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Student Trainee Program Support Open To Us Citizens P

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U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary of Transportation

$33,172.00 to $59,762.00

Washington, DC

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$33,172 to $59,762 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 04 - 07

Work schedule

Part-Time - Preferred Work Schedule - Part-time/Full-time in the summer

Appointment type

Internships - Internship - NTE a 1 year, appointment may be extended and may confer eligibility for conversion


MANY vacancies in the following location:

Washington DC, DC

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.

Students & recent graduates


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This Secretarial Internship Program is sponsored by the Department of Transportation and designed to provide interns with challenging assignments that will broaden their perspectives on issues facing government and prepare them for future positions throughout government. Interns will have the opportunity to work in one of the Operating Administrations within the Department of Transportation and meet with senior leaders within the Department through informal interviews, workshops, and learning sessions. These intern positions will assist higher-level management staff with support in the coordination, facilitation and implementation of the operations in the office to which they are assigned. This position will provide students an opportunity to be exposed and to participate in activities, innovations, and challenges facing the Transportation Industry today.

The Department of Transportation is looking for independent, energetic, self-sufficient, and highly motivated students who are excited to learn about Department of Transportation Programs. These positions are located in the DOT HQ building, which is directly across the street from the Metro and blocks away from the National's Baseball stadium, or in the Federal Aviation Administration headquarters building, also conveniently located to Metro.

You will be required to provide documentation to support eligibility.

Students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment for the 2018 academic year taking at least a half-time course load. Students may be employed throughout the academic year. Additional information can be found at

This is a Student Internship position under the Pathways Internship Program.

This is an Excepted Service Appointment.

For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit:

For a list of accredited institutions, please visit:

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 60 days for these locations.

BUS:7777 Bargaining Unit: Position may be covered by a bargaining unit.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

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The Student Trainee (Program Support) will:

Develop 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.

Assist management in collecting, organizing and maintaining program and/or functional documentation and materials.

Perform a variety of program support functions, such as inputting, assigning, maintaining, monitoring, or updating work status and records as well as administering and performing other support activities.

Participate in meetings, events, and briefings.

Prepare a variety of correspondence, memoranda, and briefing information as requested.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen. This position is part of the Pathways Program and is open to current students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational institution and enrolled at least half-time. Additional information can be found at

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

0399 Administration And Office Support Student Trainee



Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet Pathways Internship requirements.

Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date

Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date

Must complete a background investigation

This position is NOT telework eligible; intern must work onsite.


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.

INTERNSHIP: Must meet the requirements for the Internship Program.

PROOF OF ENROLLMENT: Must be enrolled at least half time at a qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate at least half-time.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Must complete a background investigation.

DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: Selectee is required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine suitability for federal employment.

You must maintain status as a current student while on this appointment.

Degree must be related to the position.


This position has an education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the education requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

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; OR bachelor’s degree with Superior Academic Achievement

as defined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook; OR five academic years of pre-professional study.

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 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.

For the definition of a qualifying educational institution, please use the following link: click here

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the definition of a Student

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.

For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link:

Grade qualifications must be met prior to start date.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Additional information

If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement. Interns may work full-time during the summer and a flexible part-time work schedule during the school year (based on agency needs) while continuing their education.

You will be in a trial period throughout your entire Pathways Internship appointment. If selected by management, you are required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

This is an Excepted Service appointment. As a part of the Pathways Internship Program, the appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed. You may be converted, without a break in service to a term (time-limited) or permanent appointment upon graduation provided that you are a US citizen who has worked at least 640 hours in an appropriate program and receive the recommendation of your supervisor for retention. There is no guarantee of a permanent position following this internship.

EEO STATEMENT: The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the job. Qualified students will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by veteran preference status: (1) Preference eligible having a compensable, service-connected disability of 10 percent or more; (2) all other candidates eligible for 10-point veteran preference; (3) candidates eligible for 5-point veteran preference; and (4) candidates not eligible for veteran preference.

You will not be considered for the position if any part of the application or supporting documentation is incomplete. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or adverse action after hiring.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents must be provided by the closing date.

Current Resume: Needs to be created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and required from all applicants.

Completed Questionnaire.

College Transcripts: Copies of your transcripts which includes courses currently in progress. “Unofficial” transcripts are acceptable. (Prior to appointment, an official transcript will be required.) Required from all applicants who are currently enrolled.

Acceptance Letter of Enrollment: A letter from the educational institution that confirms the following: The degree/diploma program in which you have been accepted and that you will be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. Required from all applicants who have been accepted for enrollment.

Department of Defense Form DD-214: Official document verifying creditable military service (if applicable).

Standard Form 15: Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, to adjudicate individuals' claims for veterans' preference (if applicable).

Veterans Administration Letter: Official document verifying total compensable disability based on military service (if applicable).

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.

Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.

You may review your saved application(s) at

If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at

Agency contact information

Automated Staffing Office








Submit Application and Documents Online

1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50

Washington, District of Columbia

United States

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Next steps

Once the application process is completed in its entirety, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. Qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary of Transportation
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