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Student Trainee (Information Technology) - Intern NTE 1-year

Company Name:
Department Of Energy
Applications will be accepted from United States citizens who are DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS enrolled at least half-time in accredited educational institutions. You MUST be a continuing student with an expected graduation of May 2015 or later to qualify for this Internship. If you have graduated and are not currently pursuing further education, you are NOT eligible for a Pathways Student Appointment. Internships Not-to-Exceed 1-year Part-Time Where would I be working?
Western Area Power Administration
Upper Great Plains Region
Power Systems Operations, Operations Computer Support Division (B4300). Duty Station, Watertown, SD
The purpose of the Pathways Intern Employment Program is to provide the intern with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and support educational goals. The program is formally structured to give interns the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals. Participant completes assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the program. A written agreement is required between the Western Area Power Administration and the intern. Interns will be expected to work at least a Part-Time work schedule while attending school.
Salary Range
GS-3: $25,181 - $32,733, Hourly Equivalent $12.07 - $15.68
GS-4: $28,269 - $36,746, Hourly Equivalent $13.55 - $17.61 Must a U.S. Citizen Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student Must be taking at least half-time academic course load Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher Must be at least 16 years old As a Student Trainee , incumbent will actively participate in on-the-job training and progressively challenging assignments that relate to academic program, career goals, and the needs of the agency.
There are 3 vacancies that will be filled in the Operations Computer Support Office (B4300), selectees will be assigned to one of two teams, the Development Team or the Infastructure Team.
Development Team Position
The Student Trainee will work with the software development team which is responsible for developing and maintaining the software systems used by the dispatchers and marketers including in-house Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Automatic Generation Control (AGC) systems.
The incumbent performs work assignments and provides support to IT staff in the following manners:
Assist IT staff in planning and reporting of assigned projects.
Assist users for desktop support of Western software applications and operating systems support.
Assist IT staff in creating and building Web pages for the Upper Great Plains Region's communication and coordination.
Tests and validates application software to ensure conformance with user requirements, performance specifications, system documentation, and ADP standards.
Assists IT staff in documenting procedures, processes, and systems for distribution or posting. This includes maintaining various databases.
Assists IT staff in all aspects of common government agency requirements.
Infastructure Team Position
The Student Trainee will work with the infrastructure support team which is responsible for developing and maintaining systems and procedures required to automate work functions using Western's computer technology.
The incumbent performs work assignments and provides support to IT staff in the following manners:
Assist IT staff in planning and reporting of assigned projects.
Assist IT staff in documenting procedures, processes, and systems.
Assist IT staff in troubleshooting problems by gathering and analyzing basic facts, and by gathering and organizing documentation.
Assist IT staff in supporting end user software applications, operating systems, and hardware.
Assist IT staff in supporting server software applications, operating systems, and hardware.
Assist IT staff in supporting network infrastructure.
Assist IT staff in the application of appropriate security measures to all systems.
Assist IT staff in working with hardware, peripherals, cabling, and other equipment to meet the mission of the group and Western.
Assist IT staff in all aspects of common government agency requirements.
This position has an education requirement. You must upload documentation (unofficial transcripts and verification of enrollment) supporting any education claims in your application. 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. Selectee must be able to work a minimum of 4 hours per week during the academic school year, and full-time during Summer and Vacation periods at the Watertown, SD Operations Center. Applicants will be evaluated based on information contained in their application/resume. Applicants should include all pertinent experience, awards, commendations, training, and other information in the application.
Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR.
To preview questions please click here. Pathways Intern Employment candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with Western and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled by the closing date of the announcement.
To qualify for the GS-4 level, you must have completed 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree. Your current education program must lead to a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying institution (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution. You must be pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate with specialization in or directly related to the Information Technology field.
To qualify for the GS-3 level , you must have completed 1 academic years of post-high school study. Your current education program must lead to a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying institution (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution. You must be pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate with specialization in or directly related to the Information Technology field.
EXPLANATION OF TERMS
An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45-quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university or 36 weeks at an accredited business, technical, vocational, or qualifying educational institution for at least 20 classroom hours per week.
An academic year of graduate education is defined as 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement or the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study.
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the 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 the application. Our application system displays a deadline timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.
For the security of you and your information, our application tracking system will time-out if you are inactive for a certain period of time. If you are responding to long answer questions, you may likely hit this time-out while you are typing. Therefore, we highly recommend that you view the applicant assessment questions before you apply. Complete your responses to any essay questions in a file on your computer before you start the application process. That way, all you need to do is copy and paste the prepared responses into each field.
Steps to submit a complete application:
1. You must have an active USAJOBS account and be logged in.
2. You must have a completed resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder.
3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials are ready, click on the 'Apply Online' button to get started.
4. You will be given the option to include your resume, documents, and demographic information from your USAJOBS profile. You will then be transferred to the Department of Energy's application tracking system. If you select documents from your USAJOBS account, you MUST complete the download process in a later step or your USAJOBS documentation WILL NOT be transferred! See Step 6.
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 4), 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. NOTE: You MUST upload documentation (unofficial transcripts and enrollment verification) that shows you are currently enrolled in an applicable degree program.
7. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received!
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._
NEED HELP? If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button), please 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 you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail USAJOBS3. . Regretfully, DOE cannot resolve issues with your USAJOBS account. We regret that we are unable to support any issue with USAJOBS, as this service is maintained by the Office of Personnel Management exclusively.
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.
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 should list the full name and address of the each employer._
_Your experience listing should show the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked._
_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 the USAJOBS resume format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which is required._
_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._
_Specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy._ _ Documentation verifying your educational claims must be submitted with your application which can include unofficial transcripts (preferred), enrollment verification or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned, final grade, and dates of enrollment. For this PATHWAY'S INTERN position, you must upload documentation that shows you are currently enrolled in an applicable degree program.Please see the Education section for more information._
Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, 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 which will allow you to apply under the (Veterans Opportunity to Work) VOW 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.
We will evaluate your qualifications and determine your ranking. To check your application status, log on to the USAJOBS web-site, click the "My Account" tab, and "Application Status". We will update your status when changes are made
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT :
This position requires completion of a trial period.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.
If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.
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.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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