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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Electrical Engineering)
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Job Announcement Number:  FERC-RIS-2013-0038

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$30,456.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 25, 2013 to Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Internships, Temporary - Internships are available for the Summer of 2013.
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

Individuals currently accepted for enrollment OR currently enrolled in a degree seeking program at an accredited educational institution at least half-time obtaining a Bachelor's or Masters degree in Engineering or Computer Science.


Replaces announcement number FERC-RIS-2013-0031.  Please reapply.

The Pathways Internship 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.


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.

These positions are located in either the Office of Electric Reliability or the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security. The Office of Electric Reliability protects and improves the nation's bulk power system through mandatory and enforceable reliability standards. The Office of Energy Infrastructure Security provides leadership, expertise and assistance to the Commission in identifying, communicating and seeking comprehensive solutions to significant potential cyber and physical security risks to the energy infrastructure under the Commissions jurisdiction. More than one position may be filled for openings. 

As an Intern you will work under the guidance of, and will assist professionals and higher grade employees with daily engineering tasks.


As a student at the GS-4 level, your duties could include: 

  • Preparing reports, presentations, and compiling data with assistance from a supervisor or other employee
  • Providing assistance, coordinating meetings, and gathering materials for meetings and conferences with assistance from a supervisor or other employee


As a student at the GS-5 level, your duties could include: 

  • Preparing reports, presentations, and compiling data
  • Providing assistance, coordinating meetings, and gathering materials for meetings and conferences                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

As a student at the GS-7 level, your duties could include:                                                                                                                     

  • Researching regulations and other pertinent directives
  • Completing various assignments of limited complexity that are structured in order to allow demonstration knowledge of regulations, policies, and analytical procedures
  • Provideing acceptable recommendations with respect to policies and procedures
  • Compiling, analyzing, and summarizing factual information                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


  • Must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking, accredited program
  • Background investigation will be conducted


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Students in an Electrical Engineering internship will have duties including the following:

  • Assigned work in line with current career path and commensurate with students' level of education, such as assisting in limited-scope technical reviews of design work
  • Provide assistance in performing studies, conducting surveys, performing technical audits, and developing standards and guidelines
  • Assisting in reviewing data, investigating and resolving basic technical issues



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GS-4: To qualify at the GS-4, you must have completed 2 full academic years of post-high school study OR possess an associate's degree AND be enrolled or registered for the summer or fall 2013 semester in an accredited engineering degree program.



GS-5: To qualify at the GS-5, you must have completed all requirements for a bachelor's or equivalent degree AND be enrolled or accepted into an engineering degree-seeking program at an accredited educational institution (Masters, Doctorate, or equivalent).


 GS-7: To qualify at the GS-7, you must have one full year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement AND be enrolled or registered for the summer or fall 2013 semester in an accredited engineering degree program. Superior Academic Achievement is defined as a Bachelor's degree and a GPA of 2.95 or above. Graduate Education is education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.


The Office of Electric Reliability and the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security Pathways Interns may be converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program and in addition to available Fiscal Year Funding.

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Interns must:


•Be a U.S. Citizen

•Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program

•Complete their degree or certificate requirements

•Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted

•Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and;

•Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations and/or completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP). 

You must be enrolled in an accredited university for a minimum of 1/2 time (normally 6 credit hours) and remain in that status for the duration of the appointment. Your transcripts or other documentation must show proof of continued enrollment for the Summer or Fall 2013 semesters.  Your application may be considered incomplete if proof of enrollment is not submitted.   


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


We will review your resume, responses to the questionnaire and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the 'Best Qualified', 'Well Qualified', or 'Qualified' Category. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than what is supported by your application materials, your responses may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The Occupational Questions are used to evaluate your relevant educational and work experience. The questions are related to competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities such as: 


  • Knowledge of engineering principles as they relate to the electric industry
  • Ability to plan, analyze and conduct research projects
  • Ability to present research, findings and recommendations both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work in a team environment  


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.


Veterans Preference--If you are entitled to veterans preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming in your application, check the appropriate box in the assessment questionnaire, and submit the following required documents:

> Copy of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); office statement of service from your command if still on active duty, or other official documentation that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

> If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a disabled veteran, the spouse or natural mother of a disabled veteran, you must submit a signed SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required documents indicated on the reverse side of the SF-15 supporting your claim.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

EEO Statement:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization or on the basis of personal favoritism.


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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).
-Copy of most recent transcripts indicating credit hours earned. (Unofficial copy is sufficient for initial screening).

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.


Amanda Perry
Phone: 202-502-8476
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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