Student Trainee (Physical Science)

Washington, D.C
Jun 21, 2021
Jun 28, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the Office of Science, Department Of Energy. As a Student Trainee (Physical Science), you will research background information; draft summary papers, presentations, and blog posts; organize meetings and workshops; and complete a science and technology policy project of mutual interest.

The incumbent is expected to onboard this fall and works part-time hours during the fall, winter, and spring and full-time hours during the summer.

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As a Student Trainee (Physical Science), in the Office of Crosscutting and Special initiatives, you will support communication about a wide variety of science, technology, and policy areas. You will:
  • Analyze portions of current or projected program operations to evaluate effectiveness in meeting established goals and objectives.
  • Develop and coordinate a variety of reports, staff actions, correspondence, and other related actions.
  • Collect data from a variety of reference sources and prepare reports to present patterns and trends in program activities.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a student, accepted for enrollment or enrolled, and seeking a degree or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on at least a half-time basis.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age or older.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation.
  • Interns will be on a trial period for the duration of the appointment.


Education: You must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment seeking a degree from a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis as defined by the institution. You must meet the below education requirement for the GS-7 grade level:
A. Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education.
B. Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.

You are required to submit a copy of transcripts and proof of enrollment.


This position has an education requirement. You MUST provide transcripts or Official Letter of Enrollment to support your educational claims. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Additional information

  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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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.

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications. If you are eligible and minimally qualified for this job you will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order, based on veterans preference status, as follows: (1) 10 percent or more compensably-disabled veterans; (2) all other 10-point preference eligibles; (3) 5-point preference eligibles; then (4) all other candidates. Preference candidates receive first consideration.

The following competencies are desirable at the full performance level of this position:

  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Technology Application

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date (06/30/2021) of this announcement.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you MUST provide a complete application package which includes:
  • Your RESUME showing all relevant work experience (paid and unpaid) including: duties performed; full name and address of the each employer; start and end dates (month/day/year); work schedule (part-time, full-time, number of hours if intermittent); salary; and any completed education and training (program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
  • Cover Letter, optional , expressing additional information not covered in your resume.
  • Transcripts, this position haseducational requirements, you must submit a copy of your current transcripts and/or letter of acceptance as proof of your enrollment. Unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned (semester or quarter hour) and final grade is acceptable. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the educational requirements.
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicabl e, DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; current active duty members- certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter. For more information visit the USAJOBS Help Center & OPM CHCOC website for VOW information. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) & Reemployment, if you are a DOE Excepted Service displaced federal employee, from a Pathways appointment, or believe you have reemployment rights at DOE based on a compensable injury, you must reach out to the agency contact listed in this announcement prior to the close date for guidance on how to receive consideration.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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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