Student Trainee (Program Analyst) Intern
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Washington, DC

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 801112 (Please include on all documents)

Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the

battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring

the men and women who are America's Veterans.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Who May Apply:
This position is a Pathways Internship open to all current students who have been accepted for enrollment or are enrolled in an accredited institution and currently pursuing a qualifying educational degree.

T his position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Policy and Planning. This Pathways Internship is an entry-level developmental position designed to provide training and practical experience with policy development.and research.

Duty Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

This position is without time limits providing the student remains a student. Upon graduation, this position is eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation

Must submit a transcript or proof of enrollment with your application

Must be pursing at least a full-time or half-time course load

DUTIES:
Major Duties Include:
•Provides assistance to analysts or managers in performing analyses and/or evaluation of operating program characteristics. Analyzes workflow to determine potential problem areas and makes recommendations.

•Develops and updates organization's correspondence program policies and procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Student Eligibility:
You are eligible if you are currently accepted for enrollment or enrolled in an accredited institution and or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

Specialized Experience or education or a combination:
Minimum Qualifications: GS-7

Qualifying specialized experience includes: conducting policy analysis, policy research and providing support to manage the policy development process.

1. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level (GS-5 grade level or comparable private sector experience) that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Such qualifying specialized experience includes: conducting policy analysis, policy research and providing support to manage the policy development process.

OR
2. At least 1 full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education leading to a Master's or higher degree in a field of study closely related to the occupation which provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Examples of such fields of study include communications, business administration, public administration, or other similar fields (Note: You must submit copies of your transcripts if using education to qualify).

OR
3. A bachelor's degree with major study in communications, business administration, public administration, or other closely related subjects pertinent to the position to be filled and Superior Academic Achievement. (Refer to the instructions in the vacancy announcement for information on the Superior Academic Achievement provision.)

OR

4. A percentage of the above specialized experience and a percentage of the above graduate-level education that when combined total 100% (NOTE: Only graduate level education may be combined with experience to meet the total qualifying requirements for this position at the GS-7 level.)

Minimum Qualifications GS-9

A. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower level (GS-7 grade level or comparable private sector experience) that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Such qualifying specialized experience includes: conducting policy analysis, policy research and providing support to manage the policy development process.
B. Have completed a master’s or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Examples of such fields of study may include communications, business administration, public administration, or other similar fields (Note: You must submit copies of your transcripts if using education to qualify).
C. Has a percentage of the above specialized experience and a percentage of the above graduate-level education that when combined total 100% (NOTE: Only graduate level education may be combined with experience to meet the total qualifying requirements for this position at the GS-9 level.)

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

LATE APPLICATIONS OR MISSING DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE CLOSING DATE.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying. For more information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Veteran's Preference:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is 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.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

Students on appointments without time limits are eligible for benefits (health insurance, life insurance, retirement, etc).

OTHER INFORMATION:
PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION (the agency has the option to convert Interns to term or permanent positions if the Intern meets the requirement of the program. This is not automatic. It is at the decretion 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:
o Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program

o Complete their degree or certificate requirements

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

o Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant’s Agreement, and

o 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.
CITIZENSHIP:
Citizens and non-citizens are eligible for appointment to Pathways Internship positions. Non-Citizens are eligible provided the individual is lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent resident or is otherwise authorized to be employed and the agency is authorized to pay aliens under its annual appropriations. Non-citizens are INELIGIBLE FOR CONVERSION TO THE COMPETITIVE SERVICE.

Additonal selections may be made from this announcement.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...