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Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System DOJ Pathways Internship Program Bureau of Prisons Student Trainee (Human Resource Student Trainee ) in Washington, District Of Columbia


Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons? You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. You will find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, and provide reentry programming. Employees at correctional facilities perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.


This position is part of the Pathways Internship Program and is located at the Central Office of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Incumbent provides administrative support to the Human Resources Office. Work assignments will provide the incumbent with the opportunity to learn about the overall mission, functions and organization of the BOP. Increasingly difficult assignments will require the student to apply analytical skills, problem solving, coordination, written and oral communication skills. Work assignments will be designed to develop broader and more in-depth knowledge and skill to perform higher-level assignments.

The incumbent may assist the Personnel Director, Branch Chief, Section Chief, Human Resource Administrator, Human Resource Manager, Assistant Human Resource Manager, and Human Resource Specialists in programs, such as external staffing and recruitment, internal merit promotion, performance appraisal administration, personnel security, incentive awards, benefits and retirement, training, data entry, Senior Executive Service program, and processing various personnel and payroll documents. In addition, filing and other clerical duties may be assigned. Special projects may be assigned as necessary.


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is Required.

Must sign a Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement

Be at least 16 years of age

Maintain a GPA of 2.5 and above with no grade below a "C"

Maintain at least a half-time course load at the collegiate level.



To be considered for the position, you must meet the following:Applicants must be current students pursuing a degree or certificate in a qualifying educational institution with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher AND maintain at least a half time or full time course load.ANDCompletion of four (4) academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.This position has a basic educational requirement. Individuals applying for this position must be enrolled in a degree program directly related to the position. In order to be eligible for conversion into the competitive service, the incumbent must meet the degree requirements, as governed by the Office of Personnel Management, for this position.Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST have the following information printed on the document:School Name, Student Name, Degree, overall GPAand Date Awarded (if applicable). If you are selected for this position, you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.Applicants must also provide documentation from the educational institution verifying current enrollment with at least a half time or full time course load. This documentation may be a Current Enrollment Verification Certificate or a statement of current enrollment or acceptance letter (which verifies all of the required information).The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here.For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

Additional Information

PATHWAY PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Allows students to be exposed to the work of the Government through Federal internships while pursuing their degree. This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school. The Internship provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements.It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering edibility forNon-Competitive Conversion to permanentemployment upon completion.To learn more, please visit:

Special Conditions of Employment Section:Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.Conversion to the Competitive Service: Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program.To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:Student trainee work schedule may vary from minimum requirement of 12 hours per week up to 40 hours depending on school schedule and needs of agency.

This position has a basic education requirement. Individuals applying for this position must be enrolled in a an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

Applicants must be currently student enrolled with a least a half-time course load in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, or university. This position provides conversion opportunity upon successful completion of education requirements. Conditions of Employment:

Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work experience hours. Applicants will be required to provide supporting documentation to support participation in previous programs.