Student Trainee

Washington, D.C
Jun 05, 2021
Jun 12, 2021
Full Time


The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a graduate level degree-seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited/qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis. Applicants who do not meet the definition of "student" will not be considered.

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Student Intern trainees can expect to prepare information for use by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) management, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials, Congress, and the public, in order to work closely with others in OMB, often under short deadlines.

The student will be assigned to a branch within OFCIO and will be responsible for a combination of professional, analytic, and administrative work. These responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Performs basic budget, management, and policy duties as directed by higher graded staff members. This requires familiarity with regulations, statutes, legislation and various reference materials.
  • Assists in the review and analysis of agency submissions, studies, research materials, and other information related to assigned areas.
  • Facilitates internal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and interagency communication.
  • Maintains paper and electronic files.
  • Makes arrangements for meetings and hearings and prepares materials.
  • Identifies problems, takes corrective action, reconciles records and transmits to next action point.
  • Creates, copies, edits, stores, retrieves, and prints a variety of correspondence and documents.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
    • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
    • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
    • Direct Deposit is required
    • Suitability for Federal employment
    • If selected, you will be required to serve a trial period.
    • R?sum? and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
    • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
    • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
    • Must sign a Pathways Agreement.
    • Must submit transcripts and proof of enrollment for every semester/term.
    • Must maintain the required 3.0 GPA for the position throughout the internship.
    • Must submit an original writing sample of at least 2 pages.
    • Be at least 18 years old and obtain a favorable security determination.
    • New employees to the Executive Office of the President will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for this program, applicants must: (1) be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree seeking program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis; (2) have a minimum cumulative (overall) GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0; and (3) be in good academic standing. (You must submit relevant unofficial transcripts and proof of acceptance/enrollment).

    NOTE: All eligible applicants MUST be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree seeking program that will begin during Fall 2021 with an anticipated graduation date AFTER January 1, 2022.

    You may qualify for grade based on education, experience, or a combination of education and experience. Education and experience requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.

    You may qualify at the GS-07 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:

    A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that demonstrates your ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis; preparing and presenting results; and performing clerical task such as arranging meetings, preparing correspondence, and greeting visitors. (NOTE: The information in your resume must support this in order to be considered for this position.)


    B. One full year of graduate level education in an accredited or pre-accredited college or university. (NOTE: You must submit relevant unofficial transcripts.)


    C. SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Meet the requirements under the superior academic achievement provision. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. Superior Academic Achievement is based on one of the following:
    • Class Standing - You must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision;
    • Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - You must have a grade-point average of either:
      • (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
      • (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum;
    • Honor Society Membership - You may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies ( ). (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts and/or verification of class standing for further verification)

    D. A combination of education and experience as listed above.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    Additional information

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement. Interns will work full-time during the summer and may work a flexible part-time work schedule during the school year (based on agency needs) while continuing their education.

    You will be in a trial period throughout your entire Pathways Internship appointment. If selected by management, you are required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

    This is an Excepted Service appointment. As a part of the Pathways Internship Program, the appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed. You may be converted, without a break in service to a term (time-limited) or permanent appointment upon graduation and completion of program requirements but there is no guarantee.

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit: .

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information
    visit: .

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement:

    Employment Information Resources - Resource Center:

    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 Alternative 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 quality category
    (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • College/School transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement. (NOTE: This position has an education requirement; MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS)
    • College/School proof of enrollment
    • Writing Sample (limited to 2 pages)
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
    • Career Transition Assistant Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

    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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