Economist Student Trainee
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.
Unofficial transcripts are accepted when applying to the position. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected. Education is also verified as part of the background investigation.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
- Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, on at least a half-time basis, at a qualifying educational institution;
- Be seeking a diploma, degree, or certificate; AND
- Be in good academic standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
To qualify at the GS-5 level, you must meet one of the following requirements: (A) Possess a Bachelor's degree, in a related field such as economics and statistic, OR (B) a combination of education: courses equivalent to a major in economics and experience; AND at least one year of specialized experience obtained in the private or public sector that is equivalent to the GS-04 level. Your experience must demonstrate: attention to detail, customer service, oral communication, problem solving skills, researching data required for reporting purposes, creating data set and cleaning raw data.
To qualify at the GS-7 level, you must meet one of the following requirements: (A) Have 1 full academic year of graduate level education; OR (B) possess superior academic achievement, AND at least one year of specialized experience obtained in the private or public sector that is equivalent to the GS-05 level. Your experience must demonstrate: attention to detail, oral communication, problem solving skills, developing and manipulating complex data sets, spreadsheets, gathering information, and conducting literature review and quantitative analysis.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
To combine your experience and education, you must convert the figures to a percentage and add them together. The combined total percentages of your education and experience must equal at least 100% in order to qualify.
To calculate your percentage of undergraduate education, divide the number of undergraduate hours you've completed by 120. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the number of graduate semester hours you've completed by 18. If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience.
Finally, add your experience and education percentages. The two percentages must total at least 100% to be considered qualified.
Degree: Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Evaluation of Experience
Examples of qualifying experience include:
- individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
- supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
- teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.
Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs are available to federal employees that qualify. Those eligible for these programs are granted special priority selection rights. To be considered, you must be deemed well-qualified by receiving a score of 85 or higher. If you are a federal employee claiming CTAP/ICTAP, you must provide the documents listed under the Required Documents section to verify your eligibility. Also, you must indicate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For additional information regarding CTAP/ICTAP, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you are registered with the Selective Service or are exempt under Selective Service regulations. For additional information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit http://www.sss.gov/.
Foreign Education Credential Interpretation: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
SF-15 (veterans claiming 10 point preference): http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf
Special hiring authorities for veterans: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx
Severely disabled persons program information: http://www.opm.gov/disability/People with disabilities.asp
Cover page to fax paper application - OPM Form 1203fx: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf
Assessment Question: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10128736
Vacancy ID number: 10128736 Reasonable accommodations: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact listed on the vacancy announcement. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis. Verification of information: Any information claimed on your resume and in application materials, such as education, credentials, employment history, etc., will be verified as part of the security clearance process.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application will be rated by our applications system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following area:
- Data Collection
- Reading and Writing Skills
Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
Best: placement in this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s).
Better: this category indicates you have the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position.
Good: if you are placed in this category, it indicates you meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. You may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
Names of the candidates in the Best category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Within these categories, candidates eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.
You may be required to complete a writing sample/assessment or a test in MS Word or Excel if selected for an interview.
View Assessment To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10128736 Read more Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation