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Job Title:  Cooperative Education Student-Office of Legislative Affairs
Department:  Judicial Branch
Agency:  Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Job Announcement Number:  13-OLA-885358

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$13.05 to $30.07 / Per Hour
Monday, May 06, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013
Part Time 20 hours - Other Student
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
This announcement is open to applicants who currently live in the Washington, DC Metropolitan or commuting area.



The Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial Branch of the Federal government, is committed to serving and supporting the Federal court system of the United States.  The AO provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts.   

OPPORTUNITY : The AO is seeking applicants for the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op).   The opportunity is intended to provide valuable work experience for students interested in a public service career.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program.  The student will have an opportunity to gain experience in a high energy, professional office environment, enhance their customer service skills, and improve his or her writing, research, analytical, logical, and multi-tasking skills.  Students are expected to work 20 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours per week (full-time) during the summer.  Students will be appointed on a temporary basis with the duration to be determined based on the academic program.  Upon graduation and successful completion of academic requirements, the AO may non-competitively convert a Co-op student to a permanent appointment.

The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the Third Branch of government.  We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.   


  • Relatives of current Federal Judicial branch employees are not eligible.
  • Selectees must be currently enrolled in an accredited program.
  • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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The Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) is seeking a Cooperative Education Student to work on a variety of projects to support and enhance the effectiveness of service provided by the OLA.


Specific duties and projects for this position will include:

•Providing staff support to OLA attorneys and paralegal specialist;
•Assisting in the entry of archival material into the OLA legislative library database and files;
•Receiving, screening, and referring callers and visitors to appropriate staff members;
•Conducting legal and legislative research;
•Attending congressional hearings and briefing OLA attorneys;
•Assisting a Judicial Conference Committee;
•Opening, reviewing, logging, copying and distributing incoming mail; and 
•Formatting, printing, copying and assembling office publications.


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Basic Qualification Requirements:  Qualifications for AO Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) positions are closely related to the criteria established for executive branch positions by the Office of Personnel Management.  Co-op positions are classified and paid under a broad-banded system.  Salary is set commensurate with educational background and experience.  Demonstrated relevant work experience will be credited.

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student in either an undergraduate or graduate level program. 
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of undergraduate education beyond high school.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
  • Applicants must be available to work year round in Washington, DC, and be able to stay for at least one year.

Additional Qualification Requirements:  In addition to meeting the BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS, applicants must also:

  • Have the ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Have very strong communication and reading skills and be detailed oriented.
  • Have a working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Excel, Word, or WordPerfect.
  • Have excellent writing, reading and interpersonal skills, and be able to organize a variety of assignments simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

School Affiliation:  All students in the Co-op program must be enrolled in an accredited school, and must be working toward a degree, diploma, certificate, etc. on a full or part-time basis.  Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.  You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States.  Transcripts are required to apply for this position.


  1. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on any application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for nonselection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  2. All information is subject to verification.
  3. Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process.
  4. Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information and guidance on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at
  5. If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if selected, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
  6. All new employees of the AO must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  7. If selected for first-time appointment to the Federal government, you may be required to serve a trial period.  Failure to complete successfully the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  8. If selected for a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to serve a probationary period.  Failure to complete successfully the probationary period can result in return to a position comparable to the one held immediately before supervisory assignment, or, if you were not a Federal employee before the assignment, then you may be moved to a position one level below the supervisory position.  An employee serving a trial period may be removed from employment under provisions of the AO's trial period policy.
  9. If this position is temporary, management may have the discretion of converting this position to a permanent position depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  10. Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if specifically authorized by the Director of the AO.



We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job.  If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.


You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification.  If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.


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The AO offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.   The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington , DC has an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.  Located in the Capitol Hill area next to Union Station, the AO is accessible by public transportation, including Metro and the MARC and VRE commuter trains.   As an AO employee, you may be eligible to participate in the following benefits programs:


The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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


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


To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 20, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
  • 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. 


For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required: 


  • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
  • Transcript
  • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.  
  • Veterans Preference Documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation. 


To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-delivery.   Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, and country of citizenship.   


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.


NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 885358.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 20, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Hong Hoa Ly-Gonzalez
Phone: (202)502-1274
Fax: (202)502-4688
Agency Information:
Administrative Office of the US Courts
AO Personnel Division
One Columbus Circle NE
Suite G-200
Washington, DC
Fax: (202)502-4688


After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and referral to the hiring official if determined qualified.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


Instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX (Also referred to as the C Form)

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Questionnaire method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire.  You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions.  You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.  Be sure to double check your application before submission.

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