Student Trainee (International Relations)

U.S. Department of Labor
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 23

Position description

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking. 

This is a student internship appointment.  Upon completion of requirements for graduation and successful completion of the internship, the appointee may become eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency's discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.  


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This position is established under DOL’s Pathways Internship Program. This is a developmental position designed to prepare the incumbent to fully perform the duties at the full performance level. Under close technical supervision, the incumbent participates as an intern under the formalized Pathways Internship Program and performs work designed to develop the application of professional knowledge of the fundamentals of international relations as it relates to accomplishing Agency international research, analysis, and evaluation efforts.

Major duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepares relevant reports, papers, talking points, briefing books, memos, letters, proposals and background papers including Congressionally-mandated reports for senior officials and others as directed.
  • Conduct research on international child labor and forced labor issues
  • Researches and summarizes laws and/or policies in countries in Asia.
  • Write reports on international policy issues for public consumption on countries in Asia.
  • Formulates policy or program recommendations by collaborating with colleagues, other agencies, foreign counterparts, and others to ensure policies or programs respond to DOL and US priorities and interests.

Additional duties as assigned. 


Travel Required

25% or less - Travel up to 20% is required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

13 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements and the supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Intern Program Agreement.
  • The entire duration of the appointment constitutes a trial period.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.


To be appointed to this position, you must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying academic institution at the time of appointment, and must maintain such enrollment throughout the duration of the appointment.

Upon completion of requirements for graduation and successful completion of the internship program requirements (i.e. work hours, satisfactory performance, training, etc.), a DOL Pathways Intern may be eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency's discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the Pathways program.



To be eligible for appointment to a position in the DOL Pathways Intern Program, an individual must meet the definition of a “student” based on the following criteria:

1. Is enrolled or has been accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational institution.
2. Enrollment must be on at least a half-time basis.
3. Enrollment is for the purpose of obtaining an academic degree or diploma, or a certificate program.


Basic Qualification Requirements:  Applicants must meet one of the following basic requirements.

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.


Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs. This experience must have included either (a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in A above, or (b) specialized professional work involving a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields.

Specialized Experience:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. 

To qualify at the GS-07 level, Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting research and writing reports for public consumption on international issues.


One year of progressively higher level graduate education.


Superior academic achievement 


To be eligible for appointment, you must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution, for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate.

Current students must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. If appointed, you must maintain such grade point average throughout the duration of the internship.

You must submit with your application a current academic transcript and/or other official documentation from your academic institution demonstrating your eligibility for appointment. See the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.

In addition, if you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.

If specific course work is required to fulfill the minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

Please review College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education information.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

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