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Job Title:  CFPB Internship Program - Student Trainee (Legal Intern)
Agency:  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Job Announcement Number:  13-CFPB-188X

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,036.00 to $80,991.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 10, 2013 to Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Student Internship; Not-to-Exceed 10 weeks. - This appointment may be converted to an intern position without a time limitation.
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
San Francisco County, CA, USView Map
Washington, DC, USView Map

This opportunity is open to Students who are enrolled on at least a half-time basis, or accepted for enrollment in a qualifying Law School degree program of an accredited college or university.


Do you want to be a leader in your field at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - a groundbreaking organization solely devoted to the economic strength and vitality of American Families? Do you want to challenge yourself and others? If you answer "Yes", then we have a career for you! CFPB professionals have unparalleled opportunities to expand horizons for themselves and for the nation. Be one of the founding members of an agency that will make a difference in the lives of everyday American families!

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) is seeking high potential students to assist in a variety of legal support services in support of CFPB legal staff.  You will serve as a student trainee receiving on-the-job training to provide legal support by initiating and drafting standardized legal documents; establishing, maintaining, and closing case files or systems of legal records; assisting attorney in researching pleadings; and other responsibilities. 

***Non-U.S. Citizens with permanent residency will be considered as permitted.*** If you are a Non-U.S. Citizen, please contact Eric Shea @ for more information on how to apply. Please reference announcement # 13-CFPB-188X.

CFPB is looking for Summer Student Interns in the following divisions (offices):
Legal Division
Office of Enforcement
Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity
Office of Regulations
And other offices with legal responsibilities  

  • These are excepted appointments in the CFPB Pathways Intern Program. 
  • If your appointment is extended, upon successful completion of the program requirements, you may be considered for a full time excepted service Law Clerk position.


  • Background investigation.
  • US Citizenship (for conversion)
  • Must be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment as a degree seeking student.
  • You may be required to serve a trial period


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The major duties of this position include:

  • Initiate and draft standardized legal documents routinely needed for specific legal actions, including motions, orders, answers, pleadings, subpoenas.  Assist attorneys in case preparation, assemble exhibits, affidavits and other documents.  Assemble and organize files and records for disposition or transfer to records depository.
  • Maintain court calendar.  Track filing, hearing and trial dates, and schedule conferences and interviews.
  • Establish, maintain, and close case files or systems of legal records, annotate indices and status records, compile workload and status reports, and locate and abstract data from files and records.
  • Assist attorneys in researching pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents on questions relating to routine legal matters of interest.
  • Collect and prepare summaries of articles relating to consumer issues as requested.
  • Respond to routine telephone and electronic inquiries.  Provide requested information based on own knowledge of the Office’s goals and priorities, or refers the inquiry to an appropriate individual for response.
  • Follows all Federal and Bureau requirements regarding Records Management, Privacy, FOIA, Transparency, Ethics, and Procurement.  Attends and participates in all mandatory training or Bureau events.


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You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing of this announcement.

You must answer all job-related questions in the job questionnaire.

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 (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93–842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program. 

Education may be substituted for experience as described in “Qualifications.”

Specialized Experience for the CN-30 level:  One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the CN-22 level (equivalent to the GS-4 level) in the Federal service obtained in either the private of public sector.  For this position, specialized experience is defined as:  experience that demonstrates knowledge of analytical methods and techniques.  Experience should include working in a support capacity for a legal professionals such as in a law firm, legal division, or other similar department with a focus on legal matters.


4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree.

Must be pursuing a course of study to obtain a Law Degree.

The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.  One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. 


Your application includes your:
1.  Resume,
2.  Responses to the online questions,
3.  Transcripts - Proof of enrollment (REQUIRED)
4.  Cover letter (REQUIRED). 

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

1.  Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all minimum qualifications as described under the Qualifications section.  If your application is incomplete, you will not be considered. 

2.  Application Review: The hiring manager may review the application of all qualified individuals and make selection(s). 

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed.  Veterans awarded preference is required by law to be considered before non-preference-eligibles in the applicant pool. Qualified veterans' with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.  For more information on veteran’s preference, please click here.

