This is a Student Internship position under the Pathways Internship Program. Selected students will begin on June 6, 2023.
To qualify for this Internship, you MUST be a continuing student enrolled or accepted for enrollment for the current/upcoming semesters for the duration of the internship as a condition of employment, taking at least a half-time course load. You will be required to provide documentation to support eligibility. Students may be employed throughout the academic year.
The Secretarial Intern Program (SIP) is designed to provide interns an opportunity to broaden their perspectives on issues facing government. Interns will work throughout the Department of Transportation (DOT) and support higher-level management in coordinating, facilitating, and implementing activities within the office to which they are assigned; and be exposed to and participate in activities, innovations, and challenges facing the Transportation Industry.
The Student Trainee works in support of the office they are assigned to which may include:
- Performing a variety of assignments selected to broaden skills and provide practical experience aimed at developing the employee’s skills and knowledge to perform progressively complex assignments.
- Assignments at this level are designed to orient, train, and increase the student’s knowledge in his/her perspective area of study.
- Assisting specialists/analysts in developing material for briefings, reports, presentations and conference materials needed by supervisor and executive management.
- Developing documents, such as research based papers, graphs, charts, and other data to be used by transportation officials in defining transportation challenges and recommending options and potential solutions.
- Assisting management in collecting, organizing and maintaining program and/or functional documentation and materials.
- Participating in meetings, events, and briefings.
Ideal Candidate: The Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking for Undergraduate and Graduate students with an interest in human resources, administration, and business based majors. The DOT is seeking students who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and self-initiative.
The SIP integrates on-the-job training with pertinent education by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The individual series are listed below for your reference and information to include the link to the applicable qualification standard:
GS-0299 – Human Resources Management Student Trainee Series (e.g. Staffing, Recruitment, or Benefits; Equal Opportunity; Labor Relations; Government; Policy or similar fields)
GS-0399 – Administration and Office Support Student Trainee Series (e.g. Human Resources; Management; Administration; Sciences; Research; Government; Policy or similar fields)
GS-1099 – Information and Arts Student Trainee Series (e.g. Graphic Arts, Public Affairs, Writing; Editing; Communications or similar fields)
GS-1199 – Business and Industry Student Trainee Series (e.g. Business; Procurement; Contracting or similar fields)
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen and eligible for consideration.You must be at least 16 years of age.Applicable documents are required for the Mandatory Education requirements.Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing datePATHWAYS ELIGIBILITY:
- You must be a student currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited college or university for the Fall 2023-2024 academic year.
- Degree must be related to the position.
- Enrollment must be at least half-time course load as defined by the education institution (typically six hours or equivalent for undergraduate and three hours or equivalent for graduate).
- Grade qualifications must be met prior to start date.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements listed above by the start of your internship.
If selected you:
- must sign a Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement;
- may be employed throughout the academic year;
- must maintain status as a current student AND maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA;
- must furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; and
- must provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic term.
For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/#url=Program-Fact-Sheets
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP: Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
- SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
- DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: Selectee is required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine suitability for federal employment.
- BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding.
- TRIAL PERIOD: The intern is in a trial period throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment.
- WORK SCHEDULE: Intern should be able to work at least 20 hours per week, depending on academic schedule, and preferably full-time during the summer.
- PHYSICAL LOCATION: You will be required to report to your designated onsite location.
Please be sure that you have read and meet the Pathways program requirements under the Requirements section. Then, to further meet the minimum qualifications for this position, review the following education requirements and grade specific requirements to determine full eligibility before applying:
This position has an education requirement. Applicants must meet the definition of a Student, click here for additional information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the education requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration by June 6, 2023 and be continuing your education the following semester (proof of enrollment is required).
- GS-4 – Completion of two academic years of post-high school study or associate’s degree.
- GS-5 – Completion of four academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor’s degree or four academic years of pre-professional study.
- GS-7 – Completion of one academic year of graduate level education (above a bachelor’s); OR a bachelor’s degree with Superior Academic Achievement* as defined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.
- *Superior Academic Achievement- In the upper one-third of graduating class; OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum.
Special Provisions for Interns with Previous Related Education or Experience. Previous education and/or experience may be evaluated to determine the highest grade level for which the individual is qualified.
Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment. You may use 2023 in-progress semester/quarter hours to qualify for a higher grade level. Initial qualifications will be determined based on completed and in-progress hours stated on your unofficial transcript submitted at the time of application.
You must provide updated transcripts that show any/all degrees conferred, current grades and registration with cumulative GPA to support your educational claims (acceptance letter is also required if applicable to current academic status). Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education – https://ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/home.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education’s website – click here. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will also be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
- Technical Competence – Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal educational training, or extensive on-the-job experience and training gained to perform one’s job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Review both the Requirements and Qualifications section’s for Mandatory Education Requirements.