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AbilityOne OIG Intern Program



U.S. AbilityOne Commission


The AbilityOne Program is the largest source of employment in the United States for people who are blind or have significant disabilities. Through the AbilityOne Program, over 36,000 Americans who are blind and have significant disabilities are employed in the service, manufacturing, and delivery of approximately $3.9 billion in federal contracts for products and services to the Federal Government.


The Commission is composed of 15 members appointed by the President.  The Commission has designated National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and SourceAmerica as central nonprofit agencies (CNAs) to represent and assist the approximately 450 community-based qualified nonprofit agencies (NPAs) operating in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, that provide employment to Americans who are blind or significantly disabled.


The Office of Inspector General


On December 18, 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-113) amended the Inspector General Act of 1978 (IG Act) and created the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at AbilityOne as a designated federal entity IG.  The OIG is responsible for conducting audits and investigations, recommending policies and procedures that promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of agency resources and programs, and detecting and preventing fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. The IG Act requires the IG to keep the Commission and Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies in the Commission’s operations and the need for any corrective action.


OIG interns will receive experience in all aspects of OIG work. The work normally assigned to interns consists primarily of research, development, design, and planning of office documents, writing and review of memoranda and other official publications, and assisting with other OIG activities, as necessary. OIG interns regularly participate in internal and external meetings, and other learning opportunities.


OIG Internships normally correspond to the semesters of a standard academic year. Interns should be willing to commit to the following schedules depending on the semester. Reasonable accommodations will be made for job interviews, class schedule, or other special circumstances.

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Internship dates and deadlines are flexible. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis for all internship opportunities. Academic Credit AbilityOne OIG internship program participants may earn academic credit through your institution for this unpaid internship. Interns should work with their schools to arrange academic credit and/or financial assistance for the time they work at the OIG. Students are not guaranteed or should expect to receive a job offer for an OIG position at the conclusion of their internship. Public transportation benefits may be available.


Your application must include: 

  • A resume with GPA. 
  • A cover letter detailing your interest in OIG work and your proposed schedule (start/end date and anticipated hours/week).

Completed application packets and inquiries should be emailed to OIGinternship@oig.abilityone.gov with the subject “Fall/Spring/Summer Internship Application/Inquiry,” respectively.


The OIG accepts applications on a rolling basis for all programs. The OIG encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Law-Student Internship (Unpaid)

The OIG Law-Student Internship Program is designed to provide law students with experience in a variety of OIG and government-wide legal functions.


The work usually assigned to legal interns consist of:

  • Research and Analysis: Conducting independent research on legal issues or policy matters using the Internet, Westlaw, and official files. Gathering facts and analyzing pertinent law to draft legal opinions. Briefing, verbally or in writing, OIG attorneys and managers on the results of their research and analysis.
  • Investigation: Assisting the investigation team with ongoing investigations, tailored to interests, experience, and necessity.
  • Legal Assistance: Drafting correspondence and legal memoranda, searching official files, reviewing responsive documents, and responding to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and discovery procedures.
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in an academic accredited institution as a J.D. or LL.M candidate in an ABA accredited law school.
  • Have completed at least one (1) year of law school by requested start date.
  • 3.0 minimum overall GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • U.S. Citizenship. 

Undergraduate Internship (Unpaid)

The OIG Undergraduate Internship Program is designed to provide students with experience in a variety of OIG functions.

The work usually assigned to undergraduate interns consist of:

  • Assisting with audits, inspections, evaluations, and other actions as necessary for the OIG team.
  • Assisting the investigatory team with ongoing investigations, research, and inspections.
  • Attending commission, audit, investigation, and other meetings.
  • General administrative duties such as proofreading, copying, computer work.
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.