Job Overview


The vacancy has no known promotion potential.

The men and women of the U.S. Department of State (DoS) with their skills, character and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America's diplomacy.

The Department of State's Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP) is part of the Pathways Internship Program. Pathways Internships with the DoS offer U.S. Citizens enrolled in high school, college, graduate school, and approved certificate programs an opportunity to experience Civil Service work firsthand. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the exciting work of the DoS.

This vacancy announcement will be open from 07/16/2013 to 07/22/2013 or when 50 applications have been received.  The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met.  If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.  

Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages. Applications WILL NOT receive full consideration if instructions, as outlined in this vacancy, are not followed.

The Pathways Internship Program is for current students and individuals accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational program.

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program (degree, diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.  Applicants must meet the definition of "student" in order to be considered for this opportunity. ITEP participants are on temporary appointments that allow for seasonal employment (during summers and holiday breaks from academic program) as well as year-round employment should their academic programs allow.  These appointments are limited to a year or less with possibility for extensions in one-year increments. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules. The Pathways Internship Program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

Pathways candidates must meet the agency-developed or OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. The classification of the Pathways Intern positions (series and grade) will depend upon the field of study and level of coursework the candidate has completed.

  • A U.S. Citizen;
  • Candidate must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student;
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;
  • 16 years or older by the closing date of this announcement; and
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted. 

All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.


  • Reviews case materials to become familiar with questions under consideration; searches for and summarizes relevant articles in trade magazines, law reviews, published studies, financial reports, and similar materials for use of attorneys in the preparation of opinions, briefs, and other legal documents.  Prepares digest of selected decisions or opinions which incorporate legal references and analysis of precedents involved in areas of well-defined and settled points of law.
  • Interviews potential witnesses and prepares summary interview reports for the attorney’s review.  Participates in pre-trial witness conferences, notes any deficiencies in case materials and additional issues or other matters requiring investigation prior to trial, and requests further investigation by other agency personnel to correct deficiencies or personally conducts limited investigations at the pre trial stage.
  • Prepares and organizes pre-trial exhibits, as required, such as statistical charts and photographic exhibits; verifies citations and legal references on prepared legal documents; prepares summaries of testimony and depositions; and drafts and edits non-legal memoranda, research reports, and correspondence relating to cases.  The incumbent does not exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to Paralegal matters of significance.