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

To preview questions please click here.


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Our comprehensive benefits are among the most generous in the federal government. They include:

  • Challenging and rewarding work benefiting American consumers;
  • Public Transit Incentive Program (PTIP)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Emergency Child Care Access (Contracted Service)
  • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13-26 days of vacation time each year (If your appointment is extended beyond 90 days)

If your appointment is extended beyond 1 year you will be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Access to comprehensive Federal health, vision, dental, life, and long-term care insurance programs
  • Additional access to CFPB-specific vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and insurance programs while you work at CFPB.
  • The CFPB offers its own FSA Program.  As a result CFPB employees are not eligible to participate in FSAFEDS. If you are currently participating in FSAFEDS and you accept a position with CFPB, in order to continue participation in a FSA for the year you must enroll in the CFPB FSA program.  You are eligible to incur expenses against your FSAFEDS account(s), up to your separation date from your current agency.  In addition you will have until April 30th of the year following your separation from your current agency to get the expenses that were incurred, reimbursed through FSAFEDS. Any balance that remains in your FSAFEDS account after all eligible expenses have been incurred and reimbursed will be forfeited.  Due to IRS regulations, you are not able to transfer your FSAFEDS contributions into a CFPB FSA Account.  If you have questions please contact FSAFEDS at 1-877-FSAFEDS.    


  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 and over the age of 18, you must certify that you have registered with Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.  
  • CONDITIONS OF INTERN EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Maintain status of student.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    •  As required by hiring office, you may be required to: 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.
    • Must be pursuing a course of study related to the position being filled.

    Ethics:  CFPB employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at  In addition, CFPB employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee’s spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by CFPB.   CFPB’s regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys.  Applicants may review the CFPB ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at   Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the CFPB Ethics Office at


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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. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us as soon as possible. 

    If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at and/or the USAJobs Help Desk.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 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 & Evaluations" section of the job announcement to preview the online questions. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Resume Tips 

    Step 2 - Apply Online

    Click the "Apply Online" link on this page. You will then be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. After selecting a resume, click on the "Apply for this position now!" link, and follow the prompts to register (if you have not already done so). You will then be required to answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

    Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application

    If this is your first time on CFPB'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. You may also track your application status from your USAJOBS account.

    Step 5 - Submit Required Documents

    You can submit any required or optional documents (described below) by URL, 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 social security number from anything 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 have already loaded on USAJOBS. OR

    2. You may upload a document to an existing application by logging in to your USAJOBS account. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on it and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application until you reach the "Documents" page and select "Upload" to add a document to your application.

    Be sure to review your complete application to confirm that the document(s) uploaded properly. In the "Application Review" section, you should see your uploaded documents listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Once you see them, click "Finished;" you will then be returned to USAJOBS.

    Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number is on the cover-sheet.


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

    FOR QUALIFICATION:  If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits,  grade, and date of completion. (In addition to your proof of enrollment in a legal program)

    FOR ELIGIBILITY: You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, and grade from an accredited college or university OR if you have not completed any post-high school course work, you are only required to submit proof of enrollment, or acceptance of enrollment, at a qualified educational institution at this time.  See “Requirements” section for the definition of a qualifying educational institution. To verify you are eligible for the Pathways program you must submit proof that you are persuing a degree in a related field. For this postition, you must submit proof of enrollment in a legal program persuing a law degree.

    Both official AND unofficial transcripts are acceptable as part of the application process. However, if you are selected, you will be required to provide an official transcript before your final offer of employment. If you are a first year graduate student, you must submit a copy of your most recent undergraduate transcript.

    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 these criteria, please refer to

    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

    We recommend you get this process started as soon as possible to avoid delays in appointment if selected.


    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.  Compensably disabled 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 the OPM Forms page. For more information on veteran’s preference, click here. 


    You must submit a cover letter when applying for this vacancy. If you do not submit a cover letter with your application your submission will not be reviewed. Your application will be marked as "Incomplete" and not given any further consideration. 


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    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 304-480-8725
    Agency Information:
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    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your account at We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBs. 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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