Student Cooperative (PAID)

Arlington, Virginia
Aug 18, 2019
Aug 20, 2019
Full Time


Are you interested in learning more about federal operations like data governance, data management, project management, and data analysis? The USPS OIG is seeking students enrolled in college/university programs to fill our Student Cooperative - (Paid) position in the Research and Insights Solution Center (RISC) group located in Arlington, VA.
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RISC's Analytics group conducts innovative analysis on Postal operations to support investigations and audits. RISC's Research group studies strategic issues facing the Postal Service by conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis to identify opportunities to increase the efficiency and promote growth of USPS products and services.

The Student Cooperative will assist with operations relating to data governance and data management. The Student Cooperative will also assist the Analytics group with special projects. The position requires responsibility, attention to detail, excellent writing and critical thinking skills. The Student Cooperative Program is available for continuous employment throughout the year, while enrolled in school. The selected candidate will work between 15 and 20 hours per week.

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 08/19/2019 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

Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the area of assignment. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations and may vary.
  • Assist the Director of Data Management to develop and implement agency-wide data management and data governance strategy, policies, processes, and tools to optimize data quality for the OIG.
  • Assist the Director of Data Management to implement an agency-wide data catalog, in coordination with agency management, Office of the Chief Information Officer staff, data owners, data stewards, and various other stakeholders.
    • Assist with data catalog configuration.
    • Help identify agency data sources.
    • Help load, enhance, and maintain data source information resources within the data catalog.
  • Help identify and convey pertinent data management related issues to the Director of Data Management.
  • Help maintain RISC's SharePoint-based information repositories.
  • Help develop and distribute Data Management and other communications products.
  • Provide administrative assistance to other RISC directors and managers.

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 work a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • May require some travel
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Moderate background investigation



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, not graduating prior to May 2020. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPT STATING CURRENT ENROLLMENT STATUS, GPA AND IN GOOD STANDING)
  • 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 year-round in the USPS OIG Rosslyn, VA office a minimum of 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday) during core business hours.
  • Familiarity with data management, data governance, business intelligence, and/or technology and innovation.
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis.
  • Knowledge of business analysis.
  • Familiarity with process improvement.
  • Proficiency in SharePoint management.
  • Experience conducting research.
  • Familiarity with organizing meetings and events.
  • Experience creating presentations and other visual communication material.
  • Highly organized and efficient.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability and problem-solving skills.
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and in a team on a wide range of assignments/projects.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and/or data analytics software.
Include your major accomplishments relevant to the evaluation factors in your resume.
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 2019-112-10569620-PC, by closing date08/19/2019 .

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

2. WRITING SAMPLE. Required. Upload at least one writing sample that demonstrates the ability to conduct research and analysis. Upload and save as "Writing Sample" document.

3. 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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