Overview

Duties

Summary

The Pathways Internship Program provides students enrolled in educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in federal agencies, gain valuable on-the-job experience, and explore careers while still in school. The program provides meaningful developmental work with the objective of preparing the student for placement into the agency's permanent workforce

https: www.opm.gov/polcy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates#intern

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Responsibilities

  • As a Student Trainee (Program Analyst), your typical work assignment:
  • Performs evaluation duties and developmental assignments in one or more specialty areas, which may include homeland defense, joint operations, environment, force management, safety, intelligence, space, occupational health, and special studies.
  • With guidance, chooses and applies analytical and evaluative techniques in assignments.
  • Research applicable laws, directives, regulations, manuals, prior studies, and reports needed for evaluations; summarizes information and presents to supervisor.
  • As directed, assists in the gathering and analysis of data, developing findings and recommendations, preparing reports, briefings or other evaluation products; prepares or assembles supporting documentation.
  • Prepares or assembles supporting documentation; Analyzes data to ensure that evidence adequately supports findings; assists in follow up of previous evaluation product.
  • Attends meetings as directed or required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Approximately 10%

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
9

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitability for Federal employment , determined by background investigation
  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.
  • Incumbent is required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing for the duration of service with Department of Defense (DoD) OIG.
  • INTERNSHIP: Must meet the requirements for the Internship Program. STUDENT STATUS: You must maintain status as a current student while on this appointment.
  • ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT: You must be enrolled at least halftime at a qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
  • PROOF OF ENROLLMENT: You must furnish course registration information at the start of each school term and provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic term.
  • GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA): Cumulative GPA of 2.5 – must be maintained throughout the entire internship appointment.
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Interns may work full-time during the summer and flexible part-time work schedule during the school year (based on agency needs) while continuing their education.
  • PATHWAYS AGREEMENT: Selectees will be required to sign a Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement.
  • TRIAL PERIOD: This appointment requires completion of a two-year trail period.
  • This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
  • PART-TIME SALARY: GS-07, Step 1 = $23.32 per hour, Step 10 = $30.31 per hour. GS-09, Step 1 = $28.53 per hour, Step 10 = $37.08 per hour. NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government typically hire at the Step 1.

Qualifications

You may qualify for the GS-07 grade level, if you fulfill one of the following qualifications requirements:

  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service utilizing knowledge of basic research, audit or evaluation techniques and principles; performing basic research to extract information for evaluation; analyzing data and written material to gather relevant information for evaluations; assembling information and preparing reports with supporting documentation to draft evaluation reports; presenting information clearly, concisely and logically both orally and in writing to prepare and present findings; and working with staff to participate in team evaluations.
  • Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education in a related field to the position being filled. (One full year of graduate education is the number of hours the school determines to equal one year. If this information is unavailable, 18 semester hours will be used as the standard.) (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education to verify your claim. All education must be accredited by accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education).
  • Successfully completed all of the requirements for a bachelors' degree in a related program from an accredited college or university and claim eligibility for Superior Academic Achievement based on one of the following: a grade point average of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of my graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society. (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education and any other applicable documentation to verify your claim. All education must be accredited by accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education).
  • Combination of experience and education as are described in A and B above; however, percentage of the education and experience which when combined totals 100% of the necessary education and experience to qualify for this position. (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education to verify your claim.)
  • You may qualify for the GS-09 grade level, if you fulfill one of the following qualifications requirements:

  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service performing basic research, audit and evaluation techniques and principles; selecting and researching laws, regulations, policies, and audit reports or comparable documents to extract information for evaluations; analyzing data and written material to gather relevant information for evaluations; assembling information and preparing reports with supporting documentation to draft evaluation reports; presenting ideas, facts, conclusions and recommendations clearly, concisely, and logically both orally and in writing to prepare and present findings; and work with staff to participate in team evaluations.
  • Completed of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in a related field. (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education to verify your claim. All education must be accredited by accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.)
  • Combination of experience and education as are described in A and B above; however, percentage of the education and experience which when combined totals 100% of the necessary education and experience to qualify for this position. (You MUST submit transcripts or proof of education to verify your claim.)
  • Education

    You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    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: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    CONVERTING TO THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE: As part of the Pathways Internship Program, the appointment may be extended until selectee's education program requirements have been completed. You may be converted, without a break in service, to a term (time-limited) or permanent appointment upon graduation as long as you meet the following criteria: (1) You are a Citizen (2) you worked at least 640 hours in an appropriate program (3) you received a recommendation for retention from your supervisor. Please note: DoD-OIG is not obligated to make an employment, nor is the student obligated to accept an employment offer.

    If you are rated amongst the best qualified group of candidates, your personal, educational, and work experience, will be evaluated against your responses to the questionnaire. You will be assessed to the extent to which you possess the competencies listed in the "Qualifications" section above and ultimately placed into one of three quality category levels: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, and Qualified. Applicants will receive further consideration in accordance with category rating procedures.

    Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.

    Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.

    Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

    Military retirees seeking to enter civil service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they are within 180 days following their official date of retirement (5 United States Code 3326.)

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the announcement has closed, your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Analysis
    • Communication
    • Research

    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • Resume showing relevant experience and education (cover letter optional). Resume should include the following: where you worked, job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and end dates (Mo/Yr), hours per week, salary, graduation date, to include both month and year;
    • Unofficial transcript. You must submit a letter from the registrar confirming your continued enrollment and/or a list of currently registered classes printed from your universities online system to prove current enrollment. Applicants who fail to provide transcripts and degree completion dates in their resume will be marked as insufficient and will not receive consideration for this position. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to your entrance on duty;
    • Completed assessment questionnaire;
    • To claim veterans' preference, submit a DD-214 indicating the most recent dates of service, character of service and type of discharge. To claim 10% or more disability, submit a VA certification letter in addition to a DD-214 (If selected, a completed and signed SF-15 will be required prior to your entrance on duty). Future military retirees can submit a "Statement of Service" only if retirement DD 214 or proof of transitional leave is not yet available. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). (IF APPLICABLE)

    Other Supporting Documents.

    • Pathway Agreement: Incumbents must complete a Pathway Participants Agreement upon appointment.

    WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by 11:59 PM (EST)
    01/04/2021, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

    Submission of a resume alone is NOT a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional form/s and/or supplemental materials. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment. All documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement.

    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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