Job Category:

Student Trainee

Pay: $15.10 – $25.53 an hour

Full Job DescriptionReview policies to ensure accuracy and consistency with legislation, regulations, statutes, and laws.

Assist in the coordination, planning, development, and management of agency correspondence.

Contribute to the development of solutions to resolve health care program issues.

Conduct analytical studies and evaluate the effectiveness of health care program initiatives.

Respond to general inquiries regarding the status of ongoing projects.

Job family (Series)0199 Social Science Student Trainee

RequirementsRequirementsConditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for this position.

You must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

You will be subject to a background and suitability investigation.

You must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement before starting employment.

You must be 16 years old to be employed by the Federal government.

Applicants who graduate college at the conclusion of the Spring 2021 semester may only be considered if they remain enrolled and are also accepted for enrollment for the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semester.QualificationsALL PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

To be eligible for the CMS Pathways – Summer Internship Program, an individual must be enrolled and seeking a degree (e.g., diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution/program on a full or half-time basis for the upcoming SPRING 2021 semester AND have projected enrollment for the SUMMER 2021 or FALL 2021 semester. Additional proof of enrollment for the upcoming SUMMER 2021 or FALL 2021 semester will be required before a final job offer can be extended.
Please NOTE that if you are graduating in the Spring 2021 semester, you are not eligible for the Summer Intern Program unless you are enrolled at least half time in a continuing education degree for the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semesters (i.e. Graduating in Spring 2021 with a Bachelor’s and enrolling in a Master’s Program of Summer or Fall 2021). Spring graduates are encouraged to apply to our Recent Graduate announcements.
Click here for a definition of a qualifying education institution/program.

NOTE: If your educational institution/program operates on a quarter system and Spring 2021 registration is not open at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of Spring 2021 registration upon selection.

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Possess and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on the unweighted 4.0 scale. GPA is based on current enrollment. GPA 2.95 is rounded to 3.0 and 2.94 is rounded to 2.9. NOTE: Students enrolled in a school or college that utilizes a Pass/Fail grading system are required to submit an unofficial transcript which must include the Institutions legend that documents the Pass/Fail equivalency.

TRANSCRIPTS or other applicable education documents (e.g., acceptance letter) are required at the time of application to verify program eligibility.


GS-04: Completion of 2 full academic years of education above high school OR an Associate’s or equivalent degree. Two full academic years post high-school is defined as 60 credits for degrees that require a total of 120 semester hours or 90 quarter hours for degrees that require a total of 180 quarter hours.

GS-05: Completion of a Bachelor’s degree, equivalent degree, OR 4 academic years of education above high school that leads to a Bachelor’s degree. Four full academic years above high school is defined as 120 credits or 180 quarter hours.

GS-07: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. OR eligibility under Superior Academic Achievement: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university AND one of the following provisions of superior academic achievement:

Superior Academic Achievement: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university AND one of the following provisions of superior academic achievement: NOTE: If you are claiming S.A.A. you must provide an unofficial transcript at the time of application that documents this claim:

A grade-point average of “B” (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. For example, 2.95 is rounded to 3.0, and 2.94 is rounded to 2.9.

A grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all required courses completed in your major field of study, or those required courses in your major completed in the last two years of your undergraduate study.

Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision.

Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor SocietiesTRANSCRIPTS are required at the time of application to verify satisfactory completion of education as part of the program eligibility and qualification requirements. You must submit an unofficial transcript from your Institution attesting to your possession of the required education.

Transcripts/Enrollment documents submitted at time of application MUST include:

Unofficial Transcripts must state the student’s name, name of the school, current GPA/academic standing, past and current coursework with credits for each course, enrollment status, degree program, and proof of enrollment for the Spring 2021 semester.

If your school’s transcripts or documentation do not provide all the necessary information listed above, you should include additional official academic documentation that meets the requirements.

If you are a graduate level student, you should also submit your undergrad transcripts with your application.If you do not submit a transcript indicating your possession of the required education, you will not be considered for this position.

