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Job Title:  USAID Pathways Internship - Student Trainee
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  AID-13-7011-MW

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

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$34,075.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 to Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Temporary - PT/FT (optional) - must work a min of 16 hours/wk; May work up to 40 hours/wk.; - 10 - 20 weeks (anticipated) but not to exceed 1 year
3 vacancies - Washington, DC, US  View Map
US citizens who are Student Program Eligible; To be considered for the GS-5, the level of education required is the completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree. To be considered for the GS-7, the completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State and fosters transformational development around the world. Our headquarters is centrally located in downtown Washington, DC, at the prestigious Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. We are located next to the Federal Triangle Metro. Our office is in within walking distance of many major attractions.

This vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any complete application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application, should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.
This appointment is anticipated to last for 10 - 20 weeks, but not-to-exceed 1-year and can be extended without further competition based on the needs of the organization for the work to continue and provided the individual continues to meet the eligibility requirements.
These USAID Pathways Internship positions, are part of our centrally funded internship program. They are located in Washington, DC in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL). This Bureau is responsible for leading the Agency's policy planning efforts, shaping overall strategic and program planning, ensuring the Agency’s evolution as a learning and evaluation organization, and overseeing donor engagement while guiding USAID as the premier development Agency. 

Internships are available in three of the Offices within this Bureau:

Office of Policy

Producing sound, evidence-based policies, strategies, and policy analysis

Office of Strategic & Program Planning
Revitalizing strategic and program planning and project design

Office of Donor Engagement

 Achieving results through donor coordination and cooperation



  • Enrolled in a qualifying academic program
  • US Citizenship
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Min GPA of 2.0 undergrad;3.0 grad level; Must be in good academic standing
  • Able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/59, must be registered with Selective Service


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Responsibilities for each of the Offices are listed below:

Office of Policy:
The intern will be expected to actively participate in the formulation of Agency-wide policies and strategies. The Office of Policy manages teams of Agency experts that produce policies and strategies in key areas that provide Agency-wide guidance to the field.  The student intern would also support the Office with research in areas such as broad-based economic growth, sustainable services and urbanization, and more. The individual will have the opportunity to have a first-hand look at USAID operations from the early stages of drafting policy to later stages of Agency implementation. There will also be an opportunity to work with other offices and bureaus within the Agency. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, attending staff and Agency wide meetings, drafting briefers, preparing draft reports for office, Bureau and Agency leadership, and development policy related research (as assigned).

Office of Strategic and Program Planning:
The intern will support the office in building Agency capacity to implement USAID Program Cycle reforms, including strategic planning and project design.  The intern would work directly with the SPP Capacity Building Team to help capture and disseminate lessons and experiences from USAID Missions related to the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and Project Designs processes.  Specifically, the Intern would support management of the ProgramNet website as the Agency’s Primary Internal Program Cycle Capacity Building Platform, including developing and posting materials to the website, facilitating on-line interactive discussions and webinars, assisting the office with knowledge management and communications, and liaising with key stakeholders.  The Intern would also assist with other projects related to Program Cycle and cross-office objectives, as assigned by the Office Director.  

Office of Donor Engagement:
The intern will assist senior DE staff with the following duties: 

  • track and coordinate the bilateral and multilateral work flow of the Office –  what is being done now; what is scheduled to be done; and be available to contribute to senior staff efforts to rapidly respond to ever-present ad hoc requests and tasks.
  • update and maintain contact lists and profiles of key officials in donor countries and multilateral organizations
  • research and update development policies and priorities of donor countries and multilateral organizations
  • research and summarize background material and issues for think pieces and agency/inter-agency development policy formulation by senior staff
  • assist in the preparation briefing materials on Office activities,
  • participate in the coordination of seminars and events,
  • contribute to the maintenance of  current information on the Office’s website.


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US citizens who have been accepted for enrollment, or who are enrolled in a qualifying education instituion and carry at a minimum, a half-time course load as defined by the institution. 

Must be able to work a minimum of 16 hours per week; May work up to 40 hours per week. 

The initial appointment for this USAID Pathways Intern position is at the grade level for which the applicant qualifies in accordance with the criteria below:

GS-5 - Completion of 4 academic years of post-high schoolleading to a bachelor's degree
GS-7 - Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education.
Candidates should possess the following:

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and effective interpersonal skills in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Ability to research, analyze and prepare written reports, briefing materials, public presentations, and guidance on procedures and presentation.
  • Experience in planning, organizing and coordinating special events.
  • Capability to use standard Microsoft Office suite and learn broad range of software applications.  Familiarity with internet, social networking and other communications applications, web page construction and maintenance tools.

Desired areas of study are from a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to International Development, Strategic Planning and Analysis, Project Design and Implementation, Knowledge Management, International Affairs, Political Science, Economics, Private Sector Development, Human Development, Public Health, Education, Social Science (Anthropology), Agriculture, Food Security, Environment, Public Policy, International Development Policy,International Studies and Public Administration.

  • Must sign a Participant Agreement
  • To receive further consideration, you must submit ALL required supporting documents prior to the  vacancy announcement closing.


You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.
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Interns are eligible for transit subsidy, holiday pay, and annual and sick leave at specified rates; Appointments for more than 12 months are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package.



Due to the large number of applications received, we are unable to respond to all of the applicants individually. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Moving expenses are not authorized. Relocation expenses are not authorized. Government paid housing is not available. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment background investigation. Eligible applicants will be asked to submit forms required for a security clearance and suitability determination. The clearance process considers such factors as: registration for the Selective Service; failure to repay a US government-guaranteed student loan; past problems with credit or bankruptcy; failure to meet tax obligations; unsatisfactory employment records; violations of the law; drug or alcohol abuse; a criminal record; extensive travel; education; residence and/or employment overseas; dual citizenship; foreign contacts; immediate family or relatives who are not citizens of the United States and/or a foreign born spouse; or less than honorable discharge from the armed forces. Investigations, which usually take several months, include current and previous contacts, supervisors, and coworkers. These investigations are conducted by USAID in cooperation with other federal, state, and local agencies SELECTIVE SERVICE. As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who served on active duty during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans' preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. You will need to submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 and proof of your claim. If you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, or you are applying for consideration under the Veteran Employment Opportunity Act or Veteran Readjustment Authority, attach a copy of your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility. If you are applying for consideration under the 30% or more Disabled Veteran Authority, you must attach a SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.


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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for US Agency for International Development applicants. To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors. USAID provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process. The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. Step 1 Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS ( - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes. Step 2 Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the USAID's CareerConnector website to complete the application process. Step 3 Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application If this is your first time on USAID's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button. Step 4 Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status. Step 5 Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit. Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways: 1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. Or 2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded. In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.


  • Resume showing relevant experience
  • Recent Transcript
  • Statement of Interest
  • Copy of most recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action) if applicable
  • Supporting documentation if applying under any of the special hiring authorities such as DD-214 or Schedule A

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    An automated applicant assessment system is used to determine basic eligibility and qualifications.  We will notify you of the outcome after each step in the process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. A final job offer is contingent upon satisfactorily passing the background investigation and obtaining the proper security clearance.

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