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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Intern)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FDA-IN-14-1067187-SD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$17,803.00 to $44,176.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 14, 2014 to Friday, March 21, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE * See below
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Baltimore, MD View Map
Bethesda, MD View Map
College Park, MD View Map
Laurel, MD View Map
Rockville, MD View Map
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Student/Internship Program Eligibles


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.

The Food and Drug Administration is the premier scientific regulatory agency responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable, as well as publishing accurate, science-based information the public needs in order to use medicines and foods to improve their health.   

Who May Apply: Current students. (See below for eligibility) 

Student Intern Program:   This position is being filled under the Pathways – Internship Program which provide opportunities for high school, vocational and technical, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to gain work experience while pursuing their education.     

Position Duration/Expectation:    Internship - The FDA is seeking qualified students to participate in the 2014 Pathways Internship Program.  These temporary appointments are expected to begin in May 2014, not-to exceed 09/30/2014.  Appointments may be extended.  Appointment is based on continued need/funds for the position and the student's continued compliance in the Pathways Internship Program.  After successful completion of the Program, you may be noncompetitively converted to a term (not-to-exceed 1-4 years) or permanent appointment in the Competitive Service.   
Work Schedule:   Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules. Part-time hours may be 16-32 hours per week.  Tour of duty will be established so that it does not interfere with the academic schedule during the school year.
This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations/centers within the specified geographical area with the Food and Drug Administration.  This announcement is used to gather a pool of candidates.  Qualified candidates will be referred for consideration as vacancies arise. 
The salary listed in the vacancy announcement is at the base level.  The geographical locality pay will be determined at the time of selection.  


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident.
  • Background investigation required.
  • Online Application under the Job Opportunity Announcement.
  • Verification of student status in a qualifying academic institution.
  • Verification of education earned through a qualifying academic institution.
  • Verification of veteran's preference, if claimed.


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The Pathways Program offers clear paths to Federal careers for students from high school through post graduate school through three paths: the Internship Program, the Recent Graduates Program, and the Presidential Management Fellows Program. The Pathways Internship Program offers opportunity to start a career in scientific, professional, technical, and administrative positions that support the mission of the Food and Drug Administration.

As a Student Trainee in the Pathway's Internship Program, you will be engaged in administrative, technical, or scientific work that engages you in the regulatory and scientific mandate of the Food and Drug Administration while illustrating the ways in which your pursuit of education in various academic disciplines can contribute to protecting the public health of the nation. Assignments will vary based on your level of education, academic discipline, and FDA Center or Office to which assigned. Assignments may include:

  • Data collection, analysis, review, and summarization of information on requests, evaluations, and regulatory actions.
  • Development of charts, graphs, and tables to inform or guide affected staff or representatives of regulated industries of applications, issues raised, decision points, and outcomes of requests or required actions.
  • Research a range of information from a variety of sources to prepare documents, analyses, presentation points, or other support information for action or decision by specialists or scientists.
  • Preparation of correspondence, form content, and/or reports to support specific actions, report of progress on projects, milestones of accomplishments, and results or achievements.
  • Draft and edit routine official documents such as notices of availability, meeting notices and simple product approvals.

Positions filled under this vacancy announcement may be in any of the following occupation series:

·         GS-0099 General Student Trainee:  Positions in this group provides technical and clerical assistance to positions which the primary duties are analytical, operational, or evaluative work in support of the development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards, training, and methods for identifying and protecting information, personnel, property, facilities, operations, or material from unauthorized disclosure, misuse, theft, assault, vandalism, espionage, sabotage, or loss.

·         GS-0199 Social Science: Positions in this group provides technical or clerical assistance in research or other professional and scientific work or in the administration of public welfare and insurance programs. 

·         GS-0299 Personnel Management: This group includes positions that administer or deliver human resources management products or services.

·         GS-0399 Administrative and Office Support: Positions in this group includes provides support and other work of a general clerical and administrative nature. 

·         GS-0499 Biological Science: Positions in this group assists with the technical or clerical aspect of research or other professional and/or scientific work in the area of biological science.

