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This vacancy announcement will be open from 03/17/2017 to 03/23/2017. Only the first 100 applicants will be considered. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of "student" in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student’s academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules.

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship 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.
Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.


The position is located in the Office of the Chief Economist (E/OCE), which reports to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. The incumbent will assist senior Economists with issues pertaining to economic, strategic, and security concerns attached to geo-economic issues.

Duties may include analysis of economic policies; monitoring of international financial, energy, and resources markets; performing research in the formulation of economic policy; and various administrative duties as required.

The incumbent in a development capacity:

  • Performs economic research and analysis for the Bureau/Office development studies.
  • Performs assignments in the methods, procedures, principles, theories, and techniques for the collection, analysis, and preparation of economic reports and studies.
  • Performs other assignments/special projects for superiors, as requested.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No