To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date, Monday, November 26, 2012, of the announcement.
Student Status : The applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school (go to www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/to verify accreditation status). Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course load leading to a degree, and the applicant must provide evidence of enrollment/acceptance. If enrolled part-time, the applicant must also provide the school's policy on what is defined as half-time enrollment.
Degree Major Study: Finance, Business Administration, Economics, Accounting, Insurance, Engineering, Mathematics, Banking and Credit, Law, Real Estate Operations, Statistics or other fields such as Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, Farm, Livestock or Ranch Management, or Rural Sociology.
Citizenship: Student Intern must be a United States citizen.
Pathways Participant Agreement: All interns are required to sign the Participant Agreement, to include the requirement of currently having a cumulative academic GPA of 2.5 or higher and at minimum, maintaining the same academic standard throughout the Internship program.
GS - 03: One (1) academic year of post-high school education in one of the major fields of study listed above.
GS - 04: Two (2) academic years of post-high school education or Associates Degree in one of the major fields of study listed above.
GS - 05: Four (4) year course of study leading to a Bachelors degree or a Bachelors degree in one of the major fields of study listed above.
General Experience (for GS-5): Three (3) years of experience, One (1) year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-4 level that required gathering and analyzing facts and figures, and presenting the information or conclusions in clear oral and written language; or that provided a knowledge of the principles of financial analysis or of insurance laws, such as contract, property, life, casualty, or marine insurance.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify for the GS-5 level only. To calculate, first identify the percentage of education you have earned, then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the GS-5. For example, an applicant who has 2 years (67%) of general experience and 45 earned semester hours of undergraduate level education (i.e. 38% of education required) would exceed 100% of the total requirement and is qualified for the position.
A clear legible copy of your official/unofficial transcript (reflecting institution, major, grades, credit hours and grade point average or class ranking) must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as demonstrated in your resume.
1. Skill in using correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (i.e. ideas, messages, etc.) in a succinct and organized manner, produce written information which may include technical information or material appropriate for t intended audience.
2. Knowledge to understand and interpret written material, including technical information, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs or tables; apply what learn from written material to specific situations.
3. Ability to show understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy and politeness to others; experience dealing with difficult or distressed individuals, relate well to individuals from varied backgrounds, sensitive to cultural diversity differences.
4. Skill using a personal computer to produce word processing documents, store and retrieve data, research issues on the internet, and perform other work related tasks as required.
5. Ability to accept direction from senior/experienced personnel, using efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills. This includes participating fully in learning scenarios and taking personal responsibility for self learning and development.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or be contacted for an interview.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***
FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must submit original official college transcripts from an accredited educational institution that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). List job title, series, grade, pay, pay grade(military rank), hours per week, employers name and address, supervisors name and phone number, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year format), salary, and description of duties. Ensure sufficient detail is documented to show your level of experience and accomplishments. Indicate whether your supervisor may be contacted.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.