Student Cooperative for Research and Insights Solution Center (PAID)

Arlington, Virginia
Jun 01, 2023
Jun 06, 2023
Analyst, Research
Full Time

This is not a summer job. The position is potentially ongoing until graduation from an academic institution. The chosen candidate must come into the Arlington office at least twice per two-week pay period; on other days work can be performed remotely.

As a student co-op, you'll be part of a high-performing team that's embracing the latest in computing technologies to unlock opportunities that help everyday people. Your main goal will be to solve complex data problems that enable meaningful insights, and you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with industry leaders to achieve results and utilize hands-on learning and experience to leverage new technology to help drive business strategies while developing an analytical skill set.

You'll make valuable contributions from day one by continuously learning, engaging in diverse sets of experiences, and building close-knit relationships across the organization. RISC offers the opportunity to further development in many areas including research, analytics, visualization, communication, and critical thinking to support investigators, auditors, and operational groups. Bring your skills and voice to our team!

Duties include but not limited to:
  • Take advantage of cloud-based tools and platforms to explore structured and unstructured data using SQL and Python;
  • Integrate data from multiple sources, both internally and externally, to discover and implement actionable insights;
  • Design new analytical workflows and/or optimize existing workflows with the goal to automate report generation and enable self-service analytics;
  • Summarize and present the results of analysis using data visualization tools like Power BI;
  • Contribute to the design and development of websites and applications;
  • Design and develop a methodology/tool to improve business operations;
  • Effectively communicate with peers and management, orally and in writing, the status of tools, projects, support requests, and other tasks, as assigned;
  • Cultivate relationships and foster networking opportunities across various levels of the organization.
If you are a student who is self-motivated, detail-oriented, a fast learner, and passionate about learning new skills, then this job is right for you. RISC supports the agency in a wide range of analysis from covering mail operations, narcotics, mail theft, healthcare, financial, and contracting program areas.

This opportunity is ideal for those looking to gain experience at a federal level, while continuing their studies and gaining practical knowledge and skills. You will be assigned a mentor who will help guide you throughout your work.

Students who enjoy a healthy work-school balance and seek continuous employment with the possibility of working 10-30 hours while in school, and up to 40 when school is not in session, are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit the required information by 11:59 PM EST on 06/02/2023 will be considered.

The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

This position is being advertised at the Administrative Band level. The base salary range for this position is $15.56 - $18.74/hour. Locality Pay is authorized.

Sophomore $20.62 per hour includes locality pay.
Junior/Senior $21.90 per hour includes locality pay.
Graduate or Law Student $24.83 per hour includes locality pay.

Student Cooperatives are not eligible for USPS OIG Employee Benefits.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and medical assessment questionnaire.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Moderate Background Investigation (MBI) clearance
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week



You must meet ALL of the minimum requirements.
  • Students must be currently enrolled full or half-time in an accredited college or university program, classified or academically ranked by semester hours as a Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate student, not graduating prior to May 2025. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPT STATING CURRENT ENROLLMENT STATUS, GPA AND IN GOOD STANDING)
  • Must be in academic good standing as defined by the college or university, earning at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale
  • Must be able to report to work year-round in the USPS OIG Arlington, VA, office a minimum of 10 hours per week (Monday-Friday) during core business hours.

Must possess the following:
  • Technology driven - You stay on the edge of what's new and exciting in analytic platforms and how to build solutions.
  • Creativity - You will be asked to bring your unique perspective to the table.
  • Initiative - You will develop your entrepreneurial spirit and get excited about pushing new solutions or reinventing current ones.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team - We thrive in a collaborative team environment, but also expect you to perform well independently.
  • Interest in the application of data science and data analytics
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience using Microsoft Power Platform applications like Power Apps
  • Knowledge of creating visualizations or analytical models using Power BI or other business intelligence software, whether in a work, school, or other environment
  • Knowledge of analytic techniques including trends, predictions, and performance analysis sufficient to work independently using conventional procedures and practices
  • Knowledge in building and maintaining data pipelines in cloud-based tools such as Azure Databricks, Azure Data Lake, or similar platforms
  • Demonstrated experience in researching, tracking, and analyzing data using database applications, whether in a work, school, or other environment
  • Knowledge of developing and maintaining web services and interfaces


Failure to demonstrate that you meet all of the evaluation factor requirements as listed below will result in a score of zero (0); an ineligible status, and you will not be referred for further consideration. Include your major accomplishments relevant to the evaluation factors in your resume.
  • Basic knowledge of data extraction, scripting, or programming languages such as SQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, R, etc.
  • Basic knowledge of data analysis and visualization tools and techniques such as Excel, Tableau, and Power BI
  • Basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analytical methods to assess and validate data and develop conclusions.
  • Exposure to and/or interest in basic data science or data analytics.
  • Verbal and written communication


Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit: .

Additional information

Student Cooperatives are not eligible for USPS OIG Employee Benefits.

This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please send an email to . The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.