Student Trainee (Administrative Support/OA)

Herndon, Virginia
Mar 18, 2019
Mar 18, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
  • Use of Direct Deposit is required.
  • You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
  • This is an opportunity under the Internship Program component of the Pathways Program. The Internship Program provides students enrolled in qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while concurrently being enrolled. Veteran's Preference is applicable under the Pathways Program.

    · The United States Department of the Interior will announce Pathways Internship opportunities multiple times per year, with regard to demand.
    · To be considered for other Internship opportunities at the U.S. Department of the Interior, applicants must apply each time a new announcement is posted.
    · The Work Schedule of the appointee will be based on availability, which in part will be influenced by the appointees' academic course load.
    · Appointment types may vary from indefinite to temporary (generally, temporary appointments do not exceed one year, however the agency does reserve the right to extend temporary appointments beyond the not to exceed date of the initial appointment).
    · Interns will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the parameters of the Internship Program during employment with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Additionally, in order to remain a part of the Internship Program Appointees must:
    · Maintain a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A) of at least 2.0, whereby, the accredited educational institution must recognize the Appointee is in "Good Academic Standing", 
    · The Appointee must be enrolled at least on a half-time or full-time basis throughout their appointment.

    Please see the "Other Information" section of the vacancy announcement for information on conversion.

    Click for more information on Pathways program participation.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

    To be eligible for this internship all of the following requirements must be met: 
    1. You must be at least 16 years of age
    2. You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or part-time basis.
    3. If enrolled, you must be in good academic standing (At least a 2.0 GPA)
    4. You must provide a transcript (official or unofficial) and proof of enrollment/acceptance.

    NOTE: You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.

    GS-03 Qualification Requirement
    In addition, to qualify for the GS-03 grade level you must have completed one (1) full academic year of post-high school study leading to a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree

    NOTE: YOU MUST be able to type a minimum of forty (40) words-per-minute and have this skill clearly described in your resume.


    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements for the position by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    You may be found "INELIGIBLE" if you do not possess the minimum requirements described above required for the position. If your application is incomplete, you will be deemed ineligible.

    The internship program allows for the agency to non-competitively convert an Intern who is a U.S. citizen to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service once the Intern completes all requirements of the Internship Program (Please Note: Conversion is at the discretion of the agency). To be eligible for conversion, the Intern must have: 1) Completed at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program, except as provided in paragraphs (c) and (d) of 5 CFR 362.204 (Conversion to the competitive service) while enrolled as a full-time or part-time degree- or certificate-seeking student; 2) Completed a course of academic study, within the 120-day period preceding the appointment, at a qualifying educational instititution conferring a diploma, certificate, or degree; 3) Received a favorable recommendation for appointment by an official of the agency or agencies in which the Intern served; (4) Met the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted; and 5) Met agency-specific requirements as specified in the agency's Participant Agreement with the Intern.

    Education: You are required to submit verification of your current part-time or full time student enrollment, in addition to a copy of your official or unofficial transcripts in order to determine your eligibility and qualifications for this position.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report.  In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior.  This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment.  DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity.  Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work.  All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    You will also earn annual and sick leave.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office. 

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

    All applicants who meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements will be referred to the selecting official in veterans' preference order.
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    Drug test required No

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