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    Summary

    This position will be filled under the Pathways Internship Program. This program allows students to gain paid work experience while pursuing a degree, diploma or certificate at a qualifying institution.

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    Responsibilities

    When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

    EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

    As a Student Trainee (Information Technology), you may:

    • Gather and analyze systems data for any of the IT specialties:  Security, Systems Analysis, Applications Software, and Operating Systems;
    • Troubleshoot customer IT issues;
    • Provide hands-on and verbal customer support;
    • Research policies and procedures and present your findings;
    • Identify user needs and identify viable solutions.

    Promotion Potential: No promotion potential for these positions.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional Travel May Be Required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    05 - No promotion potential for positions.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
    • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
    • Selective Service registration required.
    • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
    • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.

    Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.

    Qualifications

    You must meet both the (1) Experience and/or Education Requirement and the (2) Pathways Program Requirements.

    (1) EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    GS 5: applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in Federal service that demonstrates skill in gathering facts and analyzing user needs to contribute to IT solutions. Examples may include troubleshooting problems for customers on an IT Helpline; gathering and updating information on collaborative sites; compiling data on user needs to identify software solutions; and assisting with implementing IT policies or procedures

    OR

    EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

    GS-5: Completion of four (4) academic years of post-high school education

    NOTE: One (1) year of education is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

    OR

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

    Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be combined to meet the total qualification requirements. Only education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used.

    (2)PATHWAYS PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    • You must be enrolled and attending a qualifying educational institution pursuing a degree, diploma or certificate;
    • You must have (and maintain) good academic standing, as defined by your school, generally at least a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for undergraduate programs (without rounding).  You must provide proof of your school's academic requirement with your application if the requirement is less than 2.0.
    • Advanced degree students and above must have (and maintain) a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) based on your school's academic requirements. You must provide proof of your school's academic requirement with your application if the requirement is less than 3.0.
    • You must remain enrolled at least half-time in order to continue to be eligible for the Pathways Internship Program.
    • Unofficial transcripts and/or enrollment letter for Fall 2018 semester must be provided with application package. Official transcripts showing Fall 2018 attendance/grades and Spring 2019 enrollment will be required if selected for a position.
    • If you are graduating after the Spring 2019 semester and cannot provide documentation of enrollment in another qualifying program, you are not eligible for these positions.

     

     

    The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this 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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

    Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: here To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment.  Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. 

    Education

    PATHWAYS PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    • You must be enrolled and attending a qualifying educational institution pursuing a degree, diploma or certificate;
    • You must have (and maintain) good academic standing, as defined by your school, generally at least a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for undergraduate programs (without rounding).  You must provide proof of your school's academic requirement with your application if the requirement is less than 2.0.
    • Advanced degree students and above must have (and maintain) a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) based on your school's academic requirements. You must provide proof of your school's academic requirement with your application if the requirement is less than 3.0.
    • You must remain enrolled at least half-time in order to continue to be eligible for the Pathways Internship Program.
    • Unofficial transcripts and/or enrollment letter for Fall 2018 semester must be provided with application package. Official transcripts showing Fall 2018 attendance/grades and Spring 2019 enrollment will be required if selected for a position.
    • If you are graduating after the Spring 2019 semester and cannot provide documentation of enrollment in another qualifying program, you are not eligible for these positions.

    PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION:

    The Agency has the option to convert an intern to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) if the requirements of the program are met. This is not automatic. It is at the discretion of the employing office. Interns may be converted to the GS level qualified for at the time of conversion. To be eligible for conversion, an intern must:

    • Be a U.S. Citizen
    • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program.
    • Complete their degree or certificate requirements.
    • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the intern will be converted.
    • Meet agency-specific requirements as specific in the Participant's Agreement, and
    • Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations and/or completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP).
    • A relocation incentive is not authorized.
    • The salary range listed is for the locality pay area of Washington, D.C. and may differ based on the duty location.

    Agencies may waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance.

    Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the agency will decide to opt for conversion.

    Additional information

    • To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Public Trust clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (Mythbuster), review of 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. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/investigations/background-investigations/.
    • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
    • 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.
    • Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons 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 for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
    • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    • If selected for this position, and you have not previously completed these requirements, you are subject to (1) completion of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location.
    • This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.
    • At the Agency's discretion, students hired under the Pathways Program may be extended beyond 9/14/2019 and/or non-competitively converted to a term, career, or career-conditional appointment with a possible Full Performance Level (FPL) of GS 5, GS 7, GS 9, GS 11, GS 12, or GS13 (FPL varies based on the hiring department) upon graduation. Eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the agency will opt for conversion.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Individuals will be evaluated against OPM qualification standard for the position being filled.

    Each applicant will receive a determination of eligible or ineligible.

    Qualified applicants eligible for veteran's preference will be referred and considered ahead of non-veterans.

    Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on veterans' preference.

    More information on entitlement is available at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

    We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before a selection certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that minimum qualification requirements are met.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    1. RESUME: You must submit a resume. Your resume must clearly show your expected graduation date and indicate your major. Your application package must indicate any skills and experience you possess that are related to the duties posted in the job announcement.
    2. TRANSCRIPT(S): You must submit current transcript(s) or proof of acceptance for the Fall 2018 semester to verify that you meet the education requirement for this position (i.e., transcript showing current enrollment and course load or proof of acceptance into a degree-seeking accredited learning institution). Your transcript(s) must include course titles, school name/location, date completed, grades, and number of credits earned. If you have graduated and are enrolled in another program, you must include your transcripts showing degree conferral date along with current transcripts. Applicants who obtained their qualifying education outside of the U.S. and its territories must provide proof that their degrees have been validated as equivalent to a degree conferred by a college or university in the U.S. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application; however, you must submit your official transcripts showing Fall 2018 enrollment/grades and Spring 2019 enrollment at the time a tentative offer is extended.

      If this is your first semester, you must submit your current class schedule as proof of current enrollment. Failure to send this document may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.

      3. VETERANS PREFERENCE: If claiming veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: National Archives. For 10-point veteran's preference, including 30% or more disabled veterans, you must submit a SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. These documents must be submitted before 10-point preference can be awarded. If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. If you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a statement of service from your unit, which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received. Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at:Veterans Guide.

    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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    Benefits

    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.

    You are entitled to the following benefits:

    • Health benefits, sick leave & annual leave - Must be on an appointment limited to one year or less and expect to work 130 hours or more per month, must work at least 90 days, and be in a pay status during no less than one-third of the total period of time from the date of the appointment to completion of the Pathways Program;
    • Transit Subsidy: You are eligible to receive a transportation subsidy for travel between your office, home, and school.
    • Travel Expenses: If applicable, your work-related travel will be paid by your department. 

    https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/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.

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    How to Apply

    To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online or do not have access to the internet (e.g., applicant experiencing documented system issues, applicant does not have access to the internet, etc.), you may be able to submit a paper application and the required forms. To do so, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in the Agency Contact Information prior to the close of this announcement.

    Agency contact information

    Lee Crouse

    Phone

    540-686-3162

    TDD

    800-877-8339

    Fax

    999-999-9999

    Email

    lee.crouseiii@fema.dhs.gov

    Address

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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. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    View more information on applying for federal employment.

    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, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring.  These authorities are subject to change.

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

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 in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/517240100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.