Job Overview


About the Agency

The Department of Labor (DOL) seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Positions are located in the DOL, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

This is a student internship appointment. The entire duration of the internship constitutes a trial period. Upon completion of the diploma, degree, or certificate, and successful completion of the internship program, appointees may become eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency's discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service; appointees must be U.S. Citizens to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service.

Appointees must sign a DOL Pathways Intern Program Participant Agreement.


Intern positions are located throughout the BLS. The incumbents will receive assignments of a developmental nature, which are designed to prepare them for higher-level work as an Economist. Typically, assignments will be designed to develop basic competencies in the collection, reporting, and evaluation of data. Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Performs advanced entry-level duties in support of methodological research and data analysis, assuring the quality and technical adequacy of data.

2. Summarizes from primary or secondary sources in tabular, chart, or narrative form. Selects and organizes materials and information from a variety of sources and prepares brief summaries of findings according to predefined instructions. Prepares preliminary interpretative reports or portions of reports following precise instructions.

3. Prepares routine correspondence in response to requests for readily identifiable data or other information

4. Applies a basic knowledge of computer capabilities and configurations. Completes routine aspects of research requiring the use of a computer. For special requests, researches data files and other sources for input in summary analyses.

5. Assists higher graded economists in the preparation of training material.

6. Assists in the development of procedures documentation.

7. Participate in activities to address Program development needs such as quality improvement or process monitoring initiatives.

Relocation Authorized

  • No