Student Trainee (Contracting)
Department of Defense - Hazelwood, MO

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The Defense Contract Management Agency is a rich resource of indispensable partners who contribute to and benefit from integrated missions and programs. We are an independent combat support agency within the Department of Defense (DoD). We are the Department's contract manager, responsible for ensuring Federal acquisition programs, supplies, and services are delivered on time, within cost and meet performance requirements.

About the Position:
DCMA PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: The DCMA Pathways Internship Program is a streamlined program which replaces the Student Education Employment Program (SEEP), i.e., the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (high school, home-school programs, vocational and technical, undergraduate and graduate) with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. This Program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful developmental work at the beginning of their careers, before their career paths are fully established. The flexible nature of the Program also accommodates the need to hire students to complete temporary work or projects, perform labor-intensive tasks not requiring subject matter expertise, or to work traditional "summer jobs."

Work Schedule : Minimum of 16 hours per week with an average of 24 hours per week, Monday - Friday (Flexible hours and days depending on students class schedule). May be full-time on an as needed basis.

Moving Expenses will not be paid
Incentive will not be authorized
Business Travel required 10% of the time .

Who May Apply:
All U.S. Citizens in the (Ridley Park, PA) local commuting area accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility. See the "How to Apply" section for details.


NOTE: You must maintain student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the internship. If you cannot, you are ineligible for this program. Please review the "REQUIREMENTS" section of this vacancy announcement to ensure you qualify for this internship.

NOTE: Upon successful completion of the internship and qualifying education, you may be converted to Career or Career-Conditional Appointment. However, there is no guarantee for conversion. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
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Must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled at an Accredited School
Must reside in local commuting area of vacancy; moving expenses not paid DUTIES:

Major Duties:
Participates as a Pathways Intern in a formalized cooperative education-training program while receiving on-the-job experience. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Applicants must meet the OPM Qualification Requirements for a Pathways Internship Position.

GS-04 - Completion of two (2) academic years of post high school or associate's degree

Your application must show that all requirements for this position are met.

The required education must lead to a bachelor's degree with specialization in or directly related to the Engineering field in which the student trainees will receive training on the job. The degree of specialization in this field must satisfy on graduation the specific educational requirements in the qualification standard for the corresponding positions.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume and provide a copy of your evaluation report with your application documents.

Other Requirements:
Resumes are rated using Category Rating procedures. If you meet the minimum qualification requirements, based on your possession of job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities your resume will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
This is a Defense Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce position. Selectees must meet position requirements for certification at Level II within 24 months of entrance on duty.
Must possess and maintain a valid stateside driver's license.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
Personnel security investigation required.
If selected, official college or university transcript must be submitted.

PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION: The agency has the option to convert Interns to term or permanent positions if the Intern meets the requirements of the program. This is not automatic. It is at the discretion of the employing office.

Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years).

To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program.

Complete their degree or certificate requirements.

Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted.

Meet agency-specific requirements as specific in the Participant's Agreement, and

Perform their job successfully.

Agencies may waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance.

In addition, students working in agencies through third-party intern providers may count up to 320 of the hours they work toward the 640 hour requirement.

Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work experience hours. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.

The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job. Click here for more information. OTHER INFORMATION:
Tour of Duty: Part Time/Full Time
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Bargaining Unit: Yes

Emergency Essential Position: No

The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

May require overtime work.

Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

This position is a temporary position and may be extended in one year increments up to a maximum of two years.
Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs will not be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.
Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.
Temporary Duty (TDY) travel is approximately 10 percent.

Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 90 days beyond the closing date of this announcement.

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