Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs): Pathways Internship Program

U.S. Department of State
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    Washington, D.C.
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  • Posted
    Sep 03

Position description

This vacancy announcement will be open from September 03, 2019 to September 11, 2019 or when 50 applications have been received.The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met.  If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.



The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (State abbreviation EUR) is part of the U.S. Department of State, charged with implementing U.S. foreign policy and promoting U.S. interests in Europe and Eurasia (which it defines as being Europe, Turkey, Cyprus, the Caucasus Region, and Russia), as well as advising the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. It is headed by the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. 

The Bureau promotes U.S. interests in the region on issues such as national security, NATO enlargement, coordination with the European Union and other regional organizations, support for democracy, human rights, civil society, economic prosperity, the war on terrorism, and nonproliferation.

As a Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs) GS-07, you will:

Assignments of this position include:

As a trainee, increases knowledge, skills and abilities in the profession. As part of planned career development, works with and assists senior members of the staff in the performance of moderately complex analytical/scientific assignments. Collects relevant foreign affairs data and applies established evaluative methods to identify trends and draw conclusions for further analysis by higher-graded staff. 

The incumbent receives advanced training through classroom and on-the-job instruction to provide a more thorough understanding of and exposure to laws and regulations, administrative policies, 
 production/validation processes, and the various methods employed in policy analysis, evaluation, research, or other analytical/scientific functions. Independently carries out the more common and ordinary professional assignments in which he/she have received specific or related training. Typically,assignments are restricted to those situations employing the more simple and standardized practices and processes
 and where the environment is known to be cooperative. Functions in an assisting capacity, typically working with senior staff members, carrying out predetermined phases of more complex assignments design to provide broad exposure to work in the profession.The trainee increases networks and contacts beneficial to the successful performance of assignments. Contacts extend beyond the immediate work area and the work requires effective coordination and solicitation of cooperative efforts from other administrative or support staff. The trainee must establish a basic occupational credibility to be effective.

Work assignments provide the employee opportunities to sharpen communication skills. The employee interprets and applies pertinent regulations and style manuals governing written communications, presenting written materials in a logical and concise manner, reflecting adequate research and analysis, and which effectively communicate the intended information.The trainee prepares presentations related to work assignments. The presentations are well researched and logically organized. The employee demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly when speaking and presents facts, issues, and positions that convey the intended information with the appropriate diplomacy and emphasis.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Must maintain student eligibility for duration of internship.
  • Employment (E-Verify)


Pathways Internship Program candidates must meet the U.S. Department of State (DOS) qualification standards applicable to the position being filled.  All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered for the position.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A U.S. Citizen;
  • 16 years or older by the closing date of this announcement;
  • Enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment as a full-time or half-time student into an accredited college or university in a degree-seeking program, or enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment in a certificate program;
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment; and
  • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the agency-developed or OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.
  • All transcripts or educational supporting documentation must reflect a projected graduation date on or after Fall 2020.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Certificates must contain a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.
  • Graduate certificates must contain a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours.
  • 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.  

The Department of State no longer accepts certificates that are credited with Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

All academic degrees and course work must be completed at an institution that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see U.S. Department of Education.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence at the time of application. Late submissions of proof of accreditation will not be accepted.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.



Applicants applying for the GS-07 grade level must have completed 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree. The applicant should also be enrolled in a qualifying degree or certificate program.

Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.



The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. Applicants must meet the definition of "student" in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student's academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. Interns may work full-time or part-time schedules. 

At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service. Conversions to the competitive service are not guaranteed. 

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement. 

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;

Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or 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 the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

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