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    USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service. Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

    The Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a variety of qualifying educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore career paths related to their academic fields of study or career interests. 

    Interns may work flexible schedules with supervisor approval.

    Interns seeking a degree in one of the following fields is preferred; Finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance, engineering, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations, statistics, or other fields related to the position, such as agriculture, agricultural economics, farm, livestock or ranch management, or rural sociology.

    Interns may be non-competitively converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days following successful completion of their education and work requirements in accordance with 5 CFR 362.204. Interns selected from this vacancy announcement may be eligible for conversion to a GS-1165-05/07/09 Loan Specialist career ladder position depending on qualifications and the Agency's need. 

    An agency is not required to convert any individual in a Pathways position to a position in the competitive service, whether upon completion of degree requirements or otherwise. Conversion to a competitive service position is not an entitlement.

    In addition to meeting the pathways requirements for conversion, an applicant converting to a Loan Specialist, GS-1165-05/07/09 is required to also meet the basic requirement for the GS-1165 series which is listed under the Qualifications Required section of the announcement. For more information on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard for the GS-1165 series click: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

    The applicant must also be a U.S. citizen upon conversion.

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    Position is that of a Student Trainee. This position would be of particular interest to students in fields such as finance, business administration, economics, accounting, insurance, mathematics, banking and credit, law, real estate operations, statistics, or other fields related to the position.

    Trainees carry out increasingly complex responsibilities to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform a full range of assignments related to Rural Development programs and the role of Loan Specialist.  Work schedule is flexible and can be negotiated to accommodate the Trainee’s school obligations.

    The Student Trainee will perform a variety of duties and activities related to Rural Development's loan and grant programs in Multi-Family Housing, Community Programs, Business Programs, or Single-Family Housing.  Typical duties may include:

      • Maintaining electronic and manual files; collecting, gathering, and compiling data; operating automated systems
      •  Receiving visitors and answering telephone inquiries
      • Assisting with or attending community outreach events
      • Assisting with preparation of loan processing, servicing and closing documents; providing information to borrowers and applicants on loan/grant programs, eligibility and funding
      • Assisting with review of loan applications for completeness and conformance with agency regulations

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 1-5 Days

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Currently enrolled students or students accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507496000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.