Paid Fall Internship (Librarian-Research) – LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, Washington, DC

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. We accomplish our mission by providing objective and reliable information and analysis to the Congress, to federal agencies, and to the public, and recommending improvements, when appropriate, on a wide variety of issues to make government work better.

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Interns will assist with basic duties for library services that include, but not limited to,  the following:

  • Gathers information and assists in conducting research on non-specialized and/or specialized assignments.
  • Assists with developing search techniques for handling specific types of requests for use by other staff and outside requesters.
  • 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.
  • Works with senior Librarians to develop and execute specialized research projects that involve developing different options related to sources and methodologies.
  • Executes searches of varying complexity using a wide variety of electronic info1mation 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.
    • Will be subject to a background investigation/ suitability determination.
    • Current proof of enrollment

    For the essay question of this vacancy announcement, any application that does not provide an “actual narrative response” that addresses the KSA listed below, or that says “Please see resume” or the equivalent or “N/A” will not be accepted.

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

    To qualify for the GS-7 level you must be enrolled in a graduate or equivalent degree seeking program, and meet one of the following criteria:

    Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree; ORHave a total of at least 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.

    To qualify for the GS-9 level you must be enrolled in a graduate or equivalent degree seeking program, and in addition to meeting the above entry qualification requirements, you must have the following directly related education and/or specialized experience:

    Education: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master’s in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.AND/ORSpecialized Experience:  One year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at GS-07 grade level in the federal service or Public sector, which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as, experience related to Library services which demonstrates all of the following: (1) Participating in a variety of responsibilities related to collection development and resource evaluation and testing, (2) Evaluating current publications and electronic resources and provides recommendations for renewal, and (3) preparing routine responses based on research gathered to address inquiries. Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For additional information, please visit

    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.

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