Social Science Student Trainee (economist), Zp-0199-ii, Bea Pathways-mb - Nte: 12/31/2021:
Bureau of Economic Analysis

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Suitland Maryland
SummaryThis vacancy is for a Social Science Student Trainee (Economist) position in the Regional Product Division located at the Bureau of Economic Analysis.This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Social Science Student Trainee (Economist), ZP-0199-II, FPL Band II positions within the Bureau of Economic Analysis in the same geographic location with the same qualifications and specialized experience. Learn more about this agency ResponsibilitiesProvide support in the collection, preparation, and analysis of data to improve the estimation of BEA's regional statistics.Help produce components of larger projects that detail the regional distribution of U.S. economic activity at the state, metropolitan area and/or county level.Collect, compile, and manipulate economic data using various statistical or econometric techniques.Analyze data and identify patterns and anomalies.Communicate in writing and in person about economic statistics, concepts, and statistical procedures as part of a collaborative work process.Travel Required Not requiredSupervisory status No Promotion Potential 02 - If this position is filled at a level below the full performance level, the selectee may be promoted without further competition. This implies no promise or guarantee of a promotion. Job family (Series) 0199 Social Science Student Trainee Help Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizen. Suitable for Federal Employment. Registered for Selective Service System, if applicable. () Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher. You Must sign a Pathways Agreement. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and individual states being in different phases of reopening, once the selectee becomes an employee, the report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time that management notifies the employee of their requirement to report. Until it is safe to relocate, the employee may be approved to telework to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full-time.This position has a NTE date 12/31/2021.Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.If a degree has been obtained or nearing completion, please include a letter of acceptance (on official letter head) into another degree or certificate program to show proof of eligibility.This position will be filled under the Pathways Internship Program. This Program allows students to gain paid work experience while pursuing a degree, diploma or certificate at a qualifying institution. Under the Pathways Program, students who successfully complete all work, study, qualifications, and other eligibility requirements may be offered a permanent position work our agency upon graduation or completion of a qualifying certificate.At the Agency's discretion, students hired under the Pathways Program may be non-competitively converted to a term, career, or career-conditional appointment with a possible Full Performance Level (FPL) of Band II (GS-7-10) (FPL varies based on hiring department).This position is in the excepted service.This position is non-bargaining unit unless the appointment extends beyond 90 days.This position may be eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).QualificationsBASIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited high school, 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.1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.OR2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.Grade Level Requirements: Band II (GS-7 level): In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the education listed below.Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education (18 credit hours, 27 quarter hours); 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. (Applicant will need to show proof of his/her class standing -Recommended that you submitt proof along with your documents)2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) Applicants must have a grade-point average of: a. 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 b. 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 Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies. (Recommended that you identify in your resume/documents which honor society you are associated with)-OR-Experience: For the Band II/ (GS-07), you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and equivalent to the Band I/(GS-05) grade level in the Federal service.Examples of specialized experience include: preparing basic reports to present economic data; individual economic basic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation and conclusions or requiring the basic evaluation and interpretation of economic information.ORCombination of education and experience, as described above.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.EducationAdditional informationThe following links provide information on various hiring authorities that do not fall under competitive examining procedures; however, they may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.VRA (GS-11 or below)VEOA (permanent positions)30% or more disabled veteran Persons with disabilitiesCTAPICTAPThe 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-.Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:The following competencies are desirable at the full performance level of this position FPL Band II.Ability to collect, compile, and manipulate economic data using statistical or econometric techniques.Ability to compile and manipulate data using spreadsheets and time series database applications.Skill in analyzing statistical/economic data.Knowledge of economics and of the techniques and methods to identify data anomalies.Skill in communicating economic and statistical information.For more information on category rating, please go to: /documents/content/prod01_009474.pdfWe recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.Do NOT include the following types of information in your application: Social Security Number (SSN)Date of Birth (DOB)Photos of yourself (if included on your resume you will not be considered for this position)Personal information: such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc..... click apply for full job details