilization initiatives, economic development, etc. Positions are suited for
students who are focusing their studies on Political Science, International Studies, Statistics,
History, and Regional Studies.
SALARY RANGES. Salaries for SIGAR’s student positions are based on completed education
or a combination of education and experience. Salaries typically range from $27,081 to $56,233
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and
transcripts as well as clearly stating ALL of the following or the application will not be
• Country of citizenship
• Anticipated graduation of current degree, or acceptance of future enrollment
• Directorate(s) of interest
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION. Applicants should email all documentation with
“Student Employment Program” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 30th.
Selected students must undergo a NACI Background Investigation. The process may take up to