Student Trainee (Pathways Intern)

Washington D.C.
Feb 18, 2019
Feb 18, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • All applicants must be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment.
  • A two-year trial period may be required.
  • More than one selection may be made.
  • •  U.S. Citizens and Nationals, Permanent Residents and Foreign Nationals who meets both Immigration and Annual Appropriations Law requirements.
    •  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report inquiry.
    •  Must be in good academic standing as defined by the agency as a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    •  Complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree.
    •  Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution.
    •  A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.


    This announcement will be used to fill full-time or part-time internship positions during the Fall/Winter 2018 semester, Spring 2019 semester, and/or the entire 2018-2019 academic year.

    Student Interns must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of the appointment. Incumbents will be required to provide proof of continued enrollment and good standing (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) each semester or grading period throughout the internship program. Failure to do so will result in termination of the appointment.

    Pathways Interns may be converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days following successful completion of all of their education; however, conversion is not guaranteed.  The full performance level (FPL) of the position to which converted may be up to the GS-12 level or below.  The FPL will be determined based on the career path of the position to which converted. For more information on the Pathways Intern Program, please click HERE

    To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen;
    • Have completed at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program;
    • Have completed educational requirements from a qualifying institution;
    • Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which the Intern will be converted;
    • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant’s Agreement and;
    • Have received a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency.

    Applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement; however, applications can be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application.  The agency must be able to verify that the education was completed successfully before the applicant can be appointed.

    GS-02: Completion of high school or possession of a GED diploma.

    GS-03: Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study.

    GS-04: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree.

    GS-05: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.

    College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of your college transcript or high school diploma/GED certificate as proof that you meet the educational requirements for the grade to which you are applying.  You may submit unofficial copies of transcripts at the initial phase of the application process; however, if selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering.

    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

    •  Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
    •  E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
    •  If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
    •  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

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

    Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Managements (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies:

      • Creative Thinking
      • Oral Communication
      • Written Communication
      • Computer Skills
      • Research/Analysis (GS-4/5 only)
    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

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