Student Cooperative for Research and Insights Solution Center (RISC) - PAID

Arlington, Virginia
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 23, 2019
Analyst, Research
Full Time


The United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is seeking a student enrolled in a college/university program to fill our Student Cooperative - (Paid) position in the Research and Insights Solution Center (RISC), located in Arlington, VA.
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RISC disseminates actionable information and knowledge to support the OIG's audits, investigations, and operations. The selected candidate will provide a wide range of technical and administrative support to RISC, including creating materials such as data sets to support projects and reports, developing executive briefing materials and presentations, creating supporting materials for cases. The ideal candidate will have interest in the application of data science and data analytics, including structured/unstructured data and machine learning techniques. The Student Cooperative Program is available for continuous employment throughout the year, while enrolled in school.

The selected candidate will provide a wide range of technical and administrative support for RISC that includes creating/manipulating data sets, visuals, and reports on many different platforms that support audits or investigations. Some of the platforms and tools utilized are SAS Visual Analytics and Power BI, as well as SQL and R programming language. Our ideal candidate will be well organized, self-motivated, detail oriented, and a fast learner.

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 10/22/2019 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 $14.06-$17.00/hour. Locality Pay is authorized.

Sophomore $18.18 per hour includes locality pay
Junior/Senior $19.40 per hour includes locality pay
Graduate or Law Student $21.98 per hour includes 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.

The student cooperative performs specialized duties with continuing responsibility for projects, questions, or issues that arise in the area of assignment/curriculum. Each assignment typically consists of a series of related actions or decisions prior to final completion.
  • Provide administration and analytics support to the Research and Insights Solution Center (RISC) and staff for project status reports, meetings, presentations, workshops, and outreach meeting to other agencies and vendors.
  • Support analytics projects with basic data collection, manipulation, and analysis.
  • Collect project status information and provide summary data in various formats.
  • Document products and solutions using sound technical writing skills.
  • Conduct research and pull data from a variety of data sources and systems to develop intelligence cases.
  • Create a variety of analytic products, such as relational databases, summary tables and graphs.

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 security clearance
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • May require some travel



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)
  • Must be in academic good standing as defined by the college or university, earning at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale.

  • Must be able to report to work in the USPS OIG office for which you are selected during core business hours.

  • Interest in the application of data science and data analytics, including structured/ unstructured data and machine learning techniques.

  • Basic knowledge of Structured Query Language (SQL).


Include your major accomplishments relevant to the evaluation factors in your resume.
  • Experience using the Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience with data collection and analysis of simple and complex data
  • Ability to research trends in business intelligence, data analytics, and geospatial information systems
  • Exposure to and/or interest in basic statistical analysis and/or trend analysis
  • Exposure to and/or interest in Structure Query Language (SQL) concepts and methods
  • Exposure to and/or interest in researching, analyzing, and evaluating projects, investigations, and proactive initiatives
  • Basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analytical methods to assess and validate data, determine risk probabilities and develop conclusions

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 2020-05-10624522-PC, by closing date 10/22/2019 .

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

2. 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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