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Interns will assist with basic duties for library services that include, but not limited to, the following:
Gathers information and assists in conducting research on non-specialized and/or specialized assignments.
Assists with developing search techniques for handling specific types of requests for use by other staff and outside requesters.
Evaluates current publications and electronic resources and provides recommendations for renewal. Identifies and recommends new research resources for purchase.
Participates in a variety of responsibilities related to collection development and resource evaluation and testing; website development and information architecture; and/or resource sharing.
Assists with researching various topics based on inquiries from mission teams, agency attorney's and external customer and prepare routine responses based on research gathered to address inquiries.
Works with senior Librarians to develop and execute specialized research projects that involve developing different options related to sources and methodologies.
Executes searches of varying complexity using a wide variety of electronic info1mation retrieval systems and other resources
Prepares and/or revises user manuals or information sheets, and distributes information on new system capabilities and search strategies.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required depending on job assignment.
Job family (Series)
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Be enrolled and in good standing in an accredited graduate degree program.
- Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
- Will be subject to a background investigation/ suitability determination.
- Current proof of enrollment
For the essay question of this vacancy announcement, any application that does not provide an "actual narrative response" that addresses the KSA listed below, or that says “Please see resume” or the equivalent or “N/A” will not be accepted.
All qualification requirements must be met by the start of the internship.
To qualify for the GS-7 level you must be enrolled in a graduate or equivalent degree seeking program, and meet one of the following criteria:
Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree; OR
Have a total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.
To qualify for the GS-9 level you must be enrolled in a graduate or equivalent degree seeking program, and in addition to meeting the above entry qualification requirements, you must have the following directly related education and/or specialized experience:
Education: 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's in library science or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position.
Specialized Experience: One year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at GS-07 grade level in the federal service or Public sector, which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as, experience related to Library services which demonstrates all of the following: (1) Participating in a variety of responsibilities related to collection development and resource evaluation and testing, (2) Evaluating current publications and electronic resources and provides recommendations for renewal, and (3) preparing routine responses based on research gathered to address inquiries.
Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For additional information, please visit http://www.gao.gov/careers/foreignedu.pdf.
NOTE: You must be a current student enrolled in a graduate program seeking a degree from an accredited educational institution on a full or half-time basis. If at any point during the internship (and for any reason) your status as a student changes to that of a non-student, your internship will be terminated.
See Qualifications section.
This position does not have promotion potential.
Salary for the GS-7 grade level will be set at a GS-7, Step 1
salary for the GS-7 grade level will be set at a GS-9, Step 1
Interns must work a minimum of 400 hours, not to exceed a total of 640 hours. Part-time interns are required to work 24-32 hours a week.
The anticipated start date is September/October 2019. Student interns may have an opportunity for a permanent or term position based on a successful intern experience (completion of a minimum of 400 hours of work) and successful completion of degree requirements. In addition, the conversion could be team specific. The ability to convert to a permanent or term appointment with 400 hours of work experience is contingent upon budgetary conditions and staffing needs at the time of eligibility.
This is a Non-bargaining unit position
OPTION FOR ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS: Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.
Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit http://www.sss.gov/.
Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees (and interns) with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email ReasonableAccommodations@gao.gov
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How You Will Be Evaluated
The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. If you meet all of the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any assessment question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume."
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
You are required to submit the following documents by the closing date of this announcements:
-A resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Your resume must show the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment.
- All applicants must submit college or university graduate and undergraduate transcripts (official or unofficial) that support the number of hours completed or degree conferred
- Current proof of enrollment.
-If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service. For additional information please visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp
- If you are claiming veteran preference you must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. Other copies WILL NOT BE accepted. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. If you are currently active duty and are within 120 days of discharge or release from active duty, you must submit certification of expected discharge or release under honorable conditions with your application. The certification must be an official statement of service from the armed forces command.
Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans’ preference please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx
Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.
All applicants must submit their academic transcripts in order to be eligible. The transcripts may be unofficial and must show your status as a student. If you are selected for this position you will be required to provide an official transcript on the day of your orientation or within 3 business days after orientation. This transcript must show that you meet the education requirements for the GS-7 or GS-9 grade level, and that you are currently enrolled through at least December 2019. Failure to meet the requirements or provide the transcript will result in Termination of your internship.
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.
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
1. To apply on-line, you must create a resume using the USAJOBS resume builder and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. Follow the prompts to begin the application process.
2. You will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process.
3. Click on "Submit" to transmit your complete application package to GAO.
Can I send my application package documents to the agency point-of-contact via email or mail?
Your application package must be submitted online through Career Connector. We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents.
What is a complete application package?
1. Your resume. This must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder. Resumes created outside USAJOBS (e.g., uploaded resumes) will not be accepted.
2. The assessment questionnaire.
3. The documentation listed in the Required Documents section. You only need to submit the documents listed.
When is the application package due?
It must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement. It is your responsibility to ensure all the documents are received and the information is readable. Your application may not be considered if it doesn't meet the criteria. Requests for extensions will not be granted.
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- 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.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/543874400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.