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Job Title:Pathways Student Internship

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Patent and Trademark Office

Job Announcement Number:A-2013-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$34,075.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 11, 2013 to Monday, January 28, 2013




Part-Time, Pathways Internship Program - 90 days or less




FEW vacancies - Alexandria, VA, USView Map


Individuals currently accepted for enrollment OR currently enrolled in a qualifying educational institution, as defined by 5 CFR 362.102, on a full or half-time basis.


This announcement has been extended to close on 1/28/13 due to technical issues on the USAJobs website on 1/25/13.


The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 10,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO's mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. Please visit our website for more information on USPTO  Our agency was recently named one of the best places to work in the Federal government by the Partnership for Public Service.


This is an excepted service appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.


The Internship Program targets individuals currently accepted for enrollment or enrolled in an accredited high school; college (including four-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.  Throughout the program, selectees will participate in job assignments to develop competencies that enhance their academic career goals. This appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed.  After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may, at the agency’s discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service. For more information on the Pathways Programs, please visit:


Opportunities may be offered in the following areas: The Office of The Administrator for Policy and External Affairs (Law interns) * Office of General Counsel * Office of the Solicitor * Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB)* Trademark Trial & Appeal Board


  • You must be a United States Citizen or National
  • You must be currently accepted or enrolled in a qualifying institution
  • If selected, you must be available for appointment by June 3, 2013


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The Office of the Administrator for Policy and External Affairs duties include duties specifically for Law interns:

  • Interns for USPTO’s external affairs office would work principally on discrete research projects, some involving on domestic law, some involving international law, and some involving social and economic issues related to policy issues.  These projects will generally concern intellectual property, but might involve, for example, research on defamation, internet gambling, general tort liability, or due process obligations to foreigners – all issues that bear on or provide analogies to current IP policy debates.
  • Interns might be asked to assist with logistical projects, such as planning efforts for meetings in Washington and abroad.
  • Interns must be self-directed and capable of working in the normal law school student / young associate environment, i.e. accepting assignments and completing first draft memoranda with only limited supervisor involvement.  Because of EA attorney travel schedules, there may only be intermittent or “rotating” contact with attorneys and senior advisors.
  • Fluency in major foreign languages is a strong positive; as is deep background or undergraduate degree in economics, or an associated field.

Office of General Counsel, and also PTAB/TTAB duties may include but are not limited to: providing legal research to assist with specific intellectual property related practices.




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See "Education".  Additionally, students must have excellent speaking and presentation skills.




Enrollment in a high school diploma or GED program.


High school diploma or equivalent


Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study


Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree


Completion of  all  requirements for a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree


Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision after completing a bachelor’s degree


Completion of all requirements for a master’s degree or equivalent degree


For research positions, completion of all requirements for a master’s or equivalent degree


For non-research positions, completion of all requirements for a PhD or equivalent degree


The table above was developed by the Office of Personnel Management and is for informational purposes.  Actual grade level will be determined at the time of selection based on available funding.

In addition to meeting the basic qualifications required, applicants must also:

1. Work well in a team environment.

2. Have a working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel.

3. Have excellent writing, reading, and interpersonal skills.

4. Students must sign a Participant Agreement.


In addition to the above, an selected intern should possess the following writing skills.

  • Knowledge of grammar, writing and editing practices, and the style requirements of the media and the publications used (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, and Worldwide web).
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing technology (including Web Publisher, MS Word and Excel) to develop materials that are ready for printing;
  • Subject-matter knowledge to write or edit primarily intellectual property documents, such as newsletters and operating procedures;
  • Some knowledge of Intellectual Property (IP);
  • Ability to independently research; and
  • Good communication skills to engage and contact sources and contributors to check facts and information.


Some excepted service positions have different criteria for referring candidates depending on the business unit.


Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the “Required Documents” section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).


Veterans’ preference must be applied when referring applicants on a certificate of eligibles.

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A comprehensive benefits package is NOT provided for the Intern Program. Participants are eligible, however, for a transit subsidy which may cover all or some of the transportation costs incurred during the program.


Visit USPTO links below for information concerning USPTO New Employee Information:

(Please note by clicking on the links below you will be redirected away from this page and to the Website)


USPTO Campus


Reporting to Work


Work/Life Balance




Employee Assistance


Living in the D.C. Metro Area


Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen or National.


If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System.  If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption.  Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.


This position is not included in a Bargaining Unit.


This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of “low”.



Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.


The USPTO participates in E-Verify.  For more information on E-Verify, please visit



All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.


Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.


More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.


All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.



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You MUST apply online.  If you experience difficulties with the application process or do not have access to a computer, please contact the HR Specialist listed as the point of contact before the closing date of this job announcement. 


If you are a new user to the USAJobs Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying.  You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position.  For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, go to USAJobs Help Page.



Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the "APPLY ONLINE" button at the right side of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the Department of Commerce application site for USPTO.



If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available!  If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times. 


All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJobs “Saved Documents” feature.



A complete application consists of:


A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter - Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the announcement.  Please Note:  Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating.  Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume. 


It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements.  Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration. 


Veterans' Preference Documentation - If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, you will be asked to submit a Member 4 copy of your DD-214.  If you are a preference eligible claiming a service connected disability of 10 percent or more, you will be asked to submit documentation (i.e. a letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces) certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.  Veterans must include dates of military service within the automated application process, and submit Member 4 copy of each Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214.  For more information, please visit



You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit your Required Documents:


1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJobs site.


2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4052 using the system generated fax cover sheet.


Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

NOTE: The preceding documentation requirements are based on job requirements and individual applicant eligibility.  Not all documents are applicable to all applicants--if you are unsure which documents apply to you, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement.


Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your rating.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.


Fred Person
Phone: 571-272-5169
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
550 Elizabeth Lane
Elizabeth Townhouse
Alexandria, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application.  After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and you may be contacted for follow-up supplemental documentation.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supplemental documents or information requested by the Office of Human Resources within the allocated timeframes.  Failure to submit requested documents or information within 5 business days of receiving the request may result in your application not receiving further consideration.    


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