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Job Title:  Economist Student Trainee, ZA-0199-II
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Bureau of Economic Analysis
Job Announcement Number:  BEA-2014-0010

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,631.00 to $74,654.00 / Per Year
Saturday, May 03, 2014 to Monday, May 12, 2014
Excepted Service - Full Time/Part Time
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
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Students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a accredited/qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis.
Not Applicable


About the Agency

This vacancy is for a Student Trainee (Economics) at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, located in Washington, D.C. The Pathways Internship Program (IP) 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). Internships can be seasonal (spring, summer, fall) or year-round. At the successful conclusion of this program, you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a ZP (0110) Economist. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

It is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the agency will decide to opt for conversion


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Applications will be accepted from only United States citizens.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Applicants must be able to work 640 hours prior to completion of degree.
  • Must sign a Pathways Agreement.
  • Must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the internship.


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The individual selected for this position will work in the Office of Chief Statistican and perform the following duties:

Conduct economic analysis and estimation, data collection, research on new data sources and methodologies, improve estimation techniques, and create and improve work-related documentation.  Analyze findingd and prepare reports describing results.  Conduct statistical research.


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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Must be a student currently enrolled in college pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. Certificate programs must be one academic year in duration. 

GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the Minimum Qualification Requirements above, applicants must have the education listed below.

To qualify for GS-7 (or Band II equivalent):  Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.

You must submit a copy of your transcripts prior to the closing of this announcement.  In addition to submitting your transcripts, you may also submit enrollment verification documentation if your transcripts does not properly document current enrollment. FAILURE IN DOING SO WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION.


Must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the internship.

  1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


  2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  You must submit a copy of your transcripts prior to the closing of this announcement. If degree is required for the position, your transcripts must include the degree conferred date. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:



We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your transcripts, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as a part of the application and place you in one of three predefined categories. These categories are "gold", "silver" and "bronze". However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
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Interns and their supervisors must sign Pathways Participant Agreements setting forth expectations for the internships. To find additional information regarding the Pathways Internship Program please visit the following website:
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.
To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and place your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk immediately within an hour of your system issue by e-mail at or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.


You may provide supplemental documents at any time during the open period of a vacancy announcement. Please follow the instructions provided in the Documents section of the application process for uploading electronic documents and/or for faxing documents. Veterans, disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and other applicants eligible for noncompetitive appointment under special appointing authorities, must indicate eligibility in this application and be prepared to submit proof of eligibility upon request.
*Transcripts: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. If degree is required for the position, your transcripts must include the degree conferred date.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.
*Veterans' Preference documentation: If applicable, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 OR Armed Forces certification letter specifying discharge or release from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed, VA letter, SF-15 (revised December 2004 or later), etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:


Pathways Office
Phone: 301-763-4910
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2K038D
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed.  You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and placing your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Applicant Status.”

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 prior to appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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