Student Trainee (Legal)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Feb 23, 2021
Closes
Feb 27, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

We are an independent office within the EPA that helps the agency protect the environment in a more efficient and cost effective manner. We perform audits, evaluations, and investigations of the EPA to promote economy and efficiency, and to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse. We strive to provide solutions to problems that ultimately result in making America a cleaner and healthier place. Come join the team!

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Responsibilities

The EPA OIG is seeking student trainees (legal) under the Pathways Program. This position is provided for current students with a desire to work in the public sector and assignments are designed to complement the students educational field while meeting the expressed needs of the agency and EPA OIG organizations.

You will gain valuable professional, administrative, and/or technical on-the-job training and experience with the opportunity to explore future career possibilities. You will perform support work in connection with the assignments and projects of the office to which you are assigned.

Ideal candidate for this internship is an individual pursing a law degree.

Candidates will be considered on the basis of the applicability of their education to specific EPA OIG assignments.

Positions are available in the following offices located in Washington, DC. We are only accepting the first 100 applicants. This vacancy will close after the applicant limit is reached.

Responsibilities
The ideal candidate will perform the following duties:
  • Assists the Ethics and Administrative Attorney with administering the Ethics Program, to include but not limited to: Ethics Training, opinions, reports and financial reporting programs.
  • Uses various legal software packages such as: WESTLAW, LEXIS, CMIS, etc. to assist the legal staff with legal researching. Independently completes required fact finding assignments by researching and retrieving legal cases, statutes, and regulations from the various software packages.
  • Prepares legal documents in required format with guidance from attorneys, including the selection of proper format.
  • Reviews Freedom of Information Act requests for information to determine which divisions and offices may be the custodian of the requested documents.
  • The employee performs clerical support to ensure efficient office operations.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
07

Requirements

Conditions of Employment



Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Must meet education requirements.
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • Must meet Pathways program requirements.

This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form. We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about e-verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veteran's Preference .

Qualifications

This is an appointment under the Pathways Program. Current students in advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. Appointee must sign a Participant Agreement. The entire duration of the Pathways Appointment constitutes a trial period.

To be eligible for an internship opportunity you must meet the following criteria:
  • You must be a current student enrolled at least half time in:
    • A qualifying educational institution pursuing a graduate or professional school
      (e.g., law school, medical school), or a post-secondary home-school curriculum that has been
      accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of
      Education); or
    • A certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational
      institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an
      accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum; or
    • Students who take online courses are eligible to participate so long as all other requirements
      are met and the school is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • You must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least a 2.0.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age.


  • Education

    Mandatory Education Requirement. All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify:

    Applicants must meet requirements for selection at the following GS levels:

    GS-7: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education.

    NOTE: You MUST maintain status as a student for the duration of this program. If you are graduating in Spring 2020 and not pursuing additional education in Fall 2021, you are not eligible for this program.

    The qualification requirements must be met within 90 days of the closing date of the announcement.

    Additional information

    EPA OIG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

    Appointees may be extended or reappointed under this program without further competition. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a permanent position in the competitive service. Additional information on program completion and conversion can be found at: Pathways Program.

    Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

    All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

    Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application includes: (1) Your resume, (2) Responses to the online questions, and (3) Required supporting documents (see Required Documents section below).

    You will be evaluated for this position based upon information reflected in your resume and the required supporting documents. After the closing date of the announcement, your package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed.

    To remain in consideration for this position, please ensure your resume covers this requirement and that your application has been successfully submitted as part of your on-line application. Creation of this package includes completing the on-line assessment questionnaire, uploading your resume, and uploading any required supporting documents.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    NCS/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section. Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered.

    In addition to your resume, the following documents are required for this position:

    If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point
    Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference.

    You must submit your college transcripts (unofficial are acceptable).

    All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
  • Download from your USAJOBS account; or
  • Upload your file(s); or
  • Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.

  • 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.

    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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