The Financial Management Scholars Program (FMSP) is a paid internship that may lead to a post-graduation employment offer as a Financial Institution Specialist, a three and a half year training program leading to professional certification as a commissioned Financial Institution Examiner.
Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.
Clarification from the agency
All United States citizens who are enrolled at least half-time in an accredited bachelor's degree program and will have completed their junior year in college when they enter the program, with a planned graduation date between December 2024 and December 2025; have a current overall GPA of at least 3.25; are majoring in certain specified fields (see Qualifications Required); and are in good academic standing as determined by their institutions.
Financial Management Scholars (FMS) will be assigned to the Division of Risk Management Supervision (RMS). FMS will work directly on teams of experienced FDIC employees to evaluate bank operations, business planning, and risk management strategies. These teams are responsible for assessing financial institutions to determine whether they are following safe and sound banking practices, maintaining effective internal controls and procedures, managing their institutions effectively, and complying with all applicable laws and regulations. Under the direction and supervision of an Examiner or Assistant examiner of higher grade, FMS will also:
- Consolidate Reports of Conditions and Income.
- Review accounts for overdrafts, prepaid expenses, and other miscellaneous assets.
- Assist in assessing the adequacy of related insurance coverage.
- Review adequacy of fidelity and other indemnity protection.
- Assist in evaluating the adequacy of the insured depository institution procedures and internal routine controls.
- Assist in the preparation of information requisite to a thorough analysis of the earnings of an institution.
- Prepare drafts of schedules, exhibits, and comments for inclusion in the completed report of examination.
- Conduct audit test checks on income and expense accounts, computing and reconciling Capital Accounts and reconciling cash.
- Review liquidity including the analysis of fluctuations in loans, securities, deposits, and borrowings.
- Verify securities and other investments borrowings and other liabilities, and assigned collateral, pledged assets, and safe keeping items.
- Participate in other phases of an examination as assigned.
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship
- Registration with the https://www.sss.gov.
- Very frequent overnight travel, up to 4 nights per week (most locations).
- Work at remote and/or multiple work sites.
- Must successfully pass a background investigation.
Applicants must be in good academic standing with at least a cumulative (overall) 3.25 GPA and maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA throughout the duration of the FMSP.
Must sign a Pathways Participation agreement.
To be qualified, you must be enrolled at least half-time in a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university; and must have completed your junior year of college prior to entering the program, have a current overall GPA of at least 3.25, with a planned graduation date between December 2024 and December 2025.
You must be majoring in accounting, banking, commercial or banking law, economics, business administration, marketing, finance, or other fields related to the position.
To be eligible for conversion to the Financial Institution Specialist (FIS) position in the competitive service upon completion of the internship, you must complete 640 hours of work experience (up to 320 hours may be waived based on successful performance in the position and a 3.5 overall GPA or membership in a national honor society); meet the OPM qualification standards for the target position, which includes six (6) semester hours in accounting coursework; meet the requirements of the FDIC Pathways Participant Agreement; and successfully complete various skills assessments. Service in the FMSP confers no right to further employment. The promotion potential if converted is CG-12.
The competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) you will be assessed on are listed below:
- Basic knowledge of accounting, finance, economics, or business-related concepts and principles.
- Ability to research, interpret and evaluate data and findings.
- Ability to obtain and analyze information and data from various sources and develop conclusions and recommendations.
- Ability to work as a member of a team.
See Qualifications for Educational requirements.
Scholars will be placed, based on their availability, in one of two sessions scheduled from May 20, 2024 - August 16, 2024, or June 03, 2024 - August 23, 2024. Scholars will attend a one-week orientation session in Arlington, VA, followed by an on-the-job training assignment working out of one of the FDIC's field offices. Scholars will complete an automated writing assessment during the field office assignment and must pass to be eligible for a post-internship employment offer. Scholars will return to Arlington, VA for the final week to share their experiences.
Candidates selected for the FMSP will be initially offered a temporary position not-to-exceed October 19, 2024. Scholars who receive and accept employment offers at the end of the FMSP will be placed on leave without pay and will have their temporary appointments extended at the discretion of the FDIC. After graduation, they may be non-competitively converted to a term appointment as a FIS (contingent upon completing at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the internship, prior to their graduation, completion of their degree requirements, and fulfillment of the qualification standards for the FIS position and other requirements as specified in the Pathways Agreement). Upon successful completion of the FDIC's examiner training program, FIS's may be non-competitively converted to a permanent appointment; however, service in the FMSP confers no right to further employment in the competitive or excepted service.
