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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Field Examiner)
Agency:  National Labor Relations Board
Job Announcement Number:  NL13DE1020169DW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$35,309.00 to $56,863.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 27, 2013 to Friday, January 03, 2014
Full Time - Internships
1 vacancy in the following location:
New York, NY View Map
This position is part of the Pathways Program and is open to students who are currently enrolled full or half time in an accredited educational program.
Not Applicable


Become a part of a prestigious and elite Agency created by Congress in 1935, to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law for relations between unions and employers in the private sector. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent Federal agency that has daily impact on the way America's companies and unions conduct business.

At the NLRB, you will become part of the team actively protecting democracy in the workplace. Individuals, unions, employers, and our country are hurt by unlawful labor practices. When unfair labor practices are filed, we respond with thorough investigation, careful examination of the law, impartial judgment, litigation and resolution.  You can make a difference at the NLRB.

This position is being filled as in Internship in the excepted service under the Pathways Program.  The Pathways Program is designed to provide developmental work opportunities that exposes an Intern to the work of NLRB through a Federal internship.  After successfully completing your education and meeting NLRB work requirements, you may be converted to a term, career, or career conditional appointment.

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens. 

More than one selection may be made as a result of this Notice of Vacancy. 

LOCATIONS:  This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Division of Operations Management - Field, Region 2, New York, NY. 

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  This announcement is restricted to individuals currently enrolled in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis AND currently residing OR currently attending school in the following state: New York 




  • Occasional Travel
  • Must be willing to do some overnight travel.


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Background and security investigation will be required.
  • Completion of assessment questionnaire
  • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways
  • Must submit college transcripts


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Student Internship:

You will gain valuable professional, administrative, and/or technical on-the-job training and experience with the opportunity to explore future career possibilities with the NLRB.

The ideal candidate for this internship is an individual who has completed at least one year of study in a graduate level program in Industrial Relations or Public Administration.  The candidate will work with a senior Labor Management Relations Examiner as an observer on various types of cases for the purpose of acquiring first-hand knowledge of casehandling procedures and techniques.  Assignments may involve interviewing witnesses; preparing affidavits as to their testimony; drafting reports on investigations; preparing election agreements and/or stipulations and agreements for voluntary resolution of unfair labor practices; conducting elections; investigating challenged ballots; analyzing respondent's books, production records and cost statements; and making job analyses to resolve questions pertinent to determinations regarding the appropriateness of the unit.


Candidates will be considered on the basis of the applicability of their educational achievements to this specific NLRB position.


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Candidates will be assessed based solely on meeting the qualification requirements consistent with OPM's qualification standards applicable to the position being filled.  Candidates must be current students pursuing a degree or certificate in a qualifying education institution consistent with 5 CFR 362.102. The initial appointment for this position will be at the GS-5 or GS-7 grade level in accordance with the criteria below:

Minimum Requirement for GS-5:  Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.  Educational field of study in Labor Relations, Industrial Relations, Personnel Administration, Business Administration, Economics, Labor Economics, Labor Law, Political Science, Accounting, or Law; or other education that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in these subjects.

Minimum Requirement for GS-7: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision after completing a bachelor's degree (upper third of your graduating class; 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0; or membership in a national honor society, excluding freshman honor societies). (The 1 academic year is the equivalent of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.) Educational field of study is Labor Relations, Industrial Relations, Personnel Administration, Business Administration, Economics, Labor Economics, Labor Law, Political Science, Accounting, or Law; or other education that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in these subjects.

To qualify for this position you will need to submit your unofficial or official transcripts with your application.

VETERANS PREFERENCE:  Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 Code of Federal Regulations.  Qualified veterans have absolute preference.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:





Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for the job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category as follows:

Well Qualified: Candidates meet the minimum qualifications required for the position (e.g., education, selective placement factors, etc.). They are proficient in some but not all of the requirements for the job.

Highly Qualified: Candidates demonstrate a medium level of proficiency that demonstrates an ability to learn to satisfactorily carry out most but not necessarily all of the position functions within a reasonable period of time (i.e., usually within 90 days.)

Best Qualified: Candidates fully demonstrate ability in all major aspects of the position. This category is designated for candidates who are highly proficient in all the requirements of the position. Typically, candidates placed in this category need only a brief period of orientation to the particulars of the position in order to perform the job functions.

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements of the Internship program and the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position, will be referred to a rating and ranking panel for further consideration. Qualified applicants with veteran’s preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have preference.




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The NLRB provides a comprehensive benefits package to its employees, including on site health unit services (certain offices), and employee assistance.  Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides help with problems such as emotional, relationship, family, substance abuse, financial, drug, job concerns and other personal issues that may impact on the workplace.


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

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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Please be sure to review your resume for completeness and accuracy before applying online.  Also, please ensure that the correct copy of the resume you have selected has been transferred via your USAJOBS account.  If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as "resume received - complete."  If your status is "Application Started," you have not successfully applied.  Please make sure that your application completes the various application stages ensuring that any pending application notifications are resolved and that you successfully complete the online application process.  To receive consideration, your resume must contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received/seeking, year degree received/anticipated date of degree completion, major area of study, and cumulative grade point average.)  If you provide unofficial transcripts with your application and you are selected for the position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:


1. Your Resume
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
- Veterans preference documentation, if applicable
- College transcript(s) 

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


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1020169. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire 
View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


If you are an individual with a disability and have questions regarding reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process, please contact Ms. Debra Washington, the Agency's Selective Placement Coordinator by email at  NLRB offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities. (NOTE: For additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website,



All candidates are required to submit the following supportive documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter of interest (optional)
  • Current transcript (official or unofficial accepted)
  • Veterans' preference documentation, if applicable.

 Your complete application package (containing the above required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, January 03, 2014.

If you cannot complete the application process using one of options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact Sheila Avent, Pathways Programs Officer, the Office of Human Resources at (202)273-0044 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) and in advance of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


Phone: (202)273-3968
Agency Information:
United States Govt National Labor Relations Board
1099 14th Street NW
Office of Human Resources
Room 6000
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the hiring official for further consideration. If you are referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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