GSA Office of Government-wide Policy: Policy Internship Program (PIP)
The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Government-wide Policy is seeking students interested in federal acquisitions law, policy and regulations for its Policy Internship Program. The goal of the Policy Internship Program is to provide fully remote, paid internships for a period of up to 12 weeks to current students who represent diverse backgrounds from schools across the country.
As a participant in the Policy Internship Program, you will be part of a team that provides forward-thinking analysis, guidance, and best practices in federal property, technology, mission support operations, and sustainable solutions for the current and future government.
- Conduct research on analyzing and applying:
- Federal Acquisition Regulations - Federal Acquisition Regulations System codifies and publishes the uniform policies and procedures for acquisition by all executive agencies.
- GSA Acquisition Manual - The General Services Acquisition Manual contains agency acquisition policies and practices, contract clauses, solicitation provisions, and forms that control the relationship between GSA and contractors and prospective contractors.The GSAR addresses rules directly to contracting officers.
- Government Accountability Office case law - The Government Accountability Office’s, Office of General Counsel issues decisions and opinions on appropriations law. An archive of those decisions can be found here.
- Court of Federal Claims case law rules - The Court of Federal Claims has nationwide jurisdiction over claims for money filed by citizens against the federal government. This court hears cases regarding contract claims and bid protests.
- Analyze and evaluate disputed solicitation provisions to ensure that procurement actions conform to law. A solicitation is a contract opportunity published by the government that details the requirements, terms and conditions, and the evaluation factor used to award a contract.
- Participate in legislative reviews and the drafting of GSA (agency-level) acquisition regulations, policy, and guidance.
- Review agency level protests and ombudsman’s complaints.
- Examine court documents; draft memoranda, letters, and supporting decisions; and, participate in administrative hearings with supervision.
Interns will be compensated under the General Schedule (GS) at the GS-7, Step 1 salary. Compensated Policy Interns do not generally receive employment benefits or academic credit. Other unpaid OGP internship opportunities are also available with the Acquisition Policy Division and the Suspension and Debarment Division. The Office where the internship is offered may grant modified work schedules and the opportunity to complete specialized training in federal contracting during the internship.
How to Apply
The Policy Internship Program is accepting applications now! Apply through USAJobs.gov and upload your resume and transcript in order to be considered for this position. After the job announcement closing date passes, all applications will be reviewed. Those selected for an interview will be notified regarding next steps.
To apply for a position using USAJobs, locate the announcement when it goes live by entering the following control number in the search bar on usajobs.gov: 775062300 (direct link to the announcement) To open an account you will need your first name, last name, a telephone number, and an email address. After an account is created you will be able to upload a resume or build a resume in the system. Once a USAJobs account has been established it can be used to apply for open positions with the federal government in the future.
Intern Selection Criteria
Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background, including:
- Academic achievement,
- Demonstrated written communication skills,
- Demonstrated research skills,
- Past employment, and
- Extracurricular activities that relate to the work of the agency.
|Application deadline in early February. Interviews conducted by hiring managers and selections made.
|Onboarding process, security checks completed, IT system access established.
|Internships held in Summer 2024.
Why work for the Federal Government?
The United States Federal Government employs over 25,000 attorneys and has thousands of Juris Doctorate advantaged positions. The benefits of a federal position include outstanding health insurance, retirement plan, flexible work schedules, remote and telework possibilities, paid parental leave and for attorneys, no billable hours! Government attorneys can be in areas of practice such as criminal, environmental, Intellectual Property, space law, public health. GSA’s focus is primarily on Federal Procurement Law, which encompasses acquisitions, grants, and various other transactions where the government acquires goods and services from commercial businesses.
Why work for GSA?
GSA is the federal government’s central buyer and landlord. We provide centralized procurement of products, services, and facilities GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy is responsible for creating and enacting federal policies covering acquisition, travel, real property, personal property, technology, and management practices. Our mission is to ensure that agencies are encouraged to develop and utilize the best, most cost-effective management practices to conduct their programs. We do this by helping agency partners prepare for the future of mission delivery by leveraging smart policy, analytical data, and dynamic program implementation across government.
For more information on PIP please email, PIP@gsa.gov.