job posting: Social Science Student Trainee (Bilingual) – Census

Job Title:  Social Science Student Trainee (Bilingual) GS-0199-7/9, Census-D-TH
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Bureau of the Census

Job Announcement Number:  BOC-2016-0310

$43,684.00 to $69,460.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 11, 2016 to Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Excepted-Temporary NTE one year (may be extended) – Full and Part Time
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FEW vacancies – Suitland, MD   View Map

U.S. Citizens who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree seeking program (diploma, certificate, etc.) in accredited educational institutions, on a full or half-time basis.

Not Applicable


About the Agency

Vacancy is limited to first 100 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement.

The Pathways Internship Program provides paid work experience to students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an accredited college or university.

At the successful conclusion of this program, they may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a permanent or term position. It is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the agency will decide to opt for conversion.

This vacancy is for a Social Science (Bilingual) Student Trainee position located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland.

This position is in the excepted service.

This is a non-bargaining unit.

This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

**Multiple selections may be made from various directorates within the Census Bureau from this announcement for a position with the same title, series, grade(s), promotion potential, general job responsibilities and duty location **


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.


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GS-07 and GS-09:

Implements assigned projects dealing with research and evaluation projects for survey and census data collection and dissemination instruments.

Uses computer programs and research techniques to perform analysis, research and evaluation activities including research design.

Spanish speaking ability at the native speaker or fluent level.


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You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school (go to to verify accreditation status). Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course load leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate.

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

Basic Grade Requirements


Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic

Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor’s degree.

S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

1. Class standing — Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)– Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

1. 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

2. 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.

3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.

GS-09: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education (36 credit hours toward master’s degree), or a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree.

The following selective factor will be used: Ability to communicate fluently from Spanish into English and English into Spanish, both verbally and in writing.

NOTE: To show proof of meeting the Basic Entry Requirements, all applicants MUST submit a copy of their college transcripts. See the Required Documents section for more information.

Applicant must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Your application includes your:

  1. Resume,
  2. Responses to the online questions, and
  3. Required supporting documents.

We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found “not qualified” if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

The following competencies are desirable at the full performance level of this position (GS-11)

  • Knowledge of social science and survey methodology theories and techniques to solve problems related to the review, analysis, and research of data.
  • Knowledge of organizational programs, terminology, procedures, and standards to perform research on assigned projects.
  • Ability to plan work assignments, write technical reports, prepares graphic and tabular presentations of data.

Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience or education or training (or a combination) relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the experience, education, and/or training described in your application.

3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. In addition, if you meet the minimum qualifications, we will compare the required documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “gold”, “silver”, and “bronze”. Candidates placed in the “gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three,” but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:

Additional benefits available at Census Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include: fitness center; child-care facility; credit union; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; care pools/van pools; etc.


Veterans — The following link provides information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

Interns and their supervisors must sign Pathways Agreements setting forth expectations for the program.

To find additional information regarding the Pathways Internship Program please visit the following

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


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Please note: if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement’s closing date.

If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the Help Desk at or at 866-656-6831 and/or the USAJobs Help Desk.

Step 1 – Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS ( We suggest that you preview the online questions you will answer in Step 3 (Preview available in Qualifications and Evaluation section of announcement). You need to ensure your resume supports your responses to these questions.

Step 2 – Apply Online Click “Apply Online.” You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click “Apply for this position now!” and follow the prompts to register (if you haven’t already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on “Application Status.” Click on the position title, and then select “Apply Online” to continue.


*Resume showing relevant experience. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s)

*Veterans’ Documentation. You must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214, or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

Sole Survivorship Documentation. If you are applying under Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.

If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and the required supporting documents listed on that form. Previous versions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information on veterans’ preference, click here.

*Education Documentation. All applicants to include Census employees MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualifications requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at:


Tasha Harris
Phone: 301-763-4910
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2J236A
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and or security background investigation. You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:

1. Upon receipt of your application.

2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.

3. After the certificate is issued.

4. After final selection is made.

You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status”. We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into “Notification Settings.” Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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