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Job Title:Spring 2013 Volunteer Legal Student Intern

Department:Judicial Branch

Agency:Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Job Announcement Number:13-OIS-786759

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$0.00 to $0.00 / Without Compensation


Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012




Part Time 20 hours - Seasonal


Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial Branch of the Federal government, is committed to serving and supporting the Federal court system of the United States.  The AO provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts.

 This announcement has been amended to extend the close date to Friday, December 14, 2012.

OPPORTUNITY:  The AO is seeking applicants for the Volunteer Student Internship Program. The opportunity is intended to provide valuable work experience and better prepare students interested in a public service career.  The AO is presently looking for Juris Doctorate students.  The student will have an opportunity to improve his or her writing, research, analytical, logical, multi-tasking, and customer-service skills.  Additionally, student volunteers are provided with several networking opportunities with fellow interns, agency employees, and other government employers.   Past intern events have included:


  1. A Supreme Court tour and luncheon with AO student interns and Manager for Special Recruitment.
  2. A roundtable luncheon with a senior attorney to explore future government employment opportunities.
  3. Training opportunities designed to assist interns in skill development. 
  4. Participation in agency instructor led trainings.


The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the third branch of government.  We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.


  • Relatives of current Federal Judicial Branch employees are not eligible.
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program.
  • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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Student volunteers will perform a variety of administrative support duties such as:


  1. Conducting research and analysis,
  2. Preparing reports and other correspondence,
  3. Assist staff attorneys and
  4. Assisting with Judiciary committee or subcommittee liaison matters.



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All students in the Volunteer Student Internship program must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree-seeking students, taking at least a half-time academic or technical course load in an accredited 4 year program, or in a post-secondary level program.  Students must also be in good academic standing, maintaining a G.P.A of 3.0 or higher.  This announcement is open to currently enrolled Juris Doctorate candidates.


Additional Qualification Requirements:

In addition to meeting the BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS, applicants must also:  


  • Work well in a team environment.  
  • Have very strong organization and communication skills, and be detailed oriented.  
  • Have a working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or WordPerfect.  
  • Have excellent writing, reading and interpersonal skills, and be able to organize a variety of assignments simultaneously and meet tight deadlines. 




  1. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on any application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for nonselection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  2. All information is subject to verification.
  3. Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process.
  4. Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information and guidance on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at
  5. If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if selected, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.



Should you be selected for an interview, you will be evaluated based upon your responses to questions provided during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions, you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain what you did, and the outcome.


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The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington , DC has an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.  Located in the Capitol Hill area next to Union Station, the AO is accessible by public transportation, including Metro and the MARC and VRE commuter trains.  


Students are eligible for up to $125 per month in monthly Metrocheck benefits to help defray commuting costs.  


The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:


  1. Your Resume
  3. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 14, 2012.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on " Application Status ".  


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 786759. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


If you cannot apply online:


  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Do not use a separate cover page.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required: 


  • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
  • Transcript - Unofficial will be accepted at time of application.
  • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.  

To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-delivery.   Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, and country of citizenship.   


Hong Hoa Ly-Gonzalez
Phone: (202)502-1274
Fax: (202)502-4688
Agency Information:
Administrative Office of the US Courts
AO Personnel Division
One Columbus Circle NE
Suite G-200
Washington, DC
Fax: (202)502-4688


After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and referral to the hiring official if determined qualified.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


Instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX (Also referred to as the C Form)

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Questionnaire method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire.  You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions.  You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.  Be sure to double check your application before submission.

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