Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Temporary Intern – Student Trainee (Public Affairs Assistant OA) Part Time
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Office of Public Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  PW-13-SF-OPA-028

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$37,073.00 to $48,190.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 01, 2013 to Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Part Time (16 to 32 hours per week) - Temporary, Not to Exceed 90 Days
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Francisco, CA, USView Map
Eligible students from qualifying educational institutions.  Refer to the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement for more information.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position is located in a regional office of the Office of Public Affairs. The mission of the regional office is to provide the U.S. Department of Labor with a comprehensive regional public affairs program designed to enhance program effectiveness and inform the public of the Department's policies, programs and activities, primarily through interaction with the media. The incumbent is given opportunity to assist in the development and operation of the Regional Public Affairs Program. The incumbent is appointed under the Pathways Programs.

At least one position will be filled through this vacancy. If additional vacancies become available, additional selections will be made. This position is also being advertised under job opportunity announcement PW-13-SF-OPA-027 at the GS-4 level. To receive consideration for both announcements, you must complete the application process for each announcement separately.

This is a temporary student internship appointment, not to exceed 90 days. Appointee may become eligible for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service, at the agency's discretion. Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Intern Program Participant Agreement. The entire duration of the internship constitutes a trial period. Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the internship.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must be enrolled as an eligible student in an accredited institution
  • Must have a typing speed of at least 40 words per minute


Back to top

Receives telephone calls and office visitors, including media representatives; and other Federal, state and local staff members; union, industry and business representatives; members of special interest groups and organizations, and the general public. Upon determining the purpose of the call or visit, incumbent either answers the inquiry or refers it to the appropriate OPA staff member or agency program specialist for response.  

Types a variety of materials including:  press releases, advisories and other forms of informational material disseminated to the public concerning Departmental programs, policies and activities; materials and correspondence for the Regional Director and other public affairs documents.  Incumbent is responsible for proofreading the above material, and if required, copies and distributes to the appropriate individuals.

Material is typed from rough draft. Incumbent is responsible for determining proper style, spacing, arrangement and format as well as assuring correctness of spelling, capitalization, abbreviation, compounding and division of words and sentence structure. OPA uses AP style that the incumbent must be aware of and apply correctly.

Performs various clerical tasks for Regional OPA staff members such as copying and distributing material as required; distributes the mail, has a basic understanding of the other reception office staff duties and acts in their absence.

Performs other miscellaneous duties as required.


Back to top

Your resume must provide sufficient information to meet qualification/general experience requirements.

You must document your typing speed in your resume in order to receive consideration for this position. 

For GS-5: you must have (1) at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-4 level, or (2) four years of progressive education above high school, or (3) any combination of equivalent education and experience. Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience includes, but is not limited to, receiving telephone calls and office visitors; responding to inquiries or referring inquiries to an appropriate staff member; typing, proofreading, and distributing  a variety of informational material while applying correct grammar and appropriate writing style; maintaining files and records; operating basic office software; and performing basic clerical or administrative assistant duties. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet qualification requirements at the GS-5 level.

To be eligible for appointment, you must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution, for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate.  

Current students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Appointee must maintain such grade point average throughout the duration of the internship. 

Academic transcripts (in English) must be submitted to demonstrate eligibility and in order for your education to be considered as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements of this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an authorized secondary school or accredited post-secondary school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts and proof of current enrollment. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be referred for selection without ranking, in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans' preference requirements.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.).
To preview questions please click here.


Back to top
Generally, students hired as temporary Interns are not entitled to health and life insurance benefits unless they have been continuously employed for more than one year, after which they may become eligible for such benefits with certain restrictions. The benefit package includes but is not limited to 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We also offer a variety of employee benefit options, including a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM. For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


Back to top
Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- Proof of Enrollment: Academic transcript or other official documentation from the educational institution proving your status as a student who is currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution.  See "Qualifications" and "Evaluations."

- Qualifications: Academic transcripts sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, as described in this announcement, where you are seeking to qualify based on education.  See "Qualifications" and "Evaluations."

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to:

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Sabrina Lee
Phone: 415-625-2404
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 1-866-377-8642
Agency Information:
Labor, Office of Public Affairs
90 7th Street
Suite 12-300
San Francisco, CA
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

Back to top
EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance