Student Trainee (Contract Specialist) Internship
Executive Office Of The President - Washington, DC

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The Pathways Internship Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (ranging from high school to graduate school) 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 development work at the beginning of their career, before their careers paths are fully established.

This position is located in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, Office the Chief Financial Officer, Procurement and Contract Management Division. The Procurement and Contract Management Division provides timely procurement of supplies, services, information technology, and telecommunication services for the best value to the Executive Office of the President components, while maintaining the public’s trust by spending taxpayers’ dollars wisely, and meeting public policy objectives.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. citizen or national

Be at least 18 years of age and obtain a favorable security determination

Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

You must meet full or half-time student enrollment requirement

You must submit a transcript or proof of enrollment with your application

DUTIES:
The EOP Pathway's Program Intern will be in a training environment until the completion of his/her educational requirements are met. He/she will receive training and perform developmental assignments designed to increase knowledge, abilities and skills as a contracting professional. Developmental assignments may include: reviewing requisitions to determine that proper specifications/purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; conducting market research, drafting request for quotes/request for proposals, evaluating quotes for compliance with specifications/purchase descriptions and applicable clauses; drafting award documentation and contract award; administering already negotiated contracts; assisting in monitoring progress of contractor's performance and contract closeout. Participate with higher level contract specialists in procurements using simplified acquisition and negotiated procedures. Provide accurate and timely reporting to procurement databases and systems in support of procurement tracking and reporting requirements, including the Federal Procurement Data System.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Examples of specialized experience are:

For the GS-07

  • Knowledge of basic procurement procedures and techniques
  • Knowledge of business practices and market conditions to evaluate quote/proposal requests
  • Ability to present factual information in writing such as memorandums, minutes, and draft contracts.
For the GS-09

  • Knowledge of basic procurement procedures and techniques
  • Ability to solicit quotes and proposals for a variety of supplies and services
  • Ability to present factual information in writing such as memorandums, minutes, and draft contracts.
  • OR-
EDUCATION SUBSTITUTE: Education must demonstrate the applicant obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

For the GS-07

Successfully completed 4 academic years of study for a bachelor’s degree and accepted into a master’s program or have eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement provision after completing a bachelor’s degree. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met.

For the GS-09

Successfully completed one academic year of master’s level education or acceptance into a doctoral program

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society - membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

Please see "Qualifications Required" for requirements of the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Candidates will be assessed either based solely on basic eligibility requirements or may include a qualitative rating of candidates. EOP Pathway's candidates will need to meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Veteran's preferance applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR. Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements need not be further evaluated; however, if no further evaluation is done, qualified veterans have absolute preference. If candidates are further evaluated using EOP's category rating rocess, qualified veterans have absolute preference within the appropriate category. Once the application process is completed in its entirety all qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration with the possibility of an interview.

BENEFITS:
The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/508/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement. Interns can work full-time or may work a flexible part-time work schedule during the school year (based on agency needs) while continuing their education.

You will be in a trial period throughout your entire Pathways Internship appointment. If selected by management, you are required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

This is an Excepted Service appointment. As a part of the Pathways Internship Program, the appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed.

CONVERSION: Interns may be converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days following successful completion of all of their educational and work experience requirements. Prior to the noncompetitive conversion, the following conditions must be met:

  • Completion of their degree or certificate requirements
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the intern will be converted
  • Meet agency specific requirements as specified in the Participant Agreement and
  • Peform on the job successfully.
Interns converted at the same grade as their final Intern grade need not meet any length of experience requirements for that grade.

An agency may waive up to one-half (320 hours) of the 640-hour minimum service requirement for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance.

Career Transition Program: The provisions of the Reemployment Priority List (RPL), Career Transition Assistance (CTAP) Program and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) do not apply to the initial appointment or conversions of Pathways Programs participants to the competitive service.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: http://www.usajobs.gov/raps

Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

Direct Deposit is required

Relocation will not be authorized