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Job Title:  Pathways Internship (Student Trainee)
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  DOE-HQ-12-Internship

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$22,115.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 30, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012
Work schedule: Full or part time; - Temporary Not to Exceed (NTE) January 31, 2013
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20585View Map
Germantown, MD, USView Map

Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) seeking students in an accredited high school or State approved homeschool, technical or vocational school, 2 or 4-year college or university, or graduate or professional school, with at least a half-time course load. Must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher). 


The Department of Energy is seeking to hire talented and highly skilled student candidates for its 2012 Christmas/New Year's Holiday seaon.  This vacancy announcement will be used to fill Internship positions that become available through January 31, 2013. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply. DOE is looking for highly motivated students for holiday employment. Numerous opportunities are available and will enable students to gain valuable work experience while contributing to the DOE mission. 

Veterans Preference applies and will be adjudicated accordingly.

This vacancy announcement does not offer any promotion potential. 

The overarching mission of the Department of Energy (DOE) is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S. through scientific and technological innovation and environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. With DOE you'll have the flexibility and freedom to explore a world of possibilities through a wealth of exciting and challenging career opportunities. By joining DOE, you can hone your career skills while helping to secure the U.S. future and make a real difference in the lives of Americans and people around the world. To learn more about the DOE, please visit our website the following link DOE


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be a current student or enrolled/accepted for enrollment as a student.
  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • These positions are not in the bargaining unit covered under NTEU.


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Students will be assigned to one of the DOE PROGRAM OFFICES or DOE STAFF AND SUPPORT OFFICES. They will perform a wide variety of duties in the clerical and administrative fields designed to meet DOE's mission.


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Qualification requirements vary for each occupation. The occupation and grade level at which the student is hired will be based on the student's qualifying education and/or work experience. Applicants who meet basic eligibility requirements for employment consideration will be evaluated for minimum qualifications as prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management. The following Group Coverage Qualification Standards apply: Clerical and Administrative Support Positions and Administrative and Management positions. Detailed information about these standards can be obtained at GROUP STANDARDS. A brief summary of the education/experience requirements for the various grade levels is as follows:

Clerical and Technical Positions: GS-1: Be in a high school whose curriculum has been approved by a State or local governing body, a private school that provides secondary education as determined under state law, or a homeschool that is allowed to operate in a state; GS-2: Have completed high school or have 3 months of general clerical work experience; GS-3: Have 2 years of education above high school or 6 months of general clerical experience; GS-4: Have 2 years of education above high school or 1 year of general experience; GS-5: Have completed a 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, or 1 year of progressively responsible work experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade leve;l GS-6: have 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level.

Administrative and Management Positions: GS-5 4 years of study leading to a bachelors degree or 3 years of general experience with 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-4; GS-7 1 full year of graduate level education or 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-5; GS-9 master's or equivalent graduate degree or 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-7.


General experience is experience appropriate to the position being filled as long as the experience provides evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled. In some situations, education and experience may be combined to meet the total experience requirement.

ALL ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. In general, the basic education requirements for most positions are: GS-1 None; GS-2 High school graduation or equivalent; GS-3 High school graduation or equivalent; GS-4 2-years above high school; GS-5 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree; GS-7 1 full year of graduate level education; GS-9 Masters' degree or equivalent. More detailed information on basic education requirements can be found in the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standard under EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROVISIONS OR REQUIREMENTS. YOU MUST SUBMIT LEGIBLE COPIES OF ALL TRANSCRIPTS TO INCLUDE TRANSFERRED HOURS. ALL TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT by following the instructions provided under "Required Documents" in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS ARE NOT REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. However, if selected you will be required to provide official transcripts. EDUCATION COMPLETED IN FOREIGN COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES may be used to meet education requirements if you can show the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. YOU MUST PROVIDE SUCH EVIDENCE ONLINE BY THE CLOSING DATE ON THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

EDUCATION: You must be a current student in good academic standing carrying at least a half-time academic/vocational or technical course load. LEGIBLE TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial accepted) documenting your educational background are required and MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY THE CLOSING DATE ON THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT in accordance with the instructions provided under "Required Documents" in the "How to Apply" section. If the transcript is not legible your application package will be deemed incomplete and you will be rated ineligible for the position. If you have or will graduate by the closing date on the vacancy announcement YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF FROM AN ACCREDITED ACADEMIC INSTITUTION SHOWING YOU HAVE EITHER ENROLLED OR BEEN ACCEPTED FOR ENROLLMENT. SUCH PROOF MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BY THE CLOSING DATE ON THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. IF YOU ARE A STUDENT AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION BUT YOU CEASE BEING A STUDENT AT ANY TIME DURING THE HIRING PROCESS (E.G., YOU WITHDRAW, GRADUATE, ETC.), YOU ARE INELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION UNLESS YOU PROVIDE PROOF FROM AN ACCREDITED ACADEMIC INSTITUTION SHOWING YOU HAVE EITHER ENROLLED OR BEEN ACCEPTED FOR ENROLLMENT. ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: Male applicants born after 12/31/1959 who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment under this program.


Eligible candidates will be evaluated based on a comparison of the quality and extent of their education and experience as reflected in their resume against the requirements of available positions. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, you may be rated ineligible or not qualified for any of the available positions.
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The U.S. Department of Energy is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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1. Apply on line at USAJobs. 2. If you experience difficulty applying online, call one of the Human Resources Specialist listed in item 4 below between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). 3. Submit all required documents by 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date of the announcement in order to receive consideration. 4. For additional information or assistance, contact: (202)586-0283.


1. Submit your complete application package which includes your resume, your responses to all online assessment questions, and all required supporting documents (e.g., transcripts, proof of enrollment or acceptance for enrollment, individual state homeschooling documentation etc.). 2. Veterans: If you are eligible for veteran's preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming. All veterans MUST submit a DD-214, member 4 copy. If claiming 10-point preference you must also submit a SF-15 and any other proof that you are eligible for 10-point preference. If you are currently on active duty, you must submit an official statement of service from your command or other official documentation that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. Failure to submit documentation to prove your veterans status will result in your failure to be awarded veterans preference in the application process. You can find additional information on veterans preference at VET GUIDE. 3. Education: You must submit a copy of your transcript(s) (unofficial acceptable). If you have or are about to graduate, you must submit proof that you have been accepted for enrollment in an accredited academic institution. 4. If you have completed any part of your education outside the United States, you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), can provide a list of who can evaluate your foreign education. For additional information, visit DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. 5. Legible documentation identified above must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. Illegible documentation will result in your being determined ineligible and not qualified for any positions covered by this announcement. The documentation identified above must be attached to your online application using one of the following actions: a) "Upload" to upload documents directly from your computer. b) "USAJOBS" to upload documents stored in your USAJOBS" accounts. (c) "Fax" to generate a fax cover sheet and fax the documents to 571-258-4052. The system generated cover sheet must be used. Applicants will be prompted at the "Vacancy Documents" section of the application to add their required documents. Please review and follow the instructions listed to successfully submit your documents. If you are submitting more than one transcript, you must upload or fax them as a single document. Uploading will require that you first scan the documents to produce one document. If the file is too large to upload, you must upload the first transcript and submit it using the document type "transcript." Then upload the second transcript using the document type "other." If these procedures are not followed, it may result in you unintentionally overwriting previously submitted transcripts. As a result your application may be determined incomplete making you ineligible for further consideration.


Kenneth Fields
Phone: 202-586-0283
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-586-6155
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave
HC-32, Headquarters Special Programs
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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