Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
01/11/2021 to 04/30/2021
Pay scale & grade
$0 to $0 without compensation
Multiple Schedules - Full Time or Part Time
Yes as determined by agency policy
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.
Clarification from the agency
This announcement is only open to applicants who meet the definition of a student as defined in the "Requirements" section of this vacancy announcement. Applicants must also be in good academic standing as defined by their accredited educational institution.
This is a Student Volunteer Trainee position for Summer 2021. The Department of Education (ED) offers internships for students interested in seeking valuable work experience in government and federal education policy and administration. Volunteers have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the Department's mission to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
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This vacancy announcement will be open until April 30, 2021 with three (3) cut-off dates of:
- February 11th,
- March 11th, and
- April 11th.
The Department works to tailor each intern's experience to the interests and skills of the student against the needs of Department Program Offices. This opportunity offers training and development in the following areas:
- Human Resources Management
- Training and Development (Adult Learning)
- Data Analytics
- Project Management
- Education Policies
- Grants Management
- Information Technology
Conditions Of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Must be at least 16 years of age.
- Must complete background investigation and fingerprint check.
Applicants must meet the definition of a “Student” at the time of appointment and throughout the duration of the appointment.
Student means an individual who has been 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).
At the time of appointment, applicant must:
- Be at least 16 years of age.
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited institution.
- Attend an accredited educational institution, including but not limited to; high school, trade school, technical or vocational institute, junior college, college, university, or graduate school.
- Have permission from the institution at which he/she is currently enrolled to participate in the internship program.
- Must be enrolled on a, at least, half-time basis in a course of study related to the work to be performed.
Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating which training and developmental areas they're interested in. Please keep in mind that due to the volume of applications received, internships within listed areas may vary due to availability.
How You Will Be Evaluated
ED will review application packages, determine eligibility and provide recommended placement into program office for review. ED Employees interested in bringing an intern onboard for the respective cohort will interview perspective interns.
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Background checks and security clearance
ALL applicants must submit:
- An up-to-date resumé.
- A copy of unofficial transcript.
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.
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.
While ED cannot provide compensation or housing for the internship program, all interns are eligible for Metro Transit benefits to cover transportation to and from work. Students receiving outside funding (such as a grant) or school credit for the internship are encouraged to apply.
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.
How to Apply
How to Apply
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov.
Step 2: Create a resume using the USAJOBS resume builder or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Ensure that your resume demonstrates your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiates your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
Step 3: Upload any required documents into your USAJOBS account (must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX)).
Step 4: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and attach any required documents. Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the agency's hiring system. You will have the opportunity to upload any additional required documents in the agency's hiring system. Click “Finish” to submit your application.
NOTE: You may update your application or required documents at any time while the announcement is open by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking on "Application Status," clicking on the position title, clicking "Update Application,” and following the prompts.
In order to receive consideration for this position, you must submit your complete application, including all required documents, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. We will not accept any required documentation after the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
If you are tentatively selected for an internship, you will be subject to a background investigation/fingerprint check, and you will also be required to provide the requested documentation listed below:
U.S. Department of Education Student Volunteer Agreement
PDF (1.1MB) | PDF, printed version (24KB)
U.S. Office of Personnel Management Declaration for Federal Employment (OF306)
Please follow this link to the Office of Personnel Management website to fill out the Declaration for Federal Employment form.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Employment Eligibility Form (I-9)
A list of acceptable documents to bring your first day of employment can be found here under Instructions for Form I-9 (specifically pages 8-11).
U.S. Department of Education Emergency Contact form [PDF, 69KB]
U.S. Department of Education Cyber security awareness training [PDF, 1.5MB]
U.S. Office of Personnel Management Fair Credit Release form
Please follow this link to the Drug Enforcement Agencies website to download and complete the Fair Credit Release form here.
Transcript or school schedule.
Letter of Recommendation from your school (optional).
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.
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.
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