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Job Title:  AF Pathways Internship Program (Student Trainee, Engineer, Multiple Series)
Department:  Department of the Air Force
Agency:  Air Force Personnel Center
Job Announcement Number:  BE13INTERN881002-899-04-JDC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$27,990.00 to $55,279.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Friday, May 03, 2013
Multiple Schedules - Internships
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Randolph AFB, TX United StatesView Map
Warner Robins, GA United StatesView Map
Kirtland AFB, NM United StatesView Map
Peterson AFB, CO United StatesView Map
Tinker AFB, OK United StatesView Map
More Locations  (7)
Students accepted for enrollment/or attending college with at least 60 or more semester hours.


Are you looking for a unique internship opportunity to gain valuable work experience? An internship with the Department of the Air Force offers challenging work, and the satisfaction of knowing you've made a difference. We're offering you an exciting opportunity to gain “real world” experience as an Intern in the Pathways Program. 


This is a Pathways Student Internship opportunity managed by the Force Renewal Program and centrally funded by the Air Force's Central Salary Account (CSA).  The Internship offers valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study.  This is your opportunity to begin a successful Federal civilian career with the United States Air Force.  As an Intern, you will be given the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to pursue a successful career with the US Air Force and upon completing your degree and meeting conversion eligibility requirements, be eligible for placement in a permanent position.  However, it is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee you will be offered a permanent position.  The length of Internship is normally two years or when you complete your academic program and degree requirements.


Initial Appointment/Conversion:  On initial appointment or conversion, entry grade May be at the GS-4 - GS-9 grade depending on level of education, mission, and career field requirements.

Relocation expenses are not covered.



  • Be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Meet suitability for Federal employment
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying institution
  • Must sign a Participant Agreement


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This internship is to provide a learning opportunity for a student enrolled in a field of study relating to their career path, to enhance their future goals and improve their knowledge with work experience in a working environment.


1.    Performs selected tasks and phases of studies and projects that require application of basic theory and principles in the area of  engineering.

2.    Participates with senior personnel in conducting non-routine projects.

3.    Provides assistance to senior personnel in planning, monitoring and conducting special studies, projects and initiatives. 

4.  Use computer/computer software such as information management programs, computer aided design and drafting (CADD) programs, and project tracking programs to assist senior personnel in solving engineering problems and facilitate the work.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSA)


·         Knowledge of basic  theories, principles, concepts and methodology of  engineering.

·         Skill in applying basic occupational theory, principles, concepts and practices sufficient to perform student trainee assignments.

·         Ability to follow instructions and guidance to complete assigned tasks and communicate information to others in oral or written format.

·         Ability to analyze problems, identify significant factors, gather and interpret pertinent data and apply established rules and procedures in order to recommend effective solutions.

·         Ability to learn and apply basic investigative techniques to accomplish work in the subject-matter field.

·         Ability to gather and analyze basic facts, information and data and draw conclusions.



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Recommend areas of study:  seeking a professional engineering degree. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


Requirements for Initial Appointment is based on the Air Force Qualification Standards:


To qualify for a GS-04: Completion of 2 academic years of post high school study or an associate’s degree in a related field of study

To qualify for a GS-05: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor’s degree or completion of 4 academic years of pre-professional study.

To qualify for a GS-07: Completion of 1 academic year of graduate level education, bachelors degree with Superior academic Achievement as provided in the “General Policies and Instructions” for Qualifications Standards Operating Manual (see link below), or 5 academic years of pre-professional study.

To qualify for a GS-09: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.










This position has an education requirement. You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


You must be a student currently enrolled in an accredited college or university:

·         Accepted for enrollment or are enrolled in an approved program

·         Pursing a Baccalaureate Degree (Junior/Senior only), Graduate or Professional Degree

·         Enrollment must be at least half-time course load as defined by the education institution (typically six     hours or equivalent for undergraduate and three hours or equivalent for graduate)

·         Have a good academic standing (no less than 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 grading scale)

·         Meet the qualification standards of the position

·         Must be at least 16 years of age

·         A U.S. citizen or a national (resident of American Samoa or Swains Island). Non-citizens may be eligible for employment if:

·         Permitted by the DoD Appropriation Act

·         Eligible to work under U.S. immigration laws

NOTE: U.S. citizenship is required for a noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term appointment with the Department of the Air Force.

