Student Trainee (Information Tech): Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) GS-09
This vacancy announcement will be open from July 14, 2017 to July 20, 2017 or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.
The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of "student" in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student's academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.
Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
- Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.
- Not Required
Applicants applying for the GS-07 grade level must have completed 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.
Major study--computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or engineering, or course work that required the development or adaptation of computer programs and systems and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the computer field.
Work assignments may include:
- Assisting with the development and completion of IT project plans, including assigned tasks, management of timelines, development of cost estimates, project budgets, and monitoring of progress in terms of planned versus actual results.
- Participating in meetings, conferences, and work groups with Bureau officials or professional organizations on matters relating to IT programs or Office projects.
- Working with colleagues on technical, operational, customer, and administrative matters.
Pathways Internship Program candidates must meet the U.S. Department of State (DOS) qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered for the position.
- A U.S. Citizen;
- 16 years or older by the closing date of this announcement;
- Enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment as a full-time or half-time student into an accredited college or university in a degree-seeking program, or enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment in a certificate program;
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment; and
- Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the agency-developed or OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.
- All transcripts or educational supporting documentation must reflect a projected graduation date on or after Fall 2018.
- Undergraduate Certificates must contain a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.
- Graduate certificates must contain a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours.
- For study at a business or technical school, 36 weeks of study (20+ classroom hours per week) is comparable to 1 academic year above high school.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can 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 at the time of application. Late submissions of proof of accreditation will not be accepted. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
The Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) is responsible for providing the State Department’s worldwide outreach platform for public diplomacy and partnering with policy experts and missions abroad to design and execute outcome-oriented programs that engage foreign audiences to advance U.S. Foreign Policy. IIP’s team of strategists, developers, analysts, and communicators leverage technology and reach across platforms, creating data-driven, digital diplomacy solutions
This position serves as a technology specialist with responsibility for promoting IIP’s goals and objectives by providing digital support to various projects and programs in the Office of Policy, Outreach, and Governance, Office of Design, or Office of Digital. The incumbent works with common modern technology hardware (computers, smartphones, tablets) and software (office productivity tools, cloud based products, interactive websites such as common social media platforms) in a collaborative team environment.
As an Information Technology Trainee, you will:
- Identify and resolve issues and problems, and recommend changes and updates to established methods and practice where appropriate.
- Participate in the development of IT goals, objectives, plans, and policies.
- Assist in identifying and specifying business requirements for new or enhanced systems; and develop basic system specifications.
- Participate in the design, development, testing, and implementation of new or modified applications software.
- Participate in defining IT security requirements, and implementing and supporting IT security applications.
- Install, configure, and maintain operating systems components; and install updates and temporary fixes to existing programs.
- Apply knowledge of network standards, protocols, and procedures to assist in the development, configuration, installation, and maintenance of networked
systems including local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), and perform routine network configuration management functions.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.