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Job Title:  Internship - Student Trainee (Investigator/Pension)
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Employee Benefits Security Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PW-14-CHI-EBSA-0024

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$20.57 to $32.71 / Per Hour
Monday, January 27, 2014 to Monday, February 10, 2014
Full-time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - Chicago, IL   View Map
Eligible students from qualifying educational institutions.  Refer to the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement for more information.
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

This is a student internship appointment.  Upon completion of requirements for graduation and successful completion of the internship, the appointee may become eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency's discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Intern Program Participant Agreement.

The entire duration of the internship constitutes a trial period.

Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the internship.
This position is located in one of the Regional Offices of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). The Regional Offices are responsible for planning, directing, and administering a program of enforcement to ensure maximum compliance throughout the geographical jurisdiction of the Office with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the criminal provisions of the United States Code as they relate to employee benefit plans.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship. (Non-citizens should refer to Qualification section).
  • Requires a security clearance.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled or acceptefd for enrollment on at least half-time basis.
  • The entire duration of this internship constitutes a trial period.


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GS-7: Under close supervision, the incumbent conducts investigations of small single employer plans involving routine, single violations or portions of investigations involving multiple employers, service providers, and third party entities and/or a multitude of civil and/or criminal violations. Attends and participates in meetings and conferences conducted by higher level staff. In conjunction with higher level Office staff, the incumbent works with the legal staff of the Department's Office of the Solicitor and the Department of Justice in preparing cases for civil litigation and criminal prosecution by developing documentary evidence.
GS-9: Plans, conducts, and coordinates civil and criminal investigations or reviews of small single or multi-employer plans or service providers. Participates, as a team member, in the conduct of larger reviews and is assigned issues which can be addressed and resolved by reference to established guidelines and procedures. Participates in meetings and conferences with plan officials and their legal and financial representatives. Works with the legal staff of the Department's Office of the Solicitor (SOL) and the Department of Justice in preparing investigations and developing documentary evidence for civil litigation and criminal prosecution.


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GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS- 05 level in the Federal service (but not limited to Federal service) as defined below:
GS-9: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS- 07 in the Federal service (but not limited to Federal service) as defined below:
Specialized experience is work experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
GS-9: Examples of qualifying work include: experience as a compliance inspector, analyst, planner or investigator whose work related to the field of employee benefit plans and/or Federal and/or state financial regulatory statutes; experience conducting financial audits in the employee benefits field using conventional auditing techniques.
GS-7 level examples of specialized experience is same as GS-9, but performed with closer supervision.

Qualifications Based on Education: GS-7: Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) is automatically qualifying for the GS-7 level. SAA is based upon one of the following three criteria: 1) Class standing - you must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university or major subdivision based on completed courses; or 2) Grade Point Average (GPA) - you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (out of a possible 4.0) based on 4 years of education or based on courses completed during the final 2 years or a 3.5 GPA in the major field of study completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society OR One (1) full academic year of graduate level education.
GS-9: A master's or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.  
 College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
Must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institutionj, for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate.
Appointee must maintain good academic standing and enrollment status throughout the duration of the student internship.
Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Intern Program Participant Agreement.
Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for appointment, provided that they meet an exception to certain legal restrictions.  Appointee must be a U. S. citizen in order to be converted to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the internship.
The entire duration of the internship constitutes a trail period.


Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against the competencies described below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories, based on responses to the vacancy questionnaire:

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying the critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Communication Skills: Clearly and effectively conveys information (orally and in writing) to individuals and groups, taking into account the audience and nature of the information.  Individual Effectiveness: Organizes work and sets realistic personal goals.  Interpersonal Effectiveness: Demonstrates interpersonal skills that support an environment in which constructive communications take place. Technology Application: Uses computers and computer software applications. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; determines accuracy and relevancy of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and make recommendations. Identifies rules, principles or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions. Investigations: Knowledge of investigative principles and techniques; ability to investigate and analyze plan operations and practices, financial transactions, and business arrangements, background information and other evidentiary materials; ability to draft clear and comprehensive reports including investigative findings and recommendations for corrective actions. Knowledge and Application of Employee Benefit Plan Law: Knowledge and application of the laws, regulations, court proceedings, precedents, interpretations, and exemptions governing the employee benefit plan community. Strategic Thinking: Understands organization mission and functions.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).   Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

Referrals will be made in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans’ preference requirements.  Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
To preview questions please click here.


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Promotion Potential: GS-9 
Bargaining Unit: NCFLL
Permanent Change of station will not be paid.
 The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.  For each employment period, include start/end month & year and note full-time, part-time or hours.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.
STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.    Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.  Also, do not upload password protected documents.

The following documents are required from ALL applicants:

- Proof of Enrollment: Academic transcript or other official documentation from the educational institution proving your status as a student who is currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution.  See “Qualifications” and “Evaluations.”  Failure to provide proof will  result in applicant not being considered eligible for position.

- Qualifications: Academic transcripts sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, as described in this announcement, where you are seeking to qualify based on education.  See "Qualifications" and "Evaluations."

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to:

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Mary Bradford
Phone: 312-353-1579
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-889-5627
Agency Information:
Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
230 S. Dearborn Street
Room 1026
Chicago, IL
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

To check the status of your application: Click here.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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