Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs): Pathways Internship Program (IEP) GS-05

U.S. Department of State
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Jul 05

Position description

This vacancy announcement will be open from July 5, 2018 to July 11, 2018 or when 100 applications 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.


South Central Asia/Office Central (SCA) - The Pathway intern will serve as facilitator for U.S. government colleagues working on all aspects of our unofficial relations. This includes setting up meetings between authorities and members of the U.S. Interagency and coordinating inquiries and requests. The Pathways Intern will be exposed to the full breadth of topics, including political, political-military, cross-Strait relations, economic, international organizations, consular, and public diplomacy.

As a Foreign Affairs Student Trainee, you will:

  • Perform work assignments of limited complexity, of the type routinely handled by the organization.
  • Assist in the preparation of and/or prepare presentations related to work assignments.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Application instructions

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