Summer 2013 Volunteer Student Intern
Judicial Branch - Washington, DC

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The Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial Branch of the Federal government, is committed to serving and supporting the Federal court system of the United States. The AO provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts.

OPPORTUNITY: The AO is seeking applicants for the Volunteer Student Internship Program. The opportunity is intended to provide valuable work experience and better prepare students interested in a public service career. The AO is presently looking for students with backgrounds and/or demonstrated interest in the following areas: Human Resources, Public Affairs/Communication, Media Studies, Politics, Law, English, Business Administration, Sociology, Psychology and Information Technology . The student will have an opportunity to improve his or her writing, research, analytical, logical, multi-tasking, and customer-service skills. Additionally, student volunteers are provided with several networking opportunities with fellow interns, agency employees, and other government employers. Past intern events have included:

  • A Supreme Court tour and luncheon with other AO student interns and Manager for Special Recruitment Services.
  • A roundtable luncheon with a senior attorney to explore future government employment opportunities.
  • Participation in agency instructer led trainings.


  • The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the third branch of government. We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.
      KEY REQUIREMENTS
    • Relatives of current Federal Judicial Branch employees are not eligible.
    • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program.
    • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
    • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    DUTIES: Student volunteers will perform a wide variety of administrative support duties such as:

  • Conducting research and assisting with special projects and day-to-day operations;
  • Preparing and analyzing reports;
  • Drafting memoranda and correspondences;
  • Proofreading, editing, and assisting with manual revision;
  • Maintaining case files,
  • Assisting with Judiciary committee or subcommittee liaison matters;
  • Providing ideas and supporting web contents; and
  • Performing general office tasks, such as answering phones, copying and filing.


  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: All students in the Volunteer Student Internship Program must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree-seeking students, taking at least a half-time academic or technical course load in an accredited 4 year program, or in a post-secondary level program. Students must also be in good academic standing, maintaining a G.P.A of 3.0 or higher. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

    Additional Qualification Requirements:

    In addition to meeting the BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS, applicants must also:
    • Work well in a team environment.
    • Have very strong organization and communication skills, and be detailed oriented.
    • Have a working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or WordPerfect.
    • Have excellent writing, reading and interpersonal skills, and be able to organize a variety of assignments simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on any application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for nonselection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • All information is subject to verification.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information and guidance on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ei/noncitizensemployment.asp . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf .
  • If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if selected, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.


  • HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Should you be selected for an interview, you will be evaluated based upon your responses to questions provided during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions, you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain what you did, and the outcome.

    BENEFITS: The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington , DC has an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria. Located in the Capitol Hill area next to Union Station, the AO is accessible by public transportation, including Metro and the MARC and VRE commuter trains.

    Students are eligible for up to $240 per month in monthly Metrocheck benefits to help defray commuting costs.

    OTHER INFORMATION: The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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