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Job Title:  Research Fellow (Information Technology) - Fellowship Program (Summer)
Agency:  Federal Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  OTC-2014-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$14.74 to $21.44 / Per Hour
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to Friday, May 02, 2014
Excepted Service - Summer - Temporary Appointment
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  • Current college students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a graduate or undergraduate program, having at least a half-time course load at an accredited institution of higher education.
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About the Agency

The Technology and Data Governance Research Fellowship Program is a 10-week program designed to give students (graduate and undergraduate) hands on experience with work relevant to the FTC by assisting with real-work exploratory projects.  Additionally, the FTC seeks to use this program to broaden its ability to understand and respond to current topics in technology.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Recent transcripts
  • Enrolled at least half-time at qualifying educational institution
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid


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As a Summer Research Fellow, you will assist in research experiments as assigned, including the design of experiments, data collection, data analysis, writing reports and presenting results.  Experiments may cover any area of technology or data related to the FTC, including but not limited to, mobile phones, web browsing, advertising, data security, financial products and services, and fraud.


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To qualify, you must meet the qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 

To qualify for this position at the GS-04 level, you must possess the following:

  • Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree.
To qualify for this position at the GS-05 level, you must possess the following:
  • Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.  If graduation from an undergraduate program is expected by Spring 2014, applicants must be accepted for enrollment to a graduate program and able to provide verification of this acceptance.  
In addition, applicants who have an interest in government, technology, and/or computer science and strong written and oral communication skills are highly desired.


Fellowship Program Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled or accepted as a degree-seeking student.
  • Must be enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment in an accredited school.
  • Must be taking at least half-time academic course load.
To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled at least a half-time basis 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. Certificate programs are defined as post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

Must maintain student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the fellowship.  If graduation from an undergraduate program is expected by Spring 2014, must be accepted for enrollment to a graduate program and able to provide verification of this acceptance.  

Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply.

Unofficial transcripts will be accepted as part of your application package, however, if selected official transcripts must be submitted prior to establishing a start date.

All applications must be received on-line via


Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.

Qualified applicants eligible for veteran's preference will be referred and considered ahead of non-veterans. Veterans' Preference:   Preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the referral list. XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles. For more information on entitlement go to:

You must maintain good academic standing, as defined by your school, generally at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for undergraduate programs (cumulative; no rounding) and a 3.0 GPA for advanced degree programs.

You must submit with your application a current academic transcript and/or other official documentation from your academic institution demonstrating your eligibility for appointment.

You must maintain student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the internship. If you cannot, you are ineligible for this program. Please review the "QUALIFICATION REQUIRED" section of this vacancy announcement to ensure that you qualify for this internship.

In addition, the following documents are required:

  • Cover Letter: Essay should be between 300-500 words in length explaining how this fellowship will complement your academic experience/goals.
  • Current Resume
  • Two letters of Recommendation 

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You can review our benefits at:

  • Fellows are paid a competitive salary and are expected to cover their own housing costs.  Housing expenses are not provided.
  • Daily transportation to and from work is not provided.  Students are encouraged to find housing with close proximity to public transportation.
  • Round trip airfare to and from school/home (or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government issued airline ticket) will be offered.


  • The Research Fellowship program for Summer 2014 will last 10 weeks.  Selectees are expected to begin work in June and finish in August.
  • Fellows should expect to work a full day, Monday through Friday.
  • Applications, including all supporting documentation, must be received by midnight on the closing date of the announcements.
Click here for Additional Information, information for Displaced Federal Employees, and information on Special Hiring Authorities.

EEO Statement

The FTC does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Appointment subject to satisfactory completion of a background investigation. 


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Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.

If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us. Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:
1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1:  To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account.  Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2:  After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions.  The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through  USAJOBS and the answers to the
FT-SEE questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions.  Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted.  If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.

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


To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation.  Some of the items listed may not apply to you.


__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position
__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen
__ Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
__ Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)
__ SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)
__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of Work experience include:
___Job title
___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
___Duties and accomplishments
___Employer's name and address
___Supervisor's name and contact information
___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
___Number of hours worked per week
___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer
___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
___Certificates/licenses (current).  
___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)
___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.


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Phone: 202-326-2021
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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