Student Trainee (Archival Science) Internship
National Archives and Records Administration - Lenexa, KS

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As a student Intern you will be working throughout the school year in our Lenexa, KS facility performing reference service, accessioning, and disposition with Federal records. Work is performed in a warehouse setting and my include exposure to heat, cold, and dust.
Whether you are new to the Federal Government or an experienced professional seeking a career change, you can make history at the National Archives. Our dedicated staff works across a variety of career fields to safeguard the records of the Federal Government - more than 10 billion of them.

Visit our Employee Gallery at to see the kinds of dynamic projects our staff are undertaking. If you want a career where you can see the difference your work makes, then join the National Archives!

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Who May Apply: Student Program Eligibles

Student Intern Program: This position is being filled under the new Pathways - Internship Program which provide opportunities for high school, vocational and technical, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to be exposed to the work of the Federal government.

Student Definition: Students must be 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 you are enrolled) throughout the duration of the appointment, including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842.

Position Duration/Expectation: Positions will be temporary not-to-exceed 1 year. May be extended in up to 1 year increments based on continued need/funds for the position and the student's continued compliance in the Intern Program. Completion of this Internship will not lead to permanent or term employment with NARA. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship
Must be at least 16 Years of Age
Background Investigation or Security Clearance
Relocation Expenses Will Not Be Paid
More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 90 days

Physical Ability Test required DUTIES:
Typical duties include:
  • Providing reference service by searching for, re-filing, or inter-filing records in simple or self-indexing filing systems. Correct locations are provided, specific information is requested, locations are concentrated and alternate actions are not routinely required. As instructed, searches for information in designated portions of the records, searching for specific, readily available information in answer to requests of a recurring nature. Obtaining specific records for the use of higher grade employees, or for the use of others requesting the service, assists in the surveillance of records while in research use to see that they are being used properly, and returns them to the appropriate storage areas.
  • P erforming duties related to office administration or reception functions. Such duties include records/case assembly, data entry, and records copying. Operating a photocopier in producing copies from originals; assembles, staples, and distributes completed photocopy work as directed. Affixing seals on copies as required. Answering the section telephone, as required. D ocumenting requests for records or information, posting requests to control logs and/or relaying messages to section and/or unit personnel. Entering data in prescribed format into case management system or other tracking log. Typing a variety of correspondence, forms and other materials from handwritten drafts and/or verbal instructions. Sorting and distributing incoming mail and priority work.
  • Greeting visitors, answering phones and directing calls to the appropriate staff person, as necessary.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of reference as appropriate. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position following acceptance.

Basic Qualifications: You must be a student 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).

For GS-3 : Six months of general experience in a progressively responsible clerical, office or other work, or one year of college education in any field, or a combination of experience and college education to meet the total requirements for this position.

Education may be substituted for experience. GS-3 - One year of education above the high school level.

Please refer to the Office of Personnel Management’s, Operating Manual: Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions for further information

Once you complete and submit your application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the job. Qualified students will be referred to the hiring manager in unranked order by veteran preference status: (1) Preference eligibles having a compensable, service-connected disability of 10 percent or more; (2) all other candidates eligible for 10-point veteran preference; (3) candidates eligible for 5-point veteran preference; and (4) candidates not eligible for veteran preference.

To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your response(s) to the occupational questionnaire. Your resume must specifically and clearly show your possession of the required specialized experience and your possession of the required competencies . We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position.

NOTE: If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or responses are not supported by your resume or transcript, your eligibility will be adjusted. Please follow all instructions carefully.

The first part of the interview process for this position requires candidates to pass a physical ability test designed to measure candidates' ability to perform the physical requirements of the job. The test requires carrying 30-pounds boxes like those found on the job. It also requires bending, squatting, and walking to reach the boxes in addition to climbing and balancing on a pulpit ladder up to 15 feet high.

Student Interns are eligible to earn annual and sick leave under 5 CFR §213.3202(a)(13)(i) and 213.3202(b)(16)(i). For more information visit the following websites: or .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies


Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Schedules: Work schedules may vary, Part time hours may be 16-32 hours per week. Full-time hours may be up to 40 hrs per week


Participant Agreement: All students must complete a written Participant Agreement with National Archives that clearly identifies expectations of the appointment such as duties, work schedule, length of appointment, etc.

Conversion to the competitive service: Subject to any limits on conversion imposed by the Office of Personnel Management, and in accordance with the provisions of the Student Internship program, NARA may noncompetitively convert an eligible student to a term or permanent competitive service position.

VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011: If you are an active duty service member of the armed forces, Public Law 112-56, ensures that certain individuals do not lose the opportunity to be considered for Federal service (and awarded their veterans’ preference entitlements if applicable) despite not having a DD form 214 to submit along with the application package (resume). Service members must submit with their application a certification from the armed forces that certifies that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. For more information on VOW, see Veteran’s Information page - .

Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other proof of eligibility ( The member 4 copy of your DD-214, or other copies that indicate character of discharge is preferable ). If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see Veteran’s Information Page, USAJOBS - Veterans .

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