Student Trainee (Investigator)

US Department of Labor - New York, NY4.0

This is a student internship appointment that is expected to last for more than one year.

Upon completion of requirements for graduation and successful completion of the internship, the appointee may become eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency's discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Intern Program Participant Agreement.

The entire duration of the internship constitutes a trial period.

The Student Trainees will acquire technical knowledge, skills and abilities through on-the-job training to provide assistance in a variety of areas within the EBSA regional office. Duties are performed under close and constant supervision. Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assists investigators in maintaining and assembling case files and listing case file contents.
  • Call's supervisor(s) or investigator(s) attention to questionable transactions/issues after identifying and studying factors or conditions and determining their interrelationship, as appropriate to the defined area of work.
  • Provides technical information, guidance and assistance in response to written, telephonic and walk-in individuals with inquiries from plan administrators, participants and beneficiaries, members of Congress and the general public on the rights and benefits of individuals under the laws administered by EBSA.
  • Conducts detailed fact-finding, researches, interprets and applies the provision of ERISA, regulations issued under ERISA and the provisions of pension and welfare plans.
  • Advises participants, beneficiaries, and plan administrators in resolving differences about benefit eligibility by providing interpretations of ERISA and plan provisions and making analyses of the facts.
  • Directly assists participants in obtaining benefits to which they are entitled but which they have not been able to secure from plan officials on their own.
  • Identifies situations where it appears that a fiduciary violation of law has occurred and after gathering relevant facts, confers with the assigned supervisor(s) or investigator(s) to determine appropriate action.
Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

Job family (Series)
1899 Investigation Student Trainee


Conditions of Employment
Must be at least 16 years of age AND must be a current student
Must provide a current copy of transcript to certify enrollment.
Appointment to these positions will require a background investigation.
To be appointed to this position, you must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying academic institution at the time of appointment, and must maintain such enrollment throughout the duration of the appointment.

Upon completion of requirements for graduation and successful completion of the internship program requirements (i.e. work hours, satisfactory performance, training, etc.), a DOL Pathways Intern may be eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency's discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the Pathways program.

In addition to being a student, applicants MUST meet one of the following requirements:

(1) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal Service. This experience MUST have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skill, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Superior Academic Achievement: Completion of a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on the 4.0 scale or graduated in the upper 10th of the class in one of the following fields of studies such as Law, business administration, public administration, finance, accounting, or economics.
(3) Completion of one full year of graduate level education in one of the following fields of studies such as Law, business administration, public administration, finance, accounting, or economics. NOTE: One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university.

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

To be eligible for a DOL Pathways internship, you must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution , for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate.

Current students must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Interns must maintain such grade point average throughout the duration of the internship.

You must submit with your application a current academic transcript and/or other official documentation from your academic institution demonstrating your eligibility for appointment. See the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.

In addition, if you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.

If specific course work is required to fulfill the minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the “Qualifications and Evaluations” section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

Additional information
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against the competencies described below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories, based on responses to the vacancy questionnaire:

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying the critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Communication: Clearly, effectively and persuasively conveys information (orally and in writing) to individuals and groups, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate thoughts, ideas, information and messages in writing.

Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.

Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates interpersonal skills that support an environment in which constructive communications take place; considers the needs of people in different situations and responds appropriately; shows understanding, courtesy, tact and concern; develops and maintains effective relationships with others.

Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; and uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate data and make recommendations.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

Referrals will be made in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans’ preference requirements. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

The following documents are required from ALL applicants:
  • Proof of Enrollment : Academic transcript or other official documentation from the educational institution proving your status as a student who is currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution . See “Qualifications” and “Evaluations.”
  • Qualifications : Academic transcripts sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, as described in this announcement, where you are seeking to qualify based on education. See "Qualifications" and "Evaluations."
The following documents are required if applicable:
  • Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty ) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to:
  • Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.
Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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