Student Cooperative

Arlington, Virginia
Jul 10, 2017
Aug 07, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General's (USPS OIG) mission is to promote integrity and accountability to minimize costs, and prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

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Are you an excellent writer who is interested in public policy? The USPS OIG is seeking students enrolled in college/university programs to fill our Student Cooperative - (Paid) position in the Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC) located in Arlington, VA. We are looking for an academic achiever who is intellectually curious, loves to research and write, and is comfortable working both independently and as part of a team. The selected candidate will work for RARC, the OIG's research group, which digs into economic, business, and policy trends affecting the U.S. Postal Service. RARC's body of work has touched on a wide variety of topics, from reporting mail use by region, to exploring innovations in 3D printing and blockchain technology, and conducting neuromarketing studies. The Student Cooperative will work collaboratively with staff to help create and edit materials for RARC white papers and OIG blogs. The position requires excellent writing and critical thinking skills, and experience with quantitative data analysis is preferable. The Student Cooperative Program is available for continuous employment throughout the year, while enrolled in school. The selected candidate will work between 15 and 20 hours per week.

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or 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 08/04/2017will 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 $13-$17/hour. Locality Pay is authorized.

Sophomore $13.00 per hour plus locality pay
Junior/Senior $15.00 per hour plus locality pay
Graduate or Law Student $17.00 per hour plus locality pay

  • Not Required

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a moderate background investigation
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • May require some travel
  • Failure to demonstrate that you meet all evaluation factor requirements will result in a score of zero (0). Upon receipt of a zero score, you will be deemed "not minimally qualified," and you will not be referred for further consideration.


    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. (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 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale.
    • Must be able to report to work in the USPS OIG office for which you are selected during core business hours.

    You must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities as listed in EACH of the evaluation factors. 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.

    • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
    • Ability to conduct in-depth research, analyze findings, and propose original solutions or conclusions.
    • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and in a team on a wide range of assignments/projects.
    • Experience using Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

    • Background in journalism, English, communications, public speaking, political science, public policy, market research, or technology and innovation.
    • Strong writing skills and experience in drafting and editing a variety of written products such as white papers, reports, newsletter, blogs, and brief articles.
    • Knowledge of data, business, and market analysis.
    • Experience conducting business, policy, or other research.
    • Familiarity with the organization of meetings and events.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
    • Experience in creating presentations and other visual communication material.



    Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the area of assignment. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

    The student cooperative performs specialized duties with continuing responsibility for projects, questions, or issues that arise in the area of assignment/curriculum. Each assignment typically consists of a series of related actions or decisions prior to final completion.

    • Research new technologies, digital innovations, and emerging business models relevant to the Postal Service.
    • Engage in outreach to innovative organizations, including setting up interviews and site visits.
    • Write and edit research papers, short articles, the team's bimonthly newsletter, and analytical documents for both internal and external audiences.
    • Create graphics and videos to support research projects.
    • Help organize workshops and roundtables; and
    • Provide basic office assistance.

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