Student Trainee (Legal)

Washington D.C.
Sep 29, 2017
Sep 29, 2017
Full Time

One of the unique aspects of working for FERC is the wide range of challenges you will face over the course of your career. To learn more about the Commission, please visit This position is located in the Energy Projects section of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). OGC-Energy Projects provides legal advice to the Commission on a wide range of regulatory issues, with emphasis on energy infrastructure development and environmental matters. Staff attorneys work with wildlife biologists, archaeologists, engineers, environmental scientists, land use planners, and other experts to analyze and resolve issues arising from the proposed construction and operation of natural gas pipeline and storage projects, liquefied natural gas facilities, and hydropower projects. Attorneys in OGC-Energy Projects advise the Commission on issues relating to the Federal Power Act, Natural Gas Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other relevant statues.
You must be enrolled in school for the summer or fall 2018 semester. More than one position may be filled for openings.

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  • Must be enrolled in an accredited law degree program
  • Background investigation will be conducted
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    To be eligible for an internship positions you must meet the qualifications by the beginning of your appointment. To qualify for GS-9: Candidate must have master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B or J.D.

    Applicants will be evaluated based on the following competencies: 1. Written Communication 2. Technical Competence 3. Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence

    You must be seeking a law degree from an accredited law program.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
    Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical Competence, Written Communication, and Legal, Government and Jurisprudence. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, A, B or C, depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
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