U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Student Trainee (Engineering or Architecture) in United States
Summary About the Position: Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program. Click here for more information on Pathways program participation. The first cut off date for this position is 3 OCT 2022. Additional referrals will be pulled on an as needed basis, as positions come available. Responsibilities Pathways Internship positions provide for development and training. Assignments become more responsible as incumbent increases knowledge and skills through work experience and academic training. At the full-performance level, you will be expected to: Civil Engineer (0810): Civil engineers typically provide advisory services in the planning and design process, and engineering management services for design, construction, sustainment, and decommissioning projects. Environmental Engineer (0819): Environmental engineering work emphasizes mitigation or remediation of harmful environmental effects, recycling and recovery of natural resources, and ensuring public health and safety. Mechanical Engineer (0830): Mechanical engineering work involves the design, development, commission, manufacture, operation, maintenance, and disposal of mechanical devices and systems and their equipment and/or components. Electrical Engineer (0850): Electrical engineers are concerned with the practical application of electricity. They design and develop electrical equipment and systems. Architect (0808): Architects design of a variety of structures, guiding its development from inception to completion, consult on architectural problems for field construction personnel, other engineering personnel and specification writers Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Who May Apply: Students who are eligible for participation in the Department of the Army Internship Program Positions are open to current students pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate in an accredited high school, 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 a half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled). Short-term training programs (e.g., several two-week programs completed) are not considered an academic course of study. Internship for current students in good standing at an accredited education. For this internship, you must be able to work full-time when not attending classes, ie summer, fall and spring break. This intern position is designed to prepare a student trainee for employment after graduation as a Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Architect, or other qualifying Engineer positions. Interns will be assigned tasks designed to increase familiarity with the target occupation in a real world work environment. This opportunity follows a standard promotional path: Internship selection will be made at the GS-3, 4 or 5. These grade levels are what typical college students in their second or third year may qualify. Within 120 days after completion of Internship requirements, you may be eligible for conversion to the entry-level for the target occupation. Entry level for these positions are typically at the GS-07 level. The actual grade level at the time of conversion depends on academic achievement and other factors. The full performance level of this position is GS-11. Progression from the entry-level to the full performance level for this occupation will depend on successful completion of all requirements for promotion. Promotions may be considered after a year at each grade level, but are not guaranteed to occur on a specific time schedule. See requirements for conversion to permanent or term position in the "Additional Information" section below. To qualify for a Pathways Internship as a GS-03, students must have completed one full academic year of post-high school study. To qualify for a Pathways Internship as a GS-04, students must have completed two full academic years of post-high school study or have an associate's degree. To qualify for a Pathways Internship as a GS-05, students must have completed 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree. NOTE: Students that are graduating and are not subsequently enrolled in another program might not meet the work-hour requirements prior to graduation and will be at risk for not being able to convert to a career or career-conditional appointment! For qualification purposes, an academic year is computed as follows: At the undergraduate level, successfully completed education that has not led to possession of a degree is credited based on its relationship to 120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours. For example, 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours is comparable to 1 year of undergraduate education. Four years of progressive study or 120 semester hours meets the degree requirements. Additional credit cannot be given for duplicate course work. For study at a business or technical school, 36 weeks of study (20+ classroom hours per week) is comparable to 1 academic year above high school. An academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study. This determination is made based on normal course loads for a full year of study in the graduate program. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. When academic credit is expressed in contract months, units, or other terms that differ from conventional semester or quarter hours, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide an interpretation of such credits from the appropriate institution in order to equate them to the semester or quarter hours specified in the standard. NOTE: If your college, vocational, trade, technical or high schools' definition of "academic year" differs from above, you must submit proof of this difference (e.g., copy of course catalog that defines an academic year). Absent this documentation, you will screened for academic qualifications based on the academic hours as defined in the bullets above. You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas: Grade Point Average Education For this internship, you must be a current student majoring in Engineering or Architecture. This occupation has specific educational requirements for entry and applicants must show evidence that their planned academic program will meet those requirements (i.e. transcript reflecting enrollment in applicable programs). Students who graduate without meeting those requirements may not be converted to the target position and could be separated from federal service. Educational requirements for conversion to the target position are: Engineer (0810, 0819, 0830, 0850): Click here for the Basic Education required for the series. Architect (0808): Click here for the Basic Education required for the series. FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html This is a student internship opportunity. Your transcripts are a required part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document. Additional Information Relocation/Recruitment/Student Loan Repayment incentive(s) MAY BE authorized to highly qualified candidate. Must sign a service agreement if incentive(s) is/are authorized. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. Direct Deposit of Pay is required. This is a Career Program (CP) 18 position. Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. You may claim military spouse preference. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. This position may require a mobility agreement. Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest. Eligibility requirements for conversion to a permanent or term position. Interns must: Be a U.S. Citizen at the time of conversion; Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program prior to or concurrent with completion of academic requirements; Complete their educational requirements (as specified in the announcement); Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standard, including any applicable positive education requirement and/or selective placement factors and any other special qualifications requirements and conditions of employment (e.g. medical standards) appropriate for the specific competitive service position to which the intern will be converted; Successfully complete all the requirements of the Internship Program as defined in the agency-participant agreement; and Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations and/or completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within a designated time frame identified by the organization. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy. Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/.