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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Budget) (Pathways Internship)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Foreign Agricultural Service
Job Announcement Number:  UF953237-NLS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,075.00 to $44,293.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, September 03, 2013 to Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Full Time - Internships NTE 1 year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles



The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is looking for people who want to work to improve foreign market access for U.S. products.  FAS operates programs designed to build new markets and improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace.

FAS has the primary responsibility for USDA’s international activities—market development, trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. It also administers USDA’s export credit guarantee and food aid programs, and helps increase income and food availability in developing nations by mobilizing expertise for agriculturally led economic growth.


FAS also enhances U.S. agriculture’s competitiveness by providing linkages to global resources and international organizations.

FAS's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FAS offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.


Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. 



  • You must be a U.S.Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation.
  • Complete Occupational Questionnaire and submit resume/supporting documents.
  • Meet education and/or experience requirements.
  • Must submit transcripts and/or proof of enrollment with your application.
  • See "Area of Consideration".


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Student Trainee (Budget) Pathways Intern position is located in the Chief Operating Office, Budget and Financial Management Division.

As a participant in the Pathways Program, selectee will be expected to perform such duties as:

  • assists with gathering, compiling and analyzing of data and preparation and distribution of reports, memoranda, and correspondence;
  • prepares budget presentations for Administrator and Department officials;
  • creates and maintains a filing system for reports, project documents, and memoranda, documenting pending and completed actions;
  • drafts project status reports, memoranda, executive correspondence, policy papers and all other forms of written communication; and
  • reviews incoming correspondence, documents and other materials.


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Eligibility Requirements:

Student Status: Applicants must currently be enrolled or accepted to an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

Pathways Participant Agreement:  All Pathways Interns are required to sign the Pathways Program Participant Agreement which outlines program requirements and noncompetitive conversion eligibility.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must meet minimum qualification requirements by Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

You may qualify at the GS-5 if you meet the following:

  • One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal service, that includes assisting in gathering, compiling and analyzing data; preparation and distribution of reports, memoranda, and correspondence; preparation and coordination of budget formulation submissions.  General knowledge and experience with functions of word processing and spreadsheet software. Skill in operating a personal computer with associated peripherals including printers and disk drives. OR
  • Completion of 4 years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree and currently be a student in a qualifying educational program; OR
  • Possess a combination of experience and education.  The total must equal 100% to qualify based on the combination of experience and education.

 College Transcript : Submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned.  You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation. Prior to employment, you may be required to complete an OF-306, Declaration of Federal employment and other paperwork. The information collected on this form is used to determine suitability for Federal employment. You will also be required to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application/resume. You must answer all questions truthfully and completely. A false statement on any part of the declaration or other forms may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.


We will review your application materials to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic requirements on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The Occupational Questionnaire is used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. The questions are related to the fundamental competencies, such as customer service, reasoning, oral communication, and attention to detail.

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens - If you meet the qualification requirements based on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position and your responses to the automated scoring system, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. 

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.


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Permanent employees are eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be  covered by a Retirement System.  Employees will earn annual and sick leave.  For additional information on benefits click here.


Interns may be non-competitively converted to term or permanent appointments in the competitve service.  To be eligible for conversion, an Intern must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Have completed the required number of hours of work experience (generally, at least 640 hours) while enrolled as a full-time or half-time degree-seeking student, to include the training components of the Pathways Program;
  • Have completed educational requirements from a qualifying institution;
  • Have received favorable recommendation by an official of the agency; and
  • Met the qualification requirements for teh position to which the intern will be converted.


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Please read all the instructions before you begin. 

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package, which includes the following:

1. Resume. You may either use USAJOBS Resume Builder to create a resume or create your own; however, your resume must contain the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents i.e., college transcripts, Veterans documents, etc (see Required Documents section below).

To begin this process, click the "Apply Online" button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure that you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Please print your "Confirmation of your Submission to Application Manager" for your records. The online Occupational Questionnaire must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.  Applications are not screened for required documents before determining minimum qualifications. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received in the office by the close of business on or before the closing date of this announcement. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service etc.

Alternative Method for Submitting Your Application Materials:

If you are unable to apply online, you may fax your application materials to 1-478-757-3144.

If applying online or faxing your application materials poses a hardship, please contact the servicing human resources office during core business hours (8:00am to 4:30 pm central time) prior to the closing date. Requests for hardship will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Make requests in a timely manner to allow enough time to obtain documents and return the completed information to our office. 


In addition to your Occupational Questionnaire and Online Resume, other documents may be required.

1) You must submit a copy of your college transcripts, an unoffical copy will suffice for the application.

2) If you are applying for Veteran Preference, submit evidence of eligibility, such as DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (Standard Form 15), and the proof requested on the form.

3) If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must provide the most current Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that verifies career-conditional/career status, position title, series and grade (do not submit an Award SF-50). FSA County employees must provide the most recent Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50-B or FSA-50) that verifies permanent status. Also provide the SF-50 that reflects the highest grade level held on a permanent basis or the full performance level of your current position, whichever is higher. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.

4) If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit your most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable.  Do not submit a performance plan. Failure to do so will result in an ineligible rating.

5) If you are eligible for appointment based on a disability under the Schedule A hiring authority, you must provide a certification of disability. The certification of disability can be documented in one of several ways; by a counselor at either the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; by a statement or letter on a physician/medical professionals letterhead stationary; or by statements, records or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. The certification must verify the applicant has a severe disability and is therefore eligible under a Schedule A appointment authority, and he or she is able to perform the essential duties of the position. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. You can review additional information at:

6) If you are eligible for appointment based on Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), or 30% Disabled Veterans, service in the Peace Corps, Vista, Action Cooperative, or another special authority, submit proof of eligibility.


Phone: (202)401-0176
Agency Information:
HQ Farm Service Agency
1400 Independence AV SW
Washington, DC


Once your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a qualification review of your complete application package has been made, you will be notified as to the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at

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