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Student Trainee (Public Affairs)
WASHINGTON DC 20001
Category: Other
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Job code: lhw-e0-90667174

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  Job posted:   Thu Jun 7, 2018
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Student Trainee (Public Affairs)
* Duties
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## Duties
### Summary
This position is located in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, Office of the Deputy Director for Resource Management, Office of Science, Department of Energy. DOE's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
**This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program.**The 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 field of study or career interests.
**Veterans Preference applies and will be adjudicated accordingly.**
**Excepted Appointment Not-to-Exceed one year. 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. Please check out the requirements on OPM's website.**
To be eligible for conversion, an Intern or eligible Intern NTE must:
* Be a United States citizen;
* Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Program while enrolled as a half- or full-time degree- or certificate-seeking student;
* Complete a course of academic study, within the preceeding 120-day period, at a qualifying educational institution conferring a diploma, certificate; or degree;
* Meet the qualification standards for the position to which she or he will be converted;
* Receive a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency or agencies in which she or he services; and
* Meet agency-specific requirements, as specified in the Participant Agreement.
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### Responsibilities
The Student Trainee works directly with higher-level staff in developing and writing a variety of communications and public affairs materials designed to reach general and specialized audiences.
* Write news stories about routine scientific events or non-controversial subjects.
* Attend meetings, obtain feedback about programs, and write reports of meeting occurrences.
* Respond to requests from customers and forward non-routine questions to appropriate staff.
* Research and track social media and news media coverage of science and Office of Science communication metrics.
* Identify and track story ideas from Office of Science-funded research at universities and national laboratories.
### Travel Required
Not required
##### Supervisory status
No
##### Promotion Potential
05
### Who May Apply
#### This job is open to...
**Students**
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
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1099 Information And Arts Student Trainee
* Requirements
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## Requirements
### 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.
* A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.
* Application and resume must be submitted online.
* Must be a current student or enrolled/accepted for enrollment as a student.
**Other Requirements:**
* Temporary positions do not offer health or life insurance benefits and may be terminated at any time before the expiration date.
* Intern appointments may be extended in increments of up to one year.
### Qualifications
Position is open to current students pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution on at least half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled).
You must have completed four academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.
Previous education and/or experience may be evaluated to determine the highest grade level for which the individual is qualified. Experience at the GS-5 level is drafing web stories, blog posts, news releases, etc.
**You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.**
### Education
**Level of Education:**
GS-5: Completion of four academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.
For this internship, you must be a current student majoring in Public Relations, Public Affairs or Journalism. A science major with writing or communications minor is acceptable.
**NOTE:**One full academic year of undergraduate, graduate is the number of credit hours determined by the college or university to represent one 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
**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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify
* 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.
* This position is not included in a bargaining unit.
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Veterans Information:
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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.
The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.
Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.
The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.
If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.
*If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.*
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Not Applicable
* Required Documents
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## Required Documents
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
**ALL APPLICANTS:** **You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.**
* Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
* For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
* For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
* Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
* For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
*Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.*
**If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy:** Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
**Veterans:** veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
**Persons with Disabilities:** Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
#### 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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## Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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## How to Apply
To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference.
For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.
**Steps to submit a complete application:**
1. Click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
3. You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
4. If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
7. After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click "Submit Application" at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.
*If your resume does not support the responses in your application 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 accordingly.*****
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* **If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button):** contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally.
* **If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder):** please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Uspage. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
* **If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.**
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### Agency contact information
### Georgette Cochran
##### Phone
630-252-2150
##### Fax
000-000-0000
##### Email
georgette.cochran@hc.doe.gov
##### Address
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave SW
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
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### Next steps
After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.
In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.
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## Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
* An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
* Financial suitability
* Social security number request
* Privacy Act
* Signature and false statements
* Selective Service
* New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/501322000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 06/04/2018 to 06/11/2018
*Salary:* $37,113 to $48,249 per year
*Pay scale & grade:* GS 05
*Work schedule:* Part-Time - Part-Time to Full-Time
*Appointment type:* Internships - Temporary Not To Exceed 1 year

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