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    This is a Student Internship position under the Pathways Internship Program.  

    To qualify for this Internship, you MUST be a continuing student enrolled or accepted for enrollment for the current/upcoming semesters for the duration of the internship as a condition of employment, taking at least a half-time course load. You will be required to provide documentation to support eligibility. Students may be employed throughout the academic year. 

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    The Secretarial Intern Program (SIP) is designed to provide interns an opportunity to broaden their perspectives on issues facing government.  Interns will work throughout the Department of Transportation (DOT) and support higher-level management in coordinating, facilitating, and implementing activities within the office to which they are assigned; and be exposed to and participate in activities, innovations, and challenges facing the Transportation Industry. This program will begin June 14, 2021 and run through August, 20, 2021, at which time each Operating Administration (OA) will decide if they want to extend the internship if applicable. Temporary appointments (Intern NTE) can be made for an initial period not-to-exceed one year, and they may be extended in increments up to one year.

    These positions are located in the DOT headquarters (HQ) building, which is directly across the street from the Metro and blocks away from the Washington National’s Baseball stadium, or in the Federal Aviation Administration HQ building, also conveniently located next to the Metro.

    The Student Trainee works in support of the office they are assigned to which may include:

    • Performing a variety of assignments selected to broaden skills and provide practical experience aimed at developing the employee’s skills and knowledge to perform progressively complex assignments.
    • Assignments at this level are designed to orient, train, and increase the student’s knowledge in his/her perspective area of study.
    • Assisting specialists/analysts in developing material for briefings, reports, presentations and conference materials needed by supervisor and executive management.
    • Developing documents, such as research based papers, graphs, charts, and other data to be used by transportation officials in defining transportation challenges and recommending options and potential solutions.
    • Assisting management in collecting, organizing and maintaining program and/or functional documentation and materials.
    • Performing a variety of program support functions, such as inputting, assigning, maintaining, monitoring, or updating work status and records as well as administering and performing other support activities.
    • Participating in meetings, events, and briefings.
    • Preparing a variety of correspondence, memoranda, and information as requested.

    Ideal Candidate:  The Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking for Undergraduate and Graduate students with an interest in transportation, majoring in science, technology, human resources, administration, mathematics, business, economics, computer science/IT, cybersecurity and research based majors.  The DOT is seeking students who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and self-initiative. 

    The SIP integrates on-the-job training with pertinent education by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The individual series are listed below for your reference and information to include the link to the applicable qualification standard:

    GS-0199 – Social Science Student Trainee Series (e.g. Economist; Social Sciences or similar fields)

    GS-0299 – Human Resources Management Student Trainee Series (e.g. Human Resources; Equal Opportunity; Labor Relations; Government; Policy or similar fields)

    GS-0399 – Administration and Office Support Student Trainee Series (e.g. Human Resources; Management; Administration; Sciences; Research; Government; Policy or similar fields)

    GS-0599 – Financial Management Student Trainee Series (e.g. Finance; Budget; Auditing, Accounting; Pay or similar fields)

    GS-0899 – Engineering and Architectural Student Trainee Series (e.g. Civil; Chemical; General; Aerospace; Electrical Mechanical; Mechanical Corrosion; Metallurgical and Materials; Petroleum Engineering; or students with an interest in oil and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG))

    GS-1099 – Information and Arts Student Trainee Series (e.g. Graphic Arts, Public Affairs, Writing; Editing; Communications or similar fields)

    GS-1199 – Business and Industry Student Trainee Series (e.g. Business; Procurement; Contracting or similar fields)

    GS-1599 – Mathematics and Statistics Student Trainee Series (e.g. Statistics; Mathematics; Data Science, Database Management or similar fields)

    GS-2199 – Transportation Student Trainee Series (e.g. Transportation Safety, Transportation Specialist; Railroad Safety; Highway Safety; Traffic Management; Aviation or similar fields)

    GS-2299 – Information Technology Management Student Trainee Series (e.g. Information Technology; Computer Science; Cybersecurity or similar fields)


    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    12 - Depending on the internship selected for, the full promotion potential may go up to the GS-12.

  • Job family (Series)

    0099 General Student Trainee

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/596133600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.