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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Program Support - IT), Pathways Resident Intern - NTE 1 year FWRO
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  14-PW-1046530-SLK

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,447.00 to $45,788.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 06, 2014 to Friday, March 14, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE 1 year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Worth, TX View Map
Current students or individuals accepted for enrollment in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. Must live in the local commuting area.
Not Applicable


The SEC's mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber students who share the values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.

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This vacancy is for a Pathways Resident Intern: Student Trainee (Program Support-IT) position in the Fort Worth Regional Office (FWRO). This announcement may be used to fill more than one vacancy.


The SEC is seeking bright, innovative, results-oriented individuals to join our Pathways Resident Internship Program.  The Pathways Resident Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in an accredited/qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis.  (Applicants who do not meet the definition of "student" will not be considered.) 


This internship is for students who can commit to working year-round.  Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.  At the successful conclusion of this program, you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a federal career or career-conditional position. 


Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.


Cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be maintained throughout the entire internship appointment.


This position is in the excepted service.


Probationary or trial period required.


Relocation expenses will not be paid.


This is a non-bargaining unit position.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student.
  • You must be seeking a degree in Information Technology.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • 18 years or older at the time of appointment.
  • You must be suitable for federal employment.


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Job duties will vary depending on the area of study and position/series. Representative duties for this position include:

  • Provides basic assistance in providing end user support and assistance to office staff on approved microcomputer software and hardware.
  • Resolves minor user problems associated with end user computing in, use of the Commission approved word processing, data base and spreadsheet software programs.
  • Assists in providing routine assistance in problem resolution including how to print, troubleshoot basic operating software and computer hardware issue.
  • Must have basic computer knowledge and troubleshooting skills to include Windows 7 Operating System and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Candidate must also have the ability to quickly learn to setup technical equipment to support ad hoc conferences and video telecommunication meetings.
  • Must also be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, communicate effectively with staff and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Confers with users to gain an understanding of minor situations sufficient to assist in formulating needed solutions to user requirements and problems.
  • Performs other assignments of similar difficulty that have been selected with a view to developing knowledge of other facets of work in the office, e.g., programming special applications for the regional office.
  • The candidate will assist the Information Technology Specialist by assisting users with questions about Microsoft Office products, and eventually with other SEC software.
  • Assist with the Video Conference System and Telephone System as required.
  • Assist with computer moves, packing, mailing and faxing of equipment and documents.
  • Re-image computers, install workstation software, and wipe hard drives as requested.
  • Assist with inventory.
  • Copy data from CD to file servers as needed.
  • Perform other IT related duties and Program Support projects as requested.
  • Perform general office duties as requested.


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Pathways candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled.

  • Candidate must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment on a full or half-time basis as a degree-seeking student.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be maintained throughout the entire internship appointment.
  • 18 years or older at the time of appointment.
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

Grade 04 Education: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree. You must submit a copy of your college transcripts.  See the Required Documents section for more information.

To be eligible for this position you must possess the qualifying experience, education, and/or a combination of both.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


In order to qualify for this position at the grade 04 level you must possess one of the following:

  1. One year of general experience. General experience is any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position; or
  2. Successful completion of two years of study above high school (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours); or
  3. Possess an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Candidates will be assessed based on basic eligibility requirements (either Agency- developed standards or the OPM Qualification Standards for the position being filled). Veterans' preference applies to selection for positions in the Pathways Programs. Selections must be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR part 302, veterans' preference laws, and OPM guidance.


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Applicants selected for this vacancy will receive a temporary appointment and will not be eligible to receive health, life, or retirement benefits.  


Employees hired under the Pathways Resident Program on appointments for 90 days or more are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. 


As a federal employee, you are eligible to receive a transit subsidy each month to compensate you for your travel to and from work via certain types of public transportation.


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

To be eligible for conversion to the competitive service after completion of the program, an intern must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen;
  2. Successfully complete an academic course of study as evidenced by a qualifying degree;
  3. Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience under the Internship Program;
  4. Meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted;
  5. Maintain acceptable performance under the Agency's approved performance management system; and
  6. Receive favorable recommendation for conversion from supervisor.

The SEC is not obligated to make an offer of employment, nor is the student obligated to accept an offer of employment.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 90 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:

CTAP/ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
  2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The SEC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, send an email to To request sign language interpreting services for interviews, send an email to at least 5 business days before the date you will need this service.

To contact the Disability Program Office by phone, call 202-551-4158. TTY/ASCII users should use the toll free Federal Relay Service number: 1-800-877-8339 and provide the SEC number of the office or individual you are calling. For more information about using the Federal Relay Service see:


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.

To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1046530. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online follow these instructions:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational 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.


A complete application consists of the following:

  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must also list your educational and work experience including the following information for each employment listed: job title; duties and accomplishments; employer's name and address; supervisor's name and phone number; starting and ending dates formatted in month/day/year; hours worked per week; salary; if the employment was federal: title, series, and grade/pay band. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
  • Proof of current student status. You must submit a copy of your class schedule for the current or future semester/quarter, or a letter of acceptance/enrollment, or pre-registration schedule/transcript(s), or a receipt for tuition.
  • Education. If you are qualifying for this position on the basis of your education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.
  • Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation . If applicable, see Other Information.

You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Lei Kreft
Phone: (202)551-3316
TDD: 1.800.877.8339
Agency Information:
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street NE
Washington, DC


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Application Status." The four points of notification are:

  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Not Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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