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Student Trainee (Administrative)


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) invites students to apply to our Intern positions. The ideal candidates are current Certificate Program, Undergraduate or Graduate students who demonstrate innovation and self-initiative. You will have an opportunity to train and develop your skills in career fields such as human resources, policy, healthcare, insurance, retirement, or information technology and have a positive impact on the people and communities that OPM serves.

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This is a temporary - flexible part-time/full time - Intern position.




Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.


What You May Be Doing:

As a Student Trainee, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of tasks and projects. Some of the responsibilities you may undertake include:

  • Participating in the quality review of SharePoint, OneDrive libraries, and databases.
  • Assisting with the research and development of procedures, processes, and presentations.
  • Engaging in customer engagement, business development, and outreach activities.
  • Presenting findings for projects and assignments.
  • Participating in team meetings and collaborating with colleagues.
  • Liaising with other employees to resolve information or project requests.
  • Compiling and analyzing information to develop reports, proposals, or documents.
  • Maintaining accurate documentation and records for all assigned projects.
  • Engaging with peers and team members to obtain knowledge needed to complete projects.
  • Following all current standards utilized by your team.
  • Complying with all agency privacy and data security policies and practices.
  • Leveraging enterprise project management principles and concepts.
  • Communicating clearly to a wide range of stakeholders through verbal and written means.
  • Using analytical and problem-solving skills to organize and prioritize projects and tasks.
  • Ensuring projects adhere to defined scope, budget, schedule, and other project boundaries.
  • Supporting the communication of operational dashboards and roadmaps to various levels of leadership and key stakeholders.
  • Tracking project progress and following up with accountable parties.
  • Gathering feedback and proposing process improvement recommendations.
  • Assisting with enhancing and improving work products.
  • Assisting in coordinating and conducting a comprehensive Business Process Analysis (BPA) and Business Impact Analysis (BIA) of essential functions.
  • Assisting program managers in coordinating and implementing training, testing, and exercise efforts.

    The Skills to be Successful as a Student Trainee:

    To excel as a Student Trainee, you should possess the following skills and qualities:
  • Ability to work smart, driving projects, meeting deadlines, and achieving goals.
  • Proactive nature and bias for action.
  • Attention to detail, precision, and ability to handle tasks with high accuracy.
  • Flexibility, creativity, curiosity, and willingness to take initiative.
  • Quick and adaptable learner, comfortable with ambiguity and dynamic change.
  • Ability to inspire trust, build relationships quickly, and earn the confidence and cooperation of business partners.
  • High standards, integrity, and ethics.

    What We're Looking For:

    To be considered for the Student Trainee position, you should meet the following criteria:
  • Currently enrolled in an educational institution.
  • Strong team player while also demonstrating independent thinking.
  • Ability to work under deadlines, organize tasks, and multitask effectively.
  • Robust analytical skill set.
  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Endless curiosity and a penchant for thinking outside the box.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software products.
  • Attentive to team needs, providing rapid and high-quality responsiveness to requests.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, maintaining rapport with team members and professionalism with others outside of the team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, demonstrating a professional demeanor and the ability to interact with others with discretion and tact.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Capable of identifying and completing tasks independently, with a sense of urgency and ownership.
  • Demonstrated success in maintaining high personal work standards.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion and tact.
  • Strong presentation skills to audiences comprising all levels of leadership.
  • Highly motivated and self-starter, able to work autonomously and effectively drive forward the work assigned.

    If you possess these skills and qualities, we encourage you to apply for this exciting Student Trainee opportunity.

RequirementsConditions of Employment

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
Age: You must be at least 16 years of age
Background Investigation: Must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation.
Availability for Work: Applicants hired on a temporary appointment will be afforded the opportunity to work a part- or full-time schedule during the period of September 9, 2024 through January 10, 2025.
Student Status: Applicants must have at least 1 academic year (fall 2024 and spring 2025 sessions) remaining in their studies before they complete their current degree requirements.
Graduation Status: Applicants that graduate prior to May 2025 will not be considered for this position unless you have been accepted into a follow-on degree or certificate program.
Pathways Agreement: Selectee must complete a Pathways agreement prior to start date.
Trial Period: Selectee must complete a trial period while on the Pathways internship appointment.
Bargaining Unit:

  • This position is not eligible for inclusion in a bargaining unit
  • This position is eligible for inclusion in the bargaining unit. The union that represents employees in this position is the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 32.




You must meet the education requirements detailed below by the close of the vacancy.

GS-4 Completion of two academic years of post-high school study or associate's degree.
GS-5 Completion of four academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or four academic years of pre-professional study.

An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.

An academic year of graduate education is based on normal course loads for a full year of study in the graduate program. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours is considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

To meet the Intern Eligibility requirements, you must be a student 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).

Certificate programs must be at least one-year duration of full-time academic study.

Accepted for Enrollment: If you have been accepted for enrollment in an institution, but have not yet begun coursework, you must submit an Acceptance Letter from the institution and your most recent academic transcript from your previous program.





Additional information


Diversity Information
The Office of Personnel Management is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. OPM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We understand that not everyone will demonstrate proficiency in all of the duties listed in this job posting. At OPM, we strive to raise the bar! We encourage all to apply if you feel your skills and life experiences are transferable to some of the duties listed in this vacancy.

What Do We Offer?
Upon graduation and completion of the student internship program requirements you may be non-competitively converted, without a break in service, to a term (time-limited), career, or career conditional (permanent) appointment in the federal government. Grade level upon conversion will be determined by management and neither conversion nor promotion is guaranteed.

Interns must meet the qualification requirements for the position to which promoted or converted.

This appointment allows for conversion to a permanent appointment. Conversion Eligibility Information Requirements

Extensions: If hired on a temporary appointment, it may be extended without further competition based on the need of the organization for the work to continue and provided the individual continues to meet the eligibility requirements.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Current Federal civilian employees may apply for this position. If selected, a break in service of at least 4 calendar days may be required prior to appointment to this position.

For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit: Pathways Program Fact Sheets