Internship: Student Trainee (Program Assistant (OA): Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP)

Deadline for Applications: September 12, 2016

Job Overview:

This vacancy announcement will be open from 09/06/2016 to 09/12/2016. Only the first 100 applicants will be considered. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Salary Range: $43,684.00 to $56,790.00 / Per Year

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of “student” in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student’s academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

Duties:

The vacancy is for a part-time position in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research Office of Analytic Outreach (INR/OTR). INR/OTR leads the Intelligence Community in bringing the full-spectrum of outside (non-USG) experts together to share their expertise with government employees on current and emerging foreign policy issues to inform intelligence analysis and policymaking. INR/OTR is responsible for hosting approximately 150 analytical exchanges, per year, and the incumbent helps organize these events. S/he maintains a speakers’ database and an events’ database, compiles survey results, reserves conference rooms for events held in the State Department, and performs other logistics and administrative tasks, as needed. The incumbent works closely with OTR’s financial analyst and program officers, and reports to the deputy director. The incumbent will work 16 hours/week, ideally 4 days/week, 4 hours/day.

DUTIES

– Performs a variety of administrative actions involving the interpretation of complex written material in accordance with office standards, the use of guidelines to determine that actions conform to established terms of agreement among key players; and the drafting of instructions and/or telegrams to various offices and posts;
– Assists in advising and guiding Department of State officers and counterparts within the intelligence agencies to assure required and coordinated action in support of special activities;
– Assists in analyzing problem situations, developing factual information, and recommending solutions and/or alternative options to routine administrative problems, referring more difficult problems to the supervisor;
– Counsels and advises personnel participating in the program and/or supporting the program regarding Foreign Service appointment, benefits, assignment and transfer processes within established guidelines;
– Maintains detailed, comprehensive records relating to positions and/or assigned personnel, including preparing summaries and reports for review by supervisor;
– Serves as liaison with counterparts within the Department and various agencies and participates in meetings relating to areas of responsibility.

Job Requirements:

Key Requirements

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by the closing date of the announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must maintain student eligibility for duration of internship.
  • Depending on the job, it may require a Secret security clearance

Qualifications

To qualify for this position at the GS-07 grade level: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision after completing a bachelor’s degree.

Superior Academic Achievement S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

1. Class standing — Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)— Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

  • 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
  • 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed below. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (external link).

Agencies considering eligibility based on any society not included in the following list must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

-Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
-Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.
– All transcripts or educational supporting documentation reflects a projected graduation date on or after Fall 2017.

The Pathways Internship Program defines “student” to mean an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirement are met.

Pathways Internship Program candidates must meet the U.S. Department of State (DOS) qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications Monday, September 12, 2016, 11:59 pm EST.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A U.S. Citizen;
  • 16 years or older by the closing date of this announcement;
  • Enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment as a full-time or half-time student into an accredited college or university in a degree-seeking program, or enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment in a certificate program;
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment; and
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the agency-developed or OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.
  • All transcripts or educational supporting documentation must reflect a projected graduation date on or after FALL 2017.
  • Undergraduate Certificates must contain a minimum of 30 Semester hours or 45 Quarter hours; and
  • Graduate Certificates must contain a minimum of 18 Semester Hours or 27 Quarter hours.
  • For study at a business or technical school, 36 weeks of study (20+classroom hours per week) is comparable to 1 academic year above high school.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at an institution that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see U.S. Department of Education.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence at the time of application. Late submissions of proof of accreditation will not be accepted. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

For more information, and to apply for the internship, click here.