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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Biological Science) Pathways Intern
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Agricultural Research Service
Job Announcement Number:  ARS-R14E-0012

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$20,324.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 12, 2013 to Thursday, December 19, 2013
Multiple Schedules - Internships
Many vacancies in the following location:
Gainesville, FL View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Not Applicable


Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table





The Agricultural Research Service is seeking qualified students to participate in the Pathways Internship Program.  Internships are open to current students pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate in an accredited high school, college, professional, technical, vocational, trade school or other qualifying educational Institute.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid. 

The salary range provided above reflects the salary for the GS-01 through

GS-04 grade levels.

The work schedule will be either full time or part time, not to exceed 30 hours per week, and may vary to accommodate the intern's school schedule.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution
  • At least 16 years of age


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As a student trainee, you will:   Perform standardized routines in support of research projects in a laboratory, field and/or greenhouse setting.  Typical, but not all-inclusive duties require a general knowledge of basic biological science and are illustrated by performance of any combination of the following:

  • Preparing routine media and solutions by weighing and measuring constituents according to established methods.
  • Using common laboratory equipment and apparatus such as autoclave, sterilizers, centrifuges and homogenizers.
  • Preparing labels for specimens and rearing insects.
  • Keeping detailed records of experimental data and tabulating data using personal computers and software packages.
  • Collecting samples from the field. 





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Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student on at least a half-time schedule at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.  You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility for the program.


Basic Requirements:


GS-01:  Enrollment in a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) program.


GS-02:  Completion of high school or GED diploma.


GS-03:  Completion of I full academic year of post-high school study.


GS-04:  Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree. 



If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position.  If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position.  If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

Applications will be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of their application.  Successful completion of qualifying educational requirements will be verified prior to the applicant being appointed.



Your resume, supporting documents and responses to the online questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements. 


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For an overview of benefits that may be offered to Federal employees, please visit:



Interns may be non-competitively converted to term or permanent appointments in the competitive 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;
  • have completed educational requirements from a qualifying institution;
  • have received a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency; and
  • meet the qualification requirements for the position to which the Intern will be converted.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference plus the proof required by that form.

Reasonable Accommodation:  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).



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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, December 19, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.


Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:


Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page.
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 986097.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Option B:  Fax

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.   


The following documents are required:

  • Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
  • Resume 
  • Proof of enrollment, in the form of letters, records or statements issued from a high school, vocational institution, college, or university
  • Transcripts (if qualifying based on your education)
  • Veterans' preference documentation (if claiming veterans' preference)  

If your application package does not contain all required documents, you may lose consideration for the position.


Please do not include your Social Security Number (SSN) on your resume or supporting documents.


Marla Dickens
Phone: (301)504-1351
TDD: 202-855-1234
Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD


Once the online application process is complete, you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail.  Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.  If there are qualified candidates with veterans' preference, only those applicants will be referred to the hiring manager.        

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