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Student Trainee (Administrative Support)

Student Trainee (Administrative Support) GS-5/7
*There is a cut off of 150 applications. Therefore, the announcement may close sooner than the closing date.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recruiting for multiple Intern positions in various offices located in both the Montgomery County and Prince George's County.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy, within the same geographical area, by other organizational elements from within FDA, through shared corporate recruiting activities


  • Perform administrative, technical, analytical, and clerical support and assistance
  • Assemble data, consolidate and prepare reports
  • Gather and analyze requested information for a variety of projects and maintain the status of those projects.
  • Provide information to others and follow up to assure completion
  • Respond to inquiries concerning projects and activities
  • Perform other work of a general clerical and administrative nature.


In order to qualify for the Pathways Internship Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria and the qualification requirements corresponding to the grade level at which they wish to be considered by the closing date of the announcement:

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree seeking student in an vocational or technical institution, 2- or 4- year college/university or graduate/professional school; taking a minimum half-time load of courses; possessing and maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 on a scale of 4.0; and pursuing any of the following academic degrees:
  • Vocational/Technical Certificate (two-year program)
  • Associate's Degree
  • Baccalaureate Degree Graduate Degree (Master's program)
  • Professional Degree (Doctoral program)

NOTE: Applicants MUST submit school transcripts and proof of current enrollment (Fall 2020) documentation (at least half-time). Official transcripts are required upon selection and prior to appointment. Failure to submit the documentation will result in disqualification from further consideration.

In addition to the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Internship Program, you must also meet the followings qualification requirements based on the educational achievements by 10/26/2020 in order to qualify for the Student Trainee (Administrative Support), 0399, at GS - 5/7.

GS-05: Completion of 4 academic years (120 semester/180 quarter units) of post high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.

GS-07: A - Meet the Superior Academic Achievement provision (S.A.A.) criteria. S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, based on completed courses. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 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 the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies;-OR- B. Completion of one full academic year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter units) at an accredited college or university.

Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school you attended has determined to represent one year of study. If this information cannot be obtained from your school, we will consider 18 semester/27 quarter hours to be equal to one year of full-time study. Requirements must be met by the closing date of this job announcement and your transcript(s) submitted must reflect this.