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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Computer Engineer) - Summer 2014
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Science and Technology Directorate
Job Announcement Number:  DHSHQ14-1017030-ST

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,631.00 to $55,421.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 to Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service NTE NTE September 30
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Current Students seking a Master's degree or equivalent. Please see education requirement below.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.



THIS POSITION IS A SUMMER 2014 POSITION NTE SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. However this appointment may be extended.


The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical assistance and support to management staff in a variety of matters related to computer sciences as it pertains to cybersecurity programs, activities, processes and methods to meet mission requirements.  Assists in coordination of activities of support staff, and provides analytical support on problem definitions, research, policies and procedures.  Assist in analyses of information assigned. 


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate in the Cyber Security Division.


The incumbent serves as a student trainee and is a college student having completed at least one academic year of graduate education or possesses a Master's degree. The graduate level education and employment is part of a formal student employment program with a college or university. The incumbent is provided on the job training and assignments commensurate with his/her education.



  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Must be 16 years of age or older.
  • You must pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/59 Selective Service registration required
  • Must be a current student.


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In this position, typical work assignments include:

  • In a developmental capacity in the Cyber Security Division, the duties primarily focus on providing work and training experience to prepare the student intern for a more advanced, professional position.
  • Serves at an advanced training level responsible for developing data analytics and metrics from the software assurance analysis repository to help identify gaps in tool static analysis tool coverage.
  • Assist with software analysis to discover new techniques, methods and services for improving tools for more accurately identifying security weakness and vulnerabilities.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to management staff in a variety of matters related to software development, software assurance and software engineering programs, activities, processes and methods to meet mission requirements.  Assists in coordination of activities of support staff, and provides analytical support on problem definitions, research, policies and procedures.



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You qualify for the GS-7 level (starting salary $42,631) if you are a current student (attending an accredited educational institution recognized by the Department of Education) in good academic standings and have completed 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.

Superior Academic Achievement Provision is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or

3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.
Basic Requirement:

Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


Applicants who wish to qualify for positions at higher grade levels (generally grade GS-7 and above) must also meet the requirements shown in the table on page IV-A-22 (as described above), in addition to meeting the basic requirements.
The individual occupational requirements typically provide at least two methods for applicants to meet the basic requirements of the occupations covered by this standard:
1. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements.
Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.
2. Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A.
The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

The qualifications of this position are based on your education, ou must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position. Proof of enrollment and student's grade will be requested each semester, if selected.


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements.  You must show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit OPM’s web site at for additional information on this topic.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SECRET clearance as a condition of placement in this position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will refer your application in the following order:
Preference Status (NOTE: within each category, applicants from the reemployment list will be placed ahead of applicants from the regular employment list)
1. Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more
2. Other 10-point preference eligibles
3. 5-point preference eligibles
4. Non-preference eligibles

Reemployment/Regular List Status – all applicants on the reemployment list are considered before applicants on the regular employment list.  On each list, preference eligibles having a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more are considered first, followed, second, by other 10-point preference eligibles, third by 5-point preference eligibles, and last, by non-preference eligibles.

To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.


If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website.  To receive special priority selection, CTAP and ICTAP applicants must submit proof of eligibility as described below under How To Apply, meet all qualification and eligibility requirements, be rated well-qualified (e.g., receive a score of 85 or higher) and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, that may include, depending on your type of appointment:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


Special Hiring Authorities

Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and Individuals with Disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission.  If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs.  To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX cover sheet found here.

: If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Please contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.

The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.

Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


The following documents are required (if applicable):

  1. Your resume
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.  Those with foreign education, click this link
  4. Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty).  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  Click here for more veterans’ information.
  5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Submit:
      • a copy of your agency notice,
      • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
      • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


Keisha Monroe
Phone: (202)357-8370
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
Washington, DC


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.”  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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