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Student Trainee (Program Analysis): Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) GS-05



  • This vacancy announcement will be open from November 27, 2020 to December 02, 2020 or when 50 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.
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  • $39,291 to $51,082 per year


  • This position is located in the Office of the Ombudsman (S/O). Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. S/O is a statutorily created office, providing an avenue for DOS employees--regardless of employment status (including foreign service, civil service, contractors, Locally Engaged Staff) or location (DC, field offices in the U.S., posts overseas)--to proactively address interpersonal and systemic conflict. S/O provides the opportunity and resources to manage conflict at the earliest opportunity and the lowest possible level. Functioning independently, S/O offers a confidential, unbiased, impartial perspective from which to analyze conflict resolution options.
  • As a Student Trainee (Program Analysis) GS-05, you will:
  • Participate in studies of conventional problems in program implementation at the operational level.
  • Compile facts and findings for use by managers of headquarters functions.
  • Support higher graded analysts in conducting assigned segments or phases of projects. 
  • Advocate Bureau views and policy positions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
  • This Year-Round position requires at least 20 hours per week between the hours of 6:30a.m. and 5:30p.m. Eastern Time (ET), Monday-Friday.

Travel Required

  • Not required

Supervisory status
  • No

Promotion Potential
  • 05

Job family (Series)

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Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Verification from the academic institution confirming acceptance into a qualifying program.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0.
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a qualifying educational institution with at least a half-time course load.
  • Must maintain student eligibility for duration of internship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain at least a Secret Security clearance.
  • All transcripts or educational documentation must reflect a projected graduation date after the Fall 2021 semester.


  • GS-5: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor’s degree AND be currently accepted to/enrolled in a qualifying degree or certificate program.


  • 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 the purposes of this Program.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Certificate Requirements:
  • Undergraduate certificates must contain a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.
  • Graduate certificates must contain a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours.
  • For study at a business or technical school, 36 weeks of study (20+ classroom hours per week) is comparable to 1 academic year above high school. 
  • The Department of State no longer accepts certificates that are credited with Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
  • 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.
  • Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence at the time of application. Late submissions of proof of accreditation will not be accepted. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
  • 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.