Alexandria, Virginia
Nov 09, 2019
Nov 17, 2019
Full Time


The Pathways Internship Program provides students enrolled in educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in federal agencies, gain valuable on-the-job experience, and explore careers while still in school. The program provides meaningful developmental work with the objective of preparing the student for placement into the agency's permanent workforce.

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  • As a Student Trainee (Program Analyst), your typical work assignment:
  • Performs evaluation duties and developmental assignments in one or more specialty areas, which may include homeland defense, joint operations, environment, force management, safety, intelligence, space, occupational health, and special studies.
  • With guidance, chooses and applies analytical and evaluative techniques in assignments.
  • Research applicable laws, directives, regulations, manuals, prior studies, and reports needed for evaluations; summarizes information and presents to supervisor.
  • As directed, assists in the gathering and analysis of data, developing findings and recommendations, preparing reports, briefings or other evaluation products; prepares or assembles supporting documentation.
  • Analyzes data to ensure that evidence adequately supports findings; assists in follow up of previous evaluation product.
  • Attends meetings as directed or required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Approximately 10%.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Suitability for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.
  • Incumbent is required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with Department of Defense (DoD) OIG.
  • ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT: You must be enrolled at least halftime at a qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
  • PROOF OF ENROLLMENT: You must furnish course registration information at the start of each school term and provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic term.
  • GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA): Cumulative GPA of 2.5 - must be maintained throughout the entire internship appointment.
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Interns may work full-time during the summer and flexible part-time work schedule during the school year (based on agency needs) while continuing their education.
  • PATHWAYS AGREEMENT: Selectees will be required to sign a Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This appointment requires completion of a two-year trial period.
  • This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
  • PART-TIME SALARY: GS-04, Step 1 = $16.26 per hour, Step 10 = $21.13 per hour. NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government typically hire at the Step 1.


Internship Program Eligibility
Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment and seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis, as defined by the educational institution.

You may qualify for the GS-04 grade level, if you fulfill one of the following qualifications requirements:

A. One year of general experience equivalent to the GS-03 grade level in the Federal service performing progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled.

B. Completed 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree. (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education to verify your claim. All education must be accredited by accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.)


Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: .

Accreditation: To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. You must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education ( ).

Additional information

CONVERTING TO THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE: As part of the Pathways Internship Program, you may be converted, without a break in service, to a term (time-limited) or permanent appointment upon graduation as long as you meet the following criteria: (1) You are a Citizen (2) you worked at least 640 hours in an appropriate program (3) you received a recommendation for retention from your supervisor. Please note: DoD-OIG is not obligated to make an employment, nor is the student obligated to accept an employment offer.

If you are rated among the best qualified group of candidates, your personal, educational, and work experience, will be evaluated against your responses to the questionnaire. You will be assessed to the extent to which you possess the competencies listed in the "Qualifications" section above and ultimately placed into one of three quality category levels: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, and Qualified. Applicants will receive further consideration in accordance with category rating procedures.

Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.

Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.

Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Military retirees seeking to enter civil service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they are within 180 days following their official date of retirement (5 United States Code 3326.)

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):~

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume showing relevant experience and education (cover letter optional). Resume should include the following: where you worked, job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week, salary, graduation date, to include both month and year;
  • Unofficial transcript. You must submit a letter from the registrar confirming your continued enrollment and/or a list of currently registered classes printed from your universities online system to prove current enrollment. Applicants who fail to provide transcripts and degree completion dates in their resume will be marked as insufficient and will not receive consideration for this position. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to your entrance on duty;
  • Completed assessment questionnaire;
  • To claim veterans' preference, submit a DD-214 indicating the most recent dates of service, character of service and type of discharge. To claim 10% or more disability, submit a VA certification letter in addition to a DD-214 (If selected, a completed and signed SF-15 will be required prior to your entrance on duty). Future military retirees can submit a "Statement of Service" only if retirement DD 214 or proof of transitional leave is not yet available. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). (IF APPLICABLE)
WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by 11:59 PM (EST)11/15/2019, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Submission of a resume alone is NOT a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional form/s and/or supplemental materials. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment. All documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement.

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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