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    Summary

    Located in Boulder, Colorado, the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) is the research and engineering laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The ITS is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals to join our Pathways Internship Program (IP). The IP targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program in an accredited/qualifying educational institution, on a full- or half-time basis. 

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    Responsibilities

    Upon successful completion of the Pathways Internship Program and completion of their academic degree or Certificate program, individuals may be non-competitively converted to a term position or permanent position in the Competitive Service

    As a Student Trainee (Computer Science), you will assist higher banded Computer Scientist employees with the following duties:

    • Developing and implementing algorithms;
    • Validating, verifying and testing software implementations;
    • Assist senior developers with web front-end development, database application, testing and software deployment; and
    • provide written and oral reports and status updates while working in a team-based environment.

    This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Student Trainee (Computer Science), ZP-1599-1/2, FPL 3 positions within Office of the Secretary (OS) in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    03 - Position has promotion potential to the Band 03. The advancement of Interns to a higher-banded position, prior to conversion, is not automatic or guaranteed. Please see additional information in the section "Other Information".

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. citizenship required.
    • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
    • You must be registered for Selective Service (www.sss.gov), if applicable.
    • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
    • You must sign a Pathways Internship Agreement
    • A one year trial period may be required.

    Security Clearance: You must be able to obtain and maintain a Low Risk Security Clearance.

    Definition of Student:  Student is defined as an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, or certificate) in a qualifying academic institution, on a half or full-time basis.  Half-time is defined by the educational institution in which the student is enrolled.  Students do not have to be in actual physical attendance in school, online curriculums are acceptable as long as the school is accredited by the Department of Education:  

    COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT:  Applicants must submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses, course title, and number of credit hours.  You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process, but an official certified copy must be received before you can report to duty.

    Proof of Enrollment:  A letter from an educational institution indicating acceptance may be used as proof of enrollment for those students who are continuing studies at a new college or university.  An official transcript will be required before you can report to duty. 

    If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.   Additional information can be found here:  https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. The duration of this Pathways appointment will serve as a trial period.

    Additional Conditions of Employment:

    Plan to not graduate before Fall 2019 semester.

    At the successful conclusion of this program, you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position. 

    Work Schedule: Interns may work full-time while on academic breaks or part-time (up to 20 hours per week) while attending school. The details of the work schedule will be discussed with applicants who are selected for an interview during that process with the supervisor.

    Qualifications

    Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: https://www.opm.gov/policy‐data‐oversight/classification‐qualifications/general‐schedule‐qualificationstandards/final‐groupcoveragequalificationstandardforpathwaysprogramschedule‐20d.pdf

    To qualify at the ZP‐1 or GS‐01 level:

    Enrollment in a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) program.

    To qualify at the ZP‐2 or GS‐07 level:

    Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

    Evaluation of Education:

    Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies, to problems of system design, and to other specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.

    AND

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP‐1 or GS‐05 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

    • Research computer science methods or design; and
    • Gathering computer science data and composing reports.

    OR

    EDUCATION: 1 full year of graduate level education, if related.

    or 

    superior academic achievement

    OR

    Combination of education and experience.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and 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 employments. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education

    All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx.

    Additional information

    The advancement of Interns to the next higher band, prior to conversion, is strictly at the discretion of the supervisor and is not automatic or guaranteed. To qualify for promotions, the Intern must have the same level and type of experience and/or education required.

    This Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA) may be used to fill other Student Trainee (Information Technology) positions within ITS in the same geographical location.

    For more information on our work, please visit our website: www.its.bldrdoc.gov.

    Interns may be converted to a permanent (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program. Program requirements for conversion include:

    • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program.
    • Complete their degree or certificate requirements.
    • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted.
    • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement.
    • Perform their job successfully.

    This appointment may continue until the selectee earns 640 work education hours AND education program requirements have been completed, at which time the individual may, at the agency's discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment. Pathways intern are not conferred any rights nor guarantee for conversion at the end of the appointment.

    Additional Pathways Program Internship information can be found at www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/students-recent-graduates/#url=Program-Fact-Sheets.

    The Department of Commerce 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, 1-800-877-8339.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your resume, supporting documents and responses to the online questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements. Veterans’ preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with CFR, Part 302. 


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your application to be complete.  Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc.  Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted.  Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume must include: 1) personal information; to includes address 2) education; 3 work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade, if applicable; 4) supervisor’s phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications, such as unpaid volunteer work experience.
    • Proof of enrollment in school or acceptance of enrollment stipulating that you are in good academic standing.
    • A copy of your most recent transcripts which show your field of study, school name, student’s name, current GPA or academic standing, past and current course work, degree program, and major/concentration.  An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, it selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.

    You must submit the document below if you claim any of the following:

    • If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service or other valid proof of eligibility (i.e., statement of service that shows service dates AND character of service). If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see the Vet Guide
    • Active Duty Service Members-- You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html

    NOTE:  If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available.  If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document.  Please contact the point of contact on the announcement to verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into NOAA’s staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can transferred.  Uploaded resumes must be less than 3 MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

    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.

    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 with a Not-To-Exceed (NTE) date will not 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 certain types of public transportation.

    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

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov and click on "Applications" Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application"

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

    For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact Armand Patterson at Dochr_inquiries@yrci.com

    Agency contact information

    Holly Pryor

    Phone

    703-259-9387

    Fax

    202-284-1903

    Email

    Hpryor@yrci.com

    Address

    NAT'L TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFO ADMINISTRATION
    1401 Constitution Ave NW
    Room 7412
    Attn: Human Resources
    Washington, Colorado 20230
    United States
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    Next steps

    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://usajobs.gov/ and clicking on “Applications". The status will be visible next to the corresponding positions. The four points of notification are:

    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;

    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

    3. Referred or Not Referred; and

    4. Selected or Not Selected

    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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/527638000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.