- Must be at least 16 years of age.
- Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a Technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school, at a qualifying educational institution on a half-time or full-time basis.
- Must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 2.5 or better AND with no grades below a C (must provide transcript and proof of enrollment/acceptance letter)
- Must maintain enrollment/continue education throughout the duration of employment under the Pathways Program.
In addition to meeting the Basic Qualifications stated above, you must also meet the minimum qualifications for the appropriate grade level.
To qualify for the GS-4 level, you must have at least one (1) full year of general experience; or completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school education or an associates degree (one year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in a college or university; or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial or technical school); or a combination of both general experience and education.
General experience is defined as progressively responsible administrative office work that indicates the ability to perform the duties of General Administrative and Office Services Intern. Examples of general experience include: filing materials in alphabetical or chronological order; operating a copier machine; collaging and stapling materials; producing a variety of written documents utilizing various word processing software functions; securing information from files and related sources.
To qualify for the GS-5 level, you must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level; or completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree; or a combination of both specialized experience and education.
Specialized experience is defined as progressively responsible office support work that indicates the ability to perform the duties of a General Administrative and Office Services Intern. Examples of specialized experience include: reviewing documents for accuracy and completeness; typing and formatting correspondence and forms; obtaining information from files or general reference sources; taking messages and scheduling appointments; performing routine administrative functions.
You must meet all basic and minimum qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. If you are using foreign education, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for foreign education (failure to provide this information will nullify your application).
You must provide an UNOFFICIAL copy of your transcript with your application to verify enrollment as well as meeting GPA and grade requirements. Failure to provide a copy of your transcript will completely nullify your application.
*NOTE: if selected for this position you must provide your OFFICIAL transcript prior to appointment.
If selected for this position:
- you must complete and sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
- on a semester/quarterly basis you must provide the OIG Pathways Program Officer with a copy of your transcript verifying meeting continuous enrollment, GPA and grade requirements.
- you must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better and receive a grade no less than a C for the duration of this internship (failure to meet this requirement will result in immediate termination).
- Must be able to work at least 20 hours per work week during the school year.
Upon successful completion of Pathways Internship program requirements, 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:
- successfully complete an academic course of study as evidenced by a qualifying degree;
- complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience under the Pathways Program;
- meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the intern is being converted;
- maintain acceptable performance under the Agency's approved performance management system;
- and receive a favorable recommendation for conversion from supervisor.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three grouping categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within each of these groupings, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. All CP/CPS preference eligibles that meet minimum qualification and eligibility requirements will be included in the "Best Qualified" grouping.
Definition of Category Groupings:
Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
Highly Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates satisfactory level of all evaluation criteria.
Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications with general knowledge, skills and abilities.
If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.
In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualified category as defined by category rating procedures.