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Job Title: Pathways Internship- Student Trainee (Law Clerk)

Department: Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:DHS Headquarters

Job Announcement Number:DHSHQ12-755400-GC


$51,630.00 to $67,144.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 28, 2012 to Monday, October 15, 2012




Full Time - Term NTE 9/01/2013




Many vacancies in the following location:

Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States



This opportunity is open to second year law students, as well as third-year law students in a qualifying law school program.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

The General Counsel is the chief legal officer for DHS and oversees and integrates more than 1800 attorneys throughout the Department. The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for ensuring that departmental activities comply with applicable legal requirements, as well as establishing that the Department’s efforts to secure the Nation are consistent with the civil rights and civil liberties of our citizens and observe the rule of law. As one of the few elements within DHS that operates in every realm of the department, OGC provides legal advice on areas such as national security, immigration, litigation, international law, intellectual property, maritime safety and security, transportation security, border security law, cyber security, fiscal and appropriations law, federal procurement, environmental law, and many others. OGC also provides legal services in several areas where the law intersects with the achievement of mission goals, such as the coordination of the Department’s rule making activities, managing interdepartmental clearance of proposed legislation, and providing legal training for law enforcement officers.

Pathways Summer Law Intern Program

Summer Law Interns may expect to be assigned positions which offer both valuable experience and substantial individual responsibility. Successful candidates are hired to work in the Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C. on a term appointment not to exceed September 1, 2013. During the course of the summer, Law Interns will have the opportunity to work in one or more of the nine legal divisions within the Office of the General Counsel headquarters: Immigration, General Law, Intelligence, Legal Counsel, Technology Programs, Regulatory Affairs, Ethics, Operations & Enforcement, and National Protection and Programs. They may interact with clients, attend legislative hearings, and meet with attorneys and representatives from other agencies over the course of the summer.

Our Pathways Summer Law Internship Program also includes an extensive orientation on the operating divisions of DHS and the federal government in Washington D.C., including visits to DHS operational sites such as the U.S. Coast Guard Washington Air Station, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Forensic Document Laboratory, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspections facility at Dulles International Airport.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of General Counsel.




You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.

Must be 16 years of age or older.

You must be able to obtain/maintain Suitability clearance level.

Male applicants born after 12/31/59 Selective Service registration required


· Conduct complex legal research and analysis, develop memoranda, and present results to OGC attorneys in a clear, precise, and persuasive manner.

· Assist or OGC attorneys in representing clients in negotiating, developing, or resolving legal and other matters within DHS, with the Congress, with other government agencies, individuals, citizen groups, state and local government officials, or foreign partners.


To qualify for this position you must have completed one year of law school (attending an accredited educational institution recognized by the Department of Education) and currently enrolled in a second or third year of law school.

You MUST meet the definition of a STUDENT for the duration of your appointment.

The definition of a student is: 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.

The following qualifications are strongly desired and will be considered a positive factor in the selection process. However, you will not be eliminated from consideration solely if you do not possess any of the following:

Academic achievement (GPA of 3.0 or higher or Top 1/3 of the class); exceptional research, writing and analytical skills

Exceptional research, writing and analytical skills; and

Demonstrated involvement in activities beyond required course work is encouraged.



You must submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for the position. Proof of enrollment and student's grade will be requested each semester, if selected.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must 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 when applying. Please visit OPM’s web site at https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.htm#e4a for additional information on this topic.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Suitability clearance as a condition of placement in this Non-Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


How You Will Be Evaluated: Unranked Order

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will refer your application in the following order: Preference Status.

Preference Status (NOTE: within each category, applicants from the reemployment list will be placed ahead of applicants from the regular employment list)

Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more

Other 10-point preference eligible

5-point preference eligible

Non-preference eligible

Reemployment/Regular List Status – all applicants on the reemployment list are considered before applicants on the regular employment list. On each list, preference eligibles having a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more are considered first, followed, second, by other 10-point preference eligibles, third by 5-point preference eligibles, and last, by non-preference eligibles.

To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To receive special priority selection, CTAP and ICTAP applicants must submit proof of eligibility as described below under How To Apply, meet all qualification and eligibility requirements, be rated well-qualified (e.g., receive a score of 85 or higher) and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.


DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, that may include, depending on your type of appointment: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select “benefits.”


Special Hiring Authorities

Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and Individuals with Disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

· Your Résumé

· Current Transcript (official or unofficial accepted)

· A complete Occupational Questionnaire

· Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Monday, October 15, 2012. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.


We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX cover sheet found here.

The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.


NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


The following documents are required (if applicable):

Your resume

A list of three references that includes the phone number and email contact information for each reference

Your responses to the job questionnaire
View Occupational Questionnaire

Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Those with foreign education, click this

Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click
for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click
for more veterans’ information.

Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit:

•a copy of your agency notice,

•a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

•a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


Tamara Williams

Phone: (202)357-8500


Agency Information:

Department of Homeland Security Headquarters


Washington, DC



Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.”

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