Pathways Student Trainee (Legal)

Washington, D.C
Jan 13, 2022
Jan 21, 2022
Full Time

  • Provide legal support to attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Conduct legal research and writing.
  • Attend meetings and briefings in support of Office of the General Counsel attorneys.
  • Brief GC and USAID Operating Units on legal topics.
  • Support attorneys in responding to inquiries from Congress, the Government Accountability Office, and the Office of Inspector General.


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Enrolled in an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school on a full or half-time basis and in good standing.
  • Successful completion of background investigation (suitability level only for interns).
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
  • Min. GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • Must sign pathways agreement, if selected.
  • You will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before onboarding with the agency, if after November 22, 2021.


As a Law Intern you will assist GC in providing USAID leadership and USAID Bureaus, Independent Offices, and Missions with sound and timely legal research on all aspects of the Agency's mission, and promoting the efficiency and effectiveness of USAID's foreign assistance programs and operations, while ensuring compliance with statutes, regulations, and policies and upholding principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

Law Interns will typically be assigned to at least two of the following GC Divisions: Acquisition and Assistance; Africa;-Asia/Europe & Eurasia; Development, Democracy, and Innovation; Ethics and Administration (including employment and labor, privacy and cybersecurity); Global Health; Latin America and the Caribbean/Middle East; Legislation and Policy; Litigation and Enforcement, and; Relief, Response and Resilience. Applicants are encouraged to indicate in their cover letter which of the GC divisions listed above they are interested in.

Eligibility Requirements
To be considered for the position, you must meet the following candidate eligibility requirements:
  • Enrolled in an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school on a full or half-time basis and in good standing.
  • You must submit your resume and cover letter (optional) addressed to the General Counsel (, and transcript (official or unofficial).
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) or above.
  • References are not required


Legal Interns will be assigned a grade level based on their satisfaction of the corresponding eligibility criteria when they begin the internship:

GS-07: A rising second-year law student with the satisfactory completion of one year of law school.
GS-09: A rising third-year law student with the satisfactory completion of two years of law school.

Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position. Please include a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) that demonstrates that you meet the education requirement listed above before the announcement's closing date. If you do not include this information before the closing date of the announcement, your application will be marked as incomplete unless your SF-50 shows that you were/are already in a Pathways Internship job series.

Additional information

As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

There are limited circumstances in which an exception to the federal workforce vaccination requirement may be obtained. If you are not able to get vaccinated due to a medical condition, you should contact to request an exception from this requirement. If you are not able to get vaccinated because you have a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance, you should contact OCRD's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Division at to request a religious exception.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.

This position is in the excepted service and does not confer conversion to a competitive appointment.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) under the Agency's approved Drug-Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.

Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.

Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.

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It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.