·         GS-0599 Financial Management: Positions in this group perform technical, or related clerical work in the area of accounting, budget administration, related financial management, or similar nature.

·         GS-699 Medical and Health: Positions in this group provides technical or clerical assistance in the area of research or scientific work in the medical and health field.

·         GS-0899 Engineering and Architecture: Positions in this group provides technical and clerical assistance in the field of engineering or architectural projects, facilities, structures, systems, processes, equipment, devices, material or methods.  

·         GS-1399 Physical Science: Positions in this group provides technical or clerical assistance in research or other professional and scientific work in the fields of physical science.

·         GS-1599 Management and Statistics: Positions in this group provides technical and clerical assistance in the area of mathematics, including methods, theory, analysis, and principles.

·         GS-1799 Education: This group includes positions that involve performing, or supporting education or training work when the paramount requirement of the position is knowledge of, or skill in, education, training, or instruction processes. 


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To qualify for Student Trainee positions under the Pathways Internship Program, you must meet the eligibility criteria for a student and the qualification requirement corresponding to the grade level at which you wish to be considered.

To be a STUDENT you must be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, as a degree seeking student; be undertaking a two-year or four-year program at least half-time in an accredited educational, vocational, or technical institution; maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.8; and be pursuing any of the following academic degrees:

  • High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Vocational/Technical Certificate (two-year program)
  • Associate's Degree 
  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • Graduate Degree (Master's program)
  • Professional Degree (Doctoral program)

Verification of student status and education level must be submitted as supporting documentation to your application or your application will be considered incomplete. If an official transcript is not available at the time of application a copy is acceptable; however, if selected, individual must provide an official transcript (either hard copy or electronically from the school) prior to job offers.

·       For the GS-1 grade level, enrollment in a high school diploma or GED program.

·       For the GS-2 grade level, completion of High School diploma or equivalent.

·       For the GS-3 grade level, completion of one full academic year of post-high school study.

·       For the GS-4 grade level, completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree at an accredited college or university.

·       For the GS-5 grade level, completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree at an accredited college or university.

·       For the GS-7 grade level, completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or, eligibility under Superior Academic Achievement after completing a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university (Superior academic achievement is based on: Class standing in upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision; GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; GPA of 3.5 or higher based on the average of all 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; or Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society that meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies (except for freshman honor societies)

View Assessment questions to review the full detail of qualifications with suggested target positions for each occupational area, to identify the occupational area associated with your academic major, and to facilitate your completion of the assessment questionnaire.

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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:


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

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required. 

6. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No 

7. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes or No (depends on targeted position) 

8. Drug Screening Required: No 

9. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No  

10. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No 

11. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No 

12. 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 veterans' preference requirements. 

The information you provide may be verified by a review of work experience and/or 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


PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION: Program participants may be non-competitively converted to a career-conditional, career, or term position but there is no requirement to do so.  If not converted at the completion of the academic program, the appointment ends, and the Intern is terminated. 

To be eligible for conversion, the Intern must: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which he or she will be converted
  • Have completed academic study from a qualifying institution
  • Have completed a minimum of 640 hours of work experience while in the Internship program;  Up to 320 hours may be credited from other qualifying federal Internships or non-federal work experience toward the 640 hours
  • Receive a favorable recommendation by an official of the Agency 

More information on the Pathways Programs for students and recent graduates can be found at: http://www.opm/gov/HiringReform/Pathways 

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 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 


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Note:  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 1067187.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot apply online:

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


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

  1. 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.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other Documents:

·    Copies of your current college transcripts.   "Unofficial" transcripts are acceptable.   (Prior to appointment an official college transcript will be required).  

·    Proof of Fall 2013 enrollment or Letter from your educational institution that reflects 1) the degree/diploma program in which you are enrolled; (2) you are enrolled on at least a half-time basis, and 3) your anticipated graduation date.

·   Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 - member 4 copy or other copies that indicate character of discharge or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter as appropriate).

For Sample letter:

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 21, 2014.


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. 

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Baltimore, MD View Map
Bethesda, MD View Map
College Park, MD View Map
Laurel, MD View Map
Rockville, MD View Map
Silver Spring, MD View Map

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