Student Trainee (Economics)

Washington, D.C
Jan 13, 2022
Jan 16, 2022
Full Time

  • The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
  • Performs general data gathering, verification, reviewing documents; coordinates projects of a limited nature; perform basic statistical, quantitative and qualitative analysis; complete general projects to enhance the incumbents skill set and support.
  • Responds to a range of internal/external inquiries (written and telephonic), conducts general data entry and basic statistical, quantitative or qualitative analysis on activities in support of FAS?s mission and initiatives.
  • Updates manuals on policies, directives and memoranda when necessary. Records and files information on specific cases, current projects, and/or studies. Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Researches, compiles, analyzes and reports data in support of economics studies of proposed projects. Assists in the development of information and data on production, prices, utilization, trade and consumption of agricultural products.
  • Inputs data into automated computer systems and learn basic modeling for economic analysis.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Must be in good academic standing as defined by their academic institution.
  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution.
  • Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • STUDENT STATUS: You must maintain status as a current student while on this appointment. The anticipated start date of this position is May 23, 2022. You must meet the definition of a "student" currently and after this date to be eligible for hire.
  • Due to COVID-19, USDA is currently in an optional telework posture. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station.
  • All USDA employees (whether teleworking or working onsite) who are not approved for a reasonable accommodation must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For information about where to obtain a vaccine at no cost to you, please visit www.vaccines


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

ELIGIBILITY: Students who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.

Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below.

GS-2: High school diploma or equivalent.
GS-3: Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study.
  • An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at an accredited college or university; OR
  • A minimum of 36 weeks at an accredited business, technical, vocational, or qualifying educational institution for at least 20 classroom hours per week.

GS-4: Completion of 2 full academic years (60 semester or 90 quarter hours) of post-high school study or an associate's degree.
GS-5: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.


You must submit a copy of your college transcript or high school diploma/GED certificate as proof that you meet the educational requirements for the grade to which you are applying.

Additional information

This position may be eligible to telework up to four days per week, based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements. The anticipated hours are 20 to 40 per week.

This is a temporary Summer Internship appointment not-to-exceed September 30, 2022, and may be extended based on program needs and if the student meets program requirements.

Summer interns must continue to meet the program requirements throughout the duration of the appointment.

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