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Job Title:Student Trainee - Engineering (Pathways Internship)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-NV-13-RLp-787033

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$25,891.00 to $33,659.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 16, 2012 to Monday, November 26, 2012




Multiple Schedules - Internships




1 vacancy in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map


Student/Internship Program Eligibles


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   787033 (Please include on all documents)


PATHWAYS INTERN PROGRAM:   This position provides students enrolled in a variety of educational institutions with paid opportunities to work and explore Federal careers while still in school.   To learn more, please visit:


This announcement is open to: Current students in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.   (To be eligible for the Pathways Intern Program, you must have been accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis).


At the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, our duty is to make sure Veterans receive the finest health care available within our resources. We are devoted to providing primary health care, specialized care, and mental health service to Veterans whom reside within a 50 mile radius of the Medical Center serving veterans in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information, please visit our web site.





  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.


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The Engineering Co-op Student works in the Project Section of Engineering Service, providing support to four (4) Project Engineers and two (2) Interior Designers.  Their responsibilities include day-to-day inspection of the construction activities on the project sites, reviewing material submittals and shop drawings, preparing cost estimates for change orders, reviewing designs from outside Architectural Engineering Firms, and participating in safety inspections of the project sites.  The Co-op Student also plays a role in coordinating construction activities with the Medical Center activities. 


WORK SCHEDULE:  Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules. Agencies and students should agree on a formally-arranged schedule of school and work that does not interfere with the student’s academic schedule or performance and so that completion of the educational program and the Internship Program is accomplished in a reasonable timeframe. 


Position may alternate between Academic Study and Work Experience (Semester at School, then Semester at Work etc). 


Intern's Responsibilities:    

  • Provide proof of enrollment as necessary
  • Notify the agency of any change in your enrollment status and/or work schedule
  • Maintain at least a half-time course load as defined by the educational institution
  • Remain in good academic standing
  • Adhere to an established work schedule
  • Adhere to the Intern Program requirements
  • Participate in agency training classes or programs
  • Perform, successfully, the assigned duties listed in your position description
  • Observe all workplace rules


Participant Agreement:

The selected candidate must sign a written participant agreement which outlines the following information:

  • A general description of the duties to be performed;
  • Work schedules; 
  • Length of appointment and termination date;
  • Mentorship opportunities;
  • Training requirements;
  • Evaluation procedures that will be used for the participant;
  • Requirements for continuation and successful completion of the Program;
  • Minimum eligibility requirements for noncompetitive conversion to term or permanent appointment in the competitive service under the specific Pathways Program in which employed; and
  • Any other requirements or expectations established by the agency.






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Interns must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time schedule as a student at an accredited educational institution in a certificate, degree or diploma program, and must meet the below qualification standards for the Internship position.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement 




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


The required education listed above must lead to a bachelor's degree in Professional Engineering.   To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Work will involve mostly office work (50%) and some physical exertion such as walking, bending, stooping, climbing in utility rooms, crawlspaces, attics, boiler and chiller plant (50%).  Such work will require an average amount of agility and dexterity.

Veterans Preference applies to all Pathways Programs job opportunities.


If you qualify for veterans’ preference, be sure to upload your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and, if applicable, a SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference:    (Uploaded DD-214 and, if applicable, SF 15 should be less than or equal to 3 megabytes in .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .doc, .docx or .pdf format).

Veterans may visit, email or call (202) 606-5090 for Federal hiring assistance.



Students appointed under the Internship Program who have met all requirements of the Program and have satisfactorily completed the requirements for their diploma/certificate/degree may no longer remain in the Program, as they are no longer students and no longer meet the eligibility requirements for the Program.


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions, etc.


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  • Health and life insurance coverage for Federal employees depends on the type of appointment an employee has and the expectation of substantial employment during the year. Students hired under the Internship Program on a temporary appointment are generally not entitled to these benefits. However, once they have been continuously employed for over a year without a break in service exceeding 5 days, they may enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, but they would have to pay 100 percent of the premium (i.e., both the employee and Government share). Temporary employees are not eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program.


  • Students hired under an Internship appointment for a period expected to last longer than 1 year are eligible for health and life insurance coverage as long as they are expected to be employed under this appointment for over 1 year and are expected to be in a pay status for at least one-third of the total period of time from the date of their initial appointment to the date of the completion of the Program. The cost of premiums is split between the employee and the agency, as it is for all permanent employees.


  • Students hired under the Internship Program are generally ineligible for retirement coverage.


  • Students hired under the Pathways Programs on appointments for 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. As provided in 5 U.S.C. 6303(b), employees whose appointments are limited to less than 90 days may be eligible for annual leave if they have previously served for a continuous period of 90 days under successive appointments.



 This announcement may be used to fill additional unanticipated vacancy(s) at the same grade level(s) and location(s) as stated in this announcement that occur within ninety (90) days of the issue date of the certificate of eligible's for this vacancy. 


Conversion to the Competitive Service:  An Intern may noncompetitively be converted from the Internship Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service, provided that all the terms of 5 CFR 362.204 are met and there is an available position. However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. Interns must be U.S. citizens to be eligible for conversion.    The target grade of this position upon conversion to the competitive service is GS-11



To be eligible for conversion, an Intern must:

  • Have completed the required number of hours of work experience (generally, at least 640 hours) while enrolled as a full-time or half-time degree-seeking student
  • Have completed educational requirements from a qualifying institution
  • Have received a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency, and
  • Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which the Intern will be converted.


Time spent under one or more previous Federal internship program appointments may be credited towards the 640 hours that is not in a field or functional area related to the Intern’s target position or career field as provided in 5 CFR 362.204. Interns’ participation in the Pathways Program counts toward their career tenure.


Up to 320 hours of certain non-Federal career-related internship program experience, volunteer service, or active duty military service may be credited and applied towards the 640 hours as provided in 5 CFR 362.204(c).


Up to 320 hours of the 640-hour requirement may be waived based on exceptional job performance and outstanding academic achievement (5 CFR 362.204(d)).


Interns can be placed in term positions and may subsequently be noncompetitively converted into permanent competitive service positions.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, November 26, 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.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.


Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 787033.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


You may upload completed forms to your USAJOBS account if you apply online.  You can then use the uploaded forms when applying for future vacancies.  For help uploading documents or for other general questions, please see the HELP/FAQ's link at the bottom of the USAJOBS webpage


The following documents are required:

  • Résumé (See the checklist  for correct format, or use the Resume Builder in USAJOBS)
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  • Other documents - Use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information(Current Federal Employees must provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 which identifies their position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).


Cincinnati Human Resources
Phone: (513)475-6361
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks


NOTE: If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made.  Two of these requirements, the background check (E-Qip) and Credentialing (VetPro, if required), must be initiated and completed by the applicant within three (3) days of the tentative offer of employment.  Failure to complete E-Qip and Credentialing (VetPro) within three (3) calendar days may result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer.

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