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Job Title:  Pathways Internship Student Trainee (Physical Scientist)
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Customs and Border Protection
Job Announcement Number:  IHC-1051083-TS CI

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$23,080.00 to $36,746.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 13, 2014 to Thursday, February 20, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Internships
8 vacancies in the following location(s):
Los Angeles, CA View Map
San Francisco, CA View Map
Savannah, GA View Map
Chicago, IL View Map
Newark, NJ View Map
More Locations  (3)
All U.S. citizens who have been accepted for enrollment or are currently enrolled in an accredited educational degree-seeking program.
Not Applicable


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.

Discover a challenging and rewarding career with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders.  At CBP, we:

  • Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws

  • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products

  • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country

  • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border.

For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at:


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Who May Apply:  All U.S. citizens who have been accepted for enrollment or are currently enrolled in a degree-seeking or certificate program in an accredited/qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time schedule.  Educational program in physical science, engineering, or mathmatics is preferred.  For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please visit


Organizational Location:  This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Information and Technology. 


Note:  One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement.  Start dates for selectees outside CBP’s current workforce could be delayed until February 2014. 


The salary shown above is the "Rest of the United States" pay for the GS-02 thru GS-04. Salaries vary by grade level and are adjusted for the locality. The following link displays the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed select the last table titled, "Rest of the United States


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student
  • Must be at least 16 years of age


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·         Supports the supervisor and/or higher-grade professionals in the performance of chemical, physical, electronic microscopic and other tests as required

·         Assists in the writing of papers and managements briefs

·         Cleans, prepares and tests instrumentation under the supervision of higher graded professionals


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GS-2:  Completion of high school diploma or equivalent.

GS-3:  Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study. 

GS-4:  Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree.


One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school. 


Candidates must be seeking a Bachelor's Degree or higher. Preferred areas of study include: physical science, engineering, or mathematics.


The qualifications listed above must be met by Thursday, February 20, 2014 and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.


Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be referred in the following order:


Preference Status

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

For more information on veteran's preference, please see:


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DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)); Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, life and long-term care insurance, 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 development opportunities.  For more information, go to and select 'Benefits'.




Background Investigation: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency’s core values of vigilance, service to country and integrity.  During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (i.e., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy) and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances.


Conversions: Interns may be non-competitively converted from the Internship Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service within 120 days following successful completion of all of their educational and work experience requirements in accordance with section 5 CFR 362.204 and there is an available position.  Conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed.


Schedules: Positions will be filled on both part-time and full-time basis. 


Trial Period: The entire period served under the Internship Program counts as the participant's trial period.


CBP uses E-Verify to validate all newly hired applicants' ability to work legally in the United States.  To learn more about E-Verify, please see:


Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement:

   1.  Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad such as    vacations); or

   2.  Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or

   3.  Have been a dependent of a United States Federal or military employee serving overseas.


Exceptions may be granted to applicants if they can provide complete stateside coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination. Examples include: the stateside addresses of anyone who worked or studied with the applicant while overseas; the company headquarters where the applicant's personnel file is located; professor(s) in charge of the applicant's "Study Abroad" program or; church records for the applicant's overseas church missions. Applicants must provide this information with their application for employment.




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To begin your online application, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register or sign into Application Manager.  Your application packet must include a completed assessment questionnaire, a resume, and any applicable and/or required supporting documentation. Please see the "Required Documents" section below for additional information.  All application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, February 20, 2014.


You are not required to submit official documentation as part of your application package. However, if selected, you must provide the required official documentation prior to appointment. 


We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of and document your responses to the assessment questionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire using OPM Form 1203-FX

If any part of your application is not received, it will be evaluated solely on the information available.


  • Your resume: A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English. It should contain each position title, grade (if federal), your duties, accomplishments, the dates you held each position, your work schedule and salary so we may best assess your qualifications.
  • College transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)/Certificate of enrollment: Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials. For a listing of accrediting agencies, please see Upon selection, submission of official transcripts is required.
  • Are you a veteran? Please submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability (if applicable) VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later (if applicable). If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, and the date you will be separated or on approved terminal leave. If selected for this position, your preference will be verified using your separation DD 214, as described above. For more veterans information, please see:
  • Your responses to the: online occupational questionnaire


Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  Please submit a separation notice; SF-50; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at


It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (e.g. resume, veterans documentation and completed assessment) is received and accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.  If a document is not in a legible format, you will not be able to view it in Application Manager and you must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.


    • Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or e-mail. The address below is for inquiries only.  If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the Hiring Center listed at the end of this job announcement at least two days prior to the closing date of this job announcement for further instructions. You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.


Indianapolis Hiring Center
Phone: (317)715-3000
Agency Information:
CBP Indianapolis Hiring Center
6650 Telecom Drive
Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, and refer qualified applicants to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.   We will notify you by e-mail 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."   We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.   


For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here .


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Additional Duty Location Info

8 vacancies in the following locations:
Los Angeles, CA View Map
San Francisco, CA View Map
Savannah, GA View Map
Chicago, IL View Map
Newark, NJ View Map
San Juan, PR View Map
Houston, TX View Map
Springfield, VA View Map

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