Student Cooperative (PAID)

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Arlington, Virginia
Aug 14, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Full Time



Are you an excellent researcher and writer who is interested in government oversight? The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) is seeking students enrolled in college/university programs to fill a Student Cooperative - (Paid) position in the Research & Insights Solution Center (RISC) located in Arlington, VA.
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We are looking for a high-energy student who is intellectually curious; loves to research, write, and use data; and is comfortable working both independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will have a thirst for knowledge and an openness to conducting research on a wide range of issues. RISC's research and white papers have touched on a wide variety of topics, including consumer sentiments about mail, the role of the Postal Service in rural areas, innovative digital and retail offerings, and critical issues affecting the Postal Service's operations.

The Student Cooperative will work collaboratively with staff to help research and edit materials for RISC white papers. The position requires excellent writing and critical thinking skills. A demonstrated ability to create compelling visualizations of quantitative data is also highly desirable. Experience with Microsoft Excel, SAS, R, and/or Adobe is a plus. In addition to the duties described above, the Student Cooperative will assist with developing presentations and organizing discussion forums for critical stakeholders, as well as help with some administrative functions as needed. The USPS OIG is seeking applicants who are available for continuous employment throughout the year, while enrolled in school . The selected candidate will work between 15 and 30 hours per week during academic sessions and up to 40 hours per week during school breaks.

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit the required information by 11:59 PM EST on 08/21/2019 will be considered.

The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

This position is being advertised at the Administrative Band level. The base salary range for this position is $13-$17/hour. Locality Pay is authorized.

Sophomore $16.81 per hour plus locality pay
Junior/Senior $19.40 per hour plus locality pay
Graduate or Law Student $21.98 per hour plus locality pay

The selected candidate will work for the USPS OIG's research team within RISC. The research team assesses economic, business, and policy issues affecting the U.S. Postal Service. The candidate should demonstrate stellar writing and solid critical thinking skills; practical experience with quantitative data analysis is preferable.

Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the area/team of assignment. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.
  • Research new technologies, innovations, and emerging business models relevant to the Postal Service.
  • Research methodologies to help the Postal Service enhance the customer experience for distinct market segments.
  • Write and edit research papers, short articles, and analytical documents for both internal and external audiences.
  • Help with federal and external stakeholder outreach, including setting up and conducting interviews for data collection.
  • Perform data analytics to support research projects, such as descriptive summaries, qualitative interview data analysis, or data visuals and maps.
  • Help plan and execute publicly held events, such as workshops and round tables.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Moderate Background Investigation (MBI) security clearance
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 15 hours per week



You must meet ALL of the minimum requirements.
  • Students must be currently enrolled full or half-time in an accredited college or university program, classified or academically ranked by semester hours as a Sophomore,Junior, Senior or Graduate student. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPT STATING CURRENT ENROLLMENT STATUS, GPA AND IN GOOD STANDING) Additionally, student must not graduate prior to May 2020.

  • Must be in academic good standing as defined by the college or university, earning at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale.

  • Must be able to report to work in the USPS OIG office in Arlington, VA during core business hours.

  • Background in public policy, political science, program evaluation, journalism, English, communications, market research, technology and innovation, or similar fields.
  • Strong writing skills and experience in drafting and editing a variety of written products, such as white papers, policy memoranda, reports, newsletters, blogs, and brief articles.
  • Knowledge of data, business, and market analysis.
  • Experience conducting business, policy, or other research.
  • Familiarity with the organization of meetings and events.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Experience in creating presentations and other visual communication material.


Include your major accomplishments relevant to the evaluation factors in your resume. You must upload a separate statement of no more than two pages showing how your skills, experience, education, and/or training address the evaluation factors in this vacancy. (Upload and save as "Cover Letter" document.)
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to conduct in-depth research, analyze findings, and propose original solutions or conclusions.
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and on a team on a wide range of assignments/projects.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

You will no longer be considered for this position if you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor.

Failure to demonstrate that you meet all evaluation factor requirements will result in a score of zero (0). Upon receipt of a zero score, you will be deemed "not minimally qualified," and you will not be referred for further consideration.


Additional information

Student Cooperatives are not eligible for USPS OIG Employee Benefits.

This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please send an email to . The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor; fail to attach all required documentation; if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position; or if you fail to qualify on the interview. Only the top-rated candidates will be referred to a review official or the selecting official for further consideration. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview. Your rating may be further adjusted or rated as ineligible by the review official or the selecting official based on your interview performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision. NOTE: If you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor or on the interview, you will be considered NOT MINIMALLY QUALIFIED for the position and rated ineligible.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Vacancy Announcement 2019-19-10565415-PC, by closing date08/21/2019 .

1. RESUME. When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document).

2. WRITING SAMPLE. Upload at least one writing sample that demonstrates the ability to conduct research and analysis and uses that information to prepare high-quality written deliverables. Preference may be given to writing samples that are persuasive in nature. (Required: Upload and save as "Writing Sample" document.)

3. COVER LETTER. Upload a separate statement of no more than two pages showing how your skills, experience, education, and/or training address the evaluation factors for this vacancy. (Required: Upload and save as "Cover Letter" document.)

4. TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor's Degree issued. Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent. For further information visit: .(Required: Upload and save as "Transcript" document.)

    Certificates or Licenses, if applicable. Upload and save as "Other" document. Veterans Preference Documentation. If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 ( and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at, and can download a copy of their VA letter from (If applicable to you, you are required to upload each veterans' preference document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document") Reasonable Accommodation Documentation. If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found at .
  • SF-50 if you are or have been a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" document.)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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