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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Pathways)
Agency:  U.S. Agency for International Development
Job Announcement Number:  SUM 2014 USAID

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$22,115.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 to Monday, December 02, 2013
Temporary - Full-Time; - 10 weeks anticipated - not to exceed 12 months
MANY vacancies - District of Columbia, DC   View Map
US Citizens who are Student Program Eligible


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.

The USAID Internship Program (Summer 2014) is designed to provide Interns with substantive work assignments, which expose them to the benefits of a Federal career. The work assigned in most bureaus or offices varies. Typical assignments include a variety of research projects, writing program memoranda, drafting documents, facilitating meetings and/or special events, performing analytical work, attending program discussions in the Agency and/or at the Department of State, communicating on USAID program issues, and performing other duties as assigned.


  • Enrolled in a qualifying academic program;
  • US Citizenship;
  • Must be at least 16 years old;
  • Min GPA 2.0 undergrad; Min GPA 3.0 grad, 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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The Interns complete a variety of work assignments dependent upon their areas of study and series.  For example, previous Interns with scientific and technical backgrounds worked on issues such as climate change, biodiversity, natural resources management, global health, food security, the application of mobile technologies and/or geospatial analysis for development.
Interns are assigned to work in offices and bureaus throughout the Agency. (For more information, please visit our website at

Please note - Interns in all areas are expected to perform some assignments that are administrative in nature.
The series include but are not limited to the following: 
GS-099 Student Trainee General
GS-299 Personnel Management Student Trainee
GS-399 Administration and Office Support Student Trainee
GS-499 Biological Science Student Trainee
GS-599 Financial Management Student Trainee
GS-699 Medical and Health Student Trainee
GS-999 Legal Occupations Student Trainee
GS-1199 Business and Industry Student Trainee
GS-1399 Physical Science Student Trainee
GS-2299 Information Technology Management Student Trainee


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

The ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week highly preferred

The initial appointment for the Student Trainee Intern positions is at the grade level for which the applicants qualify in accordance with the criteria below:


GS-1 - Enrollment in a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) program
GS-2 - High school diploma or equivalent
GS-3 - Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study
GS-4 - Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree
GS-5 - Completion of all requirements for a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree
GS-7 - Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education
GS-9 - Completion of all requirements for a master’s degree or equivalent degree
GS-11-For research positions, completion of all requirements for a master's or equivalent degree
GS-11-For non-research positions, completion of all requirements for a PhD or equivalent degree

Candidates should possess the following:

  • Understanding and interest in international development
  • Understanding and interest in basic capacity building issues and services
  • Ability to exercise good analytical and problem-solving ability
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work on many tasks simultaneously and prioritize appropriately
  • Solid interpersonal communication skills
  • Basic Microsoft office skills (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Desired areas of study are from a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to, international development, agriculture, food security,  criminal investigations, program analysis, project management, knowledge management, agriculture, environment, engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, economics, foreign languages, area studies, business administration, accounting, auditing, human resources, education, international relations, finance, logistics, geography, agricultural economics, environmental economics, strategic planning and analysis, public health, sociology, social work, social science, child focused studies, national security studies, military and foreign affairs, political science, public policy,  private sector development 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 assessed based on the qualifications required such as but not limited to your major course of study and experience in relation to the duties to be performed. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.
To preview questions please click here.


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Interns are eligible for transit subsidy, holiday pay, and annual and sick leave at specified rates


NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.  Due To The Large Number Of Applications Received, We Are Unable To Respond To All 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. 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 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. Veterans’ preference applies. If you are entitled to Veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (MEMBER -4 page) plus any supporting documentation as proof. 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 proof of eligibility for the special selection priority.


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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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Phone: 000-000-0000
Fax: 202-216-3418
Agency Information:
United States Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington , DC
Fax: 202-216-3418


An automated applicant assessment system is used to determine basic eligibility and qualifications. 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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