Student Intern

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
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  • Posted
    Nov 19

Position description

The WHS Pathways Programs are planned, progressive, education programs that provide for integration of a student's academic studies and federal work experience with the potential for conversion to a permanent or term appointment in the competitive service. Work assignments are designed to permit the knowledge acquired through education/training to be applied to particular work situations with on-the-job training and/or self development.


This announcement will be used to fill full-time or part-time internship positions during the Spring 2020 Semester, and/or the entire 2020-2021 academic year.

As a STUDENT INTERN (FOREIGN AFFAIRS), GS-0199-5/7/9, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:

  • Serve as a Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs) conducting research and providing support to higher grade specialist on foreign affairs issues associated with specific functional area(s) to include but not limited to geographic areas, national security, international security, security affairs, special operations, strategic affairs; Congressional, Policy, DoD and USG interagency processes; and defense resource and planning activities.
  • Conduct research on foreign policy issues.
  • Assist higher graded specialist and provide analysis of policy, strategy, concept, and program issues, force posture alternatives, and implications of changes to the international environment and defense programs.
  • Perform foreign affairs analytical and writing assignments of moderate difficulty that support the Department of Defense missions and conform with organizational formats and performance standards.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance
  • This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment
  • Must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement
  • Must be a current student enrolled, in good academic standing, or accepted for enrollment
  • For this internship, you must be able to work part time (24 hours per week) during the school year and full time (40 hours per week) during the summer.
  • Required to participate in the direct deposit program
  • This position requires the incumbent to be able to travel and work outside of the continental U.S.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • This position requires to work other than normal hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays and/or overtime


Internship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a half- to full-time basis (as determined by the educational institution). Short-term training programs (e.g., several two-week programs completed) are not considered an academic course of study;
  • Meet the definition of a student throughout the duration of their appointments;
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the agency's Participant Agreement with the Intern; and
  • Meet the qualification standards (e.g., series and grade) for their Internship positions.

Definition of a Student: Individuals accepted for enrollment (must provide an acceptance letter from the academic institution on letterhead) or students enrolled (you must provide academic transcripts) in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

Note: You must provide sufficient proof of enrollment or acceptance by submitting either an unofficial academic transcript that reflects your current enrollment and a verification of Fall 2019 enrollment, OR an acceptance letter from the academic institution on the institution's letterhead for Fall 2019 enrollment.

Please note that if you have graduated or are graduating from your current academic program prior or during December 2019 you will not be eligible for this student appointment unless you are accepted for enrollment at a qualifying educational institution seeking an ADDITIONAL qualifying degree, diploma, certificate, etc., OR an advanced degree.

You may qualify at the GS-05 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
Have completed 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree. Note: You must provide a copy of your college transcript

You may qualify at the GS-07 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:
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. Note: You must provide a copy of your college transcript.

Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
1. Class Standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a G.P.A of:

  • 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) based on their official transcript, or as computed based in 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
  • 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on their official transcript, or as computed based in 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (external link). Agencies considering eligibility based on any society not included in the following list must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

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