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Job Title:Computer Clerk (STEP) Intern

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:U.S. Department of Labor

Job Announcement Number:STEP-12-BLS-CA-096

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$14.59 to $18.97 / Per Hour


Monday, April 2, 2012 to Friday, May 18, 2012




Temporary Appointment - NTE 9/30/2012




FEW vacancies in the following location:
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Applications are being accepted for students eligible under the Federal Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This Program is available to students in good standing (at least a “C” average) who are enrolled at least half-time (as defined by the institution) working towards a degree, certificate, diploma, etc.

Intermittent cut-off dates for this announcement are:

April 13, 2012

April 30, 2012


Opportunities are open Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is seeking students for summer hires under the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).The STEP is designed to integrate the student's educational studies with a wide range of clerical, administrative, and professional experiences that support the mission of BLS.

Students will typically work full-time during the summer months. At the end of summer and if there is a continued need, some students may be allowed to continue employment on a part-time basis.  Part-time hours will be determined by the hiring manager and budgetary constraints.


  • U.S. Citizenship; Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must be enrolled in school at least half-time.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least a "C" average.
  • Must remain in good academic standing.


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. Typical, but not all-inclusive, duties are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:

- Performs basic tasks using equipment or software to support IT Specialists or other higher-grade personnel.

- Carries out specific tasks of limited scope and complexity which are generally minor phases of a larger project or assignment utilizing basic methods, techniques, and procedures.

- Participates in the development and maintenance of databases.

- Checks data for completeness, validity, and consistency; corrects erroneous data.

- Revises and/or updates existing programs per instructions. 

- Assists with the troubleshooting and maintenance of computer related communications services.  


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To qualify for Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) positions, students must meet the education/training requirements.  Your qualifications will be evaluated based upon your total amount of completed education.

For positions at the GS-04 level:
Successful completion of two (2) academic years of post high school education that included at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. 

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted.The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Please note, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy if you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting education requirements. 

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Based on your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, an automated scoring system will be used to rate and rank your applications. Your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed. If upon review it is determined that your application package does not support your answer choices, your score may be modified to reflect the final rating based on all the information provided in your application. Ultimately, the Human Resources Office is responsible for determining an applicant's final rating. Please ensure that your resume provides enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Also, one or more additional assessment tools may also be applied (e.g., a structured interview, panel review, written test, work sample, etc).

Applicants will be ranked based on quality groups. However, like traditional rating processes, veterans will still be afforded preference. Veterans are automatically placed at the top of each quality group. Selecting officials must select the available veteran before considering any non-veterans.

Category A:      
Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a high level of competency on the evaluation factors (competencies).

Category B:    
Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a moderate level of competency on the evaluation factors (competencies).

Category C:    
Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a basic level of competency on the evaluation factors (competencies).

All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

WRITING -Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

ORAL COMMUNICATION -Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. 

To preview questions please click here.


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Students in the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) will earn annual leave, sick leave, and be paid for Federal holidays that fall within their regularly scheduled tour of duty.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to this link for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION


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There are 5 steps to apply online to a Department of Labor (DOL) vacancy.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. For more details, reference How To Apply Detailed Instructions.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact on the announcement in the "Questions about this job" section. Save your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT or risk losing your information!


- Resume 

- Unofficial Transcripts and/or Proof of Enrollment:  Transcripts are required to verify current degree programs, course work and cumulative GPA.  If transcripts do not show anticipated graduation date, please state this in your resume.  If you are scheduled  to attend the next educational session, please provide proof of enrollment. Acceptable forms of proof of enrollment are:  Official academic transcripts with next education session reflected or school letterhead stating your major field of study, current grade report and class schedule.

OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date.  Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

The following are only necessary if they apply to you:

- Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter)

- 10-point veterans' documentation (SF-15)

- Former Federal Employees:  If you have previously been employed within the Federal service, please submit documentation indicating that service.



Sam Sepah
Phone: 202-599-0031
Fax: 202-691-5507
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Postal Square Bldg.
2 Massachusetts Ave, NE
Suite 4280
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-691-5507


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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