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Student Trainee -Pathways Internship Program

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Students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited/qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis. Internships Multiple Schedules
The Census Bureau produces quality data that help Americans better understand our country- its population, resources, economy, society and culture. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours and work arrangements, developmental opportunities, recognition, and a host of employment incentives. If working in an environment that values your individuality and diversity and allows you to innovate, engage in problem solving, and achieve your professional goals appeals to you, then the Census Bureau is the place for you! Come join the Census Team and be responsible for contributing to the fabric of our nation-where everyone counts.
The Census Bureau is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals to join our Pathways- Internship Program. The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited/qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis. (Applicants who do not meet the definition of "student," will not be considered). Internships can be seasonal (spring, summer, fall) or year round. At the successful conclusion of this program, you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.
Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 - must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout the entire internship appointment.
Some internships may be available within our 6 Regional Offices and the National Processing Center - Jeffersonville, Indiana.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement should the need arise.
U.S. Citizens required You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable ( ) You must be suitable for Federal employment. Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student. Must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout the internship appointment. Must be 18 years or older at the time of appointment.
Job duties will vary depending on the area of study and position/series. The following positions and series are available:
Student Trainee 0199 - Social Science - (Majors such as: Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Anthropology)
Student Trainee 0299 - Human Resources - (Majors such as: Human Resources, Marketing, Business Administration, Education/Training)
Student Trainee 0599 - Financial Management - (Majors such as : Accounting, Finance, Business Administration)
Student Trainee 1099 - Information and Arts - (Majors such as: Business Administration, Marketing, Graphic Design)
Student Trainee 1199 - Business and Industry - (Majors such as: Accounting, Business, Finance, Industrial Management, Economics)
Student Trainee 1399 - Physical Science - (Majors such as: Cartography)
Student Trainee 1599 - Mathematics and Statistics - (Majors such as Statistics, Math, Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration, Operations Research, Public Policy, Marketing, Demography, Economics)
Student Trainee 1799 - Education - (Majors such as: Education, English)
Student Trainee 2299 - Information Technology - (Majors such as: Management Information Systems, Computer Information Systems, Engineering, Computer Science)
Pathways candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with the US Census Bureau and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. The classification of the intern positions (series and grade) will depend upon the field of study and level of coursework the candidate has completed.
Candidate must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student.
Cumulative GPA of 3.0- must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout the entire internship appointment.
18 years of age or older at the time of 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.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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,
All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of the announcement.
Candidates will be assessed based on basic eligibility requirements (either Agency- developed standards or the OPM Qualification Standards for the position being filled). Veterans' preference applies to selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. Selections must be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR part 302, veterans' preference laws, and OPM guidance.
To receive proper consideration you must use this link to apply online at by Monday, August 17, 2015
After being contacted by the US Census Bureau, all selectees will be required to submit the following supportive documents:
Resume (with current cumulative GPA and expected date of graduation)
Current Transcript (official or unoffficial accepted)
Veteran's Preference Documentation- If applicable, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 OR Armed Forces certification letter specifying discharge or release from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed, VA letter, SF-15 (revised December 2004 or later), etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go .
Sign a Pathways Internship Participant Agreement (agreement to be signed by student and supervisor on the first week of employment)
College Acceptance letter - If newly enrolled student.
After completing the Application Form and submitting the required documents through the U.S. Census Bureau- Pathways Internship Program website ( ), you may be contacted for an interview by the hiring official.
PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION: Qualified applicants will receive employment consideration for a period of six months from their application date. Applicants that would like consideration beyond the six-month period MUST reapply.
Benefits: Employees hired under the Pathways Programs on appointments for 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. Health and life insurance coverage for Federal employees depends on the type of appointment. Students hired under the Internship Program employed for over a year - without a break in service exceeding 5 days- are eligible for 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 certain types of public transportation.
Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
To be eligible for conversion to the competitive service after completion of the program, an intern must:
1) Be a U.S. Citizen
2) Successfully complete an academic course of study as evidenced by a qualifying degree
3) Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience under the Internship Program
4) Meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted
5) Maintain acceptable performance under the Agency's approved performance management system
6) Receive favorable recommendation for conversion from supervisor
It is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the agency will decide to opt for conversion.
The US Census is not obligated to make an offer of employment, nor is the student obligated to accept an offer of employment.
Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website . CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
The US Census Bureau provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, .

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