Student Trainee (Legal Assistant (OA))- Pathways Internship
Department of the Army - Memphis, TN

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
Click here for more information on Pathways program participants.

Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program.

The Department of the Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.

To learn more about the Pathways Internship Program, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/interns/ .

Who May Apply:

Department of the Army Internship Program Eligibles

Positions are open to:
  • Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be 16 yrs or older
  • Must be a current Student with 2.75 GPA
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

DUTIES: Aids attorneys in preparing cases in anticipation of litigation or for trial by assisting with exhibits and preparation of the Agency's official Administrative Record. Processes incoming forms, reports, or other documents. Searches files, email folders and other sources for information. Ensures that paper files are current and complete. Verifies accuracy and completeness of information on paper or computer records. Receives and refers office visitors and phone calls and takes messages in accordance with established policies, procedures and regulations. Under general direction formats a wide variety of correspondence, reports and legal documents, and is responsible for proper punctuation, capitalization, spelling and grammar. Delivers outgoing material to the mailroom and acts as a courier for Office of Counsel throughout District Headquarters. Operates a personal computer including local area network and software including (but not limited to) Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Acrobat. Also operates standard office equipment including fax and scanner.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Please see Education requirement for qualifying for this Position.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities)in the following areas:
  • Legal Assistant Tasks

Completion of two full years of post high school study (60 semester hours) is required to qualify for this position or have an Associate's Degree.

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 - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Other Requirements:
Click here for more information. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Personnel Security Investigation is Required

Student will be required to sign a Student Pathways Participant Agreement

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 q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

BENEFITS: 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 to include use of Telework 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.


  • OTHER INFORMATION: • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf.

    • 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 http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)

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