Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs): Pathways Internship Program (IEP)

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 18

Position description

This vacancy announcement will be open from June 18, 2018 to June 22, 2018 or when 100applications have been received.The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of "student" in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under  the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student's academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. Interns may work full-time 
or part-time schedules. 

At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. 
Conversions to the competitive service are not guaranteed.

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement.

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;Degree does not have to be related to the position/series;However to be eligible, 

candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the intern may be converted.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student
is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual
who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

The Secretary's Office of Global Food Security (S/GFS) coordinates U.S. diplomacy related to food security and nutrition. S/GFS supports policies and programs that promote global food security in ways that concurrently promote U.S. economic prosperity and U.S. national security, in line with the National Security Strategy. S/GFS efforts contribute to the U.S. Global Food Security Strategy 2017-2022, also known as Feed the Future, an initiative led by USAID and implemented by ten other U.S. departments and agencies. S/GFS helps accelerate progress toward achievement of Sustainable Development Goal Two to eliminate hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030.

As a Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs), you will:

Receives structured work assignments and career-related training designed to provide productive work experience to the student; and to provide a pathway to a future career in federal service. Assignments of this position include: 

Performing intermediate-level developmental assignments demonstrating substantial knowledge, skills, and abilities of the profession. Regulatory provisions common to the work are committed to memory,and the incumbent can address a wide range of problems typical of the full-performance level, by using a thorough knowledge of pertinent directives and guidance. 

Incumbent is proficient in the conventional procedural and analytical/professional aspects of foreign affairs. The incumbent does not exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to Foreign Affairs matters of significance. The work consists of an organizational or functional assignment in which the incumbent independently accomplishes all required actions.

The assignment, although independent, is structured (i.e., limited with respect to the target or full-performance level position)to ensure adequate knowledge of regulations, policies, and analytical procedures to independently accomplish the work The incumbent completes technically sound work and makes acceptable recommendations with respect to policies and procedures.

The trainee independently carries out assigned special analytical/professional assignments that include some moderate difficulties to provide exposure touncooperative management officials and/or some of the more complex practices and processes employed in the profession. Upon completion of the assignment, prepares concise factual reports reflecting significant observations.

The trainee may begin to specialize in accordance with personal aptitudes and the needs of the organization. If so authorized, receives extensive formal and on-the-job training in the broad area of specialization.The trainee employs effective communication skills in daily work assignments; and consistently prepares effective materials that communicate the intended information and are displayed in a logical and concise manner, reflecting adequate research and analysis.Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly when speaking and presents facts, issues, and positions that convey the intended information with the appropriate diplomacy and emphasis.The trainee comfortably performs the routine communication required of the position; speaking assignments are well received and serve the intended purpose.

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