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Student Trainee (Administrative) - Remote


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) invites students to apply to our Intern positions. The ideal candidates are current Certificate Program, Undergraduate or Graduate students who demonstrate innovation and self-initiative. You will have an opportunity to train and develop your skills in career fields such as human resources, policy, healthcare, insurance, retirement, or information technology and have a positive impact on the people and communities that OPM serves.

Clarification from the agency

This is a non-temporary, Intern position. Due to the high number of applications we anticipate for the vacancy, this announcement will close the day we receive 150 applications or after 7 days - whichever comes first. Regardless of the number of applications it will be open for a minimum of two days.


What You May Be Doing:
  • Participate in quality review of SharePoint and OneDrive libraries
  • Assist with the development of procedures and processes
  • Participate in customer engagement, business development, and outreach
  • Present findings for projects and assignments
  • Participate in team meetings
  • Liaise with other employees to resolve information or project requests
  • Compile and analyze information and develop reports, proposals, or documents
  • Maintain accurate documentation and records on all projects assigned
  • Engage with peers and team members to obtain knowledge to complete projects
  • Follow all current standards utilized by your team
  • Comply with all agency privacy and data security policies and practices
  • Leverage enterprise project management principles and concepts
  • Communicate clearly to a wide range of stakeholders (verbal, written)
  • Use analytical and problem-solving skills to organize and prioritize projects and tasks
  • Ensure projects adhere to defined scope, budget, schedule, and other project boundaries
  • Support the communication of operational dashboards and roadmaps relevant to various levels of leadership and key stakeholders
  • Track project progress and follow-up with accountable parties
  • Gather feedback and propose process improvement recommendations
The Skills to be Successful as a Student Trainee:
  • You work smart (not just hard), and know how to drive projects, meet deadlines, and get things done.
  • You have a bias for action and are proactive.
  • You don't sweat the small stuff, but also understand the importance of paying close attention to detail and being very precise.
  • You are flexible, creative, curious, and a willing to take initiative.
  • You are a quick and flexible learner: open-minded, adaptable, comfortable with ambiguity, and excited by dynamic change.
  • You inspire trust, forge relationships quickly, and earn the confidence and cooperation of your business partners.
  • You have high standards, integrity, and ethics.
What We're Looking For:
  • Currently enrolled in an educational institution
  • A solid team player who's also an independent thinker
  • Deadline-driven, organized, and able to multitask
  • A robust analytical skill set
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Endless curiosity and a penchant for thinking the impossible
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software products
  • Attentive to team needs as demonstrated by rapid and high-quality responsiveness to requests
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to maintain solid rapport with team members as well as maintain professionalism with those outside of the team
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills that demonstrate a professional demeanor and the ability to interact with others with discretion and tact
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Capable of identifying and completing tasks independently, with a sense of urgency and ownership
  • Demonstrated success at maintaining high personal work standards
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information with discretion and tact
  • Strong presentation skills to audiences comprised of all levels of leadership
  • Highly motivated, self-starter able to work autonomously and drive the work they own forward effectively


Conditions of Employment

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
Age: You must be at least 16 years of age
Background Investigation: Must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation.
Availability for Work: Applicants for this position must be available to work a regular full-time schedule starting 9/11/2023
Student Status: Applicants must have at least 1 academic year (fall and spring session) remaining in their studies before they complete their current degree requirements.
Graduation Status: Applicants that graduate prior to May 2024 will not be considered for this position unless you have been accepted into a follow-on degree or certificate program.
Pathways Agreement: Selectee must complete a Pathways agreement prior to start date.
Trial Period: Selectee must complete a trial period while on the Pathways internship appointment.
Bargaining Unit: This position is not eligible for inclusion in a bargaining unit


Your application will be considered for the highest grade for which you qualify. You must meet the education requirements detailed below by the close of the vacancy.

GS-4 Completion of two academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.
GS-5 Completion of four academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or four academic years of pre-professional study
GS-7 Completion of one academic year of graduate level education; or bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement. This means the upper one-third of the graduating class; or a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on an official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; or a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum.
GS-9 Completion of two full yeas of progressively higher graduate level education leading to a Master's degree (or LL.B. or J.D. if related)

An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.

An academic year of graduate education is 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 is considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.


To meet the Intern Eligibility requirements, you must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, degree) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled).

Accepted for Enrollment: If you have been accepted for enrollment in an institution, but have not yet begun coursework, you must submit an Acceptance Letter from the institution and your most recent academic transcript from your previous program.

For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit: Pathways Program Fact Sheets

All education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website: Accreditation. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by OPM accordingly.

Additional information

Diversity Information
The Office of Personnel Management is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. OPM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We understand that not everyone will demonstrate proficiency in all of the duties listed in this job posting. At OPM, we strive to raise the bar! We encourage all to apply if you feel your skills and life experiences are transferable to some of the duties listed in this vacancy.

What Do We Offer?
Upon graduation and completion of the student internship program requirements you may be non-competitively converted, without a break in service, to a term (time-limited), career, or career conditional (permanent) appointment in the federal government with at least a GS-12 full performance level. Grade level upon conversion will be determined by management and neither conversion nor promotion is guaranteed.

Interns must meet the qualification requirements for the position to which promoted or converted.

This appointment allows for conversion to a permanent appointment. Conversion Eligibility Information Requirements

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Current Federal civilian employees may apply for this position. If selected, a break in service of at least 4 calendar days may be required prior to appointment to this position.