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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Interdisciplinary)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-CVM-IN-13-841172

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$24,865.00 to $44,293.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 14, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013
Full Time - Internships NTE Ten weeks
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Laurel, MD United StatesView Map
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The internships are located i n the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Foods, Center for Veterinary Medicine, located in Rockville or Laurel, MD.  S alary will be determined upon selection.  

This announcement is being advertised at the GS-07 - GS-11 grade levels concurrently with HHS-FDA-CVM-IN-13-840968. 

This Pathways announcement is for the Center for Veterinary Medicine's "Windows to Regulatory Research Internship Program."  This program offers academically superior undergraduate, graduate, and professional students hands-on experiences conducting basic and applied research as well as performing in-depth technical reviews of data applicable to animal health and food safety.

Ultimately, the internship benefits not only students themselves but the Center, FDA, and the nation.   Students gain career experience in a supportive yet challenging atmosphere while the Center develops and guides future scientific and regulatory leaders.   Today's interns are CVM's experts of tomorrow.   The program is ten (10) weeks in length, commencing on June 3, 2013.

Who May Apply:  Student Program Eligibles 

Interns will be appointed under the following series:

0499 Biological Science; 0699 Medical and Health; 0799 Veterinary; and 1399 Physical Science. 

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.


  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or otherwise authorized to be employed.
  • Background investigation required
  • Online Application under the Job Opportunity Announcement.
  • Verification of student status in a qualifying academic institution.
  • Verification of education earned through a qualifying academic institution.
  • Verification of veteran's preference, if claimed.


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As an Intern, you will primarily perform the duties below.  However, job duties may vary depending on the area of study and grade appointed: 

Research and assemble pertinent information from a variety of sources, including hard copy or electronic files, archival records, instructions, directives, standard operating procedures, reference guides, and operating manuals.  

Review documents to extract selected data and information to a specific program, project or issue. 

Work with senior employees on an array of special projects or task forces.  

Perform other duties as assigned.


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Candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with the Department of Health and Human Services and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. The classification of the intern positions (series and grade) will depend upon the field of study and level of coursework the candidate has completed.

Candidate must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student.

Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. 

16 years or older at the time of appointment.

To qualify for Student Trainee positions under the Pathways Internship Program, you must demonstrate that you meet the eligibility criteria to be identified as a student and that you meet the qualification requirement based on education completed that corresponds to the grade level at which considered.

To be a STUDENT you must be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, as a degree student; be undertaking a two-year or four-year program at least half-time; be taking an academic, vocational, or technical course load in an accredited educational institution; maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5; and be pursuing any of the following academic degrees:
                                    · High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
                                    · Vocational/Technical Certificate (two-year program)
                                    · Associate's Degree
                                    · Baccalaureate Degree
                                    · Graduate Degree (Master's program)
                                    · Professional Degree (Doctoral program)

Verfication of student status and education level must be submitted as supporting documentation to your application.

To qualify for the GS-02 grade level, applicants must have:
High school diploma (or equivalent).

To qualify for the GS-03 grade level, applicants must have:
Completion of one full academic year of post-high school study.

To qualify for the GS-04 grade level, applicants must have:
Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.

To qualify for the GS-05 grade level, applicants must have:

Completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.

Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:

Conditions of Employment:

1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. 

2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 

3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. 

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. 

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required. 

6. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid:  No 

7. Bargaining Unit Position:  No 

8. Drug Screening Required:  No 

9. Recruitment incentives may be authorized:  No 

10. Student loan repayment incentive authorized:  No 

11. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized:  No

12. Must sign FDA Pathways Program Participant Agreement.


Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be referred for selection without ranking, in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans' preference requirements.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex., interview).  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex., interview, panel review, etc.).


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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 841172.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


  1. Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

         - College Transcripts (verification of student status in a high school, technical school, college or university at the undergraduate level)


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 25, 2013.


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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