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Job Title:  Pathways Student Trainee - Information Technology
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HI-14-LM-1013140

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$22,851.00 to $24,933.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 13, 2013 to Monday, December 23, 2013
Part Time 20 hours - Internships
2 vacancies in the following location:
Danville, IL View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1013140

  • Salary reflected in this announcement is prorated based on the annual salary listed and hours worked.
  • Pathways Program Internship is a temporary excepted appointment.
  • The intern schedule will includes working in Danville, IL during the school year as well as school breaks.
  • Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
  • Please read the entire announcement prior to clicking the "Apply Online" Icon

Our Mission:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to veterans?

As a Department of Veterans Affairs professional, your opportunities are endless. Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. We offer generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


  • Occasional Travel
  • Possible day trips to Community Based Outpatient Clinics


  • No


  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Currently enrolled in at least 6 credit hours post-high school education


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IRM Student Trainee Major Duties
The student trainee for IRM will perform select tasks and phases of studies and projects that require application of basic occupational field theory and principles in the technical area of information technology.  The incumbent participates with IT Specialists on routine and non-routine projects, gathers data, analyzes information and data from project results, documents findings and prepares reports of findings, and making recommendations for improvement in study and project procedures.
The student trainee will participate in all aspects of the VA Medical Center information technology program to include Help Desk phone support and in person support.  The incumbent performs user account documentation, account creation, user account password resetting, desktop and application support, mainframe account support and general assistance for staff.
Some travel to Community Based Clinics will be required.

Work Schedule:  Days (Monday - Friday) year round, 40 hours biweekly or flexible depending on student availability

Position Description Title/PD#:  Student Trainee - Information Technology  PD# 07916T

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

1) Must be a U.S. Citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S. as a permanent resident or is otherwise authorized to be employed per 5 CFR 362.105 (e)(1)  However, Pathways participants must be US Citizens to be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to the competitive service.

2) GS-2 -  Must have successfully completed high school or GED diploma and currently enrolled and seeking a degree (Diploma, Certificate, etc.) in a qualified educational institution on a minimum of half-time basis at an accredited college or university (minimum 6 semester hours)

GS-3 - Must have successfully completed one (1) year post high-school education and currently enrolled and seeking a degree (Diploma, Certificate, etc.) in a qualified educational institution on a minimum of half-time basis at an accredited college or university (minimum 6 semester hours)

3) Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher while in the Internship Program

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will be rated on the following factors:

  • Knowledge of basic occupational theory, principles, concepts, and practices in the technical area of information technology
  • Skill in applying basic occupational theory, principles, concepts, and practices sufficient to perform IT duties
  • Ability to follow instruction and guidance to complete assigned tasks and communicate information to others in oral or written format
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify significant factors, gather and interpret pertinet data, and apply established rules and procedures in order to recommend effective solutions
  • Ability to learn and apply basic investigative techniques to accomplish work in the information technology field
  • Ability to gather and analyze basic facts, information, and data and draw conclusions

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

*** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Eligibility Requirements:  An Intern may be converted non-competitively from an Internship Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service, however conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed.  To be eligible for conversion, an Intern must be a U.S. Citizen and have completed at least 640 hours of work experience while enrolled as a full time or half time degree seeking student, completed the educational requirements from a qualifying institution, receive a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency and meet the qualification written Participant Agreement that clearly identifies expectations, a general description of duties, evaluation procedures, work schedules and minimum eligibility requirements for conversion to term or permanent positions in the competitive service.

Physical Requirements:  Typically employee may sit comfortable to do the work.  Occassionally lifting of up to 25 pounds.   

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at

VA Supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.


Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. The VA welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the person on the extension provided above. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. The VA is firmly committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information can be found here:

The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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NOTE: The complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 23, 2013

To begin the process, first read the entire job announcement. Then click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen and log in to your existing USAJOBS account (if it is your first time, you will have to create an account). Once logged in, follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

This does not complete the application process. You must also upload any required forms (listed below) to your USAJOBS Application Manager account and submit the forms to the announcement you are applying to.  You can then use the uploaded form(s) each time when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide if you need help:

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier, safer, and faster than the fax method (below).

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, just return to your USAJOBS Application Manager: to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you are unable to apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire 

Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire: .
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax only supporting documents you are unable to upload:

Complete this cover page if you're faxing supporting documents only . Use the following Vacancy ID#: 1013140 You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


You must submit a complete application package which includes all of the following:

  1. Resume
  2. OF 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment) - Document Available at 
  3. Copy of College Transcripts
  4. Copy of Current College enrollment schedule
  5. DD-214 (if you are prior military) or other official documentation displaying the required data, which includes awards/medals/badges, dates and character of service is acceptable.  If applicable, documentation should be provided that includes the existence and percentage of a compensable service connected disability for this purpose.  If claiming service connected disability, Form SF15 should be completed and included with the disability documentation.  The form can be found at
  6. Most recent SF-50 (if you are a current or former federal employee)
  7. Answer the occupational questions



Lori Moreman
Phone: (217)554-5963
Agency Information:
VHA Illiana HCS Danville
Department of Veterans Affairs
1900 E Main St
Danville, IL


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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