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Job Title:  Administrative and Office Support Student Trainee (Pathways Internship)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-HQ-895946-Pathways

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$22,115.00 to $39,590.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 to Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE 9/30/2013
Few vacancies in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map
Temporary Summer Hire – Not to Exceed 9/30/2013. Multiple vacancies in the following location: Rockville, MD United States.


The Indian Health Service is required by law to give preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs. For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV.

The Pathways Internship Program is a streamlined program which replaces the Student Education Employment Program (SEEP) by consolidating the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (high school, home-school programs, vocational and technical, undergraduate and graduate) with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. This program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful development work at the beginning of their career, before their careers paths are fully established.


Temporary appointments may be extended without further competition.  An agency may convert an Intern non-competitively from the Internship Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service provided that all the terms of section 5 CFR 362.204 are met and there is an available position.  However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. U.S. citizenship is required to be eligible for conversion.


Internship positions are located within various offices at IHS Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

Who may apply

  • Students currently enrolled in a degree/certificate seeking program.
  • Multiple vacancies in the following location: Rockville, MD United States

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  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required


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  • Filing and scanning documents for mailings, internal distribution, filing, etc.
  • Operating copy machines to assemble and distribute documents.
  • Receives visitors and answers the telephone, receives and relays messages in a pleasant, friendly, and coherent manner.
  • Utilizes word processing software to create and edit a variety of documents in draft and final form.  This requires the incumbent to use good judgment in spacing and arrangement, correct grammar, punctuation and spelling, and knowledge of proper formats.
  • Other duties as assigned.


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To qualify for this position, you must meet ONE of the following criteria:
GS-1 Level:  Enrollment in a high school diploma or GED program
GS-2 Level:  High school diploma or equivalent
GS-3 Level:  Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study
GS-4 Level:  Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate’s degree


Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible for an appointment under the
Pathways Internship Program:

  • You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree, GED,
    or certificate program on a full- or half-time basis as defined by the school
    (certificate program means post-secondary education, in a qualifying
    educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time
    study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational,
    or business school curriculum);
  • Enrollment is with a qualifying educational institution such as a high school
    or state-approved home school; or accredited technical or vocational school;
    a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g.,
    law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum;
  • Students currently enrolled must be in good academic standing, maintaining a
    2.0 grade point average on a cumulative basis.

You must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the duration of your appointment under the Pathways Internship Program.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


You are required to show proof of enrollment in a qualified degree/diploma program by the closing of this announcement.  Failure to provide adequate scholastic documentation within the specified timeframe will disqualify you from further consideration.

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013


You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the assessment questions, along with your submitted documentation to determine your eligibility.

All documents MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, to be considered.  Please note: If ALL required documents are not submitted with your job application, you will lose further consideration for this position


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Interns hired on a short-term basis (e.g., summer hire) may not be eligible for benefits. After one year of continuous service with no more than a 5 day break in service you will be eligible for Federal Employee Health Benefits enrollment, however you will have to pay the full cost.


Participants hired under the Pathways Program on an appointment of 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual and sick leave.


Additional selections may be made on this vacancy announcement.


Veterans Preference Information (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled):



Program participants may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent appointment after successfully completing all of the requirements of the program and demonstrating successful job performance. [See 5 CFR 362.106]
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.  See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

  1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 895946. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.  If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
  3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
  4. 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

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.

The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Michael Melton, (301)443-6520, and/or MICHAEL.MELTON@IHS.GOV.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


Required documentation for eligibility and preference:

  • Indian Preference Applicants: If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), “Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only.” Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detail instructions, see form BIA-4432.  Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application. Refer to BIA-4432 link:
  • VEOA or Veterans preference – include a copy of your DD-214 and if claiming 10 pt. preference, VA letter and SF-15 Form. For more information please click here
  • Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50. 
  • Transcripts – All Students are REQUIRED to submit transcripts showing current GPA, total credits earned, and the name of the institution. If selected, official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.

All documents must be received by Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11:59PM Eastern Time in order to ensure that you receive proper credit for eligibility and/or preference categories.


Michael Melton
Phone: (301)443-6520
TDD: 301-443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center
12300 Twinbrook Pkwy
Suite 230
Rockville, MD


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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