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Job Title:  OCC Internship Program (Economics)
Department:  Department Of The Treasury
Agency:  Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Job Announcement Number:  PATH-HQ-14-003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$44,774.00 to $49,251.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 21, 2014 to Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Position is at the full performance level - Full time and part Time positions - Not-To-Exceed September 30, 2014.
few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
This opportunity is open to Students who are enrolled on at least a half-time basis, or accepted for enrollment, and seeking a degree (diploma, certficate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution; have at least a cumulative (overall) 2.9 grade point average;  and remain in good academic standing.


About the Agency

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is among the top places to work in the federal government. The OCC ensures a safe and sound banking system for all Americans and ensures fair treatment and equal access for all national bank customers. Our culture promotes creative and thoughtful contributions by people in all positions, and an environment that values and encourages diversity. If you are an inquisitive, investigative individual with high standards of your own, consider the OCC.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.  
You’will get a head start on a meaningful and rewarding career as an Economics Department Intern at the OCC.  You will make a difference supporting the OCC's mission to ensure a safe, sound, and competitive banking system that support the citizens, communities and economy of the United States. 
Key Information:

  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must submit a transcript or proof of enrollment with your application.
  • You must meet full or half-time student enrollment requirements for the duration of the appointment.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.9 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Selectee must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
  • This position is a Temporary Part-Time Internship position not to exceed one year.
  • Citizenship: Consistent with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and other applicable law; applicants who are United States citizens will be preferred over equally qualified applicants who are not U.S. citizens. Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, if selected for a Federal Appointment, only "US Citizens and non-US Citizens who are permanent US residents actively seeking US citizenship as outlined in 8 USC 1324b(a)(3)(B)" are eligible for employment. If offered employment, you will be asked to provide evidence of your status. For continued employment, all non-citizens are required to apply for citizenship within six months of becoming eligible or to be naturalized within two years after the date of application unless the non-citizen can establish that he/she has continued to actively pursue naturalization.


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    This position serves as a Student Trainee (research) in the Economics Department.  As an Student Trainee (research), participants receive formal periodic assessments and progress of mentorship.
    Duties include:

    • Provide analytical, research and technical support including data retrieval, analysis and statistical programming. Produce financial tables, graphs and reports, often with interdivisional and interdepartmental projects. Maintain familiarity with many different databases. Perform background research on a variety of financial and economic topics.
    • Assist the Economic staff in regards to their SAS usage.
    • Work on the Economics Department materials for the intranet.


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    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date.  You must answer all job-related questions in the job questionnaire.
    You must meet the following requirements: Completion of all requirements for a bachelor’s or equivalent degree or completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education or eligibility under the OPM Superior Academic Achievement Provision after completing a bachelor's degree.
    In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements within 60 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement:
    Selective Placement Factor: Candidates must possess the following Selective Placement Factors to be considered qualified for the position. Demonstrated experience providing analytical and technical support including data retrieval and statistical analysis using statistical techniques and various statistical software packages (SAS and/or STATA) to retrieve, manipulate, and analyze large data sets.
    To qualify for the band III level, you must meet the following requirements:
    Education: Completion of all requirements for a bachelor's or equivalent degree or eligibility under the OPM Superior Academic Achievement Provision after completing a bachelor's degree; OR Experience:You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the BAND-II level. The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of specialized experience are: using various analytical tools to construct and analyze large data sets from multiple sources; identifying and resolving problems or issues which may cross organizational and disciplinary boundaries and impact the accomplishment of agency goals and objectives; functioning independently as a research assistant in developing data and analytical methods and tools for monitoring and analyzing large economic and financial data sets; and operating independently in managing individual work assignments or projects, OR you may qualify with a combination of qualifying education and experience.

    You MUST meet the definition of a STUDENT for the duration of your appointment. The definition of a student is: an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93–842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.   
    One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study or 18 semester hours. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.  Transcripts must be submitted with your application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable with your application.  However, if selected for the position, you will be required to submit your official transcript.


    How You Will Be Evaluated:
    Your application includes your: 1. Resume, 2. Responses to the online questions, and 3. Required documents. We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: 1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible. 2. Rating: Qualified applicants will be evaluated in the following areas:

    • · Experience using statistical techniques and various statistical software packages to retrieve, manipulate, and analyze large data sets.
    • · Ability to support research and analytical projects analyzing data using basic statistical techniques.
    • · Ability to effectively communicate information, both orally and in writing.
    Quality groupings will be used to rank and select qualified candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories (Outstanding, Excellent, or Qualified) depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Veteran's preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference eligibles in that category. 3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    Important information regarding Ethics and Conflicts of Interest: If you are currently employed by a national bank or a federal savings association, you will be recused from matters affecting your former employer once you join the OCC.  Also, OCC ethics standards generally prohibit employees, their spouses, and minor children from owning securities, such as stock, of banks or savings associations or their affiliates, such as bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies.  If you or your spouse or minor child own such securities, which you cannot readily divest, you should discuss these standards with the OCC recruiter, who can provide you contact information for an OCC ethics official. 
    • We will not pay relocation expenses.
    • This is a bargaining designated position.
    • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
    • Provide proof of education (transcripts) prior to the job offer; you will be required to submit official transcripts verifying your qualifications prior to a job offer being issued.
    • Complete a trial period, which is entire length of the intern program.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9.  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 all employers to verify the identity and 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 Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is an E-Verify participant.”
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.


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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.
    We provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.  Step 1 - Review the Job Announcement  Before you apply, we suggest you review the entire job announcement. Pay close attention to the Major Duties section and the How You Will Be Evaluated section where you will see the areas upon which your application will be evaluated and a link for previewing online questions.  Step 2 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS(  
    -We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. For more resume tips click here.
    - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.
    Step 3 - Apply Online  Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.  Step 4 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application  If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.
    Step 5 - Review and Confirm Your Submission  You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.
    Step 6 - Submit Required Documents  You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.
    Document Upload:  You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:
    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. or
    2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded.
    In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
    Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.
    E-Mail: Send your documents by E-mail to We can accept documents in the following formats: PDF or Word.


    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION  If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.  10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.
    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION   You are required to submit current transcripts for this initial phase of the application process. These may be unofficial transcripts; you will be required to submit official transcripts verifying your qualifications prior to a job offer being issued. Unofficial transcripts must be recent (within last six months), show your cumulative GPA, and indicate the courses you are currently enrolled in or letter of acceptance for enrollment. To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Accreditation. If you are qualifying based on Foreign Education, you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency, if you are selected.


    Lori Senft
    Phone: 202-649-6672
    Fax: 571-293-4278
    TDD: 202-649-6157
    Agency Information:
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
    Office of Human Resources
    400 7th Street, SW
    Mail Stop 5E-11
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 571-293-4278


    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We will also send you notification of your application status. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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