Volunteer Student Intern
This announcement is open until filled. This internship is for the 2017 fall semester. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This position will close when the position has been filled.
The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent federal agency in the Judicial Branch of government consisting of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies.
The Commission is conveniently located next to Union Station on Capitol Hill, and is easily accessible by public transportation, including the Metro, and the MARC and VRE commuter trains. The Commission's location in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building offers various amenities such as an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.
This volunteer student internship is located in the Commission's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA). The student intern reports to the Director of OLPA. The student intern must be enrolled in either a law or graduate program and be able to receive academic credit for the 2017 fall semester. The student intern will gain substantive experience within OLPA by performing a variety of tasks relating to supporting the mission of the Commission. The student intern will also have an opportunity to learn more about the legislative process, federal sentencing and crime policy, and the Federal Judiciary.
Volunteer student interns may work during the school year and/or during school vacation periods. The volunteer student intern must commit to volunteering at least 15 hours a week. A work schedule will be established once on-board.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
To be considered for the volunteer student intern program, you must:
- Apply via the on-line application on USAjobs.gov.
- Be a U.S. Citizen.
- Provide a work permit if you are under the age of 18 before you can start work.
- Actively be enrolled as a degree-seeking law or graduate student at an accredited educational institution.
- Be receiving college credit for your volunteer service.
- Be available to volunteer at least 15 hours per week.
- Pass a background investigation, and willing to sign a confidentiality statement.
- Continue enrollment in your program for the duration of your volunteer service.
The volunteer student intern must possess the following qualities:
- Ability to work well in a team environment.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- A working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Adobe.
Preference will be given to applicants who have legislative and/or publications/public affairs-related experience or course(s) of study.
Volunteer student interns are eligible to receive up to $255 in monthly transit benefits.Read more
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The Commission evaluates applicants through a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. Applicants who do not address the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) in his or her application materials as stated in the vacancy announcement are automatically disqualified from consideration and must re-apply before the closing date to be considered for employment.
The Office of Human Resources:
(1) reviews the applicant's application to ensure the proper materials are submitted.
(2) ensures that the application addresses all of the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) as stated in the vacancy announcement.
(3) determines whether the applicant meets the qualification requirements for the particular position and notifies the applicant about the status of his or her application.