Pathways Internship Student Trainee (Public Notice Flyer)

Washington, D.C
Jun 14, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
Full Time


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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is the principal federal entity charged with the coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. ONC's mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities through the use of technology and health information that is accessible when and where it matters most.

The ONC Pathways - Student Internship Program provides dedicated students, from high school to graduate level, with a rewarding experience in public service. ONC seeks to attract and develop new talent with an interest in the business, standards, technology, policy, and healthcare fields.

For more information on ONC, visit .

ONC offers the following Student Internship positions:
  • Student Trainee - Administrative (399) - Duties may include assisting with correspondence, briefing materials, responses to inquiries, and conducting studies to evaluate the effective of administrative or operational policies.
  • Student Trainee - Public Health Analyst (699) - Duties may include analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of public health program operations by generating reports, compiling data, conducting surveys, and making recommendations for improvements.
  • Student Trainee - Information Technology (2299) - Duties may include assisting with complex IT assignments, and evaluating and recommending the adoption of new or enhanced approaches to delivering it services, and preparing and presenting reports.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Registered or exempt from Selective Service (
  • Suitable for federal employment
  • Proof of student status must be submitted with the application
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing
  • Students must provide official transcripts, if selected
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.
  • Documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.




GPA Requirement: You must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the unweighted 4.0 scale at the time of application. (GPA 2.95 is rounded to 3.0 and 2.94 is rounded to 2.9.)

To be eligible as a Student Intern:
  • Must be a current student in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

You may qualify for these positions based on education, experience, or a combination of the two.


Additional information

For more information about pay based on locality, please visit the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Salaries & Wages Page .

Conversion Eligibility: Student Interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a career, career-conditional, or term appointment within 120 days of successful completion of the program. To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and
  • Perform their job successfully.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics) related to the position.
We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application. Here's how it will work:
  • You will answer job-related questions, which will measure your overall possession of the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job.
  • If you meet the minimum qualifications and education requirements for this position, your application and responses to the job-related questions will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:
    • Well Qualified - for those who excel in the evaluation criteria
    • Qualified - for those who only meet the minimum qualification requirements

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 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 professional or scientific positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

Note: Pathways Student Intern candidates will meet the qualification requirement consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Veterans' preference applies to selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Candidates who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements need not be further evaluated.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

When you apply to this position via the link on our Students and Recent Graduates page, you will be asked to submit documentation of your qualifications and education. This will include:

1. Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must also list your work experience and education (if applicable) including the start and end dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, you must include the series and grade level for the position(s). Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). For resume and application tips visit: .

2. College Transcripts. Since this position requires specific education, you must submit a transcript attesting to your possession of the required education. You must submit an unofficial transcript at time of application. An official transcript is required if you are selected for the position. If selected, you must provide an original document before the final job offer may be extended.

College Transcripts and Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website. This list, which may not be all inclusive, is for informational purposes only and does not imply any endorsement of any specific agency.

3. Documentation of veterans preference (if applicable). Required documents (e.g., DD-214, SF-15, etc.) are necessary to claim veterans preference for this vacancy announcement. Click here for a detailed description of the required documents . Failure to provide the required documentation WILL result in an ineligible rating OR non-consideration.

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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