Pathways Student Intern (Administration/Office Support)

Washington, D.C
Nov 19, 2020
Nov 25, 2020
Full Time


Are you a highly motivated student looking for an exciting developmental opportunity where you can assist professionals and technical specialists on various work assignments within the U.S. Department of Justice? If so, consider applying for the Pathways Internship Program at the Office of Justice Programs!

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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). At OJP, we provide federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation's capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems. We support state and local crime-fighting efforts, fund thousands of victim service programs, help communities manage sex offenders, address the needs of youth in the system and children in danger, and provide vital research and data. We are a diverse workforce of talented employees representing a wide array of professional disciplines, including: accountants, analysts, attorneys, grant/project managers, IT specialists, policy advisors, public affairs specialists, researchers, scientists, statisticians, writer/editors, and more. Learn more about our work at

Under the Pathways Internship Program, you will work closely with OJP professional and technical staff in coordinating, facilitating, and implementing activities in support of the mission and goals of DOJ, OJP, and your assigned office. You will perform a variety of assignments designed to broaden your skills and provide you with practical experience to support you in performing progressively complex assignments. Your duties will be based on your assigned office and may include:

Assisting in day-to-day operations through performing a mixture of routine and sometimes complex tasks.

Performing a variety of program support functions, such as inputting, assigning, maintaining, monitoring, or updating work status and records as well as administering and performing other support activities.

Assisting specialists/analysts in developing material for briefings, reports, presentations and conferences needed by supervisors and executive management.

Assisting management in collecting, organizing and maintaining program and/or functional documentation and materials.

Preparing a variety of correspondence, memoranda, and information.

Participating in meetings, briefings, and events.

Participating in required professional training that supports the goals of your assigned office and your internship goals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional may be required for conferences, training, and/or meetings.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Submit all required documents and Online Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit
  • Pre-employment drug testing required.
  • 1-year probationary period may be required.
  • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.

See Other Information for further requirements.



- Must be at least 16 years old.

- Must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in and seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate in an accredited high school (including homeschool), technical, vocational, 2 or 4 year college/university, graduate or professional school; and carry, at a minimum, a half-time course load as defined by the institution.

- Must be able to complete required (career-related) work experience prior to or concurrently with the completion of course requirements for the degree.

- Must be a U.S. citizen.

- Must sign a Participant Agreement that identifies expectations for the internship. Students will be required to complete all academic requirements for the target position as required.

- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.

NOTE: If you are graduating from your current academic program in the Spring of 2021, you may not be eligible for this student appointment unless you are accepted for enrollment for the Fall of 2021 at a qualifying educational institution seeking an additional qualifying degree, diploma, certificate, etc. or an advanced degree. You MUST submit proof of acceptance along with your current transcripts for consideration.

Completion of an associate's degree, or at least two (2) years of post-high school education with study leading to a degree or certificate in any field is qualifying for the GS-4 level.


One year of general experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position. General experience is defined as 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. Examples of general experience include: answering an office telephone and referring calls to appropriate staff; filing material in a proscribed order; operating a copying machine; collating and stapling materials; creating and maintaining spreadsheets, word documents and other electronic reports or memoranda.

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.

Click here to see the full Qualifications Statement.


Please see Eligibility Requirements and Minimum Qualifications.

Additional information

This is an Excepted Service appointment under the Pathways Intern Program.
Positions may be filled either on a Full-Time or Part-Time basis. Schedules may be adjusted during school breaks and the summer period.
This position is included in the bargaining unit.
This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the closing date.
These positions may be eligible for part time telework.
Within 120 days after completion of course requirements from a qualifying educational institution conferring a diploma, certificate, or degree, interns may be eligible for conversion, at agency option, to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service. In addition, the following requirements must be met:
- Must be a U.S. citizen.

- Must complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the internship program.

- Must receive a favorable recommendation for an appointment by an official of the agency or agency where the intern served.

- Must meet the qualification requirements for the position to which being converted.

- Must meet Agency-specific requirements as outlined in the agency Participant Agreement.

Interns converted at the lower grades are eligible for advancement through progressive promotions to full performance level of the position contingent upon satisfactory performance.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents


1. Resume and/or work history profile;
2. Responses to the online questions;
3. Veterans' Preference Documentation (if applicable; see below for more information);
4. Unofficial transcripts, must reflect GPA (official transcripts will be required if selected); and
5. Proof of enrollment (if your unofficial transcript reflects current/upcoming courses, this serves as enrollment verification; if your unofficial transcript does not reflect current/upcoming courses, a separate enrollment verification letter is required).

REMINDER: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Veterans Preference
In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

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.