Student Intern

Washington D.C.
Dec 31, 2018
Dec 31, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Meet educational requirement.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • A student enrolled in high school or enrolled as a degree-seeking student in a qualifying educational institution.  

    You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM Website.

    Specialized Experience: is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the federal service.

    Candidates for the GS-05 grade level must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position includes: performing a range of clerical duties (such as:  typing, filing, answering routine customer questions, compiling data, preparing or making changes to documents and/or forms, preparing/formatting charts/graphs/reports), or assisting higher level employees with monitoring/updating status and conducting basic research. 


    Candidates can substitute specialized experience by possessing 4 years of completed education above high school.  


    Candidates can combine education and experience only if education in excess of the first 60 semester hours is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement.  One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.    

    General Experience: is progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. 

    Candidates for the GS-04 grade level must have at least 1 year of general experience.  


    Candidates can substitute general experience by possessing 2 years of education above high school.  


    Candidates can combine education and experience converting the two into percentages to ensure qualifications are met. 

    Candidates for the GS-03 grade level must have at least 6 months of general experience.  


    Candidates can substitute general experience by possessing 1 year of education above high school.  


    Candidates can combine education and experience converting the two into percentages to ensure qualifications are met. 

    Candidates for the GS-02 grade level must have at least 3 months of general experience.  


    Candidates can substitute general experience by possessing a high school diploma or equivalent.  


    Candidates can combine education and experience converting the two into percentages to ensure qualifications are met. 

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and/or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education: To qualify based on education, you must submit copy of transcripts which include course listings, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. You must be enrolled in an accredited school and taking at least a half-time academic course load. The definition of half-time is the definition provided by the school in which you are enrolled.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education. Another listing of services that an perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    NOTE: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered.  Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen or National. 

    One or more cutoff dates may occur at management's request during the open period for this announcement.  The first cut off for this vacancy announcement is Wednesday, November 28th.      

    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

    This is a non Bargaining Unit position.

    This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of “moderate”.

    Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

    The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit the Department of Homeland Security Website.

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

    Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

    All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.  If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act.  Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email ( or phone (571-272-8292). 

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

    This is a non-competitive appointment.  There is no testing, rating of applicants for this program. Eligibility for appointment is based on applicants meeting the basic qualification requirements for the position as documented in the resume and responses to the assessment questions. 

    Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized/general experience and/or education and how well your background related to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's).  You do not have to respond to the KSA's.

    1. KSA 1 - Ability to interpret, apply, and work with instructions, regulations, etc.
    2. KSA 2 - Ability to collect, organize, monitor, and analyze data from various resources  

    Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring.  

    Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the “Required Documents” section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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    Drug test required No

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