Student Trainee (Legal)

Washington D.C.
Oct 16, 2017
Oct 16, 2017
Full Time

The Pathways Summer Law Intern Program combines the opportunity to earn a competitive salary while learning about federal service and the dynamic field of energy. Interns gain valuable, resume-building, work experience and opportunities to foster networking relationships.

This position is located in the Energy Markets section of the Office of the General Counsel. The Energy Markets section provides legal advice to the Commission on matters relating to the regulation of jurisdictional electric, natural gas, and oil pipeline companies. Staff attorneys in the section work with non-legal technical staff (which may include energy industry analysts, economists, engineers, or accountants) to analyze and resolve issues presented to the Commission by filing parties. Over the course of the ten-week program, interns will have the opportunity to assist in analyzing various legal matters, which may include work with particular regulations or statutes, case law, and agency decisions. Interns will be given drafting assignments, working closely with staff attorneys within the Energy Markets section.

The anticipated entrance on duty date is Monday, May 14 or Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Interns will be expected to work a full-time 10-week work schedule. This appointment will not be extended.

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  • Must be enrolled in an accredited law degree program
  • Must be enrolled in second year or its equivalent at time of application
  • Background investigation will be conducted
  • Applicants must meet all applicable education requirements by May 2018.

    This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.


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

    If selected you must show proof of enrollment for the Summer or Fall 2018 semesters before your appointment begins.

    GS-9 Positions:

    To qualify for GS-9 positions candidates must:
    • be registered in an accredited law degree program and have completed 2 years of law school
    Applicants will be evaluated based on the following competencies: 1. Legal Research and Analysis 2. Written and Oral Communication 3. Team Participation

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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: 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.

    We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. Your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

    The top candidates will be invited for interviews at our Washington DC headquarters location. Travel expenses will not be paid.
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