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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Human Resources)
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
Job Announcement Number:  PW-13-PHIL-OASAM-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$29,860.00 to $38,816.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Sunday, May 05, 2013
Temporary - Not to exceed 1 year.
2 vacancies in the following location:
Philadelphia, PA, 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.

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM), Region III, Human Resources Office (HRO), Philadelphia, Pa. The human Resources Office services approximately 1,870 employees dispersed throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The Human Resources Office provides a variety of administrative services to include Recruitment, position Management, Classification, Pay and Benefits, Background Investigation, etc.

This is a Schedule B Cooperative Education position. This position is responsible for performing developmental activities in support of a variety of human resources operational services in the assigned office. This position is in the Human Resources Pay, Benefits, and Continuous Learning section.

This is a temporary student internship appointment, not to exceed one year.   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.



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    Incumbent performs developmental work in support of services and products provided to customers in the area of retirements, benefits and processing of personnel actions.  Incumbent assists HR Consultants in the assigned division by scanning documents and inputting data in personnel systems. The incumbent also provides support in the coordination and planning of Diversity programs. Compiles data, prepares reports of findings, participates on diversity committees, etc.  Incumbent assists with the coordination of classes, classroom setup, reviewing class evaluations, etc., for Continuous Learning. Incumbent provides clerical and administrative support for the coordination and planning of the Department of Labor annual awards ceremony.  Incumbent processes personnel actions, inputs benefits data and runs routine reports in personnel systems.  Incumbent may participate on teams attending local job fairs, activities and presentations to promote the agency, USAJOBS and the Federal opportunities to varied groups.  Incumbent may receive other duties at this grade level as assigned.


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    Specialized Experience:

    GS-4 Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree. The required education must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainees will receive training on the job. The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy on graduation the specific educational requirements in the qualification standard for the corresponding two-grade interval positions.

    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. If appointed, you must maintain such grade point average throughout the duration of the internship. You must submit with your application a current academic transcript and/or other official documentation from your academic institution demonstrating your eligibility for appointment. See the ?Required Documents? section of this announcement.

    In addition, if you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.  If specific course work is required to fulfill the minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work.  See the ?Qualifications and Evaluations? section of this announcement for more details.  

    If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

    College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - 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 accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. 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 evaluated against the competencies described below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories, based on responses to the vacancy questionnaire:

     (examples below)
    Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying the critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

    Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies by this position.

    Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

    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 and Written Communications: Incumbent must possess knowledge of human resources rules, procedures and operation through training and experience in order to provide full administrative and clerical support.

    Technology Application: Incumbent must possess practical knowledge of various computer applications such as; MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, and the Internet.

    Problem Solving: Incumbent must have the ability to analyze, compile, and present data. Incumbent must possess a basic knowledge and understanding of agency objectives, mission, organizational structure, and administrative procedures relative to human resource compliance.

    Decision Making:  Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
    Writing: Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing.

    Teamwork:  Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

    Personnel and Human Resources:  Knowledge of hiring, classification, benefits, labor relations, negotiation, and Federal, state, and local employment regulations.

    Planning and Evaluating: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

    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 resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  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.)

    Referrals will be made in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans' preference requirements.  Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
    To preview questions please click here.


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    The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.   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.  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 (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.



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    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 .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 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.  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


    College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - - Unofficial Transcript (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying.  OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date.  Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.


    Human Resources Office
    Phone: 215-861-5118
    Fax: 215-861-5089
    TDD: 215-861-5096
    Agency Information:
    Labor, Ofc Asst Sec Admin and Management
    The Curtis Center
    170 S. Independence Mall West
    Suite 600 East
    Philadelphia, PA
    Fax: 215-861-5089


    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.

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