Student Trainee Clerical

Washington D.C.
Jun 14, 2017
Jun 21, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Looking for the mission of a lifetime? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security headquarters seeks motivated students looking to contribute their unique insight, skills and talents to support the important mission of securing the homeland. Our headquarters offices offer paid summer and year round internship opportunities for full-time and part-time students. Academic credit may be awarded in accordance with the appointee's work schedule and his/her individual college or university policies. The DHS Headquarters Pathways Student Internship Employment Program offers opportunities for students to gain on-the-job experience while completing his/her education.

This position is not to exceed one year, but may be extended up to one additional year, based on program requirements, agency needs and budget availability. This appointment does not confer permanent Federal status. This position is open to students attending an academic program, college or university within the Washington, DC commuting area.

Due to the large volume of applications received, this announcement will close after 200 applications are received or on 06/20/2017; whichever comes first.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Under Secretary for Management (USM), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). The primary purpose of this position is to assist professional and technical staff by performing clerical duties in support of work in an office.

Who May Be Considered:
You must be a Student within Washington, DC local commuting area accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the institution (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum AND will be enrolled as a student in Fall 2017.

All DHS-HQ announcements have a 5 business day open period due to the number of applications received.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, Interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U. S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
  • You must be 16 years of age or older to apply
  • Applicants who meet the basic eligibility requirements for employment consideration will be rated for minimum qualifications as described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Operating Manual. Additional information about these standards can be obtained at

    In order to be eligible for a Pathways Intern Program appointment, you must be a student enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full or part-time degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) seeking student in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school. Selected candidates will be required to submit a copy of their transcripts and a letter of enrollment or acceptance for enrollment for Spring/ Fall 2016/ 2017 academic school year prior to appointment.

    Outlined below are the education requirements for this position.

    You qualify for the Pathways Intern, GS-04 level (starting salary $32,428) if you have completed 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: .

    You must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position. Proof of enrollment and student's grade will be requested each semester, if selected.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit OPM's web site at for additional information on this topic.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement in this position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

    Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

    Not Applicable

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