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    Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    The DHS Cybersecurity Internship Program is specially designed to provide graduate students with cybersecurity-focused assignments and expose students to the field of cybersecurity within the Department. Selected students will support the cybersecurity mission at one of the following DHS components: Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), and United States Secret Service (USSS).

    This position may be eligible for a non-competitive conversion to a career or career-conditional or TERM (for up to four years) appointment, upon completion of the student's academic degree program and 640 hours of work related experience.

    To be eligible for the Pathways Intern Program, individuals must have been accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree (masters, certificate, etc.) or have completed 2 academic years of graduate level education in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half time basis.

    THIS POSITION IS NOT TO EXCEED SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, however it may be extended for up to 1 year.
    Due to the high volume of applications we anticipate for these positions, this announcement will close at 11:59 pm ET on the day we receive 150 applications or after 5 business days, whichever comes first.

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, Interpretive U. S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

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    As a Student Trainee (Information Technology) GS 2299 9/11, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:


    • Conducts risk assessments to identify possible security violations by analyzing computer assets and establishing security requirements based on possible countermeasures to achieve an optimum level of security.
    • Executes and analyzes computer security plans and assist with access control techniques such trusted routers, gateways, or firewalls.
    • Assists in developing contingency plans designed for computer security emergency response, backup, and recovery operations.
    • Implements procedures to ensure protection of information transmitted to the organization, among internal organizations, and from the organization on local or wide area networks, the world-wide-web, or other communications modes.
    • Utilizes security products to provide data integrity, confidentiality, authentication, non-repudiation, and access control of the network.
    • Applies Information Technology (IT) security principles, methods, and security products to pto protect and maintain the availability, integrity, confidentiality, and accountability of information system resources and information processed throughout the system's life cycle.
    • Evaluates, assess, or locally tests and approves hardware, software, and firmware products.
    • Continuously identifies and analyzes threats and vulnerabilities to the information systems to maintain an appropriate level of protection.
    • Utilizes current and future multi-level security products collectively to provide data integrity, confidentiality, authentication, non-repudiation, and access control of the network.
    • Reports all incidents involving viruses, tampering, or unauthorized system entry to appropriate authority.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens who have been accepted for enrollment or who are currently enrolled and seeking a degree in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U. S. Citizenship Required
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
    • You must successfully pass a background investigation
    • You must be able to obtain a Security Clearance
    • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
    • You must be 16 years of age or older to apply

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this SENSITIVITY LEVEL position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

    The anticipated background investigation requirements for components are:
    OCIO, ICE, & USCIS - Public Trust
    CBP - Public to Top Secret/SCI
    USCG -Top Secret
    NPPD - Secret
    USSS- Top Secret (TS) and polygraph examination

    Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.



    Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.
    NOTE: To be found qualified under this option, you must submit transcripts showing graduate level degree conferred or completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education and proof of enrollment from current educational institution.


    One year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level that demonstrates experience in applying IT security principles, methods, and tools; threat analysis and/or risk assessments to identify security violations; analyzing security plans and access control techniques; networking monitoring/network defense; and cybersecurity research and technical writing.


    A combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience as described above. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application. NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of the first year may be used to qualify for the GS-09 level.

    Completion of all requirements for a PhD or equivalent degree.
    NOTE: To be found qualified under this option, you must submit transcripts showing completion of all requirements for a PhD or equivalent degree and proof of enrollment from current educational institution.


    One year of specialized experience at the GS-9 level that demonstrates experience in a computer security, threat analysis, risk assessments and analysis; analyzing security plans and access control techniques; networking monitoring/network defense; system software and systems development life cycles including systems documentation, design development, configuration management, cost analysis, data administration, systems integration, and testing; cybersecurity research and technical writing; and mitigating IT security risk.


    A combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience as described above. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application. NOTE: Only graduate education in excess of the first two years may be used to qualify for the GS-11 level.

    Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service.

    Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.

    All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    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.

    Include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


    Proof of Enrollment for the current semester. This may be documented on your official/unofficial transcripts, a course schedule, an acceptance letter from your university for future enrollment, or an official letter of enrollment from the university registrar's office or a university counselor, as long as your enrollment for the current semester is clearly documented. If you do not provide proof of enrollment for the current semester, you will be disqualified from further consideration.

    If you are currently enrolled, but in your last semester/quarter of completing your degree/certificate requirements, you must show proof of continuing education, such as an acceptance letter, or you will be disqualified from further consideration.

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must 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 when applying. Please visit OPM's web site at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a for additional information on this topic.

    Additional information

    For Alternate Application Information please go to: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and search "Employee Benefits."

    Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS-11.
    This position may be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level. THIS POSITION IS NOT TO EXCEED SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, however it may be extended for up to 1 year.

    Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
    Selectee will be required to complete an OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Form.
    Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will (or will not) be paid.

    Special Hiring Authorities
    Veterans, Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers, and Individuals with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

    By applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for other similar positions.

    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Numerical Rating.
    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use the occupational questionnaire to assign numerical scores on a scale of 100. Each applicant who meets the qualification requirements for the position is assigned a rating of 70 or more and will be eligible for appointment. Candidates scoring 70 or more receive additional points for veterans' preference. If you have a high score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

    Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans' preference above non-veterans within each category. Veterans who show proof they meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 level or higher.

    Background checks and security clearance

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    Required Documents

    1. Your resume.
    2. Your responses to the job questionnaire. https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10012561~
    3. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your academic transcripts showing degree conferred or proof of enrollment from current educational institution. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated, and you may lose consideration for this position. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted at the time of application.
    4. Are you a veteran? Submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) that shows your type of discharge and character of service and/or documentation of service connected disability. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for form) and provide the required documentation (e.g. VA letter) listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information.

    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.

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    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.


    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.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 05/30/2017.

    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT be accepted. We strongly encourage you to apply online.

    Agency contact information

    Joi Brown-Thompson


    Department Of Homeland Security Headquarters
    245 Murray Lane SW
    Washington, DC 20528
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    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."

    We expect to make a final job offer within 60 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

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.

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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/470569000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.