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire

if applicable, to ensure that you meet the requirements to perform in this position satisfactorily.

If qualified, we will then place you in one of the three categories described below:

1. Qualified category: Meets the minimum qualifications as described in the

qualification section of this announcement and obtain a rating between 70-79

on the applicable assessment.

2. Highly-qualified category: Meets the minimum qualification requirements

and demonstrates proficiency in critical competencies and obtain a rating

between 80-89 on the applicable assessment.

3. Best-qualified category: Meets the minimum qualification requirements and

excels in critical competencies and obtain a rating between 90-100 on the

applicable assessment.



Applications will be evaluated against the Air Force unique qualification standard for student employment. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Pathways Guidelines.


Veterans' Preference does apply in the recruitment and hiring procedures of Interns under the Pathways program. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Incomplete applications that do not include supporting documentation may be eliminated from consideration. Applicants, who disqualify themselves, in the occupational questionnaire, will not be evaluated further. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring.


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Department of the Air Force offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan. For more information, visit:


Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment.  For additional information or to register, click here.

The entire period served under the Internship Program counts as the participant's trial period.


Interns may work part-time or full-time schedules.

Interns may be considered for noncompetitive conversion to a term or permanent appointment within 120 days of completion of degree requirements, if they meet the following:

1.    A U.S. citizen

2.    Successfully complete academic course of study with a GPA of at least 2.95 (GPA 3.1 for certain engineer positions)

3.    Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience under the Internship Program

4.    Meet the OPM Qualification requirements for the position the intern may be converted to

5.    Maintain acceptable performance


"It is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee the agency will offer conversion."

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


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IF APPLICABLE:  Military service member's "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided.  The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).


Click here for more information.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Friday, May 03, 2013


To begin the process, 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. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Online Questionnaire


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, click here for the required cover page.  Use the following  Vacancy ID 881002.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numbering sequence on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire restarts with number one, so when entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately. Click here for the OPM Form 1203-FX., and

3. Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.


PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date.  You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clicking here.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.


Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.


What documents do I need to submit?

The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement:


·      Current Resume - For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.  

·      Transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable; however, if selected, official transcripts are required).

·      Proof of enrollment/class registration

·      Veteran's Preference documentation: DD214, Statement of Service (in lieu of DD 214 if currently active duty), VA letter, SF-15 if claiming 10 point preference, if applicable

·      Online Application (Questionnaire)


To be considered, you must submit all required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement.  You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are acceptable.


Civilian Force Renewal Branch
Phone: (800)847-0108
TDD: 800 382 0893
Agency Information:
Air Force Civilian Force Renewal
550 C Street West Ste 57
Randolph AFB, TX


Electronic submission is the quickest and easiest option.   Please ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

Applicants will be notified by USAJOBS when their application has been received. This notification does not imply that you have submitted all the necessary documentation for this announcement, so read the announcement carefully. (2) After the announcement closes, your application will be evaluated. If you are deemed "eligible" or "ineligible", you will receive an appropriate "Notice of Results". (3) If you are referred to the selecting official, you will receive a "Notice of Referral". If you are deemed eligible, but are not referred to the selecting official, you will receive a "Notice of Non-Referral". (4) If you are referred, but not selected, you will receive a "Disposition Letter" notifying you of the non-selection. If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer of employment via email notification.

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Randolph AFB, TX United StatesView Map
Warner Robins, GA United StatesView Map
Kirtland AFB, NM United StatesView Map
Peterson AFB, CO United StatesView Map
Tinker AFB, OK United StatesView Map
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH United StatesView Map
Lackland AFB, TX United StatesView Map
Offutt AFB, NE United StatesView Map
Rome, NY United StatesView Map
Eglin AFB, FL United StatesView Map
Hanscom AFB, MA United StatesView Map
Hill AFB, UT United StatesView Map

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