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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Interdisciplinary)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FDA-CVM-14-1N-1041121RL

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$25,114.00 to $67,787.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to Monday, February 24, 2014
Full Time - Summer NTE Ten weeks
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Laurel, MD View Map
Rockville, MD View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Q - Nonsensitive


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Student Intern Program: This position is being filled under the Pathway Internship Program which provide opportunities for high school, vocational and technical, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to gain work experience while pursuing their education. The interns are located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Foods, Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), located in Rockville and Laurel, MD. Salary will be determined upon selection.

This announcement is being advertised at the GS-02 - GS-09 grade levels.

This Pathways announcement is for the Center for Veterinary Medicine's "Windows to Regulatory Research Internship Program." This program offers academically superior undergraduate, graduate, and professional students hands-on experiences conducting basic and applied research as well as performing in-depth technical reviews of data applicable to animal health and food safety. Ultimately, the internship benefits not only students themselves but the Center, FDA, and the nation.   Students gain career experience in a supportive yet challenging atmosphere while the Center develops and guides future scientific and regulatory leaders. Today's interns are CVM's experts of tomorrow.

The program is ten (10) weeks in length, commencing on June 2, 2014.

Who May Apply: Student Program Eligibles.

Interns will be appointed under the following series:

0499 Biological Science (Biologist/Microbiologist)

0699 Medical and Health (Health Science/Public Health)

0799 Veterinary (Veterinarian)

1399 Physical Science (Chemistry)


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or otherwise authorized to be employed.
  • Satisfactory background investigation required.
  • Verification of education earned through a qualifying academic institution.
  • Verification of veteran's preference, if claimed.
  • Provide proof of acceptance/current enrollment in a qualifying institution.


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As an Intern, you will primarily perform the duties below.  However, job duties may vary depending on the area of study and grade appointed: 
Research and assemble pertinent information from a variety of sources, including hard copy or electronic files, archival records, instructions, directives, standard operating procedures, reference guides, and operating manuals.  
Review documents to extract selected data and information to a specific program, project or issue. 
Work with senior employees on an array of special projects or task forces.  
Perform other duties as assigned.


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Candidates MUST meet the qualification requirements consistent with the Department of Health and Human Services and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. The classification of the intern positions (series and grade) will depend upon the field of study and level of coursework the candidate has completed. Candidate must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student.

Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
16 years or older at the time of appointment.

To qualify for Student Trainee positions under the Pathways Internship Program, you MUST demonstrate that you meet the eligibility criteria to be identified as a student and that you meet the qualification requirement based on education completed that corresponds to the grade level at which considered.

To be a STUDENT you must be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, as a degree student; be undertaking a two-year or four-year program at least half-time; be taking an academic, vocational, or technical course load in an accredited educational institution; maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5; and be pursuing any of the following academic degrees:

Vocational/Technical Certificate (two-year program)
Associate's Degree
Baccalaureate Degree
Graduate Degree (Master's program)

Verification of student status and education level must be submitted as supporting documentation to your application.  Applicants MUST submit school transcripts and letter of acceptance or proof of enrollment documentation.  Failure to submit the documentation will result in disqualification from futher consideration.

To qualify for the GS-02 grade level, applicants must have: High school diploma (or equivalent).
To qualify for the GS-03 grade level, applicants must have: Completion of one full academic year of post-high school study.
To qualify for the GS-04 grade level, applicants must have: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.
To qualify for the GS-05 grade level, applicants must have: Completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.
To qualify for the GS-07 grade level, applicants must have: Completion of 1 full year of graduate level education or eligibility under Superior Academic Achievement after completing a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university.
To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, applicants must have: Completion of all requirements for a Master's degree or equivalent degree at an accredited college or university.


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.  For further information, click on foreign education.


Conditions of Employment: 
1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. 
2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 
3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.  
4. Pre-employment physical required:  No
5. Drug testing required: No
6. License required: No
7. Mobility agreement required:  No
8. Moving expenses authorized:  No
9. Recruitment Incentive authorized:  No
10. Student loan repayment incentive authorized:  NO
11. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized:  No
12. Bargaining Unit Position: No
13. Financial disclosure statement required: No
14. Must sign FDA Pathways Program Participant Agreement.


Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be referred for selection without ranking, in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans' preference requirements.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of work experience and education, by checking references and through other means (ex., interview).  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex., interview, panel review, etc.).



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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Interns hired on a short-term basis (e.g. summer hire) are NOT eligible for federal benefits. Intern appointments may be extended beyond the 10-week NTE date at the agency's discretion. For more information about extended appointments and program completion/conversion, click here to review the OPM Internship Program Fact Sheet.


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 (Member 4 copy) 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 December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed “surplus” or no longer needed, or an employee who has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated “well-qualified”.  Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position.  For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, see:


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 24, 2014 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date. 
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose, then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.


The following documents are required if you are applying to this announcement:

• Current Resume
• Unofficial transcripts (if selected official transcripts are required). Your transcript(s) must document the educational requirements for this position.  Transcripts must show that you are currently enrolled as a student and display cumulative GPA.
• Proof of Enrollment: If you are not currently enrolled, you must submit proof of enrollment.  For example, a letter from the registrar's office or acceptance letter from an accredited educational institution.  The documentation must confirm the following: the degree/diploma program in which you have been accepted and that you will be enrolled on at least a half-time basis for the upcoming semester. 
• If non-U.S. citizen, provide appropriate work authorization or visa information.

Other Supporting Documents:  (only submit if applicable)

  • Veterans’ Preference documentation [e.g., DD-214 which shows type of discharge/character of service (Copy 4), SF-15, VA letter, etc.]
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1041121.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 24, 2014  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

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

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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.

4. 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 contact the Bethesda Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. Once this process is completed, you will be notified of your status via e-mail.

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