PATHWAYS IEP - Student Trainee (Social Science), GS-0199-09, Census-Pathways-ICV

Suitland, Maryland
Sep 14, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
Full Time


This vacancy is for a Student Trainee (Social Science) position in the Center for Behavioral Science Methodslocated at the U.S. Census Bureau.

**Multiple selections may be made from various directorates within the Census Bureau from this announcement for a position with the same title, series, grade(s), promotion potential, general job responsibilities and duty location **

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The individual selected for this position will:
  • Under the general supervision of a higher grade social science analyst or statistician performs a variety of assignments and projects designed to train the incumbent in sociological, sociolinguistic , political science, or combination of other social science research work, including reports of recommendations and conclusions, as well as to provide incumbent with an understanding and experience in the practical application of statistical theories and principles.
  • Carries on research into the design of mail questionnaires and enumeration schedules for the purpose of effecting economies in cost and increasing the reliability of surveys, particularly research Into the effect of different combinations of questions and subject- matter on the quality and the rate of performance of enumerators.
  • Assists in performing research into the technical problems encountered in previous surveys for the purposeof effecting improvement in instructions to field and departmental personnel and methods of processing. With a knowledge of program plans prepares specifications for collecting, processing, and compiling current survey data.
  • Reviews editing and coding problems encountered by processing clerks and recommends solutions.
  • Assists higher grade professional employees in the development of schedule worksheets, statistical tables, charts, graphs, and the like. Prepares in rough, analytical and interpretative texts, subject to review by higher grade professional personnel, data collected and compiled under the technical direction of the division.
  • Conducts research on special problems involved in the collection, processing, and analysis of public employment and government finances, including the testing of the accuracy of estimating procedures, and improvement of coverage of specific levels or types of government to increase the accuracy of estimated figures, research pertaining to the organization of the government units, purposes, and sources of revenue, and other research to aid in the classification, analysis, and collection of data.
  • Additional duties may include: Translation review, recruiting respondents, shadow senior researchers on expert reviews, cognitive and usability testing of English and non-English speakers, literature reviews and other research support.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal Employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service System, if applicable. (
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • You Must sign a Pathways Agreement

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the date the first (175) applicants are received or on September 10, 2021 whichever comes first.

A trial period may be required.

If a degree has been obtained or nearing completion, please include a letter of acceptance (on official letter head) into another degree or certificate program to show proof of eligibility.

This position will be filled under the Pathways Internship Program. This Program allows students to gain paid work experience while pursuing a degree, diploma or certificate at a qualifying institution. Under the Pathways Program, students who successfully complete all work, study, qualifications, and other eligibility requirements may be offered a permanent position work our agency upon graduation or completion of a qualifying certificate.

This position is in the excepted service.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

This position may be eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).



You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school (go to to verify accreditation status). Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course load leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. You must provide evidence of your current (spring semester or equivalent) enrollment, either on your transcript or by uploading a separate class schedule. If you are completing your current program this semester you must provide a letter of acceptance or proof of enrollment into another qualifying program to be rated eligible.

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.


Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


GS-09: Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

EDUCATION: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.


Additional information

  • The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

The following competencies are desirable at the full performance level of this position (GS-09)
  • Practical knowledge of social science research methods sufficient to perform studies, prepare research proposals and analytic reports, and review statistical output.
  • Practical knowledge of the theories and principles of incumbent's social science specialty and the ability to undergo development for progressively more difficult assignments.

For more information on category rating, please go to:

We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

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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

A complete application consists of the following:
  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume should indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
  • Veterans' Preference Documentation: Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:
  • Education Documentation: If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. This also includes Census Bureau employees. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

All applicants to include Census employees MUST submit a copy of your transcripts. Make sure all vacancy requirements are demonstrated in the documents that are submitted. Applicants may need to submit more than one transcript.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - . You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.

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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