Federal Trade Commission Student Trainee (Office Automation) - Pathways Intern Program (Summer) in Washington, District Of Columbia

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This position is being filled under the FTC Partnership in Education Program (PIE Program). The PIE Program is designed to attract rising high school seniors. The Student Trainees will receive opportunities for learning in a professional work environment that focuses on FTC career-related fields such as human resources management, investigating, accounting, law enforcement, law, information technology, and economics. The vision of success is to improve high school students' performance and graduation rates, raise student ambition through exposure to new experiences, and provide an opportunity to put academics in a practical context. The Student Trainees will receive mentoring throughout the PIE Program, opportunities for career development, and perform a wide variety of special projects and administrative assignments within the FTC to support the Agency's mission. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL CLOSE UPON RECEIPT OF THE 250th APPLICATION -- OR -- THE CLOSING DATE, FRIDAY MAY 25, 2018.

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As a Student Trainee with the FTC, you will assist higher-level staff with various administrative duties and support the offices within the FTC. As a Student Trainee, you will perform the following duties that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining office records and filing material.

  • Assisting higher-level staff with developing documents using a variety of office automation applications.

  • Providing callers and visitors with general information.

  • Processing and distributing mail to appropriate individuals.

  • Receiving incoming calls and visitors.

  • Assisting with customer service and best practices initiatives.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…
  • Current High School students.

  • High School graduates seeking a degree in an accredited institution on a full or half-time basis as defined by the institution to which they are applying.

  • College students enrolled or seeking a degree in an accredited institution on a full or half-time basis as defined by the institution in which they are enrolled.

  • Ability to work a full-time work schedule from June 25, 2018, through August 24, 2018.

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Conditions of Employment
  • Recent transcripts or school verification and report card.
  • This position requires U.S citizenship.
  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Enrolled at least half-time at qualifying educational institution.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. Certificate programs are defined as post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

In addition, High School students must provide their most recent report card to verify GPA of 2.0 or greater.

If selected, official transcripts/school verification form and report card must be submitted prior to establishing a start date.

Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply.

Must maintain student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the internship.

All applications must be received on-line via www.usajobs.gov.


To qualify, you must meet the qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

To qualify at the GS-1: You must be enrolled in a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) program.

Additional information

Financial Suitability - It is the policy of the government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within the Federal Trade Commission. You must meet Time In Grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

EEO Statement

The FTC does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Appointment subject to satisfactory completion of a background investigation.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.

Qualified applicants eligible for veteran's preference will be referred and considered ahead of non-veterans. Veterans' Preference: Preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the referral list. XP and TP preference eligibles are placed above non-preference eligibles. For more information on entitlement go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

You must maintain good academic standing, as defined by your school, generally at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for undergraduate programs (cumulative; no rounding) and a 3.0 GPA for advanced degree programs.

Applicants must provide documented proof of student status. Documentation may be a photocopy of a school verification form, transcript, official documentation of registration, tuition bill, or if a new student, a copy of the acceptance letter from the college or university. If selected, an official copy will be required prior to appointment.

If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

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Required Documents

To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not*apply to you.*


** Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

** Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

** Statement that you are a U.S. citizen

** Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).

**Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)

**SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)

** Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position. For each period of Work experience include:

**Job title

**Series/grade (if Federal employment)

**Duties and accomplishments

**Employer's name and address

**Supervisor's name and contact information

**Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)

**Number of hours worked per week


**Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

**Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)

**Certificates/licenses (current).

**Honors, awards, and special accomplishments

**A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)

**Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Information on Displaced Federal Employees and Special Hiring Authorities can be found by clicking Additional Information.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.

If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us. Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2013 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation: 1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below). 2. Your responses to the eligibility questions. 3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions. 4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at www.usajobs.opm.gov and have at least one resume associated with your account. Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2: After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions. The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through USAJOBS and the answers to the FT-SEE questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions. Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted. If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.

NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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Agency contact information
Ashton Bundy







Federal Trade Commission 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Room 723 Washington, District of Columbia United States

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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499555200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/15/2018 to 05/25/2018

Salary: $11.54 to $14.44 per hour

Pay scale & grade: GS 01

Work schedule: Full-Time - Excepted Service - Pathways Internship

Appointment type: Internships - Temporary Appointment - Not to Exceed 09/01/2018