International Trade Analyst (Student Trainee)

U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 11

Position description

The ideal candidate is inquisitive, has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and possesses the ability to conduct extensive primary and secondary research and analyze a broad range of product-specific trade and industry information from U.S. firms, trade associations, and other sources. There is the possibility of extension through the school year, and/or for an additional year based on workload requirements and budget availability.


As an InternationalTradeAnalyst (ITA) Student Trainee, you will perform a variety of duties designed to encourage professional growth and development, through a variety of experiences, including the collection, compilation, analysis, and presentation of data related to international trade in certain products, and the U.S. industries affected by that trade. A portion of the ITA student trainees selected will focus on international trade in chemical products and the U.S. chemical industry, so formal academic training in chemistry or chemical engineering or work experience in the chemical industry is a plus but not required. 

You will perform short and medium term projects related to tasks assigned to higher-graded international trade analysts. Specifically, under the guidance of either a supervisory ITA or an ITA, the incumbent will assist in the collection and/or assessment of information relevant to the USITC's Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) petition process, which was mandated by Congress with the intent to enhance U.S. competitiveness. You will conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis utilizing a variety of sources and tools, including MS Excel. You will also assist in the analysis and presentation of data in such a way as to be of maximum use to the Commission. You will participate in preparing interpretive reports and use computer applications in research in support of the MTB process. You may also conduct targeted research on international trade issues and topics, including summarizing findings through written products and perform other related duties as assigned. For ITA student trainees focusing on the U.S. chemical industry, familiarity with Chemical Abstract Services (CAS) registry numbers, IUPAC chemical nomenclature, and Colour Index numbers is beneficial.

This appointment does not confer permanent Federal status. However, you may be eligible for conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service after successful completion of academic requirements, provided you satisfy the program requirements, and work and funding is available. There is no implied expectation of conversion in this career opportunity.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • You will be required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
  • You will be required to execute a Pathways program participation agreement
  • You must adhere to Pathways program requirements
  • You are required to register for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/03/59
  • You are required to provide evidence of enrollment at least until Spring 2020


You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume, or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education, and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.

You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Use the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Administrative and Management Positions series 1101 can be found at

Program Qualification Requirements:

1. You MUST be currently enrolled and in a continuing degree program during the course of the internship, or accepted for enrollment, in a qualifying educational institution on a full-time basis, as defined by your program. Your course of study should be in the field of economics, international relations, or other field related to international trade. You MUST SUBMIT documentation to support current enrollment or accepted for enrollment.

2. You must be in good academic standing throughout your college attendance, and have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA overall. In your field of study, you must also have at least a 2.5 in all course work.


Grade 7 applicants must have 1 year of graduate-level education OR superior academic achievement (upper one-third of your graduating class, GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 overall, or during your last two years of college work) AND 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Specialized experience must show: Attention to detail, customer service, oral communication, problem solving skills and abilities; gathering data required for reporting purposes, preparing spreadsheets, memoranda, and reports; gathering information, and performing administrative management functions relating to office operations. Your resume must clearly document this experience.

We will be applying Veteran's preference requirements and OPM qualification standards in making our determinations. The following link contains more detailed information on Student Internships under the Pathways program: oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/final-


Positive education requirement: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.

Forproofof education, you are required to submit a copy of your transcript(s) or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade- point average or class ranking. 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. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements, if it has been certified. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. 

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education. Another listing of services that an perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. The following link, lists accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials:

Unofficial transcripts are accepted when applying to the position. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected. Education is also verified as part of the background investigation.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement will result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Additional information

Time period to meet qualifications: All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Application instructions

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