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Student Trainee (Computer Science) (Pathways Internship Program)

As a Student Trainee (Computer Science), you will assist higher banded Computer Scientist employees with the following duties:
  • Developing and implementing algorithms;
  • Validating, verifying and testing software implementations;
  • Assist senior developers with web front-end development, database application, testing and software deployment; and
  • provide written and oral reports and status updates while working in a team-based environment.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (, if applicable.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • You must sign a Pathways Internship Agreement
  • A one year trial period may be required.

Security Clearance: You must be able to obtain and maintain a Low Risk Security Clearance.
Definition of Student: Student is defined as an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, or certificate) in a qualifying academic institution, on a half or full-time basis. Half-time is defined by the educational institution in which the student is enrolled. Students do not have to be in actual physical attendance in school, online curriculums are acceptable as long as the school is accredited by the Department of Education:  

COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT: Applicants must submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses, course title, and number of credit hours. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process, but an official certified copy must be received before you can report to duty.

Proof of Enrollment: A letter from an educational institution indicating acceptance may be used as proof of enrollment for those students who are continuing studies at a new college or university. An official transcript will be required before you can report to duty. 
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.  Additional information can be found here:

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. The duration of this Pathways appointment will serve as a trial period.

Additional Conditions of Employment:
Plan to not graduate before Fall 2019 semester.
At the successful conclusion of this program, you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position. 

Work Schedule: Interns may work full-time while on academic breaks or part-time (up to 20 hours per week) while attending school. The details of the work schedule will be discussed with applicants who are selected for an interview during that process with the supervisor.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:‐data‐oversight/classification‐qualifications/general‐schedule‐qualificationstandards/final‐groupcoveragequalificationstandardforpathwaysprogramschedule‐20d.pdf

To qualify at the ZP‐1 or GS‐01 level:
Enrollment in a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) program.

To qualify at the ZP‐2 or GS‐07 level:
Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

Evaluation of Education:

Applicants should have sufficient knowledge to understand the fundamental concepts and techniques of computer science. Courses designed to provide an introduction to computer science techniques and methodologies, to problems of system design, and to other specialized fields are acceptable. Courses or experience in teaching elementary, business, or shop mathematics are not acceptable.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP‐1 or GS‐05 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:
  • Research computer science methods or design; and
  • Gathering computer science data and composing reports.
EDUCATION: 1 full year of graduate level education, if related.
superior academic achievement
Combination of education and experience.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employments. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.