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Job Title:Student Trainee (Mathematics and Statistics) - Pathways Intern

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Agricultural Statistics Service

Job Announcement Number:NASS-S13N-0074

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$11.95 to $19.50 / Per Hour


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Wednesday, March 27, 2013




Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE 1 year




Few vacancies in the following location:
San Juan, PR United StatesView Map


Student/Internship Program Eligibles


The National Agricultural Statistics Service is the data collection and dissemination arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NASS gathers and publishes a vast array of information on every facet of U.S. agriculture, including production, economics, demographics, and the environment.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service is seeking qualified students to perform statistical clerical assignments in support of the Census of Agriculture.


This is an Excepted Service appointment.  As part of the Pathways Internship Program, the appointment may be extended until the selectee’s educational program requirements have been completed.  You may be converted, without a break in service, to a term (time-limited), career, or career-conditional (permanent) appointment upon graduation and completion of program requirements but there is no guarantee.  The selectee is on a trial period while on the Pathways Internship appointment.


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


Relocation expenses will not be authorized.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for 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, you will:

  • Assist in preparing questionnaires, reports, and publications under the direction of superiors
  • Assist in preparing moderately difficult worksheets for summarization of survey data using a calculator or computer spreadsheets and databases
  • Assist in preparing and maintaining computerized charts and graphs for use by statisticians or analysts


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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.


NOTE: You are REQUIRED to submit proof of enrollment, in the form of letters, records or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college or university to verify eligibility requirements.


Basic Requirements:


GS-03: To qualify for this position at the GS-03 grade level, you must possess six (6) months of general experience performing clerical, office or other work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position OR one (1) year of education above high school.


GS-04: Applicants must have 1 year of general experience performing clerical, office or other work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position OR 2 years of education above high school.


GS-05: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-4 grade level of 4 years of education above the high school level.  Specialized experience is experience utilizing computer software and applications to analyze statistical data from questionnaires and experience performing general office procedures.

Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet experience requirements.


NOTE: If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements you are REQUIRED to submit a copy of your college transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable) or a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education.  An official transcript will be required if you are selected.  At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information. CLICK HERE for more information on this topic.


Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. There is normally a fee associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate education, visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

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


Your resume, supporting documents and responses to the online questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements.  Veterans’ preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.


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For an overview of benefits that may be offered to Federal employees, please click here.


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.

Veterans' Preference:  To determine your eligibility for Veterans' Preference, CLICK HERE.  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.    


NASS Reasonable Accommodation Contact Information: 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 Wednesday, March 27, 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.  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.

Note: To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


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. Click here to 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.



Kyisha Cannady
Phone: (301)504-2381
TDD: 2028551234
Agency Information:
National Agricultural Statistics 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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