Communications Assistant, (Pathways Intern), MC-099-5

U.S. Federal Government - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.3

This position is located in the Department of Congressional and Public Affairs (CPA), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which is charged with communicating information about the Corporation activities, programs, Compact results and policies to engage the public, the private sector, and selected audiences including Congress, the news media, state and local governments, and other Federal agencies.

This is an excepted service appointment, not-to-exceed one (1) year, under the MCC Pathways Internship Program. After successful completion of the program requirements, at the discretion of MCC, the individual may be converted to a term or permanent appointment. An intern converted to a term appointment may be subsequently converted non-competitively into a permanent competitive service position before the term expires.

Students appointed may work full-time or part-time (as their class schedule allows) while school is in session, and full-time (depending upon the needs of the agency) when students are on a vacation period or whenever the school is officially closed.


As a Communications Assistant, (Pathways Intern), you will assist CPA staff with:

Preparing media and communications materials including press advisories and releases, media briefers, responses to media inquiries, press questions and answers, and basic talking points.Drafting engaging content for social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Creating press lists and draft media pitches.
Posting press releases and related materials to the MCC website, and send out to press distribution lists.
Supporting the preparation and execution for press conferences, interviews and other activities.
Supporting collection and internal dissemination of daily news clips.
Participating in general media monitoring as directed around topics of importance.
Attending events to capture content for social media and providing a readout to CPA staff.
Creating timely analytics reports for press activities.
Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0099 General Student Trainee


Conditions of Employment
Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance
Relocation expenses will not be paid
More than 1 job may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 120 days
To be eligible for this internship position the following requirements must be met:

Academic Enrollment: You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school (go to to verify accreditation status). Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course load leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. "Half-time" is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled.

Good Academic Standing: Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

To qualify for pay band 5 level you must also meet the following:

Applicants must have completed 4 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in public affairs, journalism, communications or a closely related field;


Applicants have 1 year of specialized experience at, or equivalent the MCC pay band 5 or GS-4 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: experience assisting with preparing media and communications materials such as press releases, media briefers, responses to media inquiries, press questions and answers, and basic talking points; and experience assisting with preparing content for social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Equivalent combinations of the education and experience above may be combined to meet the total qualification requirements.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit may be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. To receive credit you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours worked per week.
Only degrees from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. 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.

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

Additional information
For more information about the Pathways Internship program please visit:
Selectee must sign a Pathways Agreement defining the requirements of the program.
There is no guarantee of conversion to a term or permanent appointment. Conversion is at the sole discretion of MCC management.
If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-employment Certification Statement to verify Selective Service Registration.Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
Qualifications by Closing Date: You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
Pay: Your pay will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement and will be based on your qualifications, education, experience, training, and availability of funds.
DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination.
Selectee may be required to complete a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form (OGE 450).
Government Travel Card - You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government contractor issued travel card to be used for official business.

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

A review of your application and supporting documents will be made to determine if you are qualified for the position. The HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will further evaluate each applicant on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position based on the information provided in your resume.

Based on the information you provided in your application package, we will assign you to one of three quality categories - Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Those applicants who are determined to be best qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this Internship. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents
The following documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

Resume - Applicants MUST utilize resumes created using the USAJOBS-formatted Resume Builder (
Responses to Occupational Questionnaire
All applicants MUST submit a copy of their CURRENT transcripts (official or unofficial) with their application package. Transcripts must reflect cumulative GPA. If selected, applicants will be required to provide an official copy of their transcript before they enter on duty (EOD).
Proof of Enrollment - If your current class schedule is not reflected on your unofficial transcripts, please provide proof
of enrollment (e.g., letter from the Registrar confirming enrollment status).
Veterans' Preference Documentation (if applicable).
If you are a discharged, non-disabled veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions.
If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, and 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
If you are a disabled veteran, Purple Heart recipient, or mother or spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a completed SF-15 and all additional proof required by the SF-15, as applicable. If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at .
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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