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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Legal Intern)
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Job Announcement Number:  FERC-DE-2013-0059

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to Thursday, March 07, 2013
Internship is available for the Summer of 2013. - .
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

Students currently attending law school at an accredited university.


This position is located in the Office of a FERC Commissioner. 

This position has been established for the purpose of providing assistance to staff members and attorney-advisers in the Office of a FERC Commissioner. The incumbent performs duties requiring independent application of knowledge of legal theory, principles, and techniques acquired in the study of law.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent regulatory agency that regulates and oversees various aspects of the energy markets with 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.


If you are seeking a law degree, possess outstanding communications skills and are looking for an opportunity to utilize your academic background, then this opportunity is for you. You will have the opportunity to work side by side with people from diverse educational backgrounds. You must be enrolled in law school for the fall 2013 semester.


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


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The incumbent performs the following duties:


  • Conduct legal research for authorities and precendent cases on specific points of law
  • Research, digest, and index legal materials, opinions, decisions, and interpretive memoranda used by attorneys
  • Obtain facts and information which can be used by attorneys in preparation of briefs, factual statements and answers to motions or in preparation of reports to the Commisssion on specific factual situations and legal questions
  •    Assists in ongoing section projects to carry out the Commission's functions and responsiblities pertaining to the  regulation of the  Federal Power Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Natural Gas Act, and other Acts, executive orders, and other Presidential Directives



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

GS-7 Positions:

To qualify for a GS-7 position candidates must:

  • have completed 1 year of law school,
  • be registered for an accredited law degree program AND possess a bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 2.95 or greater, or
  • be registered for an accredited law degree program AND possess at least one year equivalency in a master's degree program

Applicants must meet all applicable education requirements by May 2013.

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: Research and Analysis, Communication, and Technical Knowledge. Your resume should show clear possession of these competences.


The ideal candidate will possess the following:


1. Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and to research, analyze, and interpret legal issues, laws, regulations, and policies.


2. Demonstrated ability to communicate and write clear, accurate and legally sound memoranda, opinions, and correspondence.


3. Knowledge of federal laws and regulations related to energy law (i.e. The Federal Power Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Natural Gas Act, etc)


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. If selected, you must show proof of enrollment for the summer of fall o f2013 semesters before your appointment begins.
    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.


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