Kickstart your path to a fulfilling career in public service. Now is the time to explore the possibilities and rewards that a public service career in the Federal government can offer you with the Chief Financial Officers Council (CFOC) Pathways Internship Program!
This announcement is open under the Pathways Internship Program. Pathways appointments are made in accordance with Schedule D, Internship appointments under the Pathways Programs authorized by Executive Order 13562.
As a Accounting and Budget Intern (Pathways), GS-0599-3/4, your typical work assignments may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Performing segments of the full range of budget, accounting, and finance administration work done in the organization.
- Obtaining, compiling, and summarizing narrative information and quantitative data for use by others within an office.
- Verifying the costs of line items in a budget and entering the costs in standard forms and schedules.
- Extracting budget and program data from computer printouts of accounting records, forms, and reports for use by coworkers.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. citizen or national.
- If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Program Participant Agreement that sets forth the expectations for the internship.
- Selective service registration is required, as applicable.
- All qualifications requirements for this position must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
- Complete the initial online assessment and USA Hire assessment.
- Must maintain good academic standing throughout the entire internship appointment, as defined by the school, generally at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for undergraduate programs and a 3.0 GPA for advanced degree programs.
- May require a pre-employment drug test and/or random drug testing during the period of employment.
- May be required to complete a background investigation.
- Promotion potential varies. May have promotion potential to higher grade levels.
- May qualify for bonuses, incentives, and/or reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
- Telework varies based on agency and the agency’s telework policy.
- Remote/virtual opportunities vary based on agency and the agency’s remote/virtual work policy.
- May require financial disclosure filing.
- May be covered by a bargaining unit.
- Travel and security clearance requirements vary.
- Positions with the Department of Energy are temporary not-to-exceed (NTE) 1 year. Appointments may be extended depending on the needs of the office and budget.
This announcement will close at 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/18/2023, or 11:59 PM (ET) the day when 500 applications are received, which may be sooner than the closing date. Applicants must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
To qualify for this position, you must meet both the Pathways Internship eligibility requirements, as well as the minimum qualifications for the position.
BASIC ELIGIBILITY: Pathways Internship Program candidates must meet Basic Eligibility requirements under the Pathways Program, specifically you must:
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment on a half- to full-time basis in a qualifying educational institution, pursuing a degree or certificate from an accredited educational institution;
- Meet the definition of a student throughout the duration of your appointment;
- Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the agency’s Participant Agreement;
- Continue to meet all of the eligibility criteria throughout the duration of your Intern appointment; and
- Provide a copy of up-to-date proof of enrollment at the end of each academic year, unless your supervisor or HR Specialist requests a copy more frequently.
GS-3: You must have successfully completed one academic year of post-high school study.
GS-4: You must have successfully completed two academic years of post-high school study or an associate’s degree.
PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION
Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the internship program. Students who successfully complete the internship program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment without further competition.
To be eligible for conversion, interns must:
- Be a United States citizen or national;
- Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program while enrolled as a half- or full-time degree- or certificate-seeking student;
- Complete a course of academic study, within the preceding 120-day period, at a qualifying educational institution conferring a diploma, certificate, or degree;
- Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted (Some positions have specific education requirements that need to be met if conversion is offered.);
- Must maintain good academic standing as defined by the institution;
- Perform their job successfully as demonstrated by a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency; and
- Meet agency-specific requirements, as specified in the Participant Agreement.
Agencies may waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance.
Students working in agencies through third-party intern providers may count up to 320 of the hours they work toward the 640 hour requirement.
Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work experience hours.
Promotion Potential: Pathways Interns may advance to higher-graded positions based on completion of educational and/or work experience requirements. Advancement is not guaranteed nor implied. Promotions are dependent upon performance, administrative approval, and subject to requirements of the Pathways Program. The advancement of Interns to higher-graded positions, prior to conversion, is strictly at the agency’s discretion. To qualify for promotions, the Interns must have the same level and type of experience and/or education usually required for an initial appointment.
Non-Competitive Conversion Eligibility: Candidates selected from this announcement may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service provided that all terms of the Internship Program are met and there is an available position. However, conversion is not guaranteed. Interns may be non-competitively converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days following successful completion of all of their educational and work experience requirements in accordance with 5 CFR 362.204.
For more information on the qualifications for this position: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/#url=intern and https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#GS-PIP
One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical or high school education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/
The following departments/agencies are participating in this Chief Financial Officers Council (CFOC) Pathways Internship Program:
Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Science Foundation.
Additional agencies may participate at a later date.
Final duty station and salary will be determined by the hiring agency.
Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be available and will depend on the hiring agency.
Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a RA in your online application. Requests for RA for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for RA must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for RA are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, based on your adjudication decision. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a RA, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: Reasonable Accommodation Request Link