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Pathways Internship Program Student Trainee Administrative Support Positions

Company name
Consumer Product Safety Commission

$29,548.00 to $48,249.00

Bethesda, MD

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$29,548 to $48,249 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 03 - 05

Work schedule

Full-Time - Full-time or Part-time based on participant agreement

Appointment type

Internships - Temporary - Appointments through September 30,2018


Bethesda, MD

FEW vacancies

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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Make a Career Connection! We are looking for individuals who would like to come to work for a small, independent regulatory agency dedicated to saving lives. We work very hard to protect the public from the unreasonable risk of injury and death from consumer products. Every U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) employee is proud to be a part of a team that works together to assure that the products you use every day are safe. Consider a position at the CPSC as your career choice so that you can make a difference!

Join the team! The CPSC is seeking student trainees as part of a career development program under the Pathways Internship Program. These positions are being appointed with a not-to-exceed date of 09/30/2017. Internships are provided for students with a desire to work in the consumer product safety field and/or public sector and assignments are designed to complement the interns educational pursuits while meeting the expressed needs of the agency and individual CPSC organizations. Positions are available in the following areas:

Office of Human Resources Management

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You will gain valuable professional, administrative, and/or technical on-the-job training and experience with the opportunity to explore future career possibilities with the CPSC. You will perform support work in connection with the assignments and projects of the office to which you are assigned.

Ideal candidates for these internships are individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate degree programs in human resources.

GS-0299 Human Resources Management

Candidates will be considered on the basis of the applicability of their education and experience to specific CPSC assignments.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Open to ALL UNITED STATES CITIZENS. This position is part of the Pathways Program and is open to current students who are currently enrolled at least half-time, in a qualifying educational institution. Additional information can be found at Pathways Information

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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0299 Human Resources Management Student Trainee



Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S Citizen.

Subject to pre-employment background investigation.

Must be registered for the selective service, if applicable (

Meet relevant education requirements.

Must live within the Washington DC Metro area.

Must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement w/ GPA (3.0) requirement

You must be a U.S. citizen. You must live within the Washington DC Metro area. You must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0.

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see for more information.

New employees are required to serve a 1 year initial probationary period. Employees may be required to serve an additional probationary period when receiving a new appointment.

This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. Selectees will be required to complete a Declaration of Federal Employment, (OF-306), prior to appointment and the appropriate background investigation forms to determine suitability for Federal employment. False statements or responses on these forms can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

Upon appointment, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.


Qualified Applicants pursuing a degree in human resources management, business, psychology, human relations, or a related field.

To be eligible for an Internship opportunity you must be a current student enrolled at least half time and meet one of the following criteria:

A qualifying educational institution pursuing a degree, or a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school), or a post-secondary homeschool curriculum that has been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education)

A certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum;

Students who take online courses are eligible to participate so long as all other requirements are met and the school is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a permanent position in the competitive service.


GS-3: 1 year of education above post-high school.

GS-4: 2 years above post-high school or an Associate's Degree.

GS-5: 4 years above post-high school leading to a Bachelors degree.

Applicants must meet the requirements by the closing date of this announcement for selection.

NOTE: You MUST maintain status as a student for the duration of this program. Your intial appointment is not-to-exceed September 30, 2018. There may be a possibility of an extension, however, this is not guranteed. Selectees may be reappointed under this announcement.

Additional information

The CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resource Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To find out more click here

Selectees will be required to complete a Declaration of Federal Employment, (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement and maintain a GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the Pathways program.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes: (1) Your resume, (2) Responses to the online questions, and (3) Required supporting documents (see Required Documents section below).

You will be evaluated for this position based upon information reflected in your resume. Your resume must support your responses to the job specific assessment questionnaire, level of education claimed, experience, and/or training. To remain in consideration for this position, please ensure your resume covers this requirement and that your application has been successfully submitted as part of your on-line application. Creation of this package includes completing the on-line assessment questionnaire, uploading your resume, and uploading any required supporting documents.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

In addition to your resume, the following documents are needed for this position:

If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

You must submit your college transcripts (official or unofficial).

All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or

2. Upload your file(s); or

3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.

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.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

Employees hired under the Pathways Programs on appointments for 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. Students hired under the Internship Program may receive health and life insurance coverage. As a federal employee, you are eligible to receive a transit subsidy each month to compensate you for your travel to and from work via public transportation. An on-site fitness center is available.

The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Review our benefits

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

A complete application package includes the following: your resume; your answers to the vacancy specific questions; AND the supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).

Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section. Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered.

You MUST apply on-line through Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT). Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.

To begin the application process, select the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen. Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at The help desk is available for technical support questions Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

Agency contact information

HR Specialist










4330 East West Highway

Suite 838

Bethesda, Maryland

United States

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Next steps

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS 'My Account tab and clicking on Application Status. We will also send you notification of your application status. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an e-mail address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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

or how to contact an agency.

Legal and regulatory guidance

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.

Company info

Consumer Product Safety Commission
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Company Profile
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

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