Student Trainee (Human Resources)

Washington D.C.
Apr 19, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Human Resources
Full Time

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.

USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service ( Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture whose mission is finding solutions to agricultural problems of high national importance. The Pathways Student Internship Program provides students with a meaningful paid work experience in a Federal agency while still in school. Internships are open to individuals who have been accepted for enrollment or who are currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis.

Salary listed in this announcement is a basic rate of pay.  Locality pay will be determined based on the duty location of the position.

The Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania duty location is in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania local commuting area. 

The Intern's work schedule may vary depending upon their class schedule.

This appointment is not-to-exceed 9/30/2017 and may be extended in increments not-to-exceed 1 year or less, for up to 8 years in total, as long as the student remains eligible for the program. Upon successful completion of the Internship Program, students MAY be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position at the GS-04 level; however, conversion eligibility is not an entitlement of the Pathways Internship Program.

The ARS advertises student internship positions on USAJOBS throughout the year as part of our overall recruitment strategy. Please visit USAJOBS for additional internship opportunities.

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  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    Program Eligibility Requirements
    Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Applicants must be seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) and be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or equivalent) throughout the duration of their program.

    The duties of the position must be related to either the student’s academic or career goals. 

    Qualification Requirements
    Applicants will be assessed/evaluated through application of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Schedule D, Pathways Internship Positions.

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the qualification requirements stated below:

    GS-04: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate’s degree.

    All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

    A post-secondary certificate program must have been completed at a qualified educational institution equivalent to at least 1 academic year or full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

    Students must be at least 16 years of age and meet Federal, State, and Local laws governing the employment of minors.

    Must be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution.

    Must be enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution.

    A signed participant agreement is required for employment under the Pathways Program.

    Must complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree.

    Must be a U.S. citizen prior to non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position.

    Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

    If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


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