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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Legal) PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Agency:  Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Job Announcement Number:  OCC-2013-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$24.74 to $24.74 / Per Hour
Friday, August 23, 2013 to Monday, September 23, 2013
Relocation assistance not provided, full-time, 40 hrs per week. - This position is offered for the summer of 2014.
4 vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
20005View Map
This is a summer internship for rising Juris Doctorate (JD) students that will take place after completion of their 2L year or LLM students who will graduate in 2015. The Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) will not recruit students who have not completed 1L coursework as evidenced by a transcript (official or unofficial). Students must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school program. Students must be eligible to graduate law school in 2015. Internships are not available to graduates.


This position is located in the Office of Chief Counsel. OCC's mission is to provide comprehensive legal services relating to PBGC's ERISA programs involving ongoing and terminated pension plans. The office represents PBGC in litigation in all courts relating to ERISA functions and bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings, provides legal advice and services to support negotiations and settlements, and makes recommendations concerning the initiation of litigation.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Marketing Statement
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has a distinguished and important mission in protecting America's pensions. At PBGC, you will use your education to help us protect the retirement income of nearly 44 million hardworking Americans. Our work is challenging, compelling, and important. Whatever your background or expertise, you will find working at PBGC rewarding because the work you perform will have a daily impact on the lives of relatives, friends and neighbors.

We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported, so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider PBGC and start making a difference today!
Attorneys in the Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) work in Bankruptcy Law, Employee Benefits Law, Administrative Law, Transactional Law, and Litigation. OCC is regularly involved in some of the most complex industrial bankruptcies, mergers & acquisitions, negotiations, and restructurings in our country. Our robust Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation and advisory practice protects pensions in the airline, steel, auto, media, and retail industries.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You may undergo a personnel security background investigation
  • Provide proof of acceptance/current enrollment in a qualifying institution
  • Must sign a Pathways Agreement and provide official transcripts.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt


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As a Legal Intern, you will:

Analyze legal issues and identify applicable legal sources and determine the need for additional acts or investigations.

Review policies, procedures, regulations, and directives regarding programmatic and administrative matters of the Corporation.

Engage in research of pertinent laws, legal opinions, and precedents for cases and other legal matters.

Investigate facts, research issues, and draft memoranda on sensitive matters, outlining cases and explaining the application of legal principles, recommendations, and conclusions.

Work with a senior attorney in conducting internal investigations of alleged violations of laws, regulations, or policies in anticipation of litigation.  

Participate in preparing cases for litigation  such as drafting of  motions, memoranda, briefs and other pleadings stating the facts, analyzing the legal issues, identifying policy concerns, and making recommendations for justifying the legal action. 

Assist discovery by analyzing requests for the production of documents and interrogatories.



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All qualification requirements must be met at the time of application.

You must be a student to participate in this program and must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school.

This position is located in Washington, DC. Relocation assistance will not be offered. You will start at $24.74 per hour (GS-09) if you will meet at least two of the following minimum qualification requirements:
1.       Top one-third of law school class, based on 1L grades;
2.       Outstanding undergraduate record (e.g., graduation with honors, election to academic honor society);
3.       Graduate degree in employee benefits or other relevant specialty;
4.       Judicial internship/clerkship;
5.       Law review or journal membership;
6.       Moot court, mock trial, trial team, or Alternative Dispute Resolution membership
7.       Participation in clinical programs, internships/externships, etc;
8.       Experience in employee benefits, corporate bankruptcy, administrative law, transactional law, litigation, or another relevant specialty;
9.       Significant legal work while attending law school.


Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to determine whether you meet the minimum qualification requirements (i.e., education and/or experience). This determination will be based on the information in your transcript(s) and/or resume. All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be referred to the hiring official for consideration.
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You are entitled to the following benefits:

• Health Insurance: You may elect to enroll in any Federal Employee’s Health Benefits (FEHB) plan after one year of current, continuous employment. You will be responsible for all related costs.

• Leave: You will earn both sick and annual leave and will be paid for holidays.

• Transit Subsidy: You are eligible to receive a transportation subsidy for travel between your office, home, and school.

• Travel Expenses: If applicable, your work-related travel will be paid by your department.


To be considered under a special hiring authority such as the Veterans' Recruitment Appointment(VRA) authority; the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit Federal Hiring Flexibilities.
PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC’s Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 326-4110 ext. 3637 or TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4000 ext 3637.


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In order to be considered, submit all of the required information (including your supplemental documentation) before midnight EST on the closing date If you are not able to apply on line or require reasonable accommodations, contact Serena Watters on (202) 326-4110 ext. 6352 or at no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

For TTY/TDD users, call the Federal Relay Service toll free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4111.

Please complete all the steps in the online application process at
USAJOBS ( You may make updates to your information
at any time prior to midnight EST on the closing date of this

* Register with USAJOBS, which will store your information and resume. You will only need to complete this step once.
* Locate and review the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS. Click the Apply Online link and then select a resume to submit with your application.
* Click on Apply for this Position Now. You will be redirected to our online system.
* Complete or review the online core questions, which determine the types of positions you are eligible for.
* Specify which series and grade(s) you wish to be considered for.
* Complete the online vacancy questions, then click "Finish". You will continue to the Vacancy Documents page.
* Submit each of the documents that apply to you by upload, USAJOBS, or fax according to the instructions provided.
* Click "Next," and you will see an overview of your responses. To finish, click "Finish."


RESUME: You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your expected graduation date and indicate your major(s) and degree(s). Your resume should indicate any skills and experience you possess that are related to the duties posted in the job announcement.
TRANSCRIPT(S): You must submit current transcript(s) to verify that you meet the education requirement for this position (i.e., transcript showing current enrollment and course load or proof of acceptance into a degree-seeking accredited learning institution). Your transcript(s) must include course titles, school name/location, date completed, grades, and number of credits earned.
COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: If claiming veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: National Archives. For 10-point veteran's preference, including 30% or more disabled veterans, you must submit a SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. These documents must be submitted before 10-point preference can be awarded. If we cannot verify your 10-point preference status, you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. If you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a statement of service from your unit, which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received. Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at: Veterans Guide.

For additional information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit OPM's Career Transition Resources page.

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION (OPTIONAL): Please complete and submit the form "Demographic Information on Applicants" located at This form is used to determine if our recruitment efforts are reaching all segments of the population, consistent with Federal equal employment opportunity laws. Your voluntary responses are treated confidentially and are not released to anyone who can affect your application, or to the public.


Serena Watters
Phone: 202-326-4110
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Human Resources Dept.
1200 K Street, NW
Suite 120
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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You may check the status of your applications by clicking on the My USAJOBS tab at the USAJOBS website.

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