Bank examinations are conducted on-site at banks, sometimes at great distance from the FDIC office. Scholars are reimbursed for travel expenses, but are responsible for providing their own transportation to bank examination sites. Public transportation is often unavailable. (FDIC employees generally drive their personal automobiles to bank exams and are reimbursed for mileage.)
Scholars may elect to receive a one-time $2,500 stipend (in addition to bi-weekly salary) at the beginning of the program. Certain stipulations apply. Scholars are responsible for providing their own housing.
Relocation expenses will not be paid; however, travel to and from Arlington, VA will be paid by the FDIC and Scholars will be reimbursed for work-related travel. Relocation benefits may be authorized in accordance with FDIC relocation policy, if converted to Financial Institution Specialist (FIS).
If selected, Scholars may be required to serve a trial period.
All selectees must sign the FDIC Pathways Participant Agreement.
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Selectees(s) for this position will be required to report in person to an FDIC office or financial institution at their supervisor’s direction.
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Scholars may be eligible for certain Federal employee 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.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements outlined in this announcement. The application package must include all required supporting documents (on-line assessment questionnaire, resume, cover letter, transcripts, and letter of recommendation). Applicants who meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements and have submitted all required documents may be scheduled for a telephone interview. The FDIC plans to make internship offers in February 2024.
If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your resume, your overall qualifications assessment may be adversely affected.
Qualified applicants who are eligible for veterans’ preference will have selection priority. You may preview questions for this vacancy.
Along with completing the Online Assessment Questionnaire, you must provide the following:
1. A cover letter (by the closing date of the announcement). The letter should explain why you are interested in the FMSP and how your background (i.e., education, experience/interests, volunteer activities, work, etc.) may fit with this position and with the mission/goals of the FDIC.
2. A resume (by the closing date of this announcement). Your resume must include your expected degree, anticipated graduation date to include month and year, and major field of study. It should also show any work experience (including paid or unpaid internships), particularly those involving financial analysis duties; leadership, public speaking, and/or volunteer experiences; participation in college extra curricular activities (including athletics), study abroad, and community or public service organizations/initiatives; and awards or recognition relating to any of those activities.
3. A copy of all college transcripts (by the closing date of this announcement). Unofficial transcript(s) are acceptable. The transcript(s) must show the courses you have completed, grades/credits earned, and current overall GPA. Documented Proof of Enrollment or official documentation of your current class schedule is
Education must be from an accredited educational institution. For a listing of accredited educational institutions, click here
. If you attended more than one university and need to send multiple transcripts, please upload/fax all transcripts as one document.
4. A letter of recommendation must be submitted from a professor or other faculty member at your college or university who has a personal knowledge of your qualifications. The letter should specify in what capacity the professor/faculty member knows you (e.g., academic course, work on a project, teaching assistant, academic advisor, work/study, etc.) and should address your competency in the following areas: analytical ability; written communication; oral communication; teamwork; interpersonal skills; organization; time management; leadership; and personal initiative. The professor/faculty member must submit the letter of recommendation directly to HR Specialist LaShawndy Cobey via email at FMSProgram@FDIC.gov. The letter of recommendation must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) Friday, January 5, 2024. Letters of Recommendation submitted directly from applicants will not be accepted.
5. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit documentation, e.g., DD-214 “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions, VA Letter, or SF-15 along with supporting documentation, or “certification” from the Armed Forces to demonstrate eligibility.
Incomplete application packages will not be considered.
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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You have until 11:59 p.m. ET (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process. You are limited to selecting only 5 location(s) listed for which you would like to be considered.
If you are claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit documentation, e.g., DD-214 “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions, VA Letter, or SF-15 along with supporting documentation, or “certification” from the Armed Forces to demonstrate eligibility.
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If you meet all qualification requirements for this position and submit all required documentation within the specified time frames, you may be contacted to schedule a telephone interview. Employment offers will be made beginning in February 2024.
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