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Job opening: Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs): Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP)

Salary: $53 105 - 69 035 per year
Published at: Jan 03 2024
Employment Type: Multiple Schedules
This vacancy announcement will be open from January 3rd, 2024 to January 9th, 2024 or when 50 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.


Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs) PM/SA GS-07 Description/Duties :


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Verification from the academic institution confirming acceptance into a qualifying program.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0.
  • Must maintain student eligibility for duration of internship.
  • Depending on the assignment, it may require a Secret security clearance
  • All transcripts or educational documentation must reflect a projected graduation date at the end of, or after the (Fall 2024) semester.
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a qualifying educational institution with at least a half-time course load.


GS-07: Completion of 1 full academic year (18 credits) of graduate-level education OR Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor’s degree; AND be currently accepted to/enrolled in a qualifying degree or certificate program. YOU MUST ATTACH: 1. Transcripts that clearly show total credits, GPA, and degree(s).  2. Valid Proof of Enrollment (POE) actively showing you are currently enrolled in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 Semester.


An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for the purposes of this Program.

The Pathways Internship Program targets students accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a qualifying educational program in an accredited institution, on a full or half-time basis with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.

Applicants must meet the definition of "student" in order to be considered for this opportunity. Internship appointments under the Internship Experience Program (IEP) are non-temporary and can last the duration of the student's academic program. This will be determined at the time of selection. 

At the successful conclusion of the program, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position in the competitive service.

Conversions to the competitive service are not guaranteed. 

Pathways candidates must meet the DOS qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. All applicants must meet the qualifications by the closing date of this announcement. 

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 at time of application and must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment;

Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the OPM qualification standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.

Certificate Requirements:

Undergraduate certificates must contain a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

Graduate certificates must contain a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours.

For study at a business or technical school, 36 weeks of study (20+ classroom hours per week) is comparable to 1 academic year above high school.  

The Department of State no longer accepts certificates that are credited with Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence at the time of application. Late submissions of proof of accreditation will not be accepted.  Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

Student means an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.


  • Address U.S. Department of State 1999 Dyess Ave. (Charleston Reg. Ctr.) Charleston, South Carolina 29405 United States
  • Name: Pathways
  • Phone: 000-000-0000
  • Email: [email protected]


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