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Job Title:Student Trainee (Administration and Office Support)

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:U.S. Mint

Job Announcement Number:13-USMINT-033P

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$30,456.00 to $39,590.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, December 04, 2012 to Tuesday, December 18, 2012




Student Internship - Part-time




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


This opportunity is open to student/internship program eligibles.


Would you like to help serve fellow Americans while being exposed to the work of a Federal Career, including experience with solid work assignments that will help you grow professionally through training and mentorship? If your answer is YES, the Pathways Program is for you! This new program offers students the opportunity to be exposed to Federal Government work through exciting internship opportunities.

The United States Mint’s Office of Chief Counsel is seeking a responsible undergraduate student intern to work in our law office at the Headquarters of the United States Mint in Washington DC.  We are seeking a student interested in working full time during the summer and part-time during the school year.  Responsibilities will include a substantial role in administering the United States Mint ethics program, litigation assistance, filing, correspondence, clerical support, and some minor legal research.

Key Information:

• This appointment is being filled under the Pathways Program.

• Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.



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    This position is located in the Office of Chief Counsel.

    As a Student Trainee (Administration and Office Support), you will:

    • Serve as the ethics office liaison on office support services and answers questions concerning policies and procedures related to such services.
    • Perform a range of recurring administrative assignments such as maintaining a records system, conducting legal research, planning and scheduling meetings with individuals of varying status levels, and verifying financial disclosure forms for accuracy and completion.
    • Apply standardized record-keeping policies and procedures to maintain ethics files, training forms, outside activity justifications, and financial disclosure forms.
    • Perform routine office automation duties using software applications such as electronic mail, desktop publishing, calendars, spreadsheets, databases, etc.


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    In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    The applicant 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 and must have completed at least 2 academic years of post-high school study or have obtained an associate's degree.  The applicant must also be in good academic standing with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.

    In order to be qualified you must have completed at least 2 academic years of post-high school study or have obtained an associate's degree. The required education must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainee will receive training on the job. The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy on graduation the specific educational requirements in the qualification standard for the corresponding two-grade interval position.

    You MUST meet the definition of a STUDENT for the duration of your appointment.

    The definition of a student is: an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis. 


    Your application includes your:
    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions, and
    3. Unofficial transcripts and proof of enrollment (REQUIRED).

    4. Writing Sample

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

    2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: organizational skills,  knowledge of standard record keeping policies, procedures, or operations; knowledge of office automation equipment and software. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Superior, Good, and Acceptable, depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

    A Quality Ranking Factor* has been requested by the Agency to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this

    position is: "Record of outstanding achievement that evidences an aptitude for critically reviewing and maintaining legal and ethics files, training forms, outside activity justifications, and financial disclosures.  This can be demonstrated through examples of academic achievement and/or leadership ." 

    *Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

    3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    Employees 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.

    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.


    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • We will not pay relocation expenses.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit designated position.



    If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Maintain status of "student" as defined in the Qualifications section of this announcement.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 ( Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.
    • Obtain and maintain a security clearance.


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    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. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. Treasury 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 (

    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. For more resume tips click here. - 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 Department of the Treasury'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 Treasury'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've 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.


    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: For more information on veterans' preference, click here.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: Submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at:

    Many types of academic entities qualify for the purposes of the Pathways Programs. These include: 

    High School – A public 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 home-school that is allowed to operate in a State.

    Post-secondary – Educational institutions or curricula listed below must be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Education to be qualifying education:

    • Technical or vocational school
    • 2-year or 4-year college or university
    • Graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school)
    • A post-secondary home-school curriculum

    Under the Pathways Programs, the definition of “qualifying educational institution” includes certain home-school curricula. To be included, secondary home-school programs must be recognized by the State or local government oversight agency. Students participating in these home-school curricula may apply for consideration under the Pathways Programs.

    SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION: If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

    Recommended Documents: In addition, we recommend that you submit the following:
    •  A completed and signed OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, which can be accessed at


    Applicant Call Center
    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 304-480-8725
    Agency Information:
    United States Mint
    See "How to Apply" section
    Parkersburg, WV
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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