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Job Title:  Student Trainee HR Wellness & Worklife - SV-0299-C/D
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Transportation Security Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HQ-OHC-13-581569

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$27,536.00 to $47,548.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 25, 2013 to Friday, April 05, 2013
Part-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map

Open to all U.S. Citizens.

Salary includes Locality Pay of 24.22%.

This position is located in Arlington, VA.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.                     

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life.  In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please:
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  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must meet minimum age requirement set by Federal, state and local laws.


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In this position you would be a Student Trainee serving as an intern under the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). TSA is looking for an intern with an interest in workforce engagement and wellness advocacy. Ideally, you would have knowledge and an understanding of the digital media landscape, including websites and APPs, communications/writing skills, and program/project analysis to work in a variety of experiences in support of TSA’s Work/Life & Wellness program advocacy. Your hands-on opportunity will allow you to be involved with a variety of projects and interface with numerous departments. Some tasks may include:

  • Typing reports, maintaining files, arranging meetings and travel.
  • Utilizing computer software (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint).
  • Assisting in the redesign and development of the dept website/App for use by TSA field employees.
  • Other assignments that support the day-to-day operations of the office.

The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, at the lower pay band (C Band) you will perform the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex. 


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To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect the necessary requirements stated below. In addition, if you have work or volunteer experience to list on your resume, please be sure to include the dates and amount of time per week you performed the work or volunteer service. To be eligible for this position you must be:

  • Pursuing a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED), a vocational/technical certificate, an associate degree, a baccalaureate degree, a graduate degree, or a professional degree in an accredited institution or accredited home school;
  • Enrolled in at least a half-time course load as defined by your institution. (A student who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational/technical course load in the enrollment period immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this program.); and
  • Maintaining a 2.0 Grade Point Average on a scholastic average scale of 4.0.

To qualify for the SV-C Pay Band (equivalent to GS-3/4) you must have one year of full-time academic education above high school in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college, or university. An academic year is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or at least 20 hours of classroom instructions per week for 36 weeks in a business or technical school.


To qualify for the SV-D Pay Band (equivalent to GS-5/7/9), you must meet one of the qualification requirements (A, B, OR C) outlined below.


A. Experience: For those qualifying using experience, your application must clearly outline three (3) years of progressively responsible general experience, one year of which was equivalent to at least the SV-C Pay Band or GS-4 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Such experience will demonstrate the ability to analyze problems, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing.


OR B. Education: A Bachelor's or higher-level degree in marketing, communications, public health, health promotion, occupational health, public relations, journalism, or related degree from an accredited college or university.


OR C. Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for this position, and may be computed by first determining your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the band level; then determining your education as a percentage of the education required for the band level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent.


Applicants who meet the qualifications listed above based on education or a combination of education and experience MUST provide proof of education such as a list of completed college courses or the date and school of degree including the number of semester or quarter hours or a transcript from an accredited college or university. The information must be provided as an attachment to the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, the applicant must supply a transcript or certification of degree.


NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour work week. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.

You must provide proof that you are currently a student by including a copy of your academic transcript (you may submit an unofficial version), or a statement from your high school guidance counselor with your application. If applying based on having been accepted into an academic program, submit a copy of the official acceptance letter.


We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the qualifications and eligibility for student employment. If you meet the eligibility and qualifications, your application will be available to the selecting officials who are asking to hire a student. Selecting officials may decide to interview for their positions in which case you may be contacted.
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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits."



  • Must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • Must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • Must pass Drug and Alcohol Screening and be subject to random drug tests.
  • Must meet minimum age requirement set by governing law (Federal, state or local) for the employment of minors.
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited degree or certificate program.
  • Must be enrolled at a half time or more credit hour status at academic credit institution during course of internship.
  • Must have a minimum of 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

INFORMATION ON SCEP APPOINTMENT: This is a temporary appointment which can hold a duration of 5 years. Appointment will be terminated 6 months after graduation. However, it may be converted to a permanent appointment after graduation with satisfactory performance as designated by the selecting official.


WORK SCHEDULE: SCEP participants may be appointed at any time during the year. Students may work full-time or part-time schedules. A part-time schedule generally is 16 – 32 hours per week (32 – 64 hours per pay period). However, a SCEP participant on a part-time schedule may work less than 16 hours or more than 32 per week, if acceptable to his/her supervisor.


Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies.  Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at:

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.  

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized. Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.


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Please Note: All of the following must be received in our office by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement. This includes both online and mailed application materials. If we do not receive all required information by the closing date, your application may not be considered.

Your application must include:

1. Resume
2. Self Assessment Questionnaire for this position
3. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)

Click the "Apply Online" button below and follow the prompts to apply.  If you are unable to access the automated application system, we may need to reset your password.  Please call the TSA HR Access Help Desk at 1-877-872-7990 between the hours of: 7:00AM - 8:00PM ET Monday - Friday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM ET Saturday, or 11:00AM - 4:00PM ET Sunday.  

If you are unable to apply online, please call the Help Desk at the number listed above for a printed Employment Packet which will be sent to you for completion and return to this office.


In addition to a resume and eligibility questions, you must submit the following:


  • Transcripts (or other official student verification) - At time of application you must provide a copy of your official verification that you are pursuing a high school diploma or GED, a vocational/technical certificate, an associate degree, a baccalaureate degree, a graduate degree, or a professional degree, in an accredited institution or accredited home school. This may be a copy of your official transcripts or a letter from your Guidance Counselor if you are still in high school. If you are applying based on having been accepted into an academic program, provide a copy of your official acceptance letter. Please note: If selected, you will be required to provide your original official transcript or other original documentation that provides verification that you are a student.

    Supplemental Documents to be submitted at time of application:


  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action - If you are a current or former Federal Government employee, submit your most recent SF-50 that lists your type of appointment, position title, and grade/pay band.

  • DD-214 - If applicable, a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge.

  • SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 10-point preference.

    HR Help Desk
    Phone: 877-872-7990
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    TDD: 877-872-7992
    Agency Information:
    DHS/Transportation Security Administration
    Shared Service Center
    2650 Park Tower Drive
    Suite 201
    Merrifield, VA
    Fax: 571-258-4052


    After we receive your completed application package (all required documents), your application will be reviewed for eligibility and qualifications. If qualified and eligible, your application will be made available to selecting officials who are recruiting for student hires.

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