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Job Title:Pathways Internship - Summer 2013

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:SUM 2013 USAID

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$24,865.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 01, 2012 to Wednesday, November 07, 2012




Full-Time - Temporary, not to exceed 12 Months; THE ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSING DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY 2 DAYS


MANY vacancies - District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map


US citizens who have been accepted for enrollment, or who are enrolled in a qualifying educational institution and carry at a minimum, a half-time course load as defined by the institution.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State and fosters transformational development around the world. Our headquarters is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC, at the prestigious Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. We are located next to the Federal Triangle Metro. Our office is in within walking distance of many major attractions.

USAID's Summer Intern Program is designed to provide Interns with substantive work assignments, which expose them to the benefits of a Federal career. The work assigned in most bureaus or offices varies. Typical assignments include a variety of research projects, writing program memoranda, drafting documents, facilitating meetings and/or special events, performing analytical work, attending program discussions in the Agency and/or at the Department of State, communicating on USAID program issues, and performing other duties as assigned.


  • Resume and Recent College Transcript(s)
  • Statement of Interest
  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/59, must be registered with Selective Service


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The Interns complete a variety of work assignments dependent upon the area of study and series. The assignments typically are in one of the Agency's Regional Bureaus: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs or in one of the technical sectors such as Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance; Economic Growth, Education, and Environment; Food Security and Global Health. Interns also work in other Bureaus such as Foreign Assistance; Management; Legislative and Public Affairs; and Policy, Planning and Learning as well as in the following offices within the Agency: Inspector General; Executive Secretariat; Chief Operating Officer; Civil Rights and Diversity; Faith-based and Community Initiatives; General Counsel; Human Resources; Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization; Security and Innovation and Development Alliances. 
In past summers, Interns with scientific and technical backgrounds have worked on issues such as climate change, biodiversity and natural resources management, global health, food security and the application of mobile technologies or geospatial analysis for development.
Please note - Interns in all areas are expected to perform some assignments that are administrative in nature.
The series include but are not limited to the following: 

GS-099 Student Trainee General

GS-299 Personnel Management Student Trainee

GS-399 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee

GS-499 Biological Science Student Trainee

GS-599 Financial Management Student Trainee

GS-699 Medical and Health Student Trainee

GS-999 Legal Occupations Student Trainee

GS-1199 Business and Industry Student Trainee

GS-1399 Physical Science Student Trainee

GS-2299 Information Technology Management Student Trainee


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  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a security clearance



The initial appointment for an Intern position may be at any grade level for which the applicant qualifies in accordance with the criteria below. 


GS-2 - High school diploma or equivalent

GS-3 - Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study

GS-4 - Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree

GS-5 - Completion of all requirements for a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree

GS-7 - Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education

GS-9 - Completion of all requirements for a master’s degree or equivalent degree

GS-11-For research positions, completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent degree

GS-11-For non-research positions, completion of all requirements for a PhD or equivalent degree

Desired areas of study are from a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to, criminal investigations, program analysis, agriculture, environment, engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, economics, foreign languages, area studies, business administration, accounting, auditing, criminal investigations, human resources, international relations, finance, logistics, geography, agricultural economics, environmental economics, public health, sociology, social work, child focused studies, national security studies, military and foreign affairs, political science and public administration.


  • A Student: An individual who has been accepted for enrollment, or who is enrolled in a qualifying educational institution and carries at a minimum, a half-time course load as defined by the institution.
  • Must be enrolled in or accepted to (with the intent to attend) a qualifying educational institution; and carry at a minimum, a half-time course load as defined by the institution
  • Must have a GPA of a 2.0 or above
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must sign a Participant Agreement
  • Please read all instructions carefully. There are three parts to the application process:

  • Applicant Profile (For applicants new to USAJobs)
  • Internship Application, including Statement of Interest
  • Required Documents - Resume, Transcripts, Statement of Interest
  • DD-214 member 4 copy or Schedule A if applicable

    Part I-Applicant Profile Applicants new to USAJobs must create an applicant profile by providing biographic and prior Federal government employment information. You must answer all "required" fields in order to proceed through the application process. (If you are not new to USAJOBS, you can proceed directly to the intern application.) Note: Completion of the applicant profile or USAJobs resume, and its inclusion in your application, does NOT mean you have successfully completed or submitted your application to the US Agency for International Development.

