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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-2013-0025

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
Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 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.

This position is located in the Energy Markets section of the Office of the General Counsel.  The Energy Markets section provides legal advice to the Commission on matters relating to the regulation of jurisdictional electric, natural gas, and oil pipeline companies.  Staff attorneys in the section work with non-legal technical staff (which may include energy industry analysts, economists, engineers, or accountants) to analyze and resolve issues presented to the Commission by filing parties.  Over the course of the ten-week program, interns will have the opportunity to assist in analyzing various legal matters, which may include work with particular regulations or statutes, case law, and agency decisions.  Interns will be given drafting assignments, working closely with staff attorneys within the Energy Markets section.           

Please Note: Intern start date: Monday, May 20, 2013; Alternative start date: Monday, June 03, 2013 or June 17, 2013; Intern end date: Depend on the starting date.


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


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  • Works closely with staff attorneys in the performance of legal research and analysis of legal decisions, opinions, rulings, memoranda, and other legal decisions.
  • Reviews pleadings and other documents associated with regulated entities and regulated energy markets.
  • Drafts legal memoranda, comments summaries, and orders resolving issues presented to the Commission.
  • Applies relevant regulations and statutory provisions in orders and memoranda.


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

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

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 law school

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following competencies: 1. Legal Research and Analysis 2. Written and Oral Communication 3. Team Participation

Applicants must meet all applicable education requirements by May 2013.


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: 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.

We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section.  Your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

The top candidates will be invited for interviews at our Washington DC headquarters location.  Travel expenses will not be paid.

To preview questions please click here.


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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
  • Cover letter
  • 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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