Student Trainee (Economics)

Washington D.C.
Feb 19, 2018
Feb 19, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age and meet state and federal employment laws
  • Must successfully pass a background check/security investigation
  • Must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher)
  • Must sign a participant agreement prior to appointment
  • Students must be at least 16 years of age and meet Federal, State and Local laws governing the employment of minors.

    If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

    Must be a U.S. citizen prior to non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position.

    A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.

    Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    Program Eligibility Requirements 

    • Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Applicants must be seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) and be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or equivalent) throughout the duration of their program. Please see “Required Documents”.
    • The duties of the position must be related to either the student’s academic or career goals. 

    Qualification Requirements

    GS-07:  Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision (S.A.A.)* after completion of a bachelors degree. (A degree in Economics is desired).
    GS-09:  Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a masters or equivalent graduate degree. (A degree in Economics is desired).

    *Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.):  Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled.  S.A.A. is based on (1) Class Standing - applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average - applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Honor Society - membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

    Applicants will be assessed/evaluated through application of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Schedule D, Pathways Internship Positions.

    All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

    A post-secondary certificate program must have been completed at a qualified educational institution equivalent to at least 1 academic year or full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

    • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
    • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.

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

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you provided false documentation, you will be removed from consideration.

    This is a Pathways Intern Program position, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, to include any selective placement factor(s), if applicable, will be referred to the selecting official.  Before a certificate is issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed to ensure that you meet all the qualification requirements.  A rating will not be used;

    Veterans’ preference applies in the order of selection. The order of selection is outlined in 5 CFR 302.304(b)(5)(ii) and states the following: “Under this method, all applicants on the reemployment list are considered before applicants on the regular employment list.  On each list, preference eligibles having compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more and considered first, followed, second, by other 10-point preference eligibles, third, by 5-point preference eligibles, and, last, by non-preference eligibles”. 

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