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0199 Social Science Student Trainee
Conditions of Employment
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- Must be at least 16 years old by closing date of this vacancy announcement
- Selective Service Registration-required males (over 18) born after 12/31/59
- Accepted for/currently enrolled in a qualified educational institution
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
QualificationsInternship Program: To be eligible, applicants must be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis as defined by the institution in which you are enrolled.
GS-7: To be qualified for this position, applicants must possess the following:
Applicants must be currently enrolled at least half-time, into a graduate level program (Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology or related field – per the VA Qualification Standard for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors) with an academic institution accredited and recognized through the US Department of Education and successfully completed more than 18 semesters hours in this program.
Note: you must remain enrolled in the Master's degree program to be eligible for this Internship.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; 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 employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to be credited towards qualifications. Provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
All education claimed by applicants will be verified upon appointment. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript to receive credit.
You are excluded from health benefits coverage if you are expected to work less than 130 hours per month for at least 90 days.
Conversion Eligibility Upon Graduation: Within 120 days of graduating, management may choose to convert the Intern into a permanent appointment. To qualify for conversion, the trainee must have completed at least 640 hours of work experience through the Internship Program, meet qualifications for the position to which converted, meet the requirements outlined in the Intern's Participant Agreement, and be successfully performing in their current position.
Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
- Ability to conduct entitlement determinations
- Skill in developing vocational goals
- Ability to develop rehabilitation plans
- Knowledge of case management
- Knowledge of employment services
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or an interview.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package to include the documents detailed below. Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified; errors, omissions, or failure to submit the documents as specified will affect your rating or result in loss of consideration for employment.
- Resume detailing specialized experience and competencies as they relate to this position
- For each position in your resume, you must specify the start and end dates (month/year) and a description of duties. If the position was Federal, you must also indicate the grade level. Resumes containing a general summary of all positions held, not specifying start/end dates, and/or not including Federal grade level(s) are insufficient to determine basic qualifications.
- Transcript or other proof of enrollment (e.g. official acceptance letter) in a qualifying educational institution
- Veterans: Member-4 DD-214 and disability rating letter (if applicable)
- If you are currently on active duty to be released within 120 days, you may submit an armed forces certification in lieu of a Member-4 DD-214.
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
- Resume detailing specialized experience and competencies as they relate to this position
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The Pathways Internship Program allows students to join VA in career positions that emphasize long-term training and development. This position is located in the Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) Division, VA Regional Office, Boston, Massachusetts. The student trainee will work in the Regional Office. The mission of the VR&E Division is to provide comprehensive counseling, vocational and employment services to eligible individuals.
Major duties include:
1. Assists staff counselors in providing services to eligible disabled veterans from applicant through discontinued status by establishing and clearing records in the WINRS systems, sending appropriate forms and letters to contractors and veterans and scheduling initial and follow-up appointments.
2. Assists staff counselors in case management responsibilities for all veterans in the following case status: Applicant, Evaluation and Planning (EP), Rehabilitation to employability (RTE), Job Ready (JR), Interrupted (INT), Independent Living (ILP), and Extended Evaluations (EXT). Makes recommendations to the counselor on the purchase of tolls, supplies, and equipment to include special equipment required by the training facility; reviews vouchers and invoices, and authorizes payment for goods and services; reviews grade reports to determine progress, recommends action and follows through with approved recommendations; monitors program costs to assure cost do not exceed the authorized program limits, files appropriate documents in CER.
3. Responds to veteran's routine questions concerning subsistence allowance and receipt/non-receipt of moneys due. Accepts and verifies dependency documents to determine proper subsistence amount to be paid to Veterans.
4. Completes necessary VA forms for training program to include 28-1902, 28-1905, 28,0800, 28-8861, 21-4138, VAF119, VAF 2237, 21-686c and 28-8872 including any VR&E specific software programs.
5. With guidance from the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, consults with counselors, psychologists, physicians, social workers and other rehabilitation professionals (Instructors, employers, placement specialists) regarding treatment and other services for Veterans.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Work Schedule: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Compressed/Flexible: Available once Eligible
Telework: Available, once Eligible
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Student Trainee (Social Science); PD 1500A
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
This job is open to
Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.
Clarification from the agency
This announcement is open to current students who have been accepted for enrollment or is enrolled at least half-time, pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.