If you are enrolled for SPRING 2021 semester and do not have a transcript (e.g., a graduating high school student that is enrolled for a bachelor’s degree program for SPRING 2021), in addition to your High School (or previous Degree) transcript, you MUST provide proof of acceptance or an enrollment letter from your Institution with your application. If you do not submit the required documentation, you will not be considered for this position.

Click the following link to view the occupational questionnaire:

Additional informationSalary Range: In accordance with 100% telework pay setting policy, summer interns will be paid locality rate based upon home address. All CMS Pathways Interns are hired at the step 1 of the grade in which they are selected. For more information about federal civilian locality pay rates, see

GS-04, Step 1 rate range: $15.10 – $18.42 per hour (depending on location)

GS-05, Step 1 rate range: $16.90 – $20.61 per hour (depending on location)

GS-07, Step 1 rate range: $20.93 – $25.53 per hour (depending on location)Bargaining Unit Position: No
Tour of Duty: Flexible
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure: Not Required

Summer Interns hired on a short-term basis (90 days or less) are not eligible for Federal benefits, i.e. health, life, retirement.

Appointments made in duration in excess of 90 days and for full-time are eligible for health benefits.

All summer Interns will accrue sick leave.Schedule: Interns are eligible to work Full-time (40 hours per week) or Part-time (16 to 32 hours per week).
Duration of Appointment:

Summer Intern appointments begin May/June 2021 and will not exceed September 19, 2021.

Summer Intern appointments may be extended beyond the not-to-exceed (NTE) date at the agency’s discretion.Conversion Eligibility:

At the agency’s discretion, a Summer Intern (Temporary Intern) may be non-competitively converted to an excepted service Pathways Permanent (year-round) Intern appointment; OR

At the agency’s discretion, a Summer Intern (Temporary Intern) may be non-competitively converted to a permanent or term position in the competitive service after all requirements for conversion have been met.Interns who are converted to the competitive service may be placed into a position with an established career ladder with a full performance level of GS-12. Interns who are converted may be assigned a duty station in accordance with the established locations of CMS Offices, i.e. removed from 100% telework. CMS offices are located in the following cities: Woodlawn, MD; Bethesda, MD; Washington D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Puerto Rico.

For more information about extending appointments and program completion/conversion, review OPM’s Internship Program Fact Sheet.
How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.Once the announcement has closed, your online application, resume, transcripts and CMS required documents will be used to determine if you meet eligibility and qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):


Attention to Detail

Customer Service



Interpersonal Skills



Stress Tolerance


Decision Making

ReadingIn order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

The rating process used for this announcement does not add veterans’ preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles.

Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here:
Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearanceNot RequiredDrug test requiredNoPosition sensitivity and riskNon-sensitive (NS)/Low RiskTrust determination processCredentialing, Suitability/Fitness

Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsTo apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must also list your work experience and education (if applicable) including the start and end dates. For work in the Federal service, you must include the series and grade level for the position(s). For resume and application tips visit:

Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes. Determining length of general or specialized experience is dependent on the information provided in the resume. Failure to include ALL of the information listed below on your resume WILL result in a finding of ineligible.

Official Position Title (include series and grade if Federal job)

Duties (be specific in describing your duties)

Employer’s name and address

Supervisor name and phone number

Start and end dates in the month, day, and year format (e.g. June 18, 2007 to April 05, 2008)

Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

2. CMS Required Documents (e.g., SF-50, DD-214, SF-15, etc.). Supporting documents may be necessary to be considered for this vacancy announcement. Click here for a detailed description of the required supporting documents. Failure to provide the appropriate documentation WILL result in an ineligible rating OR non-consideration.

3. College Transcripts. Since this position requires specific education, you must submit a transcript attesting to your possession of the required education. You must submit an unofficial transcript at time of application. An official transcript is required if you are selected for the position. If selected, you must provide an original document before the final job offer may be extended.

College Transcripts and Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website. This list, which may not be all inclusive, is for informational purposes only and does not imply any endorsement of any specific agency.

4. Reasonable Accommodation Requests. If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here.If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: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.Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

BenefitsBenefitsA career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.Review our benefitsEligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


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