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Job Title:  Student Trainee (International Trade Specialist)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Commerce, International Trade Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ITA-MAC-2013-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Excepted Service: Pathways Student Internship - Full Time
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Student Program Eligibles (See Other Information)


The International Trade Administration (ITA) is instrumental in assisting businesses compete in the global economy. Help create opportunities for U.S. workers and firms by promoting trade, opening foreign markets to ensure compliance with trade laws and agreements.

This vacancy is for a Student Trainee position in the Market Access and Compliance (MAC), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere, an office of the International Trade Administration (ITA). This position is located at ITA’s headquarters in Washington DC.



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    Under Direct Supervison the employee will:

    • Assist senior personnel in coordination of trade programs and events
    • Locate and assemble trade date and information in support of analytical work
    • Participate in meetings or conferences for developmental purposes
    • Assist with disseminating trade information and materials on government products/services to U.S. business and associations



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    GRADE 07 EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as work experience preparing briefings, presentations, and information memoranda on international trade and economics.  Experience providing analyses on international economic issues and international trade regulations for senior officials.

    Grade 07 EDUCATION: Pathways Internship Program positions at the GS-7 level may be filled by degree-seeking students pursuing a bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, or comparable degree.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR INITIAL APPOINTMENT: Completion of all requirements for a bachelors or equivalent degree in a field of global business management, global public policy, international finance, business administration, textile and apparel studies, political science, economics, marketing, international trade, international business, international affairs, international relations, international economics, or other related fields of study with a GPA or class standing that meets the requirements of the Superior Academic Achievement provisions;


    One year of graduate level education in a field of international policy, international commerce, international management, intercultural relations, international development, global economy, government and foreign affairs, international business, international trade, international economics, international affairs, international relations, or other related fields of study is qualifying for the GS-7 level.


    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    This position requires a security clearance.

    Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.



    We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility:

    Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be refered to the selecting official in the following order: (1) Preference Eligibles (2) Applicants that do not qualify as Prefernce Eligibles.

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    The International Trade Administration, Trade Promotion and Foreign Commercial Service offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at



    PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: The Pathways Internship Program integrates classroom study with paid work experience, with the objective of preparing the student for responsible placement into the agency's permanent workforce. The program is conducted in accordance with a planned schedule and a working agreement between the agency and the student. This announcement is aimed at students in high schools, colleges, trade schools, and other qualifying educational institutions, which upon graduation will provide the academic background, knowledge, and skills required for the target position. (Students must complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience prior to graduation.)

    - Must be at least 16 years old.
    - Must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in and seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate in an accredited high school (including homeschool), technical, vocational, 2 or 4 year college/university, graduate or professional school; and carry, at a minimum, a half-time course load as defined by the institution.
    - Must be able to complete required (career-related) work experience prior to or concurrently with the completion of course requirements for the degree.
    - U.S. citizens and non-citizens may apply. Non-citizens must meet applicable requirements which will be determined by the Agency.
    - Must sign a Participant Agreement that identifies expectations for the internship. Students will be required to complete all academic requirements for the target position as required.
    - Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.


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    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

    For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact: Sean Crump at 202.482.4278 or


    A complete application consists of the following:

    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must also list your educational and work experience including the following information for each employment listed: job title; duties and accomplishments; employer’s name and address; supervisor's name and phone number; starting and ending dates formatted in month/day/year; hours worked per week; salary; if the employment was federal: title, series, and grade/pay band.  Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.

    • Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:

    • Education. This position requires proof of CURRENT enrollment status in higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information:  name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, current enrollment dates and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.

    You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


    Sean Crump
    Phone: 202-482-1424
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    Agency Information:
    1401 Constitution Ave NW
    Room 7412
    Attn: Human Resources
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 571-258-4052


    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Application Status." The four points of notification are:

    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;

    2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

    3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and

    4. Selected or Not Selected.

    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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