(Student Volunteer) U.S. Department of the Treasury, IRS – Woodbridge, VA



The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today’s global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.


WHAT DOES A COMPUTER OPERATIONS SPECIALIST-TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS & INVESTIGATIVE SYSTEMS ELECTRIC/CRIMES TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER STUDENT VOLUNTEER DO? The Student Volunteer gains work experience in the area of Technology Operations and Investigative Systems (TOIS)-Electronic Crimes Technical Support Center (TSC) – within the law enforcement component of the IRS where Computer Science intersects Investigative Digital Forensics. The IRS Student Volunteer Program is designed to give degree seeking students a unique opportunity to witness the Internal Revenue and work in a highly technical environment.

Criminal Investigation is the investigative and law enforcement arm of the IRS.  The American system of voluntary tax compliance relies heavily on self-assessments of what tax is owed.  When individuals or corporations deliberately don’t comply with the tax laws, Criminal Investigation responds with financial investigations and potential criminal prosecutions to promote compliance and confidence in the fairness of the tax system.

As a Computer Operations Specialist-TOIS-ECrimes TSC Student Volunteer, you will:

  • Assist Senior Investigative Analysts in the testing/documentation/validation of a wide variety of forensic tools and hardware
  • Prepare quality draft technical documents and training to assist investigators with new or existing tools
  • Perform original research on emerging devices
  • Assist in managing high computing GPU distributed cluster
  • Assist in configuring and documenting network appliances including firewalls, switches, and routers
  • Perform hardware and software reverse engineering
  • Assist in the development of forensic and management tools utilizing C#, ASP.NET, GTK+, and Python
  • Assist in automating and developing statistical reports
  • Prepare, secure, and deploy standardized operating systems for law enforcement investigative machines
  • Assist in creating test environments and test data for analysis
  • Assist in customizing Linux Distro built upon Slackware
  • Provide inventory assistance and asset control (including prepping obsolete equipment for survey)
  • Collaborate with others to accomplish goals
  • Communicate relevant and accurate information, clearly and concisely during formal or informal meetings
  • Follow procedures and established policies
  • Use various enterprise tools and technology to prepare and share documents

Please note that the list above is intended to provide applicants with a general overview of the duties and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities associated with this volunteer opportunity will vary based on the specific assignment.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov.

Travel Required

Not required

Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Public Trust-Background Investigation.

Students must maintain student eligibility and enrollment throughout the duration of the student volunteer opportunity and must be actively enrolled at an accredited institution.

Applicants who have graduated or will graduate prior to the completion of the Student Volunteer Program are ineligible to participate without proof of future enrollment at an accredited university.

Student Volunteers may have an opportunity to travel locally with forensic examiners to tour other forensic laboratories. Local travel will be at students’ expense.

Daily and weekly work schedules of Monday – Friday, dayshift,per week are negotiable and will be determined upon completion of the Student Work Agreement.



You must meet the following eligibility and basic requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

You must be a United States Citizen or National and be at least 18 years old. AND

Enrolled as a student on at least a half-time basis as defined by your educational institution and be in good academic standing as defined by your educational institution, AND

Submit proof of student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the student volunteer opportunity.

In addition to the above:

Student volunteer assignments will be determined based on field of study. You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student in Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, Computer Forensics, Digital Forensics or related fields at an accredited university/college with at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate course work completed.


Additional information

Five (5) positions may be filled in the Criminal Investigation (CI) Division, Technology Operations & Investigative Services, Electronic Crimes area located in Woodbridge, VA.

If applicable, you will be required to:

  • Selectees must submit official transcripts and proof of enrollment in a degree seeking program at an accredited university.
  • Student volunteers do not receive payment of any kind from the IRS.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Student must sign and adhere to the Internal Revenue Service Student Volunteer Program Agreement.
  • Students must be willing and able to travel at their own expense to carry out the Internship.
  • A representative from selectees’ school must sign the Internal Revenue Service Student Volunteer Program Agreement form.
  • Must be a student in good academic standing as defined by institution.
  • Student is responsible for working with school academic advisor/counselor to request course credits for the IRS Student Volunteer program.
  • Student must maintain student eligibility and enrollment throughout the duration of the program. Must be actively enrolled at an accredited institution. Graduated students may not volunteer beyond his/her graduation date without proof of future enrollment in an accredited university.
  • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal volunteer service.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 (https://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf); one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and eligibility of all new hires in the U.S., Student volunteer must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Undergo a federal income tax verification. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and eligibility of all persons selected to volunteer in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification). IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions and an opportunity to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your volunteer service.
  • Drug Test with a Negative result is required.