Student Trainee - Interdisciplinary STEM (Pathways Internship)

US Department of Energy - Washington, DC4.1

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program . This Internship Program provides students who are enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a wide variety of qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work and explore career paths related to their academic fields of study or career interests.

Students will perform a wide variety or duties in the scientific or professional fields designed to meet DOE’s mission and the student's learning objectives.

As a student trainee, duties may include:
As a Engineering and Physical Science Intern:
  • Collect data from prescribed sources for use on projects
  • Prepare report of findings, cost and schedule changes, milestones, and project status for review by higher graded employees
  • Analyze data collected to assist with design work of limited scope
As a Information Technology Management Intern:
  • Develop and/or implement procedures pertaining to information technology management
  • Perform analytical work related to integrated systems
  • Organize multiple tasks or priorities in response to customer or supervisor requests
  • Provide assistance in evaluating requirements for software and/or equipment
  • Prepare reports, correspondence, manuals, procedures or guidelines pertaining to computer application development
Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee

1399 Physical Science Student Trainee

2299 Information Technology Student Trainee


Conditions of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen.
This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
Must be a current student or enrolled/accepted for enrollment as a student.
Must sign an Internship Program Participant Agreement.
Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
Students enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) seeking student in an accredited high school or State approved home school, technical or vocational school, 2 or 4-year college or university or graduate or professional school, with at least a half-time course load. Must be in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher).


Below is a description of series and locations that will coincide with your major:

0899 – Engineering Intern: Lemont, IL - GS-4
0899 – Engineering Intern: Oak Ridge, TN - GS-4
1399 – Physical Science Intern: Oak Ridge, TN - GS-4
1399 – Physical Science Intern: Germantown, MD - GS-5/7/9
1399 – Physical Science Intern: Germantown, MD or Washington D.C. - GS-7/9
2299 – Information Technology Intern, Oak Ridge, TN - GS-4
2299 – Information Technology Intern, Lemont, IL - GS-5
This vacancy is limited to the first 200 applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.

Students will be evaluated based on a comparison of the quality and extent of their education as reflected in their resume against the requirements of available positions.

If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whatever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest quality category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at the GS-09 or higher.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated “ineligible”, “not qualified” or your score may be adjusted.

Applicant must be pursuing studies in one of the following majors: Engineering, Physical Sciences or Information Technology.

Level of Education:
  • GS-3 : Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study.
  • GS-4: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree.
  • GS-5: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.
  • GS-7: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.
  • GS-9: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.
NOTE: One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical or high school education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study. One year of education is typically defined as two semesters (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours).

Copies of unofficial transcripts and proof of enrollment must be provided at the time of application to support your educational claims.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Additional information
Excepted Appointment Not-To-Exceed (NTE) 09/30/2019, some appointments may be extended for one year and/or may be converted to a term or permanent position; however, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. Some appointments may be extended or may be eligible for conversion if eligibility requirements are met. Please check out the requirements on OPMs website.

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Students will be evaluated based on a comparison of the quality and extent of their education as reflected in their resume against the requirements of available positions.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.

Required Documents:
1. Resume

2. Responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire

3. College transcripts showing course titles, number of credits, grades, courses currently in progress and date of completion. “Unofficial” transcripts are acceptable at the time of application.

4. Acceptance letter of Enrollment from the educational institution that confirms both of the following criteria: 1) the degree/diploma program in which you have been accepted and 2) that you
will be enrolled, at least, on a half time basis. (An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent half of an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for the purpose of this program.)

Applicants claiming Veteran Preference:
  • Separated members must submit a copy of your DD214, member 4 copy.
  • Active Duty members must submit documentation that certifies they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
  • Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a SF-15 and ALL documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference.
  • Veterans claiming eligibility based on a service-connected disability must submit a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs certifying as to the presence of a service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability.
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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