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Job Title:  Pathways Intern Student Trainee (Personnel Research Psychologist)
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Customs and Border Protection
Job Announcement Number:  IHC-993451-TS CI

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,415.00 to $55,421.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 to Monday, February 17, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Internships
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
U.S. citizens who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in accredited educational institution.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.

DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.


Discover a challenging and rewarding career with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders.  At CBP, we:


  • Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws
  • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
  • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
  • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border


For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at:


Who May Apply:

  •  U.S. citizens who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in accredited educational institutions.
  • Interested students should be enrolled in a course of study with academic career goals related to Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please visit:

Organizational Location:  This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Personnel Research and Assessment Division (PRAD), located in Washington, DC. 


Note: One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required less than 5% of the time.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration
  • Residency Requirement


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  • Assist with the preparation of documentation on tests in the area of personnel research psychology.
  • Assist Industrial/Organizational Psychologists in the development, validation, and implementation of test instruments for selection and promotion; coordinate with the training academies in collecting training data for use as criterion measures; design and participate in research validation studies; establish validation and other research databases. 

  • Assist in conducting psychometric analyses on tests and conduct research on a variety of human resources issues.

  • Assist in proofreading, performing statistical computations and assembling tests and surveys.


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      GS-05 Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree that included a major field of study in psychology.


      GS-07 Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree that included a major field of study in psychology.


      Please click here, and read Section F, "superior academic achievement", to see if you qualify under this provision.



      One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school. 

      The qualifications listed above must be met by Monday, February 17, 2014 and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.


      Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be referred in the following order:


      Preference Status

      1.       Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more

      2.       Other 10-point preference eligibles

      3.       5-point preference eligibles

      4.       Non-preference eligibles

      For more information on veteran's preference, please see:


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      DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)); Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, life and long-term care insurance, Employee Assistance Program, personal leave days and paid Federal holidays.  Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules, telework, tuition reimbursement, transportation subsidies, uniform allowance, health and wellness programs, and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and development opportunities.  For more information, go to and select 'Benefits'.




      Background Investigation:  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency’s core values of vigilance, service to country and integrity.  During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (i.e., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy) and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. 


      Conversions:  Interns may be non-competitively converted from the Internship Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service within 120 days following successful completion of all of their educational and work experience requirements in accordance with section 5 CFR 362.204 and there is an available position. Conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed.


      Schedules:  Positions will be filled on both part-time and full-time basis. 


      Trial Period: The entire period served under the Internship Program counts as the participant's trial period.


      Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement: Pathways interns are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate studies or lower program. Interns enrolled in a masters level or higher program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.


      CBP uses E-Verify to validate all newly hired applicants' ability to work legally in the United States.  To learn more about E-Verify, please see:


      Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement:


         1.  Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad such as    vacations); or

         2.  Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or

         3.  Have been a dependent of a United States Federal or military employee serving overseas.


      Exceptions may be granted to applicants if they can provide complete stateside coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination. Examples include: the stateside addresses of anyone who worked or studied with the applicant while overseas; the company headquarters where the applicant's personnel file is located; professor(s) in charge of the applicant's "Study Abroad" program or; church records for the applicant's overseas church missions. Applicants must provide this information with their application for employment.




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      To begin your online application, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register or sign into Application Manager.  Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation.  Please see the "Required Documents" section for additional information.  All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, February 17, 2014


      You are not required to submit official documentation as part of your application package. However, if selected, you must provide the required official documentation prior to appointment.  


      We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of and document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire using OPM Form 1203-FX


      If any part of your application is not received, it will be evaluated solely on the information available.


      • Resume: A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English. It should contain each position, title, grade (if Federal), your duties, accomplishments, the dates you held each position, and your work schedule and salary so we may best assess your qualifications.
      • Your responses to the: Occupational Questionnaire
      • College transcripts (unofficial is acceptable): Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials. For a listing of accrediting agencies, please see selection, submission of official transcripts is required.
      • Certificate of enrollment: Proof of enrollment to an accredited institution of higher learning is required.  Candidates must provide university document(s) verifying their enrollment for the upcoming semester, if applicable.
      • Are you a veteran?  Please submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability (if applicable), VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later (if applicable).  If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, and the date you will be separated or on approved terminal leave.  If selected for this position, your preference will be verified using your separation DD 214, as described above.   For more veterans information, please see:


      Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Please submit a separation notice; SF-50; 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 of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at


      It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (e.g. resume, veterans documentation and completed assessment) is received and accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.  If a document is not in a legible format, you will not be able to view it in Application Manager and you must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.


        • Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or e-mail. The address below is for inquiries only.  If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the Hiring Center listed at the end of this job announcement at least two days prior to the closing date of this job announcement for further instructions. You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.



      Indianapolis Hiring Center
      Phone: (317)715-3000
      Agency Information:
      CBP Indianapolis Hiring Center
      6650 Telecom Drive
      Suite 100
      Indianapolis, IN


      Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and/or interviews.  We will notify you by e-mail after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status", and then click "More Information".  We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for application. 

      For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.


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