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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Paralegal)
Department:  Department Of State
Agency:  Department of State - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  HRSC/PATH-2013-0118

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 to Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Temporary Internship - This is a temporary internship opportunity, not-to-exceed 1 year with the possibility of extensions.
FEW vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US
Students who are U.S Citizens accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited/qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis.


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.


  • Must maintain student eligibility for duration of internship.
  • Depending on job, it may require a Secret/ Top Secret security clearance.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by the closing date of the announcement.
  • This position has no promotion potential.


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  • 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.


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Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.  Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence at the time of application.  Late submissions of proof of accreditation will not be accepted.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

To qualify for this position at the GS-07 grade level: Must have completed 1 full academic year of graduate level education or have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in an accredited college or university and have a grade-point average of "B" (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study or a grade-point average of "B+" (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of your undergraduate study or ranked in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision or are a member of a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at an institution that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see U.S. Department of Education.


Candidates will be evaluated based solely on basic eligibility requirements using OPM Qualification standards.  Candidates who meet the qualification requirements will be referred to the hiring official for consideration in an unranked order.  

Veterans' preference applies for selection in all Pathways positions.  Veterans entitled to preference will be listed ahead of those who are non-preference eligibles.

Selections will be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR Part 302, veterans preference laws, and OPM guidance.

NOTE: If it is determined that you do not meet program eligibility requirements or fail to submit proper documentation, you will be removed from consideration.

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Employees hired under the Pathways Programs on appointments for 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. Interns hired under the Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP) are considered temporary employees and are generally not entitled to health and life benefits. However, once interns have been continuously employed for a year without a break in service exceeding 5 days, they may enroll in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, but they would have to pay 100 percent of the premium (i.e., both the employee and government share). There is no provision for temporary employees to be eligible for life insurance coverage.

As a Department of State employee, Interns are eligible to receive a transit subsidy each month to compensate for travel to and from work via certain types of public transportation.


Applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

Pathways Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP) appointments are made on a temporary basis.  

Pathways Program Interns are eligible for conversion to the competitive service; however conversion is never guaranteed and in the Internship Temporary Experience Program (ITEP), conversion to the competitive service is unlikely.  To be eligible for conversion to the competitive service after completion of the program, an intern must:

1. Be a U.S. Citizen;
2. Successfully complete an academic course of study as evidenced by a qualifying degree;
3. Graduate with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0;
4. Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience under the Internship Program;
5. Meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted;
6. Maintain acceptable performance under the Agency's approved performance management system; and  
7. Receive favorable recommendation for conversion from supervisor.

The US Department of State is not obligated to make an offer of employment, nor is the student obligated to accept an offer of employment.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they are well qualified for the position. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.  Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency 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 Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8163 or  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: 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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Complete applications (to include all required documents) must be submitted electronically through the "Gateway to State" system.  To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right.

Candidates have until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process. This includes submitting the online application as well as any required documents as defined in the Required Documents section.  Candidates are encouraged to complete their applications well before the application deadline to ensure they receive consideration. Should candidates be missing any of the required documents or submit their application late, they will be disqualified for consideration of employment.

There is a maximum number of applications for this vacancy announcement. The vacancy will close on the closing date listed above or when the maximum number of applications is received.  The vacancy will close when 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.

Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST.


All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

  1. Online Application
  2. Resume
  3. Proof of Enrollment / Class Registration
  4. If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit proof of veterans' preference (DD-214, Statement of Service (in lieu of DD-214 if currently on active duty, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that Form) with your application.
  5. Unofficial transcripts showing cumulative GPA equals to or higher than 2.0.  Note: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the purpose of applying.  Official transcripts/official proof of enrollment will be required prior to final appointment.  Applicants in high school should submit their most recent report card.
  6. CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: (1) A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; (2) A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location; (3) A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and (4) Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.  For additional information, please see: CTAP / ICTAP Considerations.
All supporting documentation, applicable to you, must be attached to your online application via upload or by fax using the cover sheet and phone number generated in the application.

If the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility or you fail to submit any of the required documents, it will disqualify you from being considered for this job opportunity.


HR Service Center
Phone: 866-300-7419
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
U.S. Department of State
1999 Dyess Avenue
Charleston, SC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once the online application package is received, you will be notified through USAJOBS of your qualification status and referral or non-referral to the hiring official for further consideration. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  If a tentative job offer is made, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation.

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status."

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