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Job Title:Pathways Student Intern Summer Internship

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:ARS-PATH-HQ-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$18.40 to $21.98 / Per Hour


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 to Monday, March 18, 2013




Multiple Schedules - Internships


Many vacancies in the following location:
Beltsville, MD United StatesView Map


Students who have been accepted for enrollment or are enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis.


Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

** Vacancy amended to better define qualification requirements and correct salary. **


The Agricultural Research Service is seeking qualified students to participate in the 2013 Summer Pathways Internship Program.  These temporary appointments are expected to begin in May and end in September.  Internships are open to current students pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate in an accredited high school, college, professional, technical, vocational, trade school or other qualifying educational institution.


Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid.


This announcement will be used to fill full-time and part-time internship positions.


Beginnning rates for the various grade levels are listed below:


  •    GS-05 grade level - $16.33 per hour*
  •    GS-07 grade level - $20.22 per hour*


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution
  • At least 16 years of age


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As a Student Trainee (Info Tech), you will:

·         Implement web-based applications user interfaces using Drupal views or Java Server Pages.

·         Write, debug, and maintain applications written in Java, Python, Perl and/or PHP.

·         Integrate software components and frameworks.

·         Work with customers to test and validate applications.

·         Write and maintain program documentation.




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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student on at least a half-time schedule at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.  You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility for the program.  See the How to Apply section for details.

Basic Requirements:
GS-05: Bachelor’s degree in any field OR experience demonstrating the four competencies listed below.

GS-07: One full year of graduate level education OR superior academic achievement OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level.


In addition, applicants applying at the GS-07 grade level, must also have experience demonstrating the four competencies listed below:


·    Attention to Detail – Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

·    Customer Service – Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

·    Oral Communication – Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

·    Problem Solving – Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information, uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and make recommendation.


Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.  The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

1. Knowledge of application software principles and methods used to develop and test software.

2. Knowledge of programming languages.

3. Skill in developing flow charts, data models, and documents.

All qualification and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position.  If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.  If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

Your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements.



Once the online application process is complete, you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail. Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. If there are qualified candidates with veterans' preference, only those applicants will be referred to the hiring manager.


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For an overview of benefits that may be offered to Federal employees, please visit:



Interns may be non-competitively converted to term or permanent appointments in the competitive service.  To be eligible for conversion, an Intern must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • have completed the required number of hours of work experience (generally, at least 640 hours) while enrolled as a full-time or half-time degree-seeking student;
  • have completed educational requirements from a qualifying institution;
  • have received a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency; and
  • meet the qualification requirements for the position to which the Intern will be converted.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Reasonable Accommodation:  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).



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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, March 18, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.


Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:


Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 


If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to


Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.


To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page.
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 840897.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Option B:  Fax

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.   


The following documents are required:

  • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
  • Resume 
  • Proof of enrollment, in the form of letters, records or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college, or university
  • Transcripts (if qualifying based on your education)
  • Veterans' preference documentation (if claiming veterans' preference)  

If your application package does not contain all required documents, you may lose consideration for the position.


Please do not include your Social Security Number (SSN) on your resume or supporting documents.


Keli Martin
Phone: (301)504-1584
TDD: 202-855-1234
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD


Once the online application process is complete, you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail.  Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.  If there are qualified candidates with veterans' preference, only those applicants will be referred to the hiring manager.        

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