Student Volunteer

Washington, D.C
Jan 08, 2022
Jan 16, 2022
Full Time

The Office of Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel is designed to provide public policy students with experience in a variety of real world Federal maritime experience. The work normally assigned to a student volunteer will include:
  • Working on a national/global initiative to define the data standards for containerized cargo that will reduce freight congestion and increase efficiency. This is a timely project that will require attention to detail and creative thinking. You will be working directly with industry leaders on a weekly basis.
  • Writing background meetings for a heavy schedule of meetings with industry and government agencies
  • Taking notes, drafting follow-up correspondence, and analyzing data and information for the Commissioner, Counsel, and FMC senior staff
  • Conducting research on industry practices


Conditions of Employment

Students should be available for up to 16 hours a week for 8 weeks with the option to extend. Reasonable accommodations will be made for job interviews, school business, holidays, vacations, or other special circumstances. A hybrid of in-person and virtual work is preferred.

Conditions of Student Volunteer Program:
  • Selectees must submit school transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) and proof of enrollment in a degree or certificate seeking program at an accredited education institution.
  • Student volunteers do not receive payment of any kind from FMC, except approved volunteers may be eligible for a transit subsidy.
  • Students must sign and adhere to the Federal Maritime Commission's Student Volunteer Service Agreement.
  • A representative from selectee's school must sign the Federal Maritime Commission's Student Volunteer Service Agreement form.
  • Although optional, students are encouraged to work with their school academic advisor to request course credits for the Student Volunteer Program.


All applicants must meet the basic requirements to be considered eligible by the close of this announcement.

Desired skills:
  • Proficiency in Outlook, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Strong writing skills
  • Creative thinking with ability to perform analytical tasks
  • You must be a United States Citizen and at least 18 years old; AND
  • Enrolled as a student on at least a half-time basis and as defined by your educational institution and be in good academic standing as defined by your educational institution; AND
  • Submit proof of student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the student volunteer opportunity. Students must maintain student eligibility and enrollment throughout the duration of the student volunteer opportunity and must be actively enrolled at an accredited institution.
  • Students who have graduated or will graduate prior to the completion of the Student Volunteer Program commitment are ineligible to participate without proof of future enrollment at an accredited educational institution.
  • Specific work schedules vary and will be set upon selection.
  • Education must be from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants should report only attendance and/or degrees from accredited institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

  • Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
    • Service is not creditable for leave or any other employee benefits. Student interns may be eligible to receive a federal transit benefit to help pay for mass transit for their home-to-work commute.
    • Accepted student volunteer interns are not considered to be Federal employees for any purpose.
    • The Federal Tort Claims provisions published in 28 U.S.C. 2671 through 2680 which enables individuals (that are not Federal employees) who are injured by negligent or wrongful acts of Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment to submit claims for compensation for those injuries to the Federal Government.
    • Claims related to injuries to Federal employees sustained during performance of work assignments under 5 U.S.C. Chapter 81.

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