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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Program & Research), Pathways Resident Intern - NTE 1 year NYRO
Agency:  Securities and Exchange Commission
Job Announcement Number:  14-PW-1082492-SLK

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

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$35,119.00 to $51,135.00 / Per Year
Thursday, March 27, 2014 to Thursday, April 10, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE 1 year
1 vacancy in the following location:
New York, NY 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 be enrolled in a business school program.
Not Applicable


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for the best and brightest to join our team.  Our mission includes advocating for investors who seek to secure a future for their family, providing guidance and regulations for the nation’s securities industry in an increasingly global market, and taking action with an eye toward promoting the capital formation necessary to sustain economic growth.

A career with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) offers work that is exciting, challenging and rewarding.  You can contribute to securities regulation and enforcement while making a positive difference for the American investing public.  The SEC provides:


·         Careers that broaden and deepen your already accomplished knowledge, skills and abilities;

·         An environment that allows you to work and learn with the nation’s experts;

·         Compensation and career expansion opportunities; and

·         A balance between your professional and family life.


To find out more about the SEC, go to   


This vacancy is for a Pathways Resident Intern: Student Trainee (Program & Research) position located at the SEC's New York Regional Office.


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 at this office location in New York, NY.  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.


This position is in the excepted service.


You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.


Cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the entire internship appointment.


  • Not Required


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  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student.
  • 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 assistance and support to teams conducting examinations of self-regulatory organizations, broker-dealers and transfer agents.
  • Assists in the analysis and evaluation of current and/or required accounting procedures with respect to regulatory requirements.
  • Performs a variety of assignments designed to provide training, experience and technical competence in the methods, procedures, principles, theories, and techniques for the collection and analysis of program specific reports, as well as studies pertaining to an assigned area of SEC program emphasis.
  • Handles routine matters and refers inquiries to appropriate personnel based on knowledge of programs and functions, assignments, internal procedures and relationships.
  • Participates with professional staff in the development and analysis of research, documents and data required by managers.
  • Compiles and verifies a variety of statistical, financial and technical data needed for analysis and required reports.
  • May design and produce organizational and workflow charts using graphic design software, based on information provided by higher level employees.
  • Assists in planning and organizing actions necessary to accomplish short-and-long range program goals.
  • Assists in the initiation of appropriate required action.
  • Works closely with supervisor and other staff members to develop resolutions of problems/issues and makes basic recommendations.
  • Assists supervisor or staff members in the formulation of milestones, goals, target dates and requirements to analyze/evaluate various aspects of programs.
  • Assists in monitoring the status of work accomplished in comparison to established schedules.
  • Performs a broad range of duties using various computer software programs to perform such operations as updating, revising, sorting, calculating, and manipulating data in spreadsheets.
  • Resolves minor user problems associated with end user computing, use of SEC approved word processing, database and spreadsheet software programs.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


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


Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector.  Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.  It is available for your review in our office, in other federal agency personnel offices and on OPM’s website at


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.  Applicants who have graduated are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.

·         Cumulative GPA of 3.0 - must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA 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.


In order to qualify for this position at the grade 04 level you must meet the definition of a student, be enrolled in a business program, have taken at least 3 courses in accounting or finance, and possess at least 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.

You must submit a copy of your college transcripts.  See the Required Documents section for more information.

Important Notes:

1.    Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement.  Please read all the instructions carefully.  Failure to follow the instructions may result in you not being considered for this position.

2.    Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

3.    This position has promotion potential to the SK-04.

4.    TRIAL PERIOD:  This appointment may require completion of a one-year trial period.

5.    SECURITY CLEARANCE:  Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.  Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.

6.    PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS):  Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.

7.    DIRECT DEPOSIT:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

8.    This position is not in the collective bargaining unit.


Information for Veterans:  You may be eligible to receive preference in appointment.  For more information please visit:


Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees:  For information on how to apply through the Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP) see  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must meet the Well Qualified criteria of the rating scale for this position.
Disability Employment:  For information on disability appointments please visit:


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  Applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.


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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.  Other benefits may include a flexible work schedule.


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.


After successful Program completion you may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years).


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.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:  Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) are available to individuals who have special priority selection rights under this plan.  Individuals must be well-qualified for this position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified when receiving an adjudicated score of 80 or higher.  Federal employees seeking CTAP or ICTAP eligibility must submit proof of meeting the requirements of CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action notating current position, grade level, and duty location.  You are to annotate in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  Additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at:
Veterans' Preference:
  If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming in your application and submit the appropriate documentation, as specified below.


·         In order to verify your Veterans' Preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

·         In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower if a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed and dated Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.


Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See


Reasonable Accommodation Statement: 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  or call 202-551-4158.  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.


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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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package.


All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, Thursday, April 10, 2014 to be considered.


Please follow the instructions listed below for submitting the resume, Occupational Questionnaire and Required Documents.  Please read all instructions before you begin.  You are solely responsible for the delivery of your materials.  We cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, etc.

1.    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account.  Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2.    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

3.    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

4.    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.    Print the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1082492.

2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.    Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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.


You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

·         Required:  Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Online or 1203-FX)

·         Required:  Your resume showing relevant duties, when the duties were performed (MM/YY), and your work schedule.  Note: Resumes must NOT contain pictures.  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.

·         Required:  Proof of current student status.  You must submit proof of current student status to be considered for this position.  This can be in the form of current registration, an acceptance letter from the institute of higher education, a receipt of tuition payment, etc.

·         Required:  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.

·         Required, if applicable:  Veteran's Preference Documentation (your DD-214, Member Copy 4).  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:

·         Required, if applicable:  CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.)


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


Please do not contact the agency for status updates.  Your USAJOBS account will have your most up to date status.  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 “Track Your Online Application.”


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 before appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (e.g., degree, veterans’ documentation, certification of disability, etc.).

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