    Part II-Internship Application The second part of the online application process is specific to the internship program. In this section, you will be required to:

  • Identify up to two bureaus or offices for which you wish to be considered for an internship assignment; list your major; and specify the name of your educational institution.
  • Answer questions regarding your personal, academic and employment credentials to be used by bureau representatives in making their selections.
  • Submit a one-page (maximum 2500 characters) Statement of Interest that describes why you are interested in a Summer Intern position with USAID. Your statement will most likely include your motivation or what you would like to achieve from your internship, information on relevant academic coursework or experiences, and information on how you would add value to USAID through this experience.
  • Part III is located in the Required Documents Section.


    You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.
    To preview questions please click here.


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    Interns are eligible for transit subsidy, holiday pay, and annual and sick leave at specified rates; Appointments for more than 12 months are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package.




    Due to the large number of applications received, we are unable to respond to all of the applicants individually. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.


    All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Moving expenses are not authorized. Relocation expenses are not authorized. Government paid housing is not available. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment background investigation. Eligible applicants will be asked to submit forms required for a security clearance and suitability determination. The clearance process considers such factors as: registration for the Selective Service; failure to repay a US government-guaranteed student loan; past problems with credit or bankruptcy; failure to meet tax obligations; unsatisfactory employment records; violations of the law; drug or alcohol abuse; a criminal record; extensive travel; education; residence and/or employment overseas; dual citizenship; foreign contacts; immediate family or relatives who are not citizens of the United States and/or a foreign born spouse; or less than honorable discharge from the armed forces. Investigations, which usually take several months, include current and previous contacts, supervisors, and coworkers. These investigations are conducted by USAID in cooperation with other federal, state, and local agencies SELECTIVE SERVICE. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who served on active duty during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans' preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. You will need to submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 and proof of your claim. If you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, or you are applying for consideration under the Veteran Employment Opportunity Act or Veteran Readjustment Authority, attach a copy of your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility. If you are applying for consideration under the 30% or more Disabled Veteran Authority, you must attach a SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.


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    Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. USAID provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. Step 1 Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS ( - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes. Step 2 Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the USAID's CareerConnector website to complete the application process. Step 3 Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application If this is your first time on USAID's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button. Step 4 Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status. Step 5 Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit. Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways: 1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or 2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded. In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.


    • Resume showing relevant experience
    • Recent Transcript
    • Statement of Interest
    • Copy of most recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action) if applicable
    • Supporting documentation if applying under any of the special hiring authorities such as DD-214 or Schedule A 

    The third part of the application process is the submission of required documents. These documents MUST be included in your online application for it to be considered complete. Incomplete applications (applications submitted before the deadline, but without required documents attached) will not be considered. Transcripts: A transcript must be included in your online application per the instructions below. Both official AND unofficial transcripts are acceptable as part of the application process. However, if you are selected for a paid internship, you will be required to provide official transcripts before you can receive your final offer of employment. If you are a first year graduate student, you must submit a copy of your most recent undergraduate transcript.


    Summer Employment Team
    Phone: 000-000-0000
    Fax: 202-216-3345
    Agency Information:
    United States Agency for International Development
    1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
    Washington , DC
    Fax: 202-216-3345


    Applicants are evaluated using an automated applicant assessment system. After determining basic eligibility and qualifications, the supplemental questionnaire will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring managers for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. A final job offer is contingent upon satisfactorily passing the background investigation and obtaining the proper security clearance.

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