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Job opening: Student Trainee (Investigations) - Pathways Internship

Salary: $41 966 - 54 557 per year
Published at: May 16 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The Office of Inspector General, Pathways Internship Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions with paid opportunities to explore Federal careers while still in school. This position is located in the Investigations Division. As a student trainee, the ideal candidate for this position is majoring in criminal justice or a related field of study. The Partnership for Public Service named SBA OIG as being the #1 OIG in the Federal Government.


Review and assess complaints and allegations received by the Investigations Division to determine investigative and/or prosecutive viability to ensure the effective use of agency resources. These allegations typically include criminal acts such as bribery, false statements, conspiracy, embezzlement, and fraud. Provide the Special Agents in Charge (SAC), ASAC, agency officials, OIG headquarters, AUSAs, and related stakeholders timely information concerning investigative work products. Enter Hotline complaints into CMS. Triage complaints and route appropriately. Assist with qui tam reviews, loan queries, FOIA assessments, and other reviews, as necessary. Assist with contacting complainants as needed, asking clarifying questions in initial contact interviews, and accurately track contacts in CMS. Participate in regular meetings with the SAC, ASACs, and agents to ensure full knowledge of investigative activities and related topics.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be enrolled in an accredited education institution.
  • You must successfully complete a background investigation. Candidates who do not respond to the background investigation request by the pre-determined due date, will be disqualified.
  • You must sign a Pathways Intern Participant Agreement.
  • Candidates who are determined to be qualified for this position, must complete an additional online assessment through Talent Plus. You must complete the Talent Plus Assessment within 48 business hours of being sent the email notification.


In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient evidence of experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the duties of the position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Specialized Experience: GS-07: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service, obtained in either the private or public sector: performing duties related to an oversight agency's Hotline functions and programs; analyzing and determining appropriate action for color of law misconduct complaints; collecting, handling, and interpreting evidence; interviewing complaints and witnesses; and investigating inquires in support of a Hotline Program. Education Requirement: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education, or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) with completion of a bachelor's degree. If utilizing SAA, you must submit your transcripts or proof of your national honor society membership. Please click here for SAA qualification requirements; OR A combination of education and experience - Your current education completed is credited as a percentage of the education required for the grade level and your current experience is credited as a percentage of the total experience required for the grade level. The two percentages are added and must equal 100% in order to qualify for the desired grade level. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's Qualifications web site. All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


You MUST submit transcripts (official or unofficial), student schedule or enrollment letter with this application if you wish to considered for this vacancy. See education requirement under "Qualifications".

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Verify School accreditation. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. *** For further information, click on: Foreign Education.


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