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Job Title:Student Trainee (Legal Intern)

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Job Announcement Number:FERC-RIS-2013-0022

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 08, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013




Internships are available for the Summer of 2013 - .




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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent regulatory agency that regulates and oversees various aspects of the energy markets within the United States. We value independence, analytic ability, communication skills, integrity and objectivity.

The Pathways Summer Law Intern Program combines the opportunity to earn a competitive salary while learning about federal service and the dynamic field of energy.  Interns gain valuable, resume-building, work experience and opportunities to foster networking relationships.

Members of the Summer Intern program working in Office of general Counsel, General & Administrative Law, under the direct supervision of staff attorneys, assist in performing legal research, drafting legal memos and pleadings concerning equal employment opportunity disputes and other employment disputes, contracts, investigations, document production including discovery, and other matters of general applicability.  Members of the Summer Program also have a limited role in depositions, settlement conferences, and meetings with opposing counsel.

 Working alongside our attorneys you will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects from litigation to fact-finding and research.  Among other responsibilities, our attorneys resolve or litigate cases set for hearing and ensure the outcomes are consistent with legal requirements and the public’s interest.  Overall, Summer Interns can expect a broad range of assignments ranging from such issues as freedom of expression in the work place to issues of first impression requiring creative and insightful legal analysis.


  • Must be enrolled in an accredited law degree program
  • Background investigation will be conducted


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The incumbent performs the following duties:

  • Perform legal research for authorities and precedent cases on a specific point of law.
  • Draft legal memos and pleadings concerning EEO disputes, employment disputes, and other matters.
  • Conduct document production, including discovery, and perform other duties of general applicability.
  • Evaluate evidentiary record and other documents to support legal findings.


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You must be enrolled in an accredited university for a minimum of 1/2 time (normally 6 credit hours) and remain in that status for the duration of the appointment   Your transcripts or other documentation must show proof of continued enrollment for the Summer or Fall 2013 semesters.  Your application may be considered incomplete if proof of enrollment is not submitted.   

If selected you must show proof of enrollment for the Summer or Fall 2013 semesters before your appointment begins.

To be eligible for an internship positions you must meet the qualifications by the beginning of your appointment (start date).


GS-9 Positions:

To qualify for GS-9 positions candidates must:

  • be registered in an accredited law degree program and have completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

You must be seeking a law degree from an accredited law program.



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

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical Competence, Written Communication, and Legal, Government and Jurisprudence. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates.  If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, A, B or C, 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.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.  If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
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 We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity.  Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs.  Our benefits package includes:

Challenging work and competitive salaries.

Flexible scheduling.

Based on your schedule and hours worked you may be eligible for up to ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 days of vacation time each year.

A transit subsidy that defrays or eliminates your commuting costs.

Learn more about Federal benefits programs by clicking here.



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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.
Please click on the following link for detailed instructions on how to apply: How To Apply
Tips for Applying For example, if the specialized experience requires presenting information to a large audience, your resume might include speeches or presentations you've given.
-Verify your resume clearly indicates possession of the competencies and required specialized experience listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement.
-Submit all requested documentation; e.g. transcripts, cover letter, etc.


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).

  • Resume
  • Copy of most recent transcripts indicating credit hours earned. (Unofficial copy is sufficient for initial screening).
  • Your transcripts or other documentation must show proof of Fall 2013 enrollment. (Your application will be considered incomplete if proof of enrollment is not submitted). 
    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.  

    10 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.


Francesca Monti
Phone: 202-502